Cold Brew in Two Minutes
No need to wait hours for your cold brew. The AeroPress® coffee maker (MSRP: $29.95) and AeroPress® Go™ travel coffee press ($31.95) can make a cup of cold brew in minutes. Simply stir fine drip grind coffee and room-temperature water together for one minute, press, add ice water to the concentrated brew and enjoy. The secret is the extended stir time and fine drip grind, which enable the extraction of smooth, rich flavor in just two minutes – even when using unheated water.
The cold-brewing capability of these versatile coffee makers, invented by Alan Adler, makes them essential brewers for those who don’t have access to hot water. Travelers, office workers, hikers, backpackers, bicyclists, sailors and outdoorspeople of all kinds can brew smooth, rich coffee – hot or cold – anywhere they go, not just in their home kitchens. For more information, visit aeropress.com.
Security to the Max
The SECURFLAP Backpack from DELSEY’s SECUR Collection provides options for every type of commute or travel while keeping belongings safe and organized. Offering maximum packing capacity and easy access to belongings, thanks to a wide 3-side opening, the bag has thoughtful organization with a main compartment that includes padded sleeves for a 15.6” laptop and a tablet, side pockets and an RFID-blocker pocket. An external back pocket converts to a smart band that slides over the tubes of rolling luggage.
The backpack won the 2020 Red Dot Design Award for its practical design and innovative locking system, one that ensures no one can unlock the bag when you are carrying it on your back. Simply press together both the top and bottom of the buckle to lock and unlock the top flap of the bag. It comes in a variety of colors. MSRP: $119.99. See the collection at delsey.com.
Bags Celebrate Body Diversity
Granite Gear’s ultralight, multi-day Perimeter Series is a step towards celebrating diversity – specifically, body diversity in the outdoors. Every person has a unique build, shape and size and their packs should fit accordingly. The Perimeter 35 and 50 fine-tune the suspension system to one’s body with packs featuring shoulder width adjustment, with regular and wide settings along vertical daisy-chained webbing.
Utilizing a durable spring steel rod outline, the system gives the pack ergonomic form, and works in tandem with a PE board core to disperse weight effectively and also provide secure anchor points. The series also deploys a patent-pending Re-Fit waist belt to wrap around the hips for a perfect fit.
Available in spring of 2021, the packs come in pine/bourbon and marina/black colorways. The Perimeter 35 (MSRP: $199.95) is available in unisex and women-specific fit in size regular and the Perimeter 50 ($219.95) comes in unisex fit in sizes regular and long, as well as women-specific fit in size short and regular. Learn more at granitegear.com.
Collapsible Tumbler Holds Hot, Cold BeveragesThe Hydaway Tumbler is a 16-oz insulated, collapsible drink tumbler featuring a new streamlined look that folds down to a 1.25” disc to easily fit in pocket, backpack, gym bag, carry-on or handbag. Designed with a food-grade double-wall stainless steel rim for added support, a 3mm insulation sleeve that keeps drinks hot (and cold) for hours and a leak-resistant lid, it is ideal for coffee, beer or iced drinks. The foam sleeve keeps hands comfortable and doubles as a carry pouch and a flexible, food-grade silicone straw is included for drinking convenience. The tumbler is BPA-free, nontoxic and dishwasher safe, providing a simple solution that fits seamlessly into the daily routines of on-the-go consumers while eliminating plastic waste. It comes in seven fun color schemes, including new vista designs Yukon, Cascadia and Mojave. It is available for pre-order at myhydaway.com/next with prices starting at $25 and an expected ship date of November 2020. For more info, visit myhydaway.com.
Style and Serviceability in Soft Construction
Jack Georges introduces two bags in beautiful hand-stained buffalo leather. The Hornback Croco Hobo, Style No. HB814 (MSRP: $222), features soft-construction and a raw-edge design in a bag with multiple organizing pockets, including dual front pockets. An everyday bag that makes a smart statement, it comes in black and brown with an adjustable shoulder strap.
With a rich patina that will only get better with time, the Voyager Large Travel Briefcase, Style No. 7328 ($458), carries a laptop and keeps files, folders and accessories neat and organized in a series of exterior and interior pockets. Soft and smooth, the bag also has a 3-way zip back compartment that can be used to hold an extra outfit for overnight trips. It is available in brown. For more information, visit jackgeorges.com.
Orderly OrganizationStylish and modern, Mancini’s Oxford Collection Expandable Luggage Set in ABS/PC features 360° pivoting spinner wheels and an inner space divided in half for storing belongings separately while keeping them protected and in the same suitcase. Tie-down straps guarantee everything will be in order when you open the luggage at your destination and built-in TSA-accepted locks (on all model sizes) ensure belongings are safe and secure en route. Organizing compartments include a zippered lid compartment with mesh pocket and a zippered accessory pouch. With a color palette that includes navy, burgundy and bronze, the set comprises a 20” carry-on and 24” and 28” uprights. MSRP: $589.99/set. For more information, visit mancinileather.com.
A Better Packing Experience
For travelers seeking a better, cleaner way to pack, My Cruiser™ has a solution: EZ Pack’s new design in waterproof ABS/PC includes separate shoe pockets, a removable toiletry/laundry bag with hanger that can be wiped off easily to keep germs at bay and a large main compartment that secures clothing with straps. The removable feature (an added plus) keeps everything neatly in place while traveling. Smaller items will be secure in the zippered pocket section.
No need for the added expense of packing cubes with this patented, easy-to-clean design with TSA-accepted locks. The collection comes in royal blue. MSRP: $109/20”; $119/24”; $139/28”; $199/set. For more information, visit mycruiserezpack.com.
Go from home to the office, school or vacation in a breeze with all your essentials in durable and water-resistant nano tech-light nylon. With McKlein’s Transporter, you’ll have ample room for a 15” laptop and a tablet in a dual compartment as well as overnight clothes and other items. The exterior front zipper pocket stores quick-access items and organizes smaller accessories. The left side expandable zipper pocket adjusts to fit a variety of water bottle or umbrella sizes. The right side pocket holds a secondary bottle of water or other easy-access essentials.
The double zipper front main compartment has a lay-flat construction that opens 90 to 180 degrees in a TSA-friendly position. A double zipper back compartment features a built-in padded laptop sleeve along with a tablet pocket and the back exterior has a slim strap to secure onto a rolling case. The shoulder straps are adjustable and padded for comfort. It is available in navy (shown) and black. MSRP: $100. For more information, visit mckleincompany.com.
Royce New York has partnered with a prominent nanotech manufacturer to create a high quality protective face mask. Designed in New York City, the mask combines a sleek, minimalist low profile with personal comfort, using the softest elastic straps to cushion the cotton inner layer. The nanotech materials repel droplets, while at the same time allowing air flow for comfortable breathing. Available in black, the mask is reusable and washable, making it both environmentally conscious and cost effective.
The mask is part of Royce’s three-piece Jetsetter Personal Protection Gift Set that also includes an RFID-blocking executive card case and a contemporary gild-edged journal – both handcrafted in pebble grain leather. MSRP: $135. See the set at royce.us.
Organizer With a Difference
An elegant, beautifully crafted smart travel organizer, VoyagerBlue’s® Richmond Executive is a patented Ultra Smart Wallet with RFID-Blocking and Bluetooth® Loss Prevention. A detachable, fine leather Kensinger RFID-Blocking Mini Wallet can be found neatly fit inside, attached by a stud for quick removal. The Richmond Executive can secure up to 10 contactless credit or debit cards as well as up to four passports, supplied with a Bluetooth Tag powered by Chipolo® technology. MSRP: $149.99. See more at voyager-blue.com.
Travelers’ New BFF
The Refillable Silicone Wristband Kit by HandiGuru™ offers worry-free and wearable protection for all ages. Hypo-allergenic and FDA-approved, it is designed for use with hand sanitizer gel, sunscreen lotion, bug/mosquito repellent gel and more in a fully reusable, refillable and recyclable bracelet for on-the-go access. The wristband holds 10 to 15 pumps per fill and eliminates that last-minute scramble to find essential germ protection before heading out the door. Wristbands come in 11 cool colors, some mixed, and even one glow-in-the-dark design for Halloween. Each kit includes a one-size-fits-all refillable wristband, 2-oz BPA-free squeeze bottle and BPA-free applicator tip. MSRP: $12.95. For more information, visit handiguru.com.
On the Big Screen
Once again, DELSEY PARIS officially teams up with Roland-Garros for the tennis fortnight taking place Sept. 21 to Oct. 11, and will showcase its collaboration of a limited edition luggage collection in an original film. Celebrating their shared Parisian origins and aesthetic of “avant-gardism,” the movie will be broadcast in the stadium once a day, visible on every screen of the tournament.
It depicts two people using Paris and the Roland-Garros courts as their playgrounds and, just like athletes seeking elegance “a la Parisienne,” the two navigate holding the pieces of luggage sporting the colors of the mythical tennis stadium, which is named for WWI fighter pilot and hero of aviation, Eugène Adrien Roland Georges Garros. Catch the movie here.
Packaging and Press
With increasing requests for resellers in both the travel sector and e-commerce markets, SpectraSpray™ Global designed branded packaging for its array of travel and wellness lifestyle kits. These colorful, modern additions to the SpectraSpray line include Stay Well Kit with Immune and B12 Energy, Be Well Kit with Immune and Sanitizer sprays, Stress Less Kit with Sleep and Stress sprays and Sleep Well Kit with Sleep and B12 Energy spray. These travel- and wellness-oriented kits join the Jet Lag Kit, which was featured and well-received at The Travel Goods Show in New Orleans in March.
SpectraSpray has received a lot of attention this summer from a number of publications for its vitamin sprays and travel and wellness lifestyle kits. These include the luxury lifestyle brand, Coveteur; Trend Hunter, the world’s #1 trend platform; The Pickup Line, a daily newsletter geared toward moms; and Forbes’ “8 Travel Gift Ideas For The Grounded Jet-Setter.”
HEX camera bags have received several five-star product reviews from customers, great media coverage, and have won a number of awards, including Photography Talk’s Best of Camera Bags of 2020 and Carryology’s Best Camera Bags 2020 where the bags were finalists.
The two most popular HEX camera bag silhouettes are the Ranger DSLR Sling and the Mini Sling. Both are available in three colorways, made with premium CORDURA® and 900D poly materials treated for water resistance and incorporating a 100% recycled lining. The mini model is a compact version of the Ranger DSLR Sling, designed to efficiently store gear and DSLR essentials.
Luggage Gets Some Love
Raido Luggage has garnered attention for its strong, practical luggage featuring a topside TSA-accepted lock, four silent wheels, expandability that adds 30% capacity to the case, and its airline-approved cases for pets that allow passengers to carry their pet in two hassle-free ways. The company, which embeds into its designs ancient runes – the letters of an ancient Germanic-Etruscan alphabet, with each ideographic symbol representing a cosmological power – was mentioned in Business Traveler and was interviewed on Pet Life Radio.
New Representation in Canadian Market
During the COVID crisis, Travelon evaluated all parts of its business and found the brand was ready and poised to expand its Canadian presence where the company has been doing business for over 40 years.
As of Sept. 1, 2020, Montreal, Quebec-based Fashion Import represents Travelon in the Canadian market. A leader in the travel goods and handbag industries, distributing many key brands, this company has been supplying products in Canada for over 70 years. Fashion Import President Brian Urman and his team are ready to provide Travelon with the distribution network and resources to achieve greater reach throughout Canada.
Initially, Travelon will ship from both the U.S. and Canada to support all of its Canadian dealers with 100% of the extensive Travelon product line. Long term, Fashion Import will have inventory of every Travelon item in its warehouse to provide Canadian clients faster shipping and better service.
In Memoriam: Jean Mori and Betty Mori
Industry Veterans, Couple Pass Within Days of Each Other
Jean Albert Mori passed away on Dec. 1, 2020. His wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Nunn Mori, passed away on Dec. 4, 2020. The couple, who lived in Atlanta, GA, were partners and founders of Mori Luggage & Gifts, which they opened in 1971.
The retail specialty company grew to 32 stores in six southern states, employing more than 200 people through its 46 years of operation. Jean was an inspirational leader who was well liked and respected by all; Betty served as vice president and merchandise buyer until her retirement in 2007.
Born Dec. 6, 1936, Jean attended Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. Betty was born on Oct. 28, 1936, and attended Wesleyan College for two years and then Emory University, where she graduated in 1958 with a B.A. in English. Following graduation, the couple married and had a wonderful, 62-year marriage and true partnership.
Both were active in many organizations. Betty was a trustee of Wesleyan College, where she chaired several committees and served on a presidential search committee. She also served on numerous boards, including the Georgia Conservancy and the Ethics Board of Emory University. In 2008, Betty was awarded the Wesleyan Distinguished Alumna Award by the Wesleyan Alumni Association.
Jean was president of the National Luggage Dealers Association and Atlanta Kiwanis Club and also served on numerous boards, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Travel Goods Association. In 1996, he received the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame at Georgia Tech. Jean received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Travel Goods Association in 2014.
The couple is survived by their children, Liz Mori Lauer (Peter); John Mori (Anne); and George Mori (Katie); and eight grandchildren.
A virtual service celebrating the lives of Jean and Betty is planned for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Friends and family may join the service at www.redeemer.org/worship/worship-online.
You can learn more about Jean Mori and Betty Mori’s rich lives in their obituaries:
Industry Loses Innovator
Pelican Products announces the passing of its company founder: Dave Parker died on April 27 at age 83. Dave led Pelican’s operations for 28 of its 44 years. He retired in 2004 but never lost interest in the company he built from the ground up. Along with his wife Arline, Dave started Pelican in 1976 from the garage of his home in Torrance. It was a humble beginning for a company that has expanded across the globe and now operates in 26 countries, has 24 international sales offices, seven manufacturing facilities, and employs nearly 1,500 people worldwide.
Although the first product Dave invented was a small marker buoy used to pinpoint the location of submerged divers, it was a first aid kit designed specifically for divers that really put him on the map. When customers started repurposing the waterproof, crushproof and dustproof cases to store other items, he saw an opportunity to expand his product collection. It wasn’t long before Dave tapped into emerging plastics engineering to make a line of durable equipment protection cases that could be used for a range of purposes.
“None of us would be here at Pelican today if it weren’t for the efforts of Dave Parker,” said Pelican Products CEO Lyndon Faulkner. “He was a true visionary and an ingenious inventor. We will always be grateful to Dave for having the entrepreneurial prowess and the independent spirit to build this great American company from a fledgling idea into a respected player in the industry.”
In 1993, Dave’s innovations were officially recognized when he won the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Small Businessperson of the Year award. He was subsequently honored as second runner-up nationwide at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden with President Bill Clinton.
In honor of Dave Parker and the impact he made, Pelican produced a limited edition first aid kit to commemorate his venerable achievements. Embellished with a brass plate etched with David H. Parker’s name and dates of life – 1936 to 2020 – the kit is characterized by circa 1976 branding. Within the first few hours of sales, the kit sold out; all proceeds have been donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.