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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 Sales contact: Denise Millen,, 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 Sales contact: Heather Boles,, 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,, 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 Sales contact: Larry Walters,, 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 Sales contact: Lyn Butler,, 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 Wholesale contact: Stephen Kay,

Posted on May 13, 2022

Spice of Life’s Mobile Pillow with Smartphone Holder
Use Spice of Life’s Pillow Talk Mobile Pillow on the plane, in a car, at the office, in bed — anywhere you use your phone.

Mobile Pillow Has Smartphone Holder

Say goodbye to sore neck and upper back muscles as a result of poor posture on electronics devices. Spice of Life presents the perfect solution with its Pillow Talk Mobile Pillow, providing comfortable custom support so users can be hands-free while using their mobile devices. The 56”-long pillow design is filled with micro-beads and can twist and bend into a customized form for neck, shoulders and head support. Secure the pillow around the waist for lumbar support. It is available in several colors, including black, red and pink. MSRP: $48. For more information, visit Wholesale contact:

LiteGear® Bags with Joey® Technology
Inspired by travel and approved to fly, LiteGear’s new collection of smartbags with integrated Joey® Technology brings power and security to today’s travelers.

Posted on April 26, 2022

Teched Out and Tricked Up

LiteGear® Bags announces its partnership with Joey® Technology to launch a new class of smart backpacks that have 11 security, lighting and mobile power features built into the bags. This collection of smartbags, comprising the Mobile Pro Backpack (MSRP: $249.95), Mobile Pro 2.0 Backpack ($249.95) and Dash Pack Backpack ($199.95), features touch-console for remote display of battery power and access to all Functions; phone charging power — up to 25 hours of talk time; charge timer; dual charging; Bluetooth® Distance Alarm; Bluetooth® Find Phone; Ring my Bag; digital clock; juice jacking protection with virus blocker and data firewall; and LED Task Lighting that eliminates the “black hole” problem and lets travelers see and find everything in their bag with bright, built-in LED light. Collection colors are black and blue. For more information, visit Sales contact: Magi Raible,

Posted on April 25, 2022

New Baseline Collection Debuts

Briggs & Riley Baseline Collection
Briggs & Riley’s new Baseline Collection includes wheeled carry-on and checked luggage, backpacks, tote bags, duffle bags, garment bags and toiletry kits.
A reimagined version of Briggs & Riley’s flagship collection, merging timeless style with extraordinary engineering, is now available. The Baseline Collection, consisting of a variety of distinctive pieces, offers such standout features as upgraded one-touch CX™ expansion and new, proprietary shock-absorbing wheels, and organizational elements including a PowerPocket™ to conveniently store a battery pack or cell phone for charging on-the-go. “Enhancing the travel experience and providing revolutionary innovations remains at the forefront of our brand’s core values,” said Briggs & Riley CEO Richard Krulik. “Especially in today’s climate, with new adventures being realized after a challenging two years, travelers are seeking products crafted with the ultimate care. This collection reflects the deep passion, pride and loyalty to authentically delivering smart technology to help travelers discover the world.” MSRP: $75 to $1,049. For more information, visit Sales contact: Julie Hoffman, national sales manager,, 631-741-1933.

Posted on April 22, 2022

Travel Well and Leave a Light Footprint

No matter what travelers want to pack — the newly designed Pack-It System can handle it.

Eagle Creek has redefined organization to reintroduce its legendary Pack-It® System by combining everything people love about the original system with new recycled materials, upgraded zippers and modified designs. The result? More utility than ever before. Washable, reusable and sustainable, the new Pack-It System is available in three fabrications — Reveal, Isolate and Gear — and a full range of styles, sizes and functionality. Depending on the line, pieces include cubes, folders, electronics organization, expandable cubes, laundry sac, shoe sacs and more. Collection colors include black, mossy green, Sahara yellow and AZ blue/gray. MSRP: from $8.95 to $59.95/single products; from $22.95 to $64.95/set. For more information, visit Sales contact: Tim McGuire,, 760-405-4715.

Company News

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 For more information, visit

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 (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

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 Watch the “Art of Travel” video featuring the actress here.

Posted on May 13, 2022

New Director of Sales & Marketing for COCOON

Travis McMaster
Travis McMaster

COCOON® by Design Salt has hired industry veteran Travis McMaster as director of sales and marketing for the U.S. McMaster joined the team this spring and has already made an impact with a renewed energy to reinforce the brand vision and supporting retailer efforts with effective programs.

McMaster comes to Cocoon with a wealth of experience, most recently developing VARM, his own range of dye-less, bio-degradable and recycled material sleeping bags. He has over 20 years of industry experience as the former sales manager of Gramicci and long-time pioneering rep for brands such as Hoka One, Hydro Flask, Injinji and POC, among others.

“At this time of our 30-year presence in the U.S., I believe that Travis’ aptitude in sales and marketing will facilitate our foray into new markets as we have the right inventory and distribution partners,” said Josef Strum, founder of Design Salt GmbH in Stainz, Austria. “He embodies our travel experience-based product mix where it is vital that sales and marketing are cohesive in communicating the brand ethos beyond 2022.”

Mobile Edge CORE Gaming Lineup
Introduced in 2017, Mobile Edge’s award-winning and cutting-edge CORE Gaming Backpack has become the video gamer’s go-bag of choice.

Posted on April 25, 2022

New Video Gaming Gear Platform Launches

Mobile Edge launches its video gaming products website,, featuring the company’s full lineup of CORE Gaming protective gaming backpacks, laptop cases, and mobile power solutions as well as Alienware and a wide range of gaming gear and accessories from other leading manufacturers such as Lucid Sound, Power A, Viper Gaming and HyperGear.

“Just as all CORE Gaming products are designed by gamers for gamers, so too is the new website,” said Paul June, vice president of marketing for the Anaheim-based Mobile Edge. “In addition to offering award-winning CORE gaming products, we’ll feature Alienware cases and gear plus vetted, top tech and accessories like mobile power banks, gaming desks and chairs, headsets and controllers from partners Arozzi, Patriot Memory, Naztech and other top manufacturers.”

For more information about Mobile Edge gaming products, visit

Posted on April 22, 2022

TGA Member Presents Virtual Program

Janet Ryan
Janet Ryan

Janet Ryan, wellness consultant and founder of SpectraSpray Global, will speak at the Women in International Trade Virtual Roundtable, presented by SobelCo and the New Jersey District Export Council, at 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Wed., May 4, 2022. Ryan will share her knowledge of nutrition and natural products that have been at the core of her company, an organization that provides cutting-edge, high absorption oral sprays that are easy to use and are travel friendly. Key takeaways include understanding how to address the challenges facing a small, woman-owned business; dealing with foreign regulations for products; communicating with partners in other countries; succeeding in an international market; establishing international distribution relationships and events; and navigating international legal jurisdiction. Register here for the class.


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