Tumi Holdings, Inc., is a manufacturer of high-end suitcases and bags based in New Jersey. Founded after a 1975 stint in the Peace Corps in Peru, Charlie Clifford named the company after a Peruvian tumi ceremonial knife used for sacrifices. Tumi, Inc. was a subsidiary of Doughty Hanson & Co. from 2004 to 2012 until after its initial public offering.
Tumi's products are widely available at department stores, specialty stores, at more than 120 Tumi-branded stores, and 200 other shops around the world. You can also order online.
Known for their black-on-black ballistic nylon designs, the brand also supplies belts, pens, and electronic equipment. In 2006, the brand teamed up with designer Anish Kapoor to produce the PowerPack Backpack, a hiker's must-have that incorporates solar technology to charge mobile devices and PDAs. In the same year, the brand collaborated with Ducati to launch an eight-piece co-branded collection which was sold by retail outlets of both brands.
The brand has a novel and innovative strategy whereby a metal plate with a unique 20-digit registration number is placed inside each of its bags. The Tumi Tracer program allows owners to register on a central database and be reunited with their bag if it is recovered when lost or stolen.