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TUMI Opens Flagship Store on Regent Street, London – Designed by Dror Benshetrit

Leading travel brand TUMI has opened a flagship store on Regent Street, designed by Dror Benshetrit.


The shop itself is a glamorous giant of a store, combining glitzy LED lighting and polished metal fixtures with wood detailing. Decor includes walnut-finished wooden fins, with seaforth marble plank floors, laid in an asymmetrical pattern, tying the colour palette together. And that’s where we trotted off to to discuss the latest collections with GQ’s Online Fashion Editor Nick Carvell. Here he is!


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“We took a holistic approach, consistent between the product, interior, design and absolutely everything that is a part of the brand’s DNA,” said Dror Benshetrit.


“When you look at a TUMI bag, there’s a lot of logic and reasoning behind the design. Whether you’re creating a bag or a store, you’re designing for that same customer. We wanted to add a sense of hierarchy within the space to provide a seamless experience—moments where the consumer is guided towards what they’re looking for. TUMI customers know exactly what they want.”




In addition to a whole new shop, Tumi has just announced the arrival of its new summer range, including more improvements to its core Alpha 2 travel collection – which boasts no less than 14 patents! Upgrades include newly designed 360° wheels, recessed into the body of suitcases to give a lower center of gravity, stable multidirectional navigation and a roomier interior compared to carry-on bags with surface-mounted wheels.

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The spring/summer 2014 collection spotlights three classic neutral colours: Black, Espresso and a colour blocked Grey/Orange.



Another bold new addition to the brand is a collection launched in collaboration with American potter, designer, and author Jonathan Adler. Known for his use of geometric patterns and bold colours, the collection reflects his spirit of irreverent luxury and is both playful and practical.


Adler’s iconic prints and cheeky sayings land on TUMI’s best-selling styles. In true Adler fashion, the assortment makes a statement! “Are We There Yet?” is my personal favourite…




Of course man’s best friend must also travel in style, and for this reason Tumi has launched a new collection of contemporary accessories for man’s (and woman’s ! ) best friend. Collaborating with Berlin-based pet accessories label Cloud7, the four-piece collection is comprised of smart, durable design solutions for stress-free travel with pets. TOO CUTE.


While taking flight, four-legged companions can enjoy a ride in the duffel style Flight Bag. Designed to fit under the airline seat, the plush bag is enhanced with a main zip compartment that reveals a spacious interior, complete with removable and washable wool lining, interior leash and a pop-up lid that allows your pet to peek its head out. It’s also functional – the shoulder strap doubles as a lead!


Lightweight in design, the Travel Bed is a versatile landing pad whose slim profile allows it to be easily packed into a suitcase or carried by hand by holding onto its soft, leather top carry handles. Available in both small and large sizes, features of the Travel Bed include wool padding and iconic elements such as a leather co-branded luggage tag, monogram patch, and leather tab details with Velcro® closure. When it’s time for a meal or water break while on the go, a stylish, practical and compact set of bowls will help serve this up.

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The Travel Dog Bowl unzips into two portable bowls for your pet’s food and water and also comes equipped with a water-resistant lining. Crafted from TUMI’s signature Anthracite material, a leather monogram patch is applied to stamp your furry friend’s initials, letting other pals know when they’re barking up the wrong travel case.


Visit TUMI on Regent Street to see the whole collection of travel, business, women’s, lifestyle and tech accessories.


211 Regent Street,
W1B 4NF 

Website: www.tumi.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tumitravel
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tumitravel


Cocktail Competition: Create Your Own Alcoholic Sweet

Fancy yourself as the next (tipsy) Willy Wonka? This just might be the perfect competition for you!


It’s called #eatyourdrink, and winners will see their cocktail candy creations made into real sweets for them to scoff to their hearts content, courtesy of brilliant sweetie cocktail makers Smith & Sinclair




Simply tweet @imbibeuk with your ideal alcoholic candy and its ingredients – but don’t forget to add #eatyourdrink! The winning #eatyourdrink sweet will look a little something like this…




Smith & Sinclair is a London-based brand famed for edible cocktails (aka alcoholic fruit pastilles). Bonded over their love of all things sweet they have paired the nostalgic texture of the ‘penny sweet range’, with a diverse selection of grown-up, palette-pleasing, cocktail flavours (including year-round favourites: ‘Whisky Sour‘, ‘Gin & Tonic Sherbet’ and additional seasonal concoctions including their ‘Spring Special’).




They’re gluten free, made entirely by hand, and have no additional preservatives. Which means they’re good for you.




Get your entry in for the cocktail competition of the YEAR and you could win 10 boxes of your limited edition sweet, which will also be distributed at Imbibe Live 2014 by the Candy Crew. You’ll also be featured on Imbibe’s website, newsletter, Twitter and Facebook. Runners-up will receive 5 boxes of their creation.


Here’s a bit of inspiration too…


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This Saturday (24th May 2014) Urban Food Fest will be hosting a most incredible Superheroes night, complete with heroic street food, costumes and a fully themed bar. 


Time For a Shopping Spree? Head to Liberty, Regent Street

It’s the middle of January – the driest, skintest and coldest of times. Obviously my natural response to this terrible wrong that has been done us was to take a trip up to Regent Street for a day of browsing objects I cannot afford alongside objects I could never afford… and where’s the best place to do that? Liberty, of course.

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Bar Review: Garlic & Shots, Soho

Do you really like garlic? Do you like garlic so much than you spend your nights dreaming of it, hoping and wishing that one day you might be able to live in a house carved entirely of garlic, with a voluptuous garlic wife and adoring miniature garlic children?

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