By  on August 20, 2007

NEW YORK — David Chu held a spring presentation last week, getting a jump on competitors waiting for New York Fashion Week. By presenting 12 looks, the apparel brand was de-emphasized in favor of showcasing Chu’s more recent venture, Tumi. Holiday and spring offerings of the high-end luggage, as well as totes and briefcases, were given center stage.

“I wanted to make Tumi more glamorous and have more style to it,” said David Chu. “The most glamorous time for travel was the 1920s and ’30s.” So the company devised a collection of hard-sided trunks—including one built to hold 12 pairs of shoes and another with a combination lock, for jewelry—all paneled with Tumi’s signature, ballistic nylon, and trimmed with vacchetta leather.

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