Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

What should you look for when buy­ing lug­gage?

De­sign, qual­ity and func­tion­al­ity. You want some­thing that looks good and works well now – and in five or ten years’ time. For ex­am­ple, with our CFX col­lec­tion, we’re us­ing a black car­bon fi­bre, and trim­ming it with beau­ti­ful Ital­ian leather. It’s chic, and it’s go­ing to last.

Where do you get in­spi­ra­tion for your de­signs?

From dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tions. This sea­son we were look­ing for a more re­laxed vibe so we went to Cal­i­for­nia. The in­spi­ra­tion came from mu­sic, colour, de­sign, fash­ion and even the red­wood trees, which gave us the cam­ou­flage print. Then you start think­ing about San Fran­cisco and get flo­rals and this kind of toned-out foggy ef­fect.

What are the lat­est lug­gage trends?

We’re see­ing a new, younger cus­tomer who is trav­el­ling more for leisure – with busi­ness on the side. So this has led to things like our light­weight Merge col­lec­tion, which has a fresher, more ca­sual at­ti­tude.

You don’t have any “smart bags”. How do you in­cor­po­rate tech­nol­ogy?

The way we look at tech­nol­ogy in our bags is re­ally about ma­te­rial and func­tion­al­ity, but we do of­fer a global tracker (avail­able in the US and Eu­rope and launch­ing in Asia-Pa­cific later this year), since one of the big­gest pains for any­one is when their lug­gage gets lost.

What are your top pack­ing tips?

1. Think about what your trip is go­ing to en­tail: Am I go­ing to cold cli­mates? Am I hav­ing drinks with friends? 2. Lay out ev­ery­thing you think you’re go­ing to need. Then cut that in half. 3. Keep your colour pal­ette sim­ple: al­low your­self to mix and match. 4. Pack­ing cubes – I swear by them. You can sep­a­rate your wardrobe and make life eas­ier.

What is your top travel les­son?

Be pa­tient – things hap­pen on a jour­ney that are out of your con­trol, but don’t let it ruin your ex­pe­ri­ence. Also smile and be po­lite.

Q&A with Vic­tor Sanz, cre­ative di­rec­tor for Tumi

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