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by Leo Jakobson | December 19, 2014
Tumi has launched a new line of bags specifically designed for, and exclusive to, the special market channel

The Continental Wheeled Carry-On, Weekender Duffel, and Conference Messenger bags are all inspired by Tumi's top-of-the-line Alpha 2 collection, and have only very small differences, despite their substantially lower price-points. To create this line, Tumi decided to "take a model that is doing extremely well at retail and take out a tiny bell here, a minor whistle there," says Mike Landry, Tumi's director of special markets.  

Designed primarily for bulk purchase incentive and corporate gift programs, the three bags all feature open front pockets designed to take embroidered logos and other designs. They also have the standard monogrammable leather patch and Tumi leather ID tag.

The 22-inch Continental Wheeled Carry-On
The Conference Messenger bag has a slim urban design and is made from high-performance ballistic nylon and features interior and exterior organizer pockets, an adjustable shoulder strap, and the Omega Closure System zipper, which is designed so that the easily replaceable zipper pull will tear away before the zipper itself is damaged by luggage machinery or handlers. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $140. That said, none of these bags are available at retail, so recipients will not be able to price-compare it to other models.

The 22-inch Continental Wheeled Carry-On is made of Tumi's FXT ballistic nylon and features four recessed spinner wheels for stability and maneuverability, a three-stage telescoping handle and molded top handle, protective corner bumpers, Omega Closure System zipper, and expansion capability. It measures 22 inches by nine inches by 14 inches and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $395.

The flat-packable Weekender Duffel is made of soft-but-tough ballistic nylon, measures 12 inches by 18 inches by 8.5 inches and features interior and exterior organizer pockets, a removable shoulder strap and Omega Closure System zipper. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $150.

Check out the new line of Tumi bags here.