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Posted on March 27, 2023

Handzies Soap + Water Wipes are squeaky clean goodness on the go.

Say Goodbye to Harsh Hand Sanitizers

Get a soap-and-water clean anytime, anywhere with Handzies™ Soap + Water Wipes. Individually packaged and perfect for on the go, the wipes give you fresh, clean hands using only natural castile soap, water and essential oils. Handzies do not contain alcohol, BZK, triclosan, artificial perfumes or dyes, and are a safe, simple and natural way to get cleaned on the go — and gentle for use by every member of the family. Stow some in carry-on, laptop bag, purse or backpack while traveling for a quick refresh or clean-up. MSRP: from $7.99. For more information, visit Sales contact: Karen Trenk,, 512-964-4474.

TOPTOTE by Lindsay Albanese
The TOPTOTE hat clip accessory by Lindsay Albanese is the best thing to happen to hats since the hatbox.

Posted on March 27, 2023

Haute Hat Clip

Travel hands free even when packing along a hat. TOPTOTE by Lindsay Albanese is a patented hat holder that easily clips to tote, luggage, carry-on — you name it — and securely holds a hat in place with two high-powered magnets. Fun, fashionable and functional, this accessory comes in a variety of styles, colors and fabrics, including leather, faux leather and denim — from the original Luggage Tag to the raffia-trimmed Fray for the beach vacay to the bestselling classic Drop, designed for the everyday hat wearer. MSRP: $48-$79. For more information, visit Sales contact: Michelle,

Travelers can be lint free wherever and whenever they travel with the award-winning Flint Travel Lint Roller.
Posted on March 17, 2023

One Cool Roll

Finished with “soft touch” for a super smooth feel, Flint’s Classic Travel Lint Rollers effortlessly combine function and style with bright pop colors. Each Flint comes with a refillable 30-sheet Flint refill. Sized a slim and compact 5.25” x 1.5”, the retractable, refillable cases come in navy, light blue, purple, pink, yellow and green. Easy-to-use rollers simply twist to extend the roller to twice its length and close by pushing down on the cap. MSRP: $9.99. Anthology and Metallic Collections featuring designer colors and patterns are also available. MSRP: $10.99/roller. For more information, visit Sales contact:, 800-270-6394.

Posted on February 23, 2023

Matador’s SEG28
Matador’s SEG28 offers a nimbler option that’s ideal whether headed to the office or out on a weekender.

Award-Winning Series Gets Complete Design Overhaul

Matador Travel Equipment launches the SEG28 Backpack, an innovative 28-liter bag designed for hyper-organized travel and everyday carry. Overhauling Matador’s award-winning SEG series, the completely new bag design offers the unique architecture the series is known for along with a multitude of new features for adventure travelers.

Made with recycled bluesign®-certified materials, the SEG28 features a top-access padded laptop pocket, concealed stash pocket and four external-access segmented pockets, which allow users to organize contents by type, day or size. A clamshell undercarriage offers separation for large or dirty items like shoes and laundry. Designed for the daily- or the long-haul, the SEG28 includes a breathable back panel and shoulder straps, plus a sternum strap and removable hip belt. MSRP: $249.99. For more information, visit Sales contact: Chris Vonderhaar,

Posted on February 21, 2023

New Colors for Two Collections

Briggs & Riley Baseline Collection in plum
Briggs & Riley’s flagship Baseline Collection shows off the new limited edition plum color.

Plum, a new limited edition color line for Briggs & Riley’s flagship Baseline Collection, premiers in April — just in time for Mother’s Day. The collection is known for its patented features, including one-touch CX® expansion-compression technology, which greatly increases overall packing capacity, PowerPocket™ for easy phone charging, Outsider® handle for easy carrying and more. The new color includes carry-on and checked luggage, tote bags, and travel accessories. MSRPs range from $75 to $1,049.

ZDX Ocean marks a return to one of the brand’s highest selling soft-sided collections that comes in at a more approachable price point and a more casual style. The new, limited edition blue color brings a bright, spring feeling to the trusted luggage pieces and will launch in June — just in time for Father’s Day. Dads will love its durable construction, convenient design and eye-catching new color for carry-on and checked luggage, duffle bags and tote bags. MSRP: $99-$619. To learn more about these collections, visit Sales contact: Julie Hoffman, national sales manager,, 631-741-1933.

Solo Re:cycled Collection
Designed in urban-cool gray, Solo’s Re:cycled Collection brings sleek design to backpacks made from recycled materials.

Posted on February 21, 2023

Bags That Help Save the Earth in Style

Solo’s recently launched Re:cycled Collection, built with city functionality and uncompromising style, is perfect for travelers who are passionate about the environment and sustainability. All of the bags are made from recycled PET water bottles or recycled ABS plastic from household appliances and automobile parts, making it one of the most sustainable luggage lines on the market. Additionally, with every recycled backpack, duffel, or tote sold from its Re:cycled Collection, Solo is planting a tree in partnership with the National Forest Foundation to help reforest U.S. National Forests. Each piece is very affordable and lists at below MSRP $200. For more information, visit Sales contact: Nick Byrne,, 631-434-7070.

Posted on February 20, 2023

Pelican™ Micro Case Series™
Waterproof, crushproof and dustproof, the Pelican Micro Case Series, featuring three new models, protects essential compact equipment.

New Improvements to Micro Case Series Cases

Pelican Products has added three new personal utility cases to the Pelican™ Micro Case Series™ of cases. The new models (M40, M50 and M60) are designed to protect a variety of everyday carry items and feature design improvements, including a dedicated O-ring gasket seal, dual latches and a lock hasp. An inner no-slip liner helps keep items in place and is removable for easy cleaning. Additionally, the new cases offer more internal volume.

Like previous Micro Cases, the new models are made in the USA, have an IP67 rating for protection from water, dirt and dust, and feature an automatic pressure equalization valve to balance interior pressure. The M40, M50 and M60 are available in clear with a yellow, blue or black inner bottom liner as well as in black. For more information about the Pelican Micro Case Series, visit: Sales contact: Gary Maupas,

Posted on January 27, 2023

Next Generation of Travel Essentials Integrates Antimicrobial Treatment

Ricardo Beverly Hills Essentials 5.0 Collection
Ricardo Beverly Hills’ Essentials 5.0 Collection with Polygiene antimicrobial treatment delivers a smart, sensible and sustainable solution that adds both freshness and product protection.
Ricardo Beverly Hills launches the Essentials 5.0 Collection of organizational travel accessories featuring an innovative, permanent technology from Polygiene that keeps material fresh smelling and clean with a natural silver salt antimicrobial treatment. EPA- and FDA-approved, the treatment is infused into the fabric during the weaving and molding process. The collection’s rip-stop polyester features a leak-resistant PVC lining that prevents spills from ruining everything else in your bag. Bottles and tubes are corralled inside with elasticized holders. The Packing Cube Set offers see-through mesh lids. The Garment Carrier, in durable 600D polyester, features a liquid-resistant coating and multiple storage pockets, including mesh pockets on the interior with an adjustable hanger loop. The Deluxe Organizer has a compartment for wet items like a swimsuit plus two separate compartments that lay flat for packing. A Travel Organizer, laundry bag and shoe bag complete the collection. MSRP: $9.99-$140. For more information, visit Sales contact: Paul Sarazin, 425-207-1930, 401-225-5340/c.
CB x T. Anthony hardcase luggage collection
The CB x T. Anthony Collection collaboration was inspired by CB Sports’ original canvas suitcase to bring the quality and style T. Anthony customers expect to this distinctive line of destination luggage.

Posted on January 26, 2023

CB Sports Joins Forces with T. Anthony to Create Luggage Collection

Vertical Brands’ CB Sports is uniting with T. Anthony to bring the special edition CB x T. Anthony hardcase luggage collection to the brand. Available in blue, black and red, each lightweight case features a coordinating CB leather logo tag. The top-of-the-line collection meets travelers’ needs with comfort, style and durability in cases featuring multiple pockets, straps and a divider for organized packing, a four-wheel design to take stress of arm and shoulder and increase maneuverability and a built-in TSA-accepted combination lock. MSRP: from $595. For more information, visit

Company News

Posted on March 17, 2023

YKK Awarded CDP’s Highest Rating

Solving complex fastening and attaching challenges and now leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: This is YKK’s “solutions-first” approach. Shown is YKK’s NATULON® Ocean Sourced® zipper.

YKK® Corporation has been selected as a “Supplier Engagement Leader,” the highest score on the 2022 Supplier Engagement Report (SER), from CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), considered the gold standard of environmental reporting. This is the first time YKK has received this recognition.

CDP’s annual Supplier Engagement Rating (SER) assesses how effectively companies engage with their suppliers on climate change issues, covering governance, targets, value chain (scope 3) emissions and supplier engagement strategies, and factors in the company’s climate score.

This recognition places YKK in the top eight percent of companies evaluated for supplier outreach on climate change. It demonstrates that YKK’s governance, targets, and initiatives to collaborate with suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, all aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the YKK supply chain, constitute efforts befitting a global leader.

YKK Corporation’s sustainability goal is to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. YKK is working on five themes — climate change, material resources, water resources, chemical management, respect for people — and 10 SDGs goals related to each of these, and each year reports on its state of progress in the YKK Integrated Report, “This is YKK.”

Posted on March 17, 2023

Luggage Innovator Marks the Big 3-0

Briggs & Riley celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023 with new product launches and celebratory offers, including the introduction of a limited-edition Plum color as part of the company’s Baseline Collection in April and a refreshed blue color — ocean — for its ZDX Collection in June.

“Innovation has always been the heart of our company,” said CEO Richard Krulik. “We have continued to lead the way since our parent company, United States Luggage, introduced the world’s first wheeled bag in 1971, and we remain dedicated to crafting innovative, performance-driven travel products.”

Some highlights from Briggs & Riley’s three decades:

  • Patented innovations including the CX expansion-compression® system and Outsider® handle
  • The only luggage company to offer an unconditional lifetime guarantee
  • First of its kind to partner with JetBlue Travel Products to launch the first retail offering on Paisly® that allows customers to earn TrueBlue Points on luggage purchases
  • A Case for Giving annual luggage trade-in program with owners receiving credit toward their next Briggs & Riley purchase and local charities receiving the luggage (and keeping it out of landfills)
  • 30 Days of Giving campaign honoring the 30th anniversary in partnership with Comfort Cases, a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth entering foster care

Throughout the year, Briggs & Riley will continue to celebrate its anniversary with web-based consumer events, buzz-worthy industry events and additional new product launches. For more information, visit

SpectraSpray selling to Magellan's
Being in TGA’s HUB results in SpectraSpray selling to Magellan’s, where its Jet Lag Oral Spray Kit is now featured in the catalog.
Posted on February 23, 2023

SpectraSpray Featured in Catalog, Gift Guide Recommendations

SpectraSpray™ Oral Spray Vitamins are now available in the Magellan’s catalog, thanks to its presence as a “Featured Company Profile” on the Travel Goods Association’s HUB, which connects travel goods buyers and sellers year-round. See SpectraSpray’s Jet Lag Oral Spray Kit listing here. SpectraSpray products were also featured in freelance travel journalist Laurie Heifetz’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Knockturnal, a magazine produced by a collective of creative tastemakers in the fashion music and entertainment realms. Heifetz’s travel writer friend tested Sleep Spray on an overnight flight and reported feeling no jet lag. She then put SpectraSpray’s B12 Energy Spray to the test and noted she felt a burst of energy. Read the coverage here. For more information about SpectraSpray’s innovative, on-the-go spray vitamins, visit
Posted on January 27, 2023

COCOON Sponsors Trip to Top of the World

COCOON Sponsors Trip to Top of the World
COCOON is confident its Hooded Vapor Barrier Liner will play a vital role in helping the B.I.G Team overcome the challenges of the Arctic and achieve its goals.
COCOON® is sponsoring the Big North Pole Expedition as the B.I.G Team embarks on a challenging 10-day journey in April of 2023 — facing extreme temperatures, rugged terrain and unpredictable weather conditions — as members trek across the Arctic ice. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Big North Pole Expedition and to have the opportunity to support such a courageous and accomplished team of explorers,” said Travis McMaster, general manager of COCOON USA. COCOON is providing the team with its cutting-edge Hooded Vapor Barrier Liner. Made from a very lightweight, non-breathable and waterproof material, it is part of the company’s extensive range of outdoor products and has been specifically designed to keep explorers warm in even the most extreme conditions. The Big North Pole Expedition is an important milestone in the field of polar exploration and also serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting our planet’s fragile ecosystems. COCOON is committed to the protection of the environment and the use of sustainable materials. The B.I.G team will be collecting data for several critical research studies throughout the expedition in collaboration with key scientific experts. For more information about COCOON, visit To follow the team’s progress, visit


Posted on March 17, 2023

Industry Loses ‘Legend’

Harold Bauer
Harold Bauer

Harold Joe Bauer, founder of the ROYCE brand, passed away on March 13, 2023, in Neptune, NJ, following a long battle with many challenging health issues. He was 75 years old.

Born in Manhattan, NY, on July 30, 1947, to Holocaust survivors Eugene and Gusti Bauer, Harold was a record-holding track star at both Forest Hills High School and St. John’s University. He was an entrepreneur from an early age, including scaling his father’s gifting business to unprecedented heights. To his family, he was always known as Harry; in his later years, he earned the nickname, “The Legend.”

He founded the ROYCE brand in 1974 and, for 50 years, devoted his life to growing the ROYCE brand, mentoring employees and ultimately partnering with his wife, Kathy, and sons, Billy and Andy, in the business. Known for his knack for “styling,” many of Harold’s signature wallets, bags and travel accessories continue to be bestsellers in luxury department stores across the world.

Harold is survived by his wife, Kathy; his children, Andy; Billy and his wife, Joanna; Celine and her husband, Steven; his grandchildren, Brandon and Brianna; and his loyal guardian and protector, his labradoodle named Royce.

In addition to establishing an enduring leather tradition, Harold leaves a legacy of generosity of time and philanthropy.

The Legacy of Royce — Harold Bauer (


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