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Posted on August 25, 2022

Seating and Storage in One

Playamigo
The Playamigo is a portable ground chair with integrated carrying capacity.

The Playamigo is more than a portable, versatile and well-made ground chair; it has storage, too. Featuring a lightweight, streamlined design, it combines seating and storage for people who love relaxing outdoors — but don’t love hauling multiple pieces of cumbersome gear to get there. The wedge-shaped chair offers support in three positions: upright, reclined and prone. An internal frame provides structural support in recline mode, but it’s still sleek and easy to carry and maneuver. In storage mode, Playamigo can hold a picnic blanket, beach towel, snacks, sunscreen and more. A removable zippered pouch helps protect valuables and elastic straps keep items in place. Zippered exterior pockets keep frequently-used items such as phone, wallet and keys close at hand and a convertible strap allows the user to carry Playamigo over the shoulder, across the body or as a backpack. It collapses for easy stowing when not in use. MSRP: $129. Sales contact: Suzanne Fontaine, suzanne@cometothebrightside.com, 314-773-4225.

Posted on August 10, 2022

Universally Useful

Matador Speed Stash
The Matador Speed Stash adds speedy-access storage to any backpack with a sternum strap.

Coming August 24 is the Matador Speed Stash, a universal backpack strap attachment that offers quick access to phones, passports, snacks and other small accessories. Designed for travel, hiking, or daily use, the Speed Stash is engineered to attach securely to any backpack that has a sternum strap, even if it’s unbuckled.

The Speed Stash incorporates locking bars to trap a pack’s sternum strap for a secure attachment, providing convenient front access for frequently used items. Made from Bluesign® approved fabric, it features a Powermesh elastic front pocket for easy access and a zippered main compartment designed to fit most cell phones, passports and GPS devices. MSRP: $29.99. For more information, visit www.matadorup.com. Sales contact: Derek Hancock, derek@matadorup.com, 720-242-6437.

Posted on July 28, 2022

Spencer Paige Luxury
Designed in Canada, Spencer Paige’s Luxury Travel Toiletry Bag is functional, fashionable and blinged for style.

Timeless and Exquisitely Crafted Toiletry Bag

Spencer Paige has completely redesigned its Luxury Travel Toiletry Bag, including upgrading the fabric to a water- and stain-resistant custom-made fabric and premium lining. Designed to hold all your travel essentials, the patented bag is smart, organized and functional with 12 multiple-storage compartments and three expandable clear pockets to allow for effortless access. A removable mini bag is an ideal carry-on companion or can be used as an elegant clutch with detachable chain. An exterior slip pocket slides easily over luggage handles or makes an additional pocket for stowing passports and other docs. The bag is embellished with the Spencer Paige signature closure. MSRP: $285. Watch product Kickstarter video here. For more information, visit www.spencerpaige.com. Sales contact: Denise Millen, denise@spencerpaige.com, 416-948-9886.

Posted on June 20, 2022

Mozzie Style’s Mosquito Net Jacket is made of a fine mesh fabric with tiny holes making it nearly impossible for insects to fly or crawl through.

The Great Outdoors Just Got Greater

Nothing can ruin a summer day quicker than mosquitoes. Keep those pesky creatures out of summer outdoor plans with Mozzie Style’s Mosquito Net Jacket. Made with fine grade mesh in a modern unisex cut, the jacket is stylish, lightweight, and eco-friendly in recycled polyester and a natural solution to annoying (biting) insects. Additionally, it is insecticide free, comfortable enough to wear even on hot, sticky days, and offers protection from not only mosquitoes but ticks, black flies and other insects, too. MSRP: $36.99. (Mosquito Net Pants and Blankets also available.) For more information, visit www.mozziestyle.com. Sales contact: Heather Boles, heather@mozziestyle.com, 405-420-6479.

Posted on June 15, 2022

Cincha Travel Belts make traveling easier and free up hands.
Cincha Travel Belts make traveling easier and free up hands.

A Belt for Your Purse

Imagine a cute seat belt for your bag that will keep it secure and snug around your luggage and off of dirty airport surfaces while keeping your hands free. That’s the Cincha Travel Belt, a chic accessory designed with nylon strap and vegan leather accents, elastic fitter to reduce extra slack, and quick-release metal buckle to secure your personal bag to your luggage. Adjustable to 45” to fit most bags, including totes, backpacks, purses, briefcases, diaper bags and messenger bags, the travel belt comes in a range of fun colors and can have a monogram added for a personal touch. MSRP: $40. For more information, visit www.cinchatravelcom. Sales contact: Ash Sharma, info@cinchatravel.com, 209-581-7934.

Made of washable, long-lasting and non-allergenic material, SteadyStraps are compatible with most smartphone cases.
Made of washable, long-lasting and non-allergenic material, SteadyStraps are compatible with most smartphone cases.

Posted on June 15, 2022

Hang Onto Your Smartphone

Face it, we keep our phones in our hands more times than we like to think about, risking dropping it while traveling. With SteadyStraps, travelers can choose how to hold onto their phones and say goodbye to sticky and unreliable adhesives, plus keep their boarding passes in-hand and accessible tucked safely beneath the strap. Offered in a variety of colors and patterns, the super-thin, pocket-friendly straps offer a comfortable and adjustable elastic grip and one-handed full screen thumb reach. They are secured by strong Velcro® brand fasteners and sourced and made in the USA. MSRP: from $9.97. For more information, visit www.steadystraps.com. Sales contact: Larry Walters, larry@steadystraps.com, 203-628-2233.

Posted on June 3, 2022

Foot Agony, Be Gone!

Still Standing SprayNatural paraben-free Still Standing® Spray prevents discomfort caused by standing, walking, running or just wearing high heels or stilettos. As a result, feet feel just as good after an hour as they did when you first put on your shoes. It stops Stiletto Suffering™, no matter the shoe, sandal or sneaker, before it starts. A natural, patent-pending proprietary formula, the spray is made of cooling menthol and Certified Organic eco-distilled™ Arnica, Aloe and Ilex – three herbal remedies that are time-tested natural anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Along with other ingredients including vitamin E and tea tree oil, it is a greaseless, colorless, stain-free spray that keeps feet feeling great. MSRP: $39/TSA-accepted 3.4-oz size; $54/large and mini spray set; $60/4 travel sized mini sprays. For more information and wholesale pricing and minimums, visit www.stillstandingspray.com. Sales contact: Lyn Butler, lyn@stillstandingspray.com, 212-496-1359 (landline and VM).

Posted on June 2, 2022

Pacsafe Metrosafe X Anti-Theft Urban Sling How to Win the Concrete Jungle

Packed with iconic Pacsafe anti-theft features, like cut-resistant eXomesh lining, lockable zippers, RFID blocking pocket and a cut-resistant shoulder strap, the Metrosafe X Anti-Theft Urban Sling keeps your bag, valuables and identity safe. The sling’s accordion opening makes it easy to get your gear organized with compartments and pockets for all necessities. A versatile design means you can carry the sling on your back as well as chest, left or right shoulder. Created to be a more sustainable choice, it is made from eight recycled plastic bottles and with 100% PFC-free water repellency. It comes in tan, black and dark denim. MSRP: $99.95. For more information, visit www.pacsafe.com. Wholesale contact: Stephen Kay, skay@pacsafe.com.

Company News

Posted on August 8, 2022

‘A Case for Giving’ Program a Win for All Involved

Briggs & Riley Baseline Collection
Briggs & Riley Baseline Collection

Briggs & Riley has brought its charitable luggage trade-in program, “A Case for Giving,” back for the eighth year. Through August 31, consumers who bring their gently used rolling bag to a participating specialty retailer in the U.S. and Canada receive a $100 credit towards a new Briggs & Riley bag (if donating a used Briggs & Riley rolling bag), or a $50 credit (if donating a rolling bag from another brand).

More than 300 charity partners nationwide benefit, including local foster homes, women’s shelters, coalitions for the homeless and more. More than 220 retail locations participate, including leading department store Dillard’s, Brookstone Airport Stores and fine specialty retailers nationwide.

“We launched this program after learning that on a joyous day of being adopted, children in the foster care system often have nothing but a trash bag to pack all their life possessions,” said Briggs & Riley CEO Richard Krulik.

The program also benefits the environment by keeping bags out of landfills. To date, Briggs & Riley has donated more than 5,000 bags. For more information about Briggs & Riley products, visit www.briggs-riley.com.

Posted on June 22, 2022

Crowdfunded Product Expansion

memobottle™ followers and the general public are invited to become investors as the company expands its product range.

memobottle™, the company that created the notebook-thin, leakproof water bottle design that slides into laptop bags, airline seat pockets and back pockets, is expanding into lifestyle products. Company co-founders Jesse Leeworthy and Jonathan Byrt have opened their second equity crowdfund raise as they embark on their vision to create the ultimate reusable lifestyle brand.

“memobottle’s success is built from a strong community of thousands of true fans and advocates, and we see equity crowdfunding as an opportunity to involve everyone that has gotten us this far while raising the capital we need to grow,” says Byrt.

The company plans to introduce a premium bag range, lunch boxes and coffee cups, as well as an ecosystem of stylish, reusable products all in its unique design language.

Over the past eight years, memobottle and their loyal customers have diverted over 100 million single-use water bottles from landfills, while also donating over 22 million days of clean water to those in need through their partnership with water.org. For more information, visit www.birchal.com/company/memobottle.

Posted on June 15, 2022

Packing Expert Puts HBOMAX Show to the Test

Anne McAlpin conducts a packing test for her recent interview with Primetimer.
Anne McAlpin conducts a packing test for her recent interview with Primetimer.

Travel goods industry vets tuning into the HBOMAX series, “The Flight Attendant,” have no doubt raised an eyebrow at the amount of stuff Cassie Bowden, the title character played by actress Kaley Cuoco, routinely packs into a small tote she perches atop her 16-inch roller bag. Thankfully, travel packing expert Anne McAlpin, founder and CEO of Pack It Up: The Art of Organized Travel, was asked by writer Claire Spellberg Lustig to weigh in on Cassie’s packing methodology for a recent story in Primetimer.

How does the flighty flight attendant fit her trademark large (but admittedly fabulous) coats, plus clothes including bulky sweaters, multiple pairs of shoes, makeup and other essentials into such small cases?

Focusing her comments on Cassie’s go-to extra-long puffer coat, McAlpin noted, “A large compression bag would squish it down, but that would take up probably three-fourths of that rolling tote,” she said. “It would be a tight fit.” 

The less-is-more packing expert then put her compression theory to the test for Primetimer. Check out the article here and see what McAlpin discovered in the course of her investigation. (On a side note, sharp-eyed industry vets may recognize the similarity of Cassie’s cases to Travelpro’s Crew VersaPack Rolling Tote and Deluxe Tote, released as part of a collab with the show.)

Posted on June 13, 2022

Bon Voyage’s Mermaid Tail Memory Foam Travel Neck grabbed the spotlight in a Wall Street Journal article.

Mermaid Tail Pillow Steals the Show

In the midst of the pandemic, Bon Voyage’s® Mermaid Tail Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow was prominently featured on the front page on news sites CNN and WSJ.com (Wall Street Journal). The July 2020 story was “The Greatest Coronavirus Risks When You Fly,” written by Scott McCartney, but the can’t-miss visuals homed in on the pink premium quality neck pillow with luxuriously soft (and machine-washable) cover and snap-together ends that provide a secure fit — currently sold out on the Bon Voyage website. For more information about Bon Voyage travel pillows, visit www.bonvoyagetravelpillows.com.

Posted on June 9, 2022

Travel Series Debuts with Academy Award-winning Actress

Briggs & Riley’s “Art of Travel” series debuts with actress Marisa Tomei.
Briggs & Riley unveils a new global campaign featuring fresh photography, branding and dynamic video that depicts the spirit of discovery and encourages travelers to experience the joys of global travel once again with confidence and ease. “The Art of Travel” series kicks off in conversation with Marisa Tomei on the heels of the launch of the company’s new Baseline Collection – a reimagined version of the brand’s flagship line.
 
“We are deeply committed to the art of travel in every piece we make and believe a life well-lived is a life well-traveled,” said Briggs & Riley CEO Richard Krulik.
 
The digital campaign features unscripted discussions with the “My Cousin Vinny” actress, inspired by the iconic travelware and the memories made along the journey. Travelers are invited to discover Tomei’s most cherished destinations, travel inspiration, memorable keepsakes and personal travel style. This is the first in a series of intimate, spirited conversations and insights from personalities who cherish travel. For more information, visit www.briggs-riley.com. Watch the “Art of Travel” video featuring the actress here.

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