This Distinctive Aluminum Luggage Gets a Stunning Update

How do you improve the good looks of a premium stuff carrier?

What you want in a bag is this: It should get the job done. It should keep safe all the essentials and, yes, the detritus (grocery receipts, phone numbers, ketchup packets) of your life. It shouldn't also be needy, in that it never requires too much of your attention to do what it is supposed to do.

And maybe it should also look good?

Actually, it should look good, so that when you arrive anywhere, from the meeting room to the airport bar, people know right away what kind of man you are: the man who deserves a seat at the table or the man who does not want to be bothered. 

Tumi knows this. Since 1975, the American luggage-maker has been figuring out how you like to move, and what it discovered is that you want to get to your next destination, whether it is just a short car ride away or via a 13-hour flight, with the least amount of friction.

Photo by TUMI.

Really good bags help. Just ask Chris Pratt (a.k.a. Star-Lord in the MCU), who, this year, made his first trip to Hong Kong with several Tumi bags in tow. As seen in this video, even without the aid of his assistant Reuben, the actor was able to pack away his very big life—he says he lives out of a suitcase—into the dedicated spaces of his Tumi luggage.

What did we learn? His essentials include a suit, an on-trend Hawaiian shirt, a stack of T-shirts that he folded himself, seven socks, and a framed photo (of himself). Chris is also is a believer in the packing cube system, which we co-sign and encourage you to try.

More: How Do I Prevent Creases When Packing My Suit?

Photo by TUMI.

This fall, our fourth favorite superhero appears to still be in Hong Kong (well, at least he shot the new campaign there) with the latest iterations of Tumi’s hardworking travel bags. There is the 19 Degree Aluminum with its unmistakable pattern of undulating waves. Apart from what you'd expect from the premium luggage—a reinforced frame that will withstand frequent trips and organized interiors with generous volume for clothes and gifts (to bring back)—the new version comes in the unapologetic color of yellow gold.

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And, yes, the new coat of paint is shiny, which is just fitting for the holiday season and also means it will be easy to spot on the carousel. Both are good things.

Photo by TUMI.

Pratt also highlights the Tahoe, a line of tough bags for the adventurous or the man whose formula for work-life balance includes exploring the outdoors. The Finch Backpack, for instance, can transform from city to explore mode by deploying a rain pouch that fully covers its surface. Another cool thing? It seamlessly attaches to the telescopic handle of your Tumi luggage.

Maybe, check in the 19 Degree Aluminum and carry this one on the plane.

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