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Suitcases & More

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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; enterprise@qwest.net.

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Sttelli LLC

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Sttelli LLC

mp_sttelliIn 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.

For more information, log on to www.sttelli.com, or contact Elias Gutt at 305-459-0555; elias.g@sttelli.com.

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Royce Leather Gifts

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Royce Leather Gifts

mp_royce-leatherRoyce 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.

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Piel Leather, Inc.

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Piel Leather, Inc.

mp_pielIn 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.”

For more information, visit www.pielleather.com or contact Claudine Hirashima; 562-498-8822; pielusa@earthlink.net.

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ORB Travel

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ORB Travel

mp_orb-travelVibrant, a 20-year-old design firm, recently entered the travel accessory market with the launch of ORB Travel, introducing unique, designer-coordinated sets of luggage straps, travel organizers and bag tags to the North American marketplace.

“For more than 20 years, our parent company, Vibrant, has served the retail community with innovative and high appeal products, and has distinguished itself with quick turnaround times and high fill rates,” states Murad Ismail. “We are utilizing our design expertise and innovative approaches, creating a fresh view on the travel accessory market with products that are stylish, functional and differentiate your luggage.”

The ORB Travel Collection includes coordinated luggage straps and bag tags, passport holders with RFID protection, TSA-friendly luggage locks, adapters, chargers, scales and travel essentials gift sets. They maintain distribution facilities in Buffalo, NY and Toronto, ON.

For more information, log on to www.vibrantphoto.com/ORB, or contact Murad Ismail at 800-561-6510; mismail@vibrantphoto.com.

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Occles Travel Eyewear

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Occles Travel Eyewear

mp_occlesThe 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.

For more information log on to www.occles.co, or contact Hugh Robertson at +44 77 6883 8488; hugh@occles.co.

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Oakthrift Corporation Ltd.

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Oakthrift Corporation Ltd.

mp_oakthriftOakthrift Corporation, based in the UK and renowned for innovative home improvement products, has introduced a unique line of travel items designed to make traveling easier and more comfortable for everyone, while also catering to the retailer’s desire for fast-moving, fresh travel products.

“Building on 20 years of experience and with the support of our own design team, we have introduced some very exciting and innovative travel products that have never been seen before,” states James Thorn. “We are proud of the fact that we have designed, developed and tested the products 100% ourselves.”

Oakthrift’s products are travel pillows, portable child seating solutions and a range of children’s travel products. Their new travel pillow, The Roamwild Surround Pillow, combines a memory foam collar with two inflatable side supports to easily adjust for individual comfort. It also provides fully independent head support to keep the spine aligned straight, and to prevent the overextension of neck ligaments, reducing the risk of neck ache.

For more information, log on to www.oakthrift.com, or contact James Thorn at +44 20 8327 0222; jt@oakthrift.com.

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