WORK - Our Story

Our Story 

Barmes is a New Zealand born, globally raised lifestyle brand who put people and movement at the heart of everything we do.

With a design like no other, we created this product with a mobile-office in mind, though quickly realised not only does it keep all of your essentials organised and accessible, it also compliments your travel by making the journey more seamless from check-in to departure. 

Paul Barmes started his journey in commercial furniture design back in 1985, constantly looking to evolve the idea of cold office furniture into something more timeless yet contemporary. He studied the process’s and habits of people, wanting to create spaces  

to allow individual and collaborative expression within a company structure, that would help to define their culture.


In the early 2000s with the rise of the internet, Paul expanded on his design ethos. With the integration of commercial and domestic life there was a need for furniture that transcends traditional definition, with the work place softening, to encourage emotion, passion and creative thought and the home now more defined to integrate family, work, media and entertainment.

It was then wireless internet which empowered people with the ability to operate from almost anywhere at anytime. This evolution was where Paul was inspired to create and design a piece to give people the ability to live work ad move with more flexibility.

Whether it be leisure or business travel, meetings in a cafe, or working from the living room couch, there were no longer any boundaries. This is where the idea for Barmes was born.

it’s a lifestyle piece that works with you.- Paul Barmes

Our intention was not to serve up just another luggage piece. Other than changes in materials and design aesthetics, there has been little innovation in the luggage industry since the 1980s. Our living style is constantly evolving but in some categories we are not keeping up and providing for this change. Until now.

Barmes is a unique combination of, mobile office, personal storage and carryon case. Your most important pieces are safe and secure with the ability to separate and organise, business, personal and travel items, all with quick and easy access.

We truly pushed the boundaries of the injection moulding process and after years of fine-tuning, we have created a lifestyle piece that combines luxury and engineering.

 We hope you consider Barmes to help you live, work and move more seamlessly in the future.

“You’ll love how you get there”