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Posted on October 18, 2021

Fashion Meets Performance, Comfort and Style

Constructed of fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, the CoolDudeChoice Convertible Sling Bag can be switched from minimalist sling to spacious duffel. A sleek multipurpose bag, this space saver can replace the need for multiple bags. It is lightweight, gentle on shoulder and neck and has a variety of organizing pockets. MSRP: $49.99. For more information, visit Sales contact: Tushar Desai,, 609-429-6741.

CoolDudeChoice Convertible Sling Bag
A shoulder sling bag, messenger cross-body or duffel – the Convertible Sling Bag from CoolDudeChoice is all three in one eco-friendly bag.
Lightload Towels
In new packaging design, Lightload Towels are multipurpose, super absorbent and made of washable and wearable fabric.

Posted on October 18, 2021

Award-Winning Towel Sports New Packaging

A full-size beach towel that fits in your pocket? Meet Lightload Towels, the smallest, lightest, most energy efficient towels made with travelers in mind. Winner of a TGA Product Innovation Award for Most Eco-Friendly Product, these extra strength towels — now featuring new square-shaped packaging — are perfect for campers, hikers, fishers and other travelers and adventurers as well as for everyday use. They unfold to a supersized 4.5-oz reusable towel, absorb like a sponge and wick water from your body. The towels are available in three sizes: 30” x 60” beach; 12” x 24” hand-size 3-pack; and 12” x 12” hand-size 2-pack. MSRP: $12/beach; $9/3-pack; $3.99/2-pack. For more information, visit Sales contact: George Wheeler,, 917-922-0154.

Posted on October 8, 2021

Pacsafe Camo Collection
Make a statement with Pacsafe’s new camo print, available on a variety of sustainable anti-theft products.

New. Recycled. Anti-Theft.

The reimagined camo print makes its presence known in Pacsafe’s bestselling, sustainable anti-theft products made from recycled plastic bottles, including the Metrosafe X 20L Backpack, Vibe 200 Crossbody and the Metrosafe X Vertical Crossbody and Compact Crossbody. Meet the Camo Collection. Nothing if not ironic, the camo print — originally designed to conceal, blend in and protect — is now worn as a means of standing out from the crowd and making a statement. Each bag neatly organizes essential gear, including electronics, and offers a variety of individual amenities such as lockable zips, RFID-blocking pocket and a place to stash a water bottle. MSRP: $74.95-$139.95. For more information, visit Sales contact: Stephen Kay,, 905-252-6652.

Posted on October 8, 2021

PangWangle Insect Shield Bandana
Simple, effective and so very handy, PangWangle’s Insect Shield Bandana keeps the swarm away.

Bug Out!

Save your neck from ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies or other pests with the Insect Shield Bandana by PangWangle. Providing targeted protection and easy styling, it is made with odorless Insect Shield that lasts 70-plus washes. It is EPA approved for everyone, including pregnant or nursing women, infants — even pets. Sustainably made in the USA, the moisture-wicking bandana is naturally breathable and durable, hypoallergenic and biodegradable. It is soft and stretchy, with a boho vibe that looks great as a neck scarf, headband or old-school kerchief, and is perfect for gardening, hiking, trail running or moseying around outside. It is squarish, measuring 21” x 21”. MSRP: $14. For more information, visit Sales contact: Jennifer John,, 504-452-0788.

Posted on October 8, 2021

Collapsible, Portable, Planet-Friendly Camp Bowls

Hydaway Camp Bowl
Hydaway’s innovative silicone and stainless-steel camp bowls help eliminate single-use plastics and bulky camp dinnerware.

With a streamlined look and a sturdy stainless-steel rim, Hydaway Camp Bowls are slim, lightweight and easy to use with an ergonomic design and spill-proof polymer lid. Available in two sizes (1.5 cups and 4 cups), each set includes two bowls, two lids and matching insulation sleeves.

The large bowl unfolds from one inch to one quart in seconds. The entire set packs down to a slim two-inch package to fit in any camp kit, van drawer, picnic basket or bear box. The bowls are also spill-proof, easy to clean and insulating to protect hands and keep food warmer, longer. The sets are available in four color styles: Cascadia, Yukon, Metolius and Mojave. Hydaway is taking pre-orders with prices starting at $39 (early bird) at Sales contact: Niki Singlaub,, 844-493-2929.

Posted on September 17, 2021

Backpacks Built to Stand Up to Adventure and Play

Pacsafe Go 15L Anti-Theft Backpack
Pacsafe Go backpacks are made from recycled fabrics and packed with anti-theft features.

Meet the Pacsafe Go 15L Anti-Theft Backpack, made from 21 recycled plastic bottles. Stylish and sleek, this compact and waterproof design can fit plenty of stuff, including a 13” laptop. A hidden storage pocket offers extra protection to keep important items like phone and wallet secure. Featuring cut-resistant materials and straps, securable zippers and an RFID blocking pocket, it has side pockets for quick access to a reusable water bottle or small umbrella, internal attachment point for wallet and keys and pen loop. It slides over luggage handles to remain balanced on a wheeled bag. This backpack comes in sunset pink, coastal blue and black. MSRP: $99.95. For more information, visit Sales contact: Stephen Kay,, 905-252-6652.


Posted on September 17, 2021

In Memoriam: Michael A. Esposito

Michael Esposito
Michael Esposito

Michael A. Esposito, a much-admired industry veteran, passed away on September 11, 2021, at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. He was 76 years old.

Michael had a rewarding career in the luggage industry for over 40 years, working at Travelers Club Luggage where he was held in high regard, not only by the employees but by so many others in the travel goods industry. His dedication and devotion to work and the travel industry made him an asset to the company. In offering deepest sympathies on behalf of Travelers Club Luggage, CEO Peter Yu called Michael a wonderful human being who will “continue to be an inspiration to us all.”

Michael was the beloved husband of the late Paula Prestianni Esposito; loving father to Michael J., Christopher and Leigh Anne Esposito; brother of Terri Esposito; and loving grandfather of Benjamin. He was born on June 5, 1945, in New Haven, CT, to the late Michael J. and Josephine DeNicola Esposito. He was first and foremost a family man who led by example as well as a lover of anything golf.

“The honorable legacy that Michael Esposito leaves behind is inspirational and challenges anyone who aspires to emulate this great man,” said Yu. “He has enriched the lives of all who have had the privilege to be associated with him.”


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