Bits and BobsUp your post-pandemic travel fashion game with Vietnam tourism, Thai Airways and Langham.

Make a fashion statement with these travel purveyors

Purveyors of travel and style: Face masks with Vietnamese designs, Thai Airways' upcycled life vest tote bags; and Langham Hospitality Group CEO Stefan Leser with the Tumi collaborative suitcase.
Purveyors of travel and style: Face masks with Vietnamese designs, Thai Airways' upcycled life vest tote bags; and Langham Hospitality Group CEO Stefan Leser with the Tumi collaborative suitcase.

The world may be on pause but that doesn't mean travel planning has to be—just look to these three travel organisations for inspiration on how to retain a sense of style and creativity while awaiting borders to open up. 

Mask up in Vietnamese street style  

The team at Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), which manages Vietnam's official tourism website of, was constantly thinking up ways to keep the country on the mind of overseas visitors and partners at a time when international borders remain closed. 

Having launched virtual tours and more recently the 'Why Not Vietnam?' TV campaign on CNN Asia, which invites travellers to visit Vietnam for their first post-Covid trip, the TAB team was pondering new ways of reaching out to travellers and bringing a piece of Vietnam to them. 

Photo Credit: Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board

The idea to create Vietnam-inspired masks was hence born, with TAB joining arms with Mekong NTO, a sustainable apparel company in Vietnam, to create reusable face masks. 

"The three designs come from Vietnamese street scenes, our famous motorbikes, and the Vietnam flag face stickers that football fans usually wear when the national team is playing. All three sources of inspiration are very close to the Vietnamese people's hearts, and give travellers a peek into local lives," TAB campaign manager Bui Bao Tram told Travel Weekly Asia. 

Tram encourages travellers who want to own these masks to enter TAB's social giveaway for 'Why Not Vietnam?' on Facebook and Instagram. The winners will receive a set of three masks delivered to their home, anywhere in the world. 

Travel agents who are interested to produce these masks as giveaways for their customers can also get in touch with Mekong NTO (Ms Thao, [email protected]) to get the designs. 

However, the designs for these face masks cannot be edited and any reproduction is strictly for non-profit purposes only and must not be sold in any way, said Tram. 

Emergency chic landing at Thai Airways

Debt-laden Thai Airways (THAI) may be desperately in need of a rescue package, but its creative side is certainly not lacking even during a pandemic. 

After serving in-flight meals in an 'airplane cafe' at its headquarters and selling deep-fried dough fritters on Bangkok streets, the Thai national carrier has kitted out another novel way to stay afloat. 

Making a chic landing is the 'Re-Life Collection' bags, which the airline said are repurposed from disposed life vests and slide rafts. 

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Photo Credit: Thai Airways International

Not only does its latest bag creation enables THAI to keep its operations in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), these bags also help "to generate revenue by upcycling existing resources", said acting president Chansin Treenuchagron. 

There are six models of bags available: Life Container, Life Carrier, Life Saver, Life Organizer, Life Roamer, and Life Trekker. Prices start at 390 baht (US$12.50), and some bags may include the life vest serial number.

Bags are already open for pre-orders on from 14.19 hours on 29 October 2020 until items run out of stock.

The airline says it will continue to offer more eco-friendly products in order to achieve the SDGs. 

Langham and Tumi on a sustainable travel roll
What do you get when you combine a luxury hotel brand with a luxury luggage maker? The new Tumi V4 Recycled International Expandable 4 Wheeled Carry-On. 

The collaborative product is based on Tumi and The Langham Hotels & Resorts' shared commitment to building a more sustainable future in travel, according to executives at both brands. 

“This merging of the ecological aspirations for both The Langham and Tumi has been in the works for months and I’m delighted that we are playing a part in inviting people to travel responsibly,” said Stefan Leser, CEO, Langham Hospitality Group. 

“While we may not be able to venture far at the present time, there is still much to explore closer to home and I know many of our guests are now very mindful of being safe and environmentally conscious at the same time.”

Photo Credit: The Langham Hotels & Resorts

The hard side suitcase by Tumi is made from recycled polycarbonate and comes with a limited edition blush initials patch reminiscent of the luxury hotel brand’s signature hue. Each case will feature textured finishing with speckled pigments that serves to highlight the repurposed materials extensively used in its production and will feature an embossed recycled metal logo.

Available ahead of the global launch of Tumi V4 Recycled Exclusive Collection, The Langham and Tumi’s collaboration had already kicked off in Greater China (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hefei and Haikou) on 23 October with the unveiling of the Celebrate the Perfect Journey staycation package. 

The Tumi V4 Recycled International Expandable 4 Wheeled Carry-On in Pastel Pink, which retails at RMB4,990 (US$746), will be available on Tumi’s official website on 31 October 2020.

In addition, the partnership will also offer premium benefits to both Tumi and The Langham rewards programme members, with details to be shared online moving forward.

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