The collaboration, which has been three years in the making, has resulted in a collection of travel bags that transform in size as well as application. Dror says that he and Tumi "share the same creative DNA," manifested in a briefcase, travel satchel, and a patent-pending hardside suitcase. "They are tough as well as flexible," he says, particularly the International Carry-on, with its hard angular shell, expands via a zipper-free "living hinge" that almost doubles its capacity.
"I was designing for myself," says Benshetrit outside the exhibit hall where Tumi has created a multimedia display for the Milan launch conceived by British designer Jules Wright. "It’s about what we are carrying and how we carry ourselves," he says, referencing the backpack, which is great for posture, "but you can’t walk into a board meeting with a backpack." So it turns into a tote complete with laptop compartment. The collection is smart and sophisticated, and if it can keep up with Dror’s travel schedule, it must be durable.
Alexandra Polier has been a communications consultant for artists, architects, designers, fabricators and philanthropists from New York to Nairobi. A writer by training, a networker by nature, she enjoys communicating the way design shapes every aspect of our lives.