Just when delayed flights, lost luggage and limited leg room had almost destroyed the illusion of the glamorous getaway forever, Tumi unveils its latest collaboration, and it’s bold. The usually chic and understated brand here gets an edgy makeover as it lands in Monaco this summer for the first edition of UPAW. Urban Painting Around the World sees nine urban artists from around the world come together for a live performance piece (who’d of thought, eh?). The result: a unique collection of one of a kind pieces tagged by some of the world’s most watched urban artists. Think the Olympics of artist collaborations.
Waving the flag for the US is graffiti master John “Crash” Matos who joins the brand once again – following his debut in 2011 – trading the trains and streets of the Bronx to adorn Tumi’s new TLX collection; its first made in Europe. The vibe mixes street and contemporary art with talent jetting in from across the continent, including Russia’s Alex Kuznetsov who could be described simply as Rothko on acid. The artists will create original works around the theme, ‘Protection of the Oceans’, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the Prince Albert II Foundation, a charity that focuses on environmental protection and sustainability and was started by none other than the Prince of Monaco himself. Expect punchy slogans, colour clashes and surrealist graphics. Truly a sight for sore eyes coming round the carousel.