TUMI x Russell Westbrook

TUMI, the leading global travel and lifestyle brand, has announced the brand’s latest addition to its lifestyle offering with a dynamic limited-edition collection in collaboration with Oklahoma City Thunder Point Guard and 2017 NBA MVP, Russell Westbrook. Westbrook, known for his ferocity on the court, as well as his generosity to his community and bold fashion sense, designed the collection to captivate travelers and athletes alike.

Leading the way as the fashion innovator of the NBA, Russell Westbrook worked hand in hand designing the collection with the TUMI team, knowing exactly how he wanted to blend TUMI’s known functionality and technical innovation with his trendsetting fashionable flair.

Looking to TUMI’s existing collections (which Westbrook uses for personal travel) for inspiration, the two conceived a six-piece collection of the brand’s high-performance ballistic nylon in a tonal red camouflage featuring black leather accents throughout the assortment.

“I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with TUMI, a brand that I have been a loyal user of for years”, says Russell Westbrook. “I’ve always enjoyed the process of transforming an idea through the design process, and the creative team at TUMI really executed my vision. I’m proud to share the functional and stylistic collection we’ve created together with people all over the world.”

The TUMI x Westbrook collection is made up of an International Carry-on, Double Expansion Travel Satchel, both the Morrison and Warren Backpacks, Jetsetter Tote, Hanging Travel Kit, and the Westbrook Dangler. Each piece within the collection features Westbrook’s personal mantra, “Why Not?” providing a reminder of empowerment and perseverance.

“I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know and work with Russell over the last year—he’s been an incredible supporter of TUMI long before this collaboration ever began, so it’s made the experience in working together that much more enjoyable because he truly understands the product,” says Victor Sanz, TUMI Creative Director. “Russell has been extremely hands-on every step of the way; the respect, professionalism and kindness that he’s showed towards our entire team has been unparalleled.”

The TUMI x Westbrook collection ranging in price from $370-$1,280 and will be sold at selected TUMI retail stores worldwide and TUMI.com.au. For more information please visit www.TUMI.com.au

Source: TUMI


The Chen To Open 22nd November as part of Art Series Hotel Group

Art Series Hotel Group will open their eighth art inspired hotel on November 22nd in the burgeoning Melbourne suburb of Box Hill.

Named after and inspired by Chinese Australian artist Zhong Chen, the hotel will reflect his fun and relaxed persona and be dedicated to the ‘Art of Joyful Journeys’. The Chen will reflect and celebrate the ethnic diversity of Box Hill, with Chen’s bold art representing his own transcultural identity.

Chen arrived in Adelaide from China at the age of eighteen. Born in Zhongshan, Chen’s first taste of art was through the lens of traditional Chinese calligraphy and from there his range of influences span cultural histories from China, Australia, Germany, USA and the UK.

In his art we see a playful, gestural style using watercolour, oil and acrylic to create bold black outlines that provide a marked contrast to the softer pastel tones that are unevenly absorbed through the paper. His bold art marries Western expressions with Chinese traditions as he negotiates his mixed heritage portraying childhood memories and Chinese pop culture as his inspiration.

Providing a contemporary accommodation in Melbourne’s flourishing Box Hill, The Chen has been crafted with the unique art inspired touch points that Art Series Hotels are celebrated for. Featuring 100 intelligently designed hotel suites in muted grey tones with pops of pastel pinks and blues that are all complemented with Chen’s vibrant Digital Archival Fine Art Editions.

The Chen features spectacular views of Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding suburbs from the impressive rooftop pool and entertainment deck, with multiple onsite restaurants and cafes set to open later this year that will include Melbourne’s best Yum Cha.

The property will also feature a fully equipped state-of-the-art gymnasium, events centre and car park, with Trams at the doorstep ready to whisk guests away to explore Melbourne city.

Zhong Chen Says; “I have lived and worked in Box Hill for nearly a decade and I am really proud of this community and its emergence as a powerful fringe suburb of Melbourne. To have an Art Series Hotel open in my name is truly an honor. I love the hotel’s location so much I even purchased an apartment in the same complex and I am looking forward to seeing guests engage with the hotel and my art.”

The Chen will encapsulate all of the Art Series Hotel Group’s signature amenities including their Be-spoke Art Series Signature bedding, EVO bathroom amenities, luxe minibar, renowned art tours, dedicated art channels, artist documentaries and art libraries. Art Series branded Smart Cars and Lekker bicycles will also be available for guests to hire to explore the area and further afield.

Source: Art Series Hotel


Qantas release Mini Uniforms for kids

Qantas is looking to inspire a new generation of pilots, cabin crew and aviation enthusiasts with the launch of a new collection of ‘mini’ pilot and cabin crew outfits for children.

Based on the Qantas uniforms designed by Qantas Creative Director of Fashion, Martin Grant, the new range of dress-ups for children aged 3 – 8 include a Qantas Captain, and a cabin crew uniform for girls and boys.

The unisex pilot uniform includes a navy jacket with four gold embroidered stripes to identify a Captain, a white shirt with a separate navy tie and trousers. The Captain’s hat features the iconic Qantas roo and Golden Wattle embroidery.

The cabin crew uniform for girls includes a navy shift dress with the iconic Qantas red and fuchsia detailing, with a separate fuchsia scarf and belt. The cabin crew uniform for boys features a navy vest, white shirt, separate navy tie with red detailing and trousers.

Qantas Chief Customer Officer Olivia Wirth said Qantas hoped to encourage a passion for travel from an early age.

“We hope the new dress-up range will allow children to let their imagination fly and embrace the magic of travel,” she said.

“Many of our pilots and cabin crew chose careers in aviation after their first flight with Qantas, so we want to find ways to create memorable experiences and inspire the future generation of Qantas customers and employees.”

Qantas Creative Director of Fashion, Martin Grant said he was pleased to see his Qantas designs being turned into travel inspiration for young flyers.

“The Qantas crew take great pride in wearing their uniform, so I’m thrilled to see a version created for children to help them dream of spreading their wings and taking to the skies,” he said.

Children are currently one of the fastest growing segments of the Qantas Frequent Flyer membership base, with some parents signing up their children from birth.

The mini uniforms for children are the first in a range of new initiatives being developed for the Joey Club, the program recognising Qantas’ youngest customers.

Over the next three months, Qantas will introduce the following to its Joey Club program:

  • Broader Joey Club retail merchandise range including passports and luggage tags.
  • Larger investment in the children’s inflight entertainment channels. In addition to the 50 hours of movie and TV content, Qantas will introduce Kinderling – family friendly radio, kids audio books and a new interactive Joey Club drawing game.
  • Joey Club ‘kids kits’ inflight, featuring an Etch A Sketch, activity booklet and a re-usable zip lock bag, plus on selected international flights limited edition Matilda the Kangaroo socks.
  • A new Qantas Joey Club novelty passport for Australian-based Frequent Flyer members (aged 3-10 years old) where they can record details of their flight.

The Joey Club also includes a dedicated area for kids in domestic and international lounges with kids menus and activities. Other existing family friendly initiatives include infant and kids meals inflight, priority family boarding and Family Transfers through Qantas Frequent Flyer – a feature where parents can transfer or gift Qantas Points to their children or other family members up to four times within a 12-month period.

The mini uniforms form part of the broader Qantas Merchandise range including; Qantas luggage, model aeroplanes, Retro Roo collection and Noritake tableware.

The outfits will be available for pre-order in Australia from today on the Qantas Shop for pre-Christmas delivery.

Source: Qantas


Qantas offers Americans a free passport to see Australia

In a new digital and online campaign targeting US travellers Qantas is encouraging more Americans to holiday in Australia by offering to pay for their passport.

Qantas’ Not Your Typical Airline campaign has launched in the US, and is timed to support the arrival of the airline’s new 787 Dreamliner.

The video and digital banner ads tap into the insight that only 40 per cent1 of Americans hold a valid passport and that Qantas is offering these travellers a US$135 discount, or the cost of a US passport, off their next ticket to Australia.

Other components of the campaign showcase the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru as well as Australia’s unique hiking trails, outback water holes and native animals, explaining that Australia also offers not your typical vacation experience.

Qantas Chief Customer Officer Olivia Wirth said the airline is keen to encourage more Americans to apply for a passport and make Australia their next international holiday.

“Australia is in the top five destinations Americans would consider travelling to in the next four years, yet more than half the population do not hold a valid passport,” she said.

“We want to make this process easier and offer our American customers US$135 off the price of their fare, essentially covering the cost of a new passport.

“As Australia’s national carrier we are proud and excited to share all that Australia has to offer – and with this campaign we are keen to help boost tourism to our cities, towns and regional areas at the same time.”

More than eight million international visitors travelled to Australia in the year ending June 2017, injecting $40.6 billion into the Australian economy. Of these, 753,000 visitors were from the US spending a total of $3.7 billion during their stay, up seven per cent on the previous year.3

Just over a third of US travelers visit up to five regions when travelling to Australia, following food and wine trails, exploring coastal areas and spending time experiencing Australia’s native animals and wildlife.

Qantas offers more non-stop flights per week between the US and Australia than any other airline with direct flights from Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth and Vancouver.

It is the only carrier to operate the award-winning A380 between the US and Australia, and in December 2017, will add a new service from Los Angeles to Melbourne on the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

To redeem the discount, US customers can visit qantas.com/passport and enter the promo code ‘PASSPORT’. The offer is available to all US citizens irrespective of whether they hold a passport.

Source: Qantas


SECRET CHAPTERS AT THE LIBRARY, KOH SAMUI

In celebration of the commencement of the unveiling in November of the new Secret Pool Villas at The Library in Koh Samui, The Library has announced an introductory rate of THB27,064 per night for two people, including breakfast, for bookings made from now up until 30 November for stays in a one-bedroom Secret Villa from 1 November to 20 December 2017 and from 6 January to 30 April 2018.

Collectively known as Secret Chapters, these exclusive one and two-bedroom Secret Pool Villas will exude a sense of unmitigated luxury and freedom. Perfectly suited for discerning couples and honeymooners, these are sprawling private spaces with mysteries to uncover and secrets to make.

Guests staying a minimum three nights in a Secret Pool Villa over the same period at this popular Thailand resort, set against the backdrop of Chaweng Beach, will also receive a complimentary 3-course dinner for 2 people and roundtrip Samui airport transfers.

The Library will introduce the one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom Secret Pool Villas in November with the special villas, including The Editor and The Writer, due to be open by early 2018.

The floor area of the one-bedroom Secret Villas will be 220 square metres with a custom-made 3-metre-wide bed. Key features include a dedicated entertainment space, full dining area with pantry, spacious Jacuzzi bathtub, 8-metre long saltwater swimming pool, oversized tandem rain shower and his and hers walk-in closets.

The Editor will be a luxurious villa geared towards the working creative and The Writer, a singular, expansive unit featuring an absolute beach frontage and access, dedicated living and dining spaces, a private library, outdoor cinema and backyard gym, an upper floor terrace with spectacular views and an 8.5 x 7.5-metre saltwater swimming pool.For booking enquiries please contact your travel agent or rsvn@thelibrarysamui.com.

A member of Design Hotels, The Library reads like an elegant monograph – a design-centric hotel that invites one to sit with a book in quiet contemplation while also weaving its own story of natural beauty and unmatched luxury. With its 26 Studios and Suites and the addition of the Secret Pool Villas, this minimalist resort will cement its reputation as Koh Samui’s top boutique accommodation.

Owned by Samui native Kasemtham Sornsong, and created with designer Tirawan Songsawat, The Library is a beachfront hotel presenting a refreshing and subtle play on the book.

The expansive grounds provide ample space for guests to flourish, each area representing a blank page on which to write their story. With its restrained yet sophisticated design, the conceptual resort is unique to the island; its pure minimalism offers the perfect opportunity to capitalise on its thematic concept.

Understated and peaceful, The Library narrates a story in which genuine harmony with the neighbouring landscape is a tangible achievement. The hotel’s library binds the property with its collection of more than 1400 books providing a satisfying alternative to modern distractions.

The enduring respect for the surrounding landscape is unequivocal. From The Page restaurant holding fort on the beachfront, to the Drink Gallery and Tapas Bar fronting Chaweng Road, The Library seals the chasm between nature and modern life. Like a good book, The Library contains an assortment of interesting chapters, enticing guests to learn to live harmoniously with nature.

Source: The Library