It’s fair to say that any DJ worth their salt from a certain era will be well versed in dragging around big crates packed full of vinyl. Occupational hazard you see. So, when Tumi announced a bag collab with the legendary DJ Clark Kent, you could almost hear an audible sigh of relief above the thumping base.
Although it won’t officially drop until the spring, the bag debuted at Tumi’s first appearance at Sole DXB in December, with a pop-up store featuring a host of merch, a customisation station and a special appearance from Kent himself ahead of a DJ set at the closing party.
If you’re going for a game-changing DJ bag, then Kent, real name Rodolfo Franklin, is a stellar choice to collaborate with. Synonymous with the best of 1990s hip-hop and R&B, the guy has worked with everybody from the Notorious B.I.G to 50 Cent, Mariah Carey to Jay-Z – producing three tracks on his iconic Reasonable Doubt album. And bonus, he’s no stranger to a collab, either. In 2010 he was commissioned by Nike to design a "Five Boroughs AF1 Low" pack of special limited edition Nike Air Force 1 shoes.
But this is more than a collaboration in name only. You can see that Kent has been all over the innovation in the product, with every DJ requirement being catered to. Made from Tumi’s signature, ultra-durable FXT® ballistic nylon, it’s comfortably built to handle all your essentials.
Deceptively spacious, you’ve got numerous interior and exterior pockets to ensure a seamless travel experience while protecting your equipment – from a 15” laptop and headphones to a mixer or controller. A special, padded inner compartment will hold your vinyl records and there are pockets for smaller items such as cables, cords and needles. Perfect for a DJ on the go, the backpack comes with an Add-a-Bag sleeve to ensure it sits effortlessly on top of your travel case.
All you need to do now is concentrate on the music. We can’t guarantee that your mix is going to be as solid as one from Clark Kent, but this bag will at least ensure that you look just as good getting there.