TGA Member Profiles
Zensah Compression Apparel
Founded in 2004, Zensah is a leader in travel compression, dedicated to creating compression products for travel and wellness that make the travel experience much more comfortable. Its seamless technology creates flat seams for added comfort, and it uses 3D fabric design and ribbing to improve circulation (more…)
Vinnibag by Ellessco
The Vinnibag was conceived around the proverbial kitchen table with one part wine industry veteran, one part biotech executive, a small slice of investment advice and a chunk of engineering. As experienced travelers passionate about wine and local specialties, Ellessco’s founders saw the need for a better way to transport liquids and fragile items. Two years of intensive product development and testing led to the creation of Ellessco LLC and the Vinnibag — a unique concept for inflatable protection of travel accessories that suspends items in an air cushion that conforms to the contents, including multiple small items.
“Whether you’re a frequent flyer or extreme sports enthusiast, VinniBag is a great travel companion for anything that can break or leak,” says Elizabeth Scarbrough. “From wine and olive oil to perfume and collectible figurines, contents are isolated, immobilized and cushioned by the air chambers, and sealed by a specially designed closure.” Engineered to withstand significant fluctuations in altitude and temperature, VinniBags meet or exceed all airline regulations and only takes a minute to inflate and seal.
Also of note, Ellessco LLC is a women-owned company that employs U.S. resources for design, manufacturing, packaging and shipping. It maintains a recycling program that converts plastics into garden hoses, operates using eco-friendly practices, supports charitable organizations and “lives by one simple rule, ‘Be Nice and Have Fun.'”
Travelsox™ stimulate lower leg circulation through gradual compression, reducing swelling and guarding against deep vein thrombosis. They are manufactured in Italy by Arcos, with graduated compression that starts mid-foot, supporting the arch and plantar fascia, gradually decreasing through the lower leg to support the veins and speed the return of fresh blood to the feet — up to 40% faster.
“The patented graduated compression socks and exclusive materials are just the start,” states Ron Bizieff. “Each pair is designed for maximum results. Whether you are on a long flight, sitting, standing or just walking around, these socks will increase circulation to and from your feet.” Made of Travelsox™’s exclusive anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral quick-drying material, the socks are also odor-resistant and reduce blisters.
When Travelpro® founder Robert Plath invented The Original Rollaboard® in his garage in 1989, he not only changed the way the people traveled but his new invention helped energize the travel goods industry. The Rollaboard®, a 22″ wheeled upright, also led to the creation of a company that views itself as an industry leader due to the patents it holds and its component technology.
Travelpro® luggage is used by over 425,000 airline personnel worldwide and is sold in the U.S., Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Today, Travelpro® manufactures numerous luggage collections — Platinum, Crew, FlightPro, WalkAbout, Hydrogen, and FlightCrew — as well as Wall Street business cases and various private label collections.
Marcy Schackne, vice president of marketing for Travelpro, points to the number of innovative features that the company offers within its luggage collections, such as an exclusive, lightweight, polypropylene honeycomb frame that makes it 20%-30% lighter than traditional luggage yet more impact-resistant than ABS frames. Platinum with ProGrip received a medical endorsement by the largest state chiropractic association and test results confirm that the ProGrip handle relieves excess strain and pressure from shoulders, neck, back, arm and wrist. And all new collections are lined with an exclusive H2O Guard™ water-resistant lining that make soiled clothing and toiletry spills easy to clean.
For more information, visit www.travelpro.com or contact Marcy Schackne at Travelpro’s Boca Raton, FL headquarters, 561-998-2824, x-154.
Travelon® began more than 25 years ago as Travel Caddy, one of the nation’s first manufacturers of luggage carts. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that the company expanded into luggage manufacturing and, eventually, into the design and sourcing of travel accessories and soft goods. As Travelon’s Kathy Novak points out, “Travel Caddy had a reputation for creating innovative, solidly engineered products that were rigorously tested for safety and performance…and that made travel easier. These qualities have not changed.”
Today Travelon® visualizes itself as much a product design and sourcing company as a travel goods company. With a growing intellectual property portfolio of more than 30 U.S. patents and 60 patents pending, Travelon strives to differentiate themselves “through innovative, often patented, product design, backed by outstanding merchandising and dealer support,” according to Novak. Merchandising and dealer support are accomplished through a team concept consisting of several specialized groups that work closely together to serve Travelon’s customers.
Travelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry
Travelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry has been offering a complete line of travel-related products, including luggage, travel accessories, coolers, and outdoor products, to both domestic and international markets since 1986. According to Marylou Almeida, the key to the company’s success has been its “dedication to innovation, quality, value and service. Our goal is to provide our customers with superior quality and innovative products, maintain exceptional customer service, and maintain price points that meet today’s tight budget constraints.”
Travelers Club products are “geared to the ever changing needs of the end consumer,” says Almeida. “Because of our emphasis on the “Cool-Carry” line, we’ve become one of the industry’s leading cooler manufacturers. We create trend-setting styles, and incorporate features, such as detachable radios, backpack straps and in-line blade wheel systems. These traits have all contributed to making our company the success it is today and we have established ourselves as an industry leader in producing high quality and affordable products.”
Sutton Home Fashions
Sutton Home Fashions is a family-run business – its first employees were all immediate family members – devoted to providing value-priced premium solutions to the travel and bedding market, with an ever-expanding travel goods segment.
“We offer the most up-to-date trends, best prices and (more…)
SUITSUIT International BV
SUITSUIT® was established in 2008, with the goal of becoming a leading brand in innovative fashionable luggage and travel accessories. By identifying tomorrow’s fashion and style trends and understanding traveler’s needs, they have (more…)
Suitcases & More
When David Stoller founded Suitcases & More in Phoenix in 1985, his goal was to offer consumers quality travel products in a market he felt did not represent the category well. Established almost as an afterthought after Stoller diversified the family-owned travel agency he helped start three years earlier, he sought out new products from relatively young travel goods companies that would separate Suitcases & More from other stores. Over the years, Stoller has added many well-known and established names to its brand assortment.
“We choose suppliers by their desire to be different, responsible, and reliable,” Stoller says. “We helped break a mold of traditional luggage stores by becoming more of a travel store and providing products that were meant for travel and not just for looking good. Support from our vendors, product reliability, and price reliability continue to drive us forward.”
Suitcases and More, Inc. is located at 9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260; 480-860-0038; email@example.com.
In 2006, two traveling professionals tired of constantly looking for that “better” suitcase put their heads together to found Sttelli, with the goal of creating a stylish alternative that also delivers customer value.
“Sttelli’s suitcases and travel accessories strive to give travelers the tools to have a fun, hassle-free travel experience,” states Elias Gutt. “Our luggage lines are beautifully designed with both practicality and the traveler’s budget in mind.”
Sttelli luggage uses easy-to-identify luggage colors and name tags in beautiful combinations; Sttelli’s travel accessories aim to cover most travelers’ in-flight comfort needs and “away from home” amenities.