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Posted on April 27, 2021

Pacsafe new anti-theft technology
Thwarting would-be thieves, Pacsafe’s Dock Lock is activated with a covert squeeze.

Anti-Theft Bags Boast Secret Security Lock

Pacsafe® has innovated a smart and simple solution to securing belongings with its Dock Lock. Available on Pacsafe’s new Go Bag Collection, the anti-theft technology is hard on pickpockets, but easy for users, unlocking the zipper with a secret trick (Shhh!). Simply squeeze the lock and the zipper will release from the dock. Pacsafe Go Anti-Theft bags featuring Dock Lock include a crossbody (MSRP: $59.95), tote ($79.95), 15 L backpack ($89.95) and 25L backpack ($99.95). Additional anti-theft features include Pacsafe’s eXomesh® slashguard, Carrysafe® slashguard strap, TurnNLock security hooks, RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material and Zip clip. Depending on size, the bags are constructed with fabric made from seven to 31 recycled plastic bottles. For more information, visit

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Posted on  April 19, 2021

Ms. Jetsetter Stocked on Walgreens’ Chicago Shelves

Ms. Jetsetter Stocked on Walgreens’ Chicago Shelves
Ms. Jetsetter’s matching quilted Ms. J Mask and Wristlet Set lets women keep their facemask clean and ready.

Ms. Jetsetter founder and CEO Tracey McGhee announces that the Ms. J Mask and Wristlet Set is now available at 10 different Walgreens’ locations across the Chicagoland area.

Newly created in the fall of 2020, the set includes a wristlet in Ms. J’s signature quilted nylon with detachable strap, a matching quilted fabric facemask with adjustable straps and filter slot and a gold facemask chain. The set was inspired by a question McGhee’s mom asked about where she could find a pouch like the one featured in the Ms. J Hanging Toiletry Bag for Women with Detachable Toiletry Pouch.

“It was during that conversation that I got the idea to create a wristlet that would complement my travel accessory line and include a matching mask and a fashionable mask chain to help women keep their masks at their fingertips,” said McGhee. “It’s now a way that women can stay safe and stylish while on the go.”

Access the list of Walgreens’ stores that carry the set here. For more information, visit

Posted on  April 12, 2021

Press Invitation to Preview New Digital Showroom

YKK launches a digital showroom on Monday, April 19, 2021, and invites the press for a special guided tour of the online space and Q&A session prior to public release.

Press may register for the event in advance via Zoom: 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT, April 14 ( or 9 a.m. BST (GMT+1), April 15 ( Registrants will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the April 19 event. After attending, all will receive a press kit with photographs and detailed information.

Playing on YKK’s expertise as a manufacturer of fastening products, the concept behind the online showroom is “connection.” The space is modeled to look like YKK’s brick-and-mortar showroom in London, and features six floors, each with a different theme: latest trends and automotive; sustainable products; fastening products for high-function applications like outdoor, backpacks, water protective and luggage; fasteners for apparel in the categories of jeans, fashion, leather and kidswear; and company information. The company also plans to host webinars and other learning opportunities using the platform.

Posted on  April 8, 2021

Reusable Shopping Bag Becomes TV Sensation

YaY Novelty’s YaYbag® JUMBO recently aired on QVC, where 10,000 of the bags sold in the first 10 minutes of the segment in which it was featured. This marks the first time YaYbag founder/CEO Sunchea Phou has worked with the powerhouse shopping channel. The YaYbag segment, introduced by host David Venable and demonstrated by problem/solution specialist Kiley Watts, was originally scheduled to air on a Sunday evening – a prime slot – before getting bumped to a Thursday timeslot.

“I expected half of the quantity ordered to sell within their first presentation, but it exceeded QVC’s and my expectations with two-thirds of the quantity sold,” said Phou, noting QVC may take all the inventory the company currently has on hand. “With the current supply chain interruption, it’s a great opportunity for them.”

The reusable and washable bag, packaged as a set of three and offered in several color/pattern choices, including sunflower, boho, pink hydrangea and blue paisley, features a large shoulder strap to comfortably carry up to 55 lbs.

“It’s all about functionality,” said Watts during her presentation. “It’s all about fashion, looking great, but getting rid of (single-use plastic bags).”

Posted on  April 7, 2021

TGA Members Bring Travel Wellness Sprays to Travelers

SpectraSpray Packaged Kits
SpectraSpray’s first packaged kit, Jet Lag, featured in the New Products Pavilion at the 2020 Travel Goods Show, piqued the interest of buyers and retailers, including Paradise Baggage Company.

A collaboration between oral spray vitamin company SpectraSpray Global and Paradise Baggage Company has resulted from their membership in the Travel Goods Association and attendance at the 2020 Travel Goods Show. Long-time member Paradise Baggage Company, the largest luggage store and luggage repair center in the Denver metropolitan area, now carries new member’s SpectraSpray’s immune health kits, essential oil sanitizers and brightly colored Sleep Well, Be Well, Stay Well and Stress Less wellness lifestyle kits.

“Although it is taking time for travel to return to our once ‘normal’ level, Paradise was eager to bring in fun and interesting items for their customers,” said owner Jenni Paradise-Goad.

“As people get back to travel, they will be extremely concerned about staying well, reducing stress and anxiety and keeping their energy levels up during their trips,” said Janet Ryan, founder of SpectraSpray™. For more information, visit and


Posted on April 7, 2021

David Lomas Retires from Go Travel

David Lomas Retires from Go TravelAs a family-run business, it was clear that our ethical approach to business and long-term strategic planning was something that resonated with David. Employing a previous business owner can have its complexity, but we were specifically looking for a self-starter and problem-solver – David fit the bill perfectly.

Once he joined the team, he quickly demonstrated the capacity to lead, and identified problems and executed solutions. Whether it was rebuilding the UK sales team in the early 2000s, helping to revamp our European sales infrastructure or opening the U.S. office in 2008, his rise to Managing Director was thoroughly well earned.

During his tenure, David has really fostered the “Go” family environment in the organization, which has been fundamental to the success of the business. Encouraging colleagues and suppliers, customers and contacts, not just professionally but also personally, in times of happiness or in life’s challenging moments, David consistently takes the time to support those around him.

David’s disarming banter led to great relationships, a type of “old school” approach that attracted loyal, hardworking staff and customers who have trusted Go Travel to develop and expand their accessories business over the last five decades. Many describe their business relationships with David as friendships, making business more of a pleasure.  Whether it’s politics, discussing the performance of his much-loved Man. City football team, or his deep global knowledge of the industry, his enthusiasm, wisdom and charm is much-loved by all those who have had the pleasure to work with him.

At all times, David gave 100% and his direct, no-nonsense approach is valued universally, as is his warm welcome.  His infectious persona and clarity of thought – coupled with the ability to ‘tell it straight’ – has no doubt served the Travel Goods Association and Go Travel well over many years.

All at Go wish David Lomas nothing but the best in his retirement.

– Glenn Rogers, Vice President, Go Travel


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