It should have been obvious really. Even in these times of none-travel, doesn’t it make sense for a team that has been a key part of Formula One’s annual world tour to partner with one of the best-known and most stylish travel brands out there? The result of this TUMI x McLaren collaboration is a luggage and travel collection designed for anyone who is currently yearning to be back on the fast track.
Having announced their partnership in 2019, their new nine-piece luggage set combines the styling and quality TUMI is famous for, with the McLaren Papaya colourways and CFX carbon-fibre accents that will be familiar to anyone who has seen one of their many supercars, or watched the British-based F1 team on track.
“At McLaren, we focus on articulating a clear design language and materials selection which combines and leads into our car’s performance,” says McLaren’s Design Director Rob Melville. “We wanted to capture those aspects with TUMI so we’ve spent a great deal of time working to analyse and refine every aspect of this collection.”
The collection includes an expandable 4-wheel carry on (no, it doesn’t come on Pirelli tyres) made from hybrid materials including Tegris, a hard-wearing thermoplastic composite that features on race cars. There is also a “Velocity Backpack” that features a USB port and laptop compartment, a more casual Torque Sling bag, and the contemporary Lumin Utility Pouch.
The interior of the carry-on case also features an internal compression strap inspired by the six-point harnesses found in McLaren race cars and track-only models such as the Senna GTR. Honestly, your underwear will never have enjoyed such safe (or stylish) travel.
“For me, this is the ultimate collaboration as TUMI and McLaren have an innate synergy,” says TUMI Creative Director Victor Sanz. “We’re two like-minded brands who share the same values – unparalleled quality, technical innovation and design excellence.”
With travel restrictions still in place, you might not think you need any luggage just yet, but think of this collab as an investment for when times change, we get to dust off our passport and get back out there. As Sanz adds: “With McLaren’s advanced technology and our top-of-the-line materials, our gear can tackle the most arduous excursions and still effortlessly translate into daily life.”
The collection will be available from TUMI.com, certain TUMI stores and select McLaren retailers.