Tumi was founded in 1975 in Southfield Plains, New Jersey by Charlie Clifford. The company introduced ballastic nylon suitcases to the luggage industry and their black on black design became one of the company’s trademarks.
In 2004, Tumi was acquired by private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co.
In 2009, Jerome Griffith was appointed as CEO.
Besides suitcases, the company also manufactures briefcases, belts, pens and electronic equipment. In 2006, they began partnering with motorcycle company Ducati to produce a black and red series of bags.
The company went public in 2012.
There are currently 120 Tumi stores worldwide. Their products are also available in department stores, specialty stores and online.