Tried & Tested

Product check: Contura Suit Carrier

31 Aug 2008 by Ciprian Hirlea

When you’ve packed your best suit to wear to that all-important presentation at global HQ in front of your CEO, the last thing you need is to find that it unpacks like a concertina, leaving you dishevelled and crumpled in front of the entire board.

Hongkong-based Omnimus may offer the solution. The company has developed the Contura Suit Carrier, a compact lightweight holder that can pack suits to fit hand-carry bags or cabin-size luggage. The materials are manufactured by factories that supply quality-conscious brands such as sports brand Nike and luggage giant Tumi.

The carrier comes with easy-to-understand instructions on how to fold the suit jacket, which is the key technique, the trousers are easily wrapped around afterward. The Contura casing protects the clothing and absorbs shocks and jolts that might otherwise disturb your case or bag contents.

I roadtested the Contura Suit Carrier on a two-week trip, which saw me head from Hongkong to Shanghai, to Beijing, Bangkok and then on to Singapore and Bali before heading back to Hongkong. The trip took in a trade show, a conference and a number of social events, where I needed to make as good an impression as I could. No mean feat in normal times, but a tall order when packing and unpacking for 10 different flights and seven different hotel stays.

The results were hugely impressive. Despite the rough and tumble, my suit survived the ordeal and so I hope did my dignity. The suit carrier was put through a pretty demanding test and I was genuinely surprised at just how well it worked.

Omnimus managing director Wade Tang says of the carrier: “Its ability to pack suits to a compact size and keep them straight will give business travellers unprecedented new ways to pack their suits for travel and permanently change their travel habits. They can pack suits in cabin-size uprights and not worry if they have the time to get creases out on their arrival.”

The company is planning to launch a shirt carrier in 2009.

The Contura Suit Carrier retails at US$60 per unit.

For further details, call 852 2545 0293 or email wade.tang@omnimus.com

Kenny Coyle

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