CONTENTS SUMMER 2012 | VOL. 37 NO. 2
ON THE COVER
MADE TO BE MODIFIED
Luggage customizable to your taste and space
Starting from bottom left: Samsonite's Compressor has an internal system that allows you to incrementally compress a fully expanded case after it's packed and the lid is closed (MSRP: $600), Lipault's 26" 2-Wheeled 0% Foldable Packing Case with French fashion sensibility (MSRP: $219), Biaggi's Contempo 20” 4-wheel International Expandable Carry-On has patented hinge lock technology that allows luggage to fold flat (MSRP: $219), Dot Drops' 21” Upright Carry-on, customizable in 100% pure polycarbonate (MSRP: $280), Briggs & Riley's new expansion system modifies the volume of the Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright by 25% (MSRP: $449), Trunk & Trolley's Road Warrior M Series folds down reducing volume by 60% to save on storage space (MSRP: $200–$600).
Photographer: Kerry Pittenger
2012 Show Trends [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]]
It's our annual Show trends report, where we divine which luggage and accessory trends are on the ascendant, and where the future of travel products seems to be headed. BY KATE RYAN
Seen at The Show [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Spotted in Las Vegas: The hot goods, the cool accessories, and the people who made it all happen. Relive the Show experience, or catch what you missed by not attending the big Show.
NEW PRODUCTS: BY KATHY WITT; PHOTOGRAPHY BY KERRY PITTENGER
PEOPLE: BY ALISON MORSE; PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC HOFFMAN/THE PHOTO GROUP
The Industry Awards [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Profiled: Seymour Daiches of Macy's, who took home this year's TGA Award for outstanding contributions to the industry. Product Innovation Awards: What do you get with a collapsing bag, two compressing bags and an extending/contouring grip? This year's big winners. Community and Buzz: Mobile Edge's efforts for the Susan G. Komen Foundation helped it take the Community Service Award; Psi Bands wowed the voting public and whisked home the Buzz Award. BY GARRETT LAI
Retailer Impressions [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
The items that turned retailers' heads and caught their eyes are the
ones most likely to move this travel season. We polled some retailers — independents and big retailers alike — to see what captured their hearts at this year's Show. BY VICKI PRICHARD
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
Editor's Note "Show Matters" BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER
Travel Bits Reconnecting with the one who got away; four-star cave dwelling; baseball, dinosaurs, hot dogs and more nifty nuggets from travel land. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
News & Notes Who’s on top of the airline rankings; carry-on bag fees on the horizon; new airfare regs take effect; inside news from the travel goods industry and then some. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
TGA News Briefs The scoop on next year’s Travel Goods Show; New TGA Members; a drug-free antidote for nausea; the ultimate online industry sourcebook and other TGA tidbits. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Buyer’s Guide Get the 411 on every brand that appears in the “Seen at The Show” pages in this issue of Travel Goods Showcase.
Industry Buzz People, products, milestones and moving. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]