TGA Member Profiles
Royce Leather Gifts
Royce Leather’s new 109A-5 Bi-fold Euro Commuter Wallet offers up a thoroughly modern twist on the classic bi-fold wallet, with two windowed ID pockets and five card slots on the left, three card slots on the right, two leather-lined bill pockets, and an additional wide slot on the back. And as a new twist, Radio Frequency Blocking Technology has been added to protect consumers against the identity theft perils associated with the millions of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) scanners in use.
Royce Leather has been producing fine leather items since 1974. “We incorporate a classic, well-designed product with rich character, enduring quality, and the unique beauty of each leather hide,” says Billy Bauer. “Each piece is meticulously constructed with attention to even, fine stitching, and is tooled using only the finest techniques and materials. The Royce Collection is a masterpiece of beauty and luxury.”
Royce Leather’s highlighted colors are: Carnation Pink, Key Lime Green, Ocean Blue, Wildberry, Purple, and stylish two-tone leather products. They also offer different types of leather to appeal to various price points including: Top Grain Nappa Cowhide, Milano Top Grain, Boston Leather, Genuine Leather, Sedona Bonded Leather, Man Made Leather, and Florida Leather. Personalization with debossing and metal engraving is also available.
Piel Leather, Inc.
In the early 1970s, Gerardo Cuellar was a young college student anxious to establish a new career in international trade with his close friend, Jaime M. Martinez. Together, they started importing a variety of handcrafted goods from Colombia, one of which was produced in Vaquetta leather. As Office Manager Claudine Hirashima says, “During 35-plus years of business, Piel Leather has proven time and again to be the ‘leader in naked leather.’ Undoubtedly, we will continue striving to improve and evolve the Vaquetta line for many years to come.”
Hirashima describes the company’s products as a finely handcrafted line of briefcases, carry-on bags, ladies’ handbags and purses, backpacks, small leather goods, and travel cases made from the finest natural leathers and highest quality hardware. In addition, the company offers custom design and private labeling options and a “no boundaries policy with an eagerness to work with clients to produce exactly what they need in the time they need it.” Piel also accommodates special orders, including embossing and embroidery within 30 days. “We are one of the most versatile companies in the industry,” says Hirashima. “Our items are fully covered under warranty and we produce fine products for everyone from the frequent traveler to the leisure golfer.”
Occles Travel Eyewear
The creators of Occles Travel Eyewear came up with the idea for “Occles – the ultimate eyeshades” – while lying on a beach in Greece. It was truly a light bulb moment when they were unable to find a product to totally block light from their eyes – one that set them on a path to developing a worldwide patent-pending, registered design and trademark product that does just that.
“Occles are a totally unique product developed to protect the eyes from strong light when trying to get shut-eye on the red-eye or relaxing at your destination,” states Hugh Robertson. “They are a truly multi-use 21st century first-class sleep mask and a “disruptive product‟ in the field of eyewear, one that challenges the conventional ways of protecting the eyes from light.”
Occles are one-piece, flexible eyeshades that wrap around the head and block 100% of the sun’s harmful UV light to the eyes. They have a bridgeless, comfortable eye pad system for total comfort. The totally opaque lenses ensure that no light transmission disturbs the wearer whether they are worn during travels or on the beach.
Ningbo Leed Bags & Luggage Co. Ltd.
With its 13-year history, Ningbo Leed Bags & Luggage Company is a highly experienced manufacturer of sewn and plastic injection travel products. Its expertise encompasses backpacks, school bags, laptop carriers, totes, cosmetic cases, travel bags, and ABS, polycarbonate and polypropylene luggage.
“We are very familiar with all the necessary trade steps including sourcing, quality control, shipping, and export, and ensure every step of the process is controlled,” states Stanley Xu. “We strive to provide efficiency, quality production of goods, high standards, and best service.”
Located in Ningbo City, China, the company welcomes OEM and ODM sourcing with an emphasis on developing new products together with its clients.
McKlein Company LLC
McKlein Company LLC manufactures and distributes three brands of travel products each uniquely handcrafted to offer stylish, cutting-edge and innovative designs and each offering rolling cases that feature their patented Removable Wheel and Handle System. Their new brand, Parinda, features stylish and affordable handbags, as well as ladies’ cases made of luxurious Italian leather in six “chic” colors, all created to be smart, yet sexy. McKlein’s product lines consist of business cases, computer cases, luggage, casual bags, backpacks, business accessories, attaché cases, accessories, duffel bags, note pad capability bags, tote bags, carry-on cases, and wheeled cases.
Our laptop cases, briefcases, and luggage provide unsurpassed protection and superior quality and are the leading choices among business travelers,” says Christina Schmitt. “Our patented and revolutionary detachable cases are two bags in one — they can be wheeled or carried. The commute of the mobile professional is finally simplified!” McKlein’s 220,000 square-foot factory in Thailand also does custom-made, OEM, or built-to-order products to any specification at competitive prices and high quality standards.
Mancini Leather Goods Inc.
Mancini Leather Goods has offered inspired collections of ladies’ and men’s fine leather goods since 1989. Their innovative creation — wallets, accessories, and business and travel products — capture the imagination and showcase the natural characteristics of the finest quality leathers and premium materials from around the world.
Among their offerings are luggage and travel bags, passport organizers, briefcases, laptop cases, backpacks, attaché cases, catalog cases, fine leather wallets and accessories. “Mancini products are the perfect fusion of style and function,” states Jamie Trachtenberg. “In keeping with our legacy of excellence, we offer the finest personal leather goods supported by our impeccable reputation for superior products and service — all this while providing one of the most competitive quality-price-value offerings on market.”
Luggage America, Inc.
Chris Yu opened Luggage America’s first office in Los Angeles, CA, in 1982 as a one-man travel shop. Over the next two decades, Yu focused on his vision of offering consumers a wide range of dependable, moderately priced, and quality products, helping the company evolve into an international travel goods supplier. Now headquartered in Carson, CA, a Los Angeles suburb, Luggage America opened an East Coast distribution center in South Hackensack, NJ, in 1998 so that it could better serve the domestic market. The company also established itself in the global market by opening sales and research and development offices in Shanghai, China. Today, Yu devotes most of his time to product development and quality control. “The drive for innovative products and features is what keeps us moving forward,” he says.
Luggage America provides items in a multitude of categories, such as rolling backpacks, duffels, totes, casual bags, and luggage. According to Yu, “New products and ideas are tested and quickly introduced in order to meet the ever-changing landscape of modern travel.” The U.S. patented 2×2 recess in-line metal ball bearing wheel system has become a company trademark, while the introduction of the next generation Hideaway Backpack Strap System has helped to further distinguish Luggage America’s Sports Plus rolling backpack from the competition. As National Sales Manager Henry Kim points out, “Whether it’s a Sports Plus rolling duffel, an Olympia rolling business case, or an American Airlines luggage collection, Luggage America’s original features provide the customer with a unique travel solution.”
When LODIS was established more than 40 years ago by European designers Loewe of Spain and Dan Segat, its original collection was specifically created for the U.S. market using Loewe’s time honored skills, leather, and craftsmanship. “We are proud of our European heritage,” says Stanley Bauer. “The LODIS Collection offers a range of leather products that blend fashion with function. Our name is associated with superb quality and meticulous attention to details, as well as unique and innovative designs and styles.”
LODIS’ product lines now include briefcases, travel accessories, small leather goods, and handbags. According to Bauer, the company strives to produce quality products at great price points and to offer excellent customer service. “The Lodis team can be confident that when we bring our products to the marketplace the goods have met the best quality control criteria,” states Bauer. “LODIS products are fully backed by fast, efficient, and reliable service, which is our customers’ guarantee of superb quality and value-priced merchandise.”
“We are an old fashioned luggage and leather goods store that offers the highest quality products and services. We simply cater to our customers. The word ‘no’ is not in our vocabulary,” says Elliott Saks, owner of Manhattan-based Lexington Luggage. Since 1978, the family-owned business has been selling all major brands of luggage, attachés, business and computer cases, writing instruments, personal leather goods and gifts. The retailer also offers its customers a complete repair department.
Saks considers Lexington Luggage’s knowledgeable salespeople, customer service commitment and low everyday prices to be the keys to the store’s uniqueness and success. “It’s not unusual for a customer to approach me just to say what a refreshing experience it was to purchase a product from one of our salespeople because he or she explained it so well and had such a vast knowledge of the merchandise. It’s very satisfying to know that we made that sale because of our knowledge — not just because of our everyday low prices.”
Started by European leather craftsmen in Cincinnati, OH, The Leather Specialty Company has remained true to its tradition through three generations and 87 years of American family ownership. According to Beverly Bissett, what distinguishes the company from its competitors is that it combines genuine, top grain American leathers with a unique high quality American look. “Schlesinger and Korchmar represent the epitome of American quality and craftsmanship,” she says. “We offer the business person the greatest variety of practical, yet classic designs to solve travel and business needs at a fraction of the price of the ‘major brands’ that are household names. And we still do manufacture in the USA.”
Now located in a “top notch warranty repair and manufacturing facility” in Naples, FL, The Leather Specialty Company offers a five-year warranty backed by U.S.-based technicians and support. The company’s brands consist of Schlesinger, a high-quality line of classic American business cases and casual/lifestyle travel and business bags; and Korchmar, a mid-priced line of attaché cases and litigation or pilot cases (catalog cases). An interesting note is that the company was hired by the U.S. government to produce leather cases carried by Air Force bomber navigators and other government officials.