The lightest TUMI luggage collection yet, the Latitude collection defies durability and engineering standards. Made from a unique and groundbreaking material and executed in a timeless, modern design, the Latitude collection is the pinnacle of form and function. Its unique construction allows it to perform in any environment, no matter the landscape, climate, or culture. Latitude is built to handle any journey with the utmost class—even a non-stop trip around the world on one single degree of latitude.
Crafted from TUMI’s innovative Self-Reinforced Poly-Propylene (SRPP Ballistic) an ultra-durable material that is both lightweight and incredibly strong, the Latitude collection provides a unique blend of performance and style for the TUMI consumer. The modern upscale silhouettes our creative team is known for make it is a true extension of TUMI’s intrinsic design DNA.
Latitude uses a layer method that provides strength, durability, and flexibility. TUMI’s SRPP Ballistic material, constructed out of a 100% polypropylene composite, is drawn to achieve maximum strength and then woven into a fabric layer. The layers are then consolidated to form sheets, which are placed into a custom press that forms the Latitude shells; the more layers used, the stronger the shell. This type of layered woven material is also used in sporting equipment, personal protection, and within the auto industry.
“With each new collection, TUMI strives to provide our customers with top-of-the-line performance, design and style,” says Creative Director Victor Sanz. “With Latitude, we wanted to create a collection that offers the best of the best in terms of innovation and aesthetic, which pushed us to improve weight, function, durability, organization and more. We are consistently inspired by global citizens on unique journeys.”
TUMI’s Latitude collection was engineered with easy packing in mind. All silhouettes include tie down straps, multiple pockets for increased organization, a hanger bracket, and more. Inside of the Latitude shells are reinforcement rods to provide extra support and rigidity, as well as keep the interior lining in place and maintain a tailored look. All styles also feature integrated low-profile TSA locks, TUMI Tracer®, sturdy, soft-touch top and side handles reinforced with plastic substructures, and a patented X-Brace 45® telescoping handle system crafted from lightweight-yet-sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum. This forms a protective, shock-impact-absorbing structure around the telescoping handle tubes within the case, eliminating damage to the handle system while reducing the overall weight of the case.
Additionally, a newly engineered wheel system has been designed to meet TUMI’s rigorous testing standards. These outboard dual lightweight wheels are designed with a wide inner-spoke system, and the lower center of gravity allows for a stable multi-directional navigation. The wheels are also housed in a rigid framing for extra protection and years of use.
Latitude will be offered in a range of carry-on and check-in sizes, which includes an International Carry- On, Short Trip Packing Case and Extended Trip Packing Case. These styles, offered in Black, Navy and Silver, will retail for $645-$795 at TUMI retail stores worldwide and on TUMI.com.