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Posted on March 29, 2021

New CEO for Design-driven Global Lifestyle Brand

Jon Hoerauf joins Herschel Supply Co. as chief executive officer
Jon Hoerauf

Jon Hoerauf joins Herschel Supply Co. as chief executive officer, bringing to this newly-created role nearly two decades of experience as a global executive in the outdoor apparel space. Under Hoerauf’s leadership, the brand will continue its impressive growth through both its international wholesale and direct-to-consumer channels.

“Jamie and Lyndon have built a phenomenal brand that is ultimately a design company at its core,” Hoerauf said of Herschel Supply Co. Co-founders Jamie Cormack and Lyndon Cormack. “This excites me not only from a product standpoint, but also in seeing how they have designed the organization for success. With the company being 10 years old, it has an unbelievably strong foundation and a huge opportunity to further disrupt the category with its product and storytelling.”

Throughout his career, Hoerauf has structured commercial strategies for outdoor apparel brands at a global level. At Herschel Supply Co., Hoerauf is expected to oversee the brand’s expansion into other product categories and verticals.

Posted on March 29, 2021

New President Region Americas at Thule Group

Hilary Hartley has been appointed business area president Region Americas for Thule Group
Hilary Hartley

Hilary Hartley has been appointed business area president Region Americas for Thule Group and will become a member of the global corporate management team, reporting to CEO and president Magnus Welander. Hartley brings over 25 years of global management experience in premium branded lifestyle, outdoor and sports industries. In this new role, he will oversee the Thule Group’s sales, marketing, finance, business development and go-to-market approach for the North and Latin American markets and will be a key driver in improving distribution and go-to-market strategies.

“The Americas region is key for our long-term growth ambitions, and we place great importance on both the strong positions in North America and the fast-growing Latin American markets,” said Welander. “Hilary’s vast experience, passion and determination, combined with the strong team in place, will help him to excel in his new role and we look forward to growing our North and Latin American business under his leadership.”


Posted on March 29, 2021

Durable Protection for Devices

Mobile Edge’s Graphite Premium Backpack 17.3
So much rides on devices and the data they contain, and Mobile Edge’s Graphite Premium Backpack 17.3 is built to protect it all.

Busy travelers, professionals and others rely on protective cases such as Mobile Edge’s Graphite Premium Backpack 17.3 to organize and safeguard their valuable tech from everyday wear and tear. Whether you’re at home, school or on the road, this bag, with its tough ballistic nylon exterior and heavy-duty Duraflex™, will keep sensitive gear stored inside securely while providing a place to gather and organize delicate cords and accessories.

With roomy laptop storage, a dedicated iPad/tablet pocket, padded pockets for digital media and accessories, an internal media pocket for a media player with headphone pass-through port and a removable smartphone pocket, this backpack presents thorough and thoughtful organization while safekeeping electronics. The bag is stylish in graphite and features a lifetime warranty. MSRP: $119.99. For more information, visit

Posted on March 29, 2021

First Product in New Anti-Microbial Travel Accessories Collection Debuts

Ricardo Beverly Hills' 3-Pack Anti-Microbial Padded Handle-Wrap from the SteriTouch® Essentials Collection
Ricardo Beverly Hills’ 3-Pack Anti-Microbial Padded Handle-Wrap represents the company’s next generation of travel essentials.

Ricardo Beverly Hills launches a new 3-Pack Anti-Microbial Padded Handle-Wrap, the first product in the new SteriTouch® Essentials Collection. Ricardo has partnered with performance additive manufacturer Radical Materials, using SteriTouch technology, the market-leading solution for anti-microbial product applications. An invisible silver-based anti-microbial treatment that significantly reduces the development of bacteria on surface and fabrics, the technology is infused during the weaving and molding process and remains permanently present, working to safeguard luggage and accessories.

“This handle-wrap has been designed to increase comfort by using compression molded foam and a low-profile hoop and loop, which enables fitting onto telescopic grips as well as luggage carry handles and many more applications,” said Ricardo’s Vice President of Design Timm Fenton.

The handle-wrap comes in a dual color palette of black and silver, with additional colors planned for later this year, and a universal size to fit most luggage on the market. MSRP: $40/3-pack. For more information, visit

Posted on March 29, 2021

Aviationtag Super Guppy
Made from the historic Super Guppy, Aviationtags may differ from other serial numbers in thickness, color and structure, creating a one-of-a-kind collector’s item.

Piece of Aviation History Upcycled as Souvenir

Aviationtag has crafted a piece of history into a keepsake luggage tag using the aircraft skin of the Super Guppy. Dating back to the 1960s, these freighters were deployed by NASA in the Apollo program in the 1970s and then charged with transporting extremely large and heavy aircraft parts for the Concorde and Airbus models to the factory for final assembly.

In service for almost a quarter of a century, the Super Guppy had a wingspan of 47.61m and a height of 14.85m and reached speeds of 460km/h at a peak altitude of 7620m. It took to the skies for the last time on July 1, 1996. Now disassembled and punched into a distinctive collector’s item at Aviationtag’s manufactory in Cologne, each limited-edition tag is engraved with the aircraft type and registration number, the edition number and size. Tags feature the classic Super Guppy livery of silver, blue, orange and red. The engraved data can even be used to locate registered users thanks to Aviationtag’s Lost & Found Service. MSRP: 29,95 EUR. For more information, visit

Posted on March 29, 2021

KeySmart's Travel Wallet and Passport Holder
Travelers will stay organized and stylish while traveling with the KeySmart Travel Wallet and Passport Holder.

Wallet for Wanderlusters

Meet KeySmart’s® travel wallet: the beach edition, a Travel Wallet and Passport Holder constructed of TecTuff® leather that stays white and fresh looking throughout travels. Featuring water-resistant, anti-scratch and stain-proof material, this wallet wonder offers 360° RFID protection and a Quick-Flip passport pocket to breeze through security. It holds up to nine cards, plus passports, boarding pass, cash, SIM card tool and more, and includes a personal pen in an integrated pen slot to fill out Customs papers (and avoid having to use filthy public pens). The wallet sports a dreamy beach print on the inside pocket and comes equipped with KeySmart’s signature Never Lose Your Wallet With Tile™ Slim Pocket. MSRP: $119.99. For more information, visit

Posted on March 29, 2021

Matador Pocket Blanket
With people spending more time than ever in parks, beaches and open spaces, Matador’s Pocket Blanket is there to provide a clean, dry place to sit.

Flagship Products Revamped

With its new Pocket Blanket and Pocket Blanket Mini, Matador® Travel Equipment introduces significantly updated versions of the brand’s flagship products. The revamped models of the award-winning lightweight and waterproof blankets that pack down to the size of a wallet now offer enhanced waterproofing, upgraded materials and a new aesthetic.

Both are built from premium ripstop fabric with an enhanced waterproof coating. The miniature version has seating for up to two adults, while the full-size version provides seating for up to four, with upgraded features such as ultralight tethered stakes and weighted corners with sand pockets. Both blankets include an integrated storage pouch and patented Easy-Pack stitching to denote crease locations for folding. MSRP: $19.99/Pocket Blanket Mini; $29.99/Pocket Blanket. For more information, visit

Posted on March 29, 2021

Waterproof Travel Cases Protect Tech

Matador's Camera Base Layer and Laptop Base Layer
Matador’s Base Layers feature flexible and durable exteriors for padded protection, and seam-sealed, rolltop liners for waterproofing against extreme conditions.

The Laptop Base Layer and Camera Base Layer are Matador® Travel Equipment’s new waterproof protective cases for transporting cameras, laptops and other electronics. The former offers a waterproof layer of padded protection designed to fit most laptops 16 inches and smaller. An adjustable fold-over closure provides a customized fit and fast access, and the cushioned shell keeps it safe from bumps and scratches. An integrated drybag and rolltop closure offer full waterproof protection and an external pocket holds chargers and accessories.

The latter is a revamped version of one of Matador’s bestselling products and is designed to protect mirrorless and compact DSLR cameras during travel and outdoor pursuits, with insulative synthetic padding and an integrated drybag. An innovative magnetic closure system affords instant, one-handed camera access, and a seam-sealed liner offers full waterproofing. It can be used with a camera strap or clipped to a backpack using an integrated aluminum carabiner and features a zipper pocket for storing lens caps and other accessories. MSRP: $59.99/Laptop Base Layer; $74.99/Camera Base Layer. For more information, visit

Posted on March 29, 2021

Contoured Anti-Microbial Mask

Seirus EVO Arc Masque™.
Washable and reusable, the Seirus EVO Arc Masque is a perfect layer of defense for social distancing.

Wearing masks during travels may be with us quite a while, so they need to be comfortable, protective, packable and washable. Enter the Seirus EVO Arc Masque™. This contoured mask with flexible central arc and comfortable ear loops meets all the criteria, plus is treated with HeiQ V-Block. An innovative Swiss anti-microbial technology, it resists degradation by microorganisms and manages bacteria that cause odors – both qualities travelers want in something that’s next to their nose. Designed to stay away from the mouth for easy breathing, the mask comes in a range of sizes to fit all faces comfortably, without adjusters behind the ears, which can interfere with glasses and can be unwieldy under hats. They are available in black, charcoal and leaf. MSRP: $20.99. For wholesale orders, contact Terri Swender at or 800-447-3787. 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 March 29, 2021

Bugatti Group Rocks It with Two Major Licenses

The Bugatti Group acquired Rolling Stones and BLACKPINK licenses
With its Rolling Stones and BLACKPINK Collections, the Bugatti Group will offer a range of products in fashionable and dynamic materials at competitive price points.

The Bugatti Group has acquired two major licenses in the world of music and entertainment: the record-breaking all-girl band BLACKPINK and one of the greatest rock ’n roll bands in the world, the Rolling Stones.

“We are delighted to work with musicians whose music is impactful wherever it is heard and are very confident that the collections will have a positive impact at the retail level,” said Stéphanie Beaudry, vice president sales and product development.

A complete collection of soft bags, handbags, travel accessories and luggage signed by BLACKPINK has been designed as must-have accessories for young and young-at-heart consumers. For the Rolling Stones, the Bugatti team is currently working on unique eye-catching designs in soft bags, handbags, travel accessories and luggage.

“We are looking forward to launching this collection, as it will be as iconic as the Rolling Stones,” said Beaudry, noting the world-renowned band will tour in 2021 and celebrate its 60-year anniversary in 2022. For more information, visit or contact Stéphanie Beaudry at 866-832-1010, x-233 or

Posted on March 29, 2021

Travel Accessory Powerhouse Solidifies Global Presence with Partnership

Go Travel partners with InMotion
Go Travel’s partnership with InMotion is an opportunity for the brand to grow its presence in North American travel retail.

UK-based Go Travel has expanded its North American presence with inventory in all 117 InMotion travel retail stores, North America’s largest airport-based digital accessories retailer. The new partnership brings a range of Go Travel pillows and accessories to fulfill market requirements while elevating the standard of travel accessories to align with InMotion’s commitment to deliver cutting-edge products that enable an easy and enjoyable journey. From grounded travel adapters to Go Travel’s comfort range, products will highlight internationally bestselling designs.

“Although the USA has always had a strong travel accessories business, it has predominantly focused on travel comfort,” said Steve Worden, general manager of Go Travel. “We want to build on this success, and we look forward to working with InMotion to broaden the customer offering.”

“Go Travel delivers a wide range of solutions for travelers under one brand identity which travelers can trust for durable, high quality products,” added Pete Newbould, senior vice president of InMotion. For more information, visit

Posted on March 29, 2021

Woman-owned Business Nets Grant Award

SpectraSpray Global, a SpectraSpray Global Logowoman-owned and operated small business founded in 2016 and based in New Jersey, has been awarded the NJ STEP grant, a federal award provided through the New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). It is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration and administered by the NJ Business Action Center. SpectraSpray™ will utilize the substantial grant to research market opportunities, International Partner Searches and Gold Key Services while attending U.S. trade shows with a proven international presence.

The company plans to attend 2021 events, including the Travel Adventure Show in Washington, DC, the Global Business Travel Association Trade Show in Orlando and the Natural Products Expo East in Philadelphia.

“These opportunities are the lifeblood of the growth of SpectraSpray, and only possible through the generous STEP grant funding,” said Janet Ryan, founder and owner.

As a result of the STEP grant funding last round, SpectraSpray will also be working with major Ukraine pharmacy company UA PHARM as an exclusive distributor. The companies are currently in the product registration phase of the distribution relationship. For more information, visit


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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