June 25, 2002


MINI and Samsonite introduce custom fit MINI luggage

Woodcliff, New Jersey – MINI and Samsonite have collaborated to introduce MINI Travel Gear this fall. Specially designed and engineered by Samsonite, the luggage fits perfectly into the trunk of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S.

“This synergistic relationship allows us to offer premium products designed and engineered with Samsonite quality, and aligned with MINI styling and lifestyle attributes,” said Rinat Aruh, Lifestyle Development Manager for MINI. “MINI customers can fill their boot with luggage on a moment’s notice, for spontaneous adventure.”

Each piece of MINI Travel Gear has removable pieces for quick and versatile packing – allowing enthusiasts more time to “motor.” Samsonite specifically designed the three-piece set that features MINI’s reflective piping and chrome-hubbed wheels. An orange push button on the locking handle is modelled after the MINI’s turn signal indicator light, for those free spirits seeking unexpected turns in their travels. Additionally, each piece has undergone performance testing to ensure Samsonite’s quality and durability standards.

MINI Travel Gear includes:

  • CONVERTIBLE TOTE, Convertible style, zip-away adjustable shoulder straps convert this tote to a backpack. Large front opening gives access to an ample main compartment. The “shoe tunnel” stows footwear in a convenient accessible location.

  • ROAD READY DUFFEL, Large u-shaped opening provides a fast route to a spacious main compartment. Samsonite’s side handles give you a lift, easing packing and unpacking. Interior mesh pocket helps keep items accessible and easy to find.
  • HYBRID CARRY-ON UPRIGHT, Hybrid technology marries hardside protection with softside expandability, and its removable Wetpak pocket and travel kit helps keep belongings protected and toiletries close at hand. Chrome-hubbed in-skate wheels go the distance in maneuvering and style. Push-button locking handle, finely-tuned for “motoring” on foot. Side and bottom handles for easy lifting and loading. Engineered with MINI-matching fabrics, hardware, accents and detailing.

The entire three-piece set retails for U.S.$467.

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