With a newly appointed creative director and a revamped Michigan Avenue store, Tumi is taking flight in Chicago.
Bashford duffel bags, Tumi ($695-$895).
With his eponymous line of bespoke shoes, George Esquivel has long been renowned as a leather artisan and shoe master, and now he’s bringing his craftsmanship and discerning eye for fashion to Tumi, which recently appointed him creative director while strengthening its presence in the Windy City with a redesigned Michigan Avenue outpost.
Esquivel’s aesthetic of simple elegance fits right in at the luggage giant. “I wanted to take the function and high-quality materials that Tumi already used and elevate the design to create pieces that are both stylish and sophisticated,” he says, a philosophy expressed in the new Bashford duffel, available in linen, asphalt leather, and bridle leather and suited for both city and country life.
The revamped Mag Mile boutique, designed by the award-winning Dror Benshetrit, features walnut and metal finishes and now boasts an on-the-spot monogramming station. Complementing this sleek new look is the brand’s Santa Monica collection of bags in nine signature styles—a series that, Esquivel says, “demonstrates beauty in simplicity.” Unusual details such as X’s, knotted leather ties, and burnished leather luggage tags add to the bags’ lived-in appearance and effortless flair. 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-3096