[Richard Wiese showing off the Tumi Adventure Series bags. Photos by NICK HUNT for Patrick McMullan]
Tumi T Tech and Abercrombie & Kent are launching their Extreme Adventures collection and the party to celebrate was last night at the Explorers Club. I wasn't able to make the affair, but thankfully Nick Hunt was and he scored some awesome photos. The line was designed with higher end audiences in mind (those interested in skiing to the South Pole). The Explorers Club on East 70th street is a noteworthy talking piece in itself. Founded in 1904, they revolves around exploration and field sciences. It's members are primarily professionals in the field sciences and individuals that have significantly contributed to the field.
More story and photos below:
Guests, including Lisa Anastos, Carrie Cloud, Anne Marie Cushing, Matthew Modine, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Geoffrey Bradfield, Lauren Ezersky, Andrew Fry, Lydia Fenet, Miguelina Gambaccini, Anisha Lakhani, Kristian Laliberte, Heidi Lee, Jonas Lee, Fern Mallis, Lara Meiland Shaw, Katrina Pavlos, Nick Raynes, Maggie Rizer, Emma Snowdon Jones, Maya Stendhal, Annabel Vartanian and Chessy Wilson, discovered the Explorer’s Club -- the T-Tech and Abercrombie & Kent Way in a social adventure. The Library was transformed into a surreal winterscape consisting of jagged mirrors representing ice upon which images of snow expeditions were projected and an abstract white sled bundled with bags and bathed in twilight. The Trophy Room featured a black matte wall with mouldings, sprouting antlers from which hung TUMI.
T- TECH bags of all colors. These striking installations “make me file like I’ve trekked to the North Pole but in a parallel universe”, exclaimed authoress of the moment, Anisha Lakhani. Host Euan Rellie, who came straight off a flight from South Korea asked Abercrombie & Kent President Scott Wiseman and Tumi CEO Laurence Franklin “is it just bad jet lag or am I really seeing 100 antlers”? The excitement didn’t end there, as a flurry of Blackberries click-clacked as guests typed in www.ttech.com, in hopes of winning a trip to Kilimanjaro.
Annabel Vartanian, Miguelina Gambaccini, Carrie Cloud, Lara Meiland-Shaw
Euan Rellie, Matthew Modine, Scott Wiseman, Richard Wiese
Doug Marshall, Kim Bates
Chessy Wilson, Anisha Lakhani
Matthew Modine, Nick Raynes, David Chu
Kristian Laliberte, Carrie Cloud
Brittney Mendenhall, Jessica Stephens
Anna Rhodes, Steven Victor