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Posted on January 21, 2022

Collection Brings 100% Recycled Materials to Duffels

Eagle Creek Migrate Duffel
Eagle Creek’s Migrate Duffel Collection 2022 debuts in August 2022.
Eagle Creek’s new Migrate Duffel Collection, constructed of recycled materials throughout, is built to be used every day – whether you’re going to work, to the gym or on a rugged adventure and need a bag that can stand up to your lifestyle. In easy-to-clean 900D heavy-duty TPU, it features a full-access, wide-mouth opening, water-repellent RPVB coating that was developed by harvesting windshield plastic from landfills, and #10 lockable main zippers with reflective finger loop zipper pulls for easy access when wearing gloves. A seamless bottom bathtub construction prevents water from entering the duffel and pack straps tuck away for protection. Available in black, mesa blue, river rock, dandelion yellow and burnt berry, it folds flat for compact storage. The collection includes the Migrate Duffel 40L (MSRP: $99), 60L ($109) and 90L ($119); and the Migrate Wheeled Duffel 110L ($169) and 130L ($179). For more information, visit www.eaglecreek.com. Sales contact: Tim McGuire, tmcguire@eaglecreekholding.com, 760-405-4715.
Chipolo CARD Spot
Always know where your wallet is with the Chipolo CARD Spot.
Posted on January 14, 2022

Safe and Slim Wallets

Chipolo has expanded its Spot line to up the safety factor for wallets while keeping things slim and trim. The Chipolo CARD Spot fits into wallets without adding any extra bulk. It works exclusively with the Apple Find My app, so when your wallet goes missing, hundreds of millions of friends can help you find it through the Apple Find My network. Thin and water-resistant and with an easy-to-hear signal, it has a long battery life — lasting up to two years. MSRP: from $35. For more information, visit www.chipolo.net. Sales contact: Renee Vozelj, renee.vozelj@chipolo.net.

Posted on November 29, 2021

Patent for Puncture-resistant Wine Bag

Vinarmour Wine Carrier
The patented puncture-resistant technology in Vinarmour’s new Wine Carrier allows passengers to travel worry-free with their bottles.
Passengers can now travel worry-free with their wine bottles, thanks to the new Vinarmour Wine Carrier and its patented collapsible, soft, protective wine bag – the first puncture-resistant wine bag for airline travel. Made in the USA, it is available in harvest brown and vintage burgundy. It folds down small enough to tuck into a purse but accommodates the six most common wine bottle sizes.
 
“When we designed the carrier, we knew we could make it the most protective wine carrier on the market, but what we are most proud of is the fact that one can use it to take wine anywhere,” said Vinarmour founder and CEO Brian Hart. “Use it to bring a bottle into an upscale restaurant, to a picnic or over to a friend’s for dinner. It is a beautiful wine accessory.”
 
The new carrier is reinforced with Dyneema® and two types of Kevlar®, each commonly used in protective body armor for military law enforcement personnel. It also contains a layer of Poron XRD® foam, which absorbs 90% of impact energy, and features a unique closure system composed that is impenetrable to broken glass. MSRP: $298.95. For more information, visit www.vinarmour.com. Sales contact: Brian Hart, brian@vinarmour.com, 206-719-1818.

Posted on November 29, 2021

New Luggage Brand Launches

ICONAir from the ICON Luxury Group is luxury at an affordable price.

The ICON Luxury Group announces the launch of its own premium private label luggage brand – ICONAir. Made of 100% polycarbonate, ICONAir’s uprights reflect ICON’s style sensibility: New York and fashion. Featuring bright colors and modern designs created by ICON designer Irene Terner, who has been designing premium luggage for more than 20 years, the luggage comes with all of the essential amenities to make traveling a breeze: push-button recessed locking telescopic handle system, fully-lined interior with zippered mesh pocket and tie downs for protection, stylish top and side handles, expandability for up to 25% more packing capacity, 4- or 8-wheel spinners for complete mobility and USB port. MSRP range: $325-$1,050. For more information, visit www.iconluxuryluggage.com and www.iconluxurygroup.com. Wholesale contact: Tom Ott, tom@iconluxurygroup.com, 914-815-0580.

Posted on November 18, 2021

Gather Around the Backyard Bonfire

City Bonfires
City Bonfires is a portable bonfire created by two Maryland dads whose jobs were impacted by the pandemic.

City Bonfires knows how to knock a perfect evening out of the park — or backyard — with its S’mores Night Pack, which includes a City Bonfire and S’mores Kit (with eight graham crackers, four marshmallows, a chocolate bar — enough for four S’mores), plus two portable reusable skewers and one EZ lighter.

The portable, reusable mini bonfires arrive in a circular, recyclable 4” x 2” tin and offer a burn time of three to five hours. They are easy to light and extinguish and, because they are made with FDA food-grade soy wax, they are safe for roasting marshmallows. Handmade in Maryland with nontoxic materials, they are a fun little heat source with no smoke and ashes and can be used anywhere outdoors — camping trip, beach getaway or right in the garden on the patio table. MSRP: $43.95. For more information, visit citybonfires.com. Sales contact: Tiffany Anzalone McCasland, tiffany@citybonfires.com.

Posted on November 8, 2021
McKleinUSA Auburn 15” Nylon Laptop Sleeve
McKleinUSA’s lightweight and weather-resistant Auburn 15” Nylon Laptop Sleeve is simple yet stylish.

Tech Sleeve for ‘Bare Necessities’ Traveler

Zip your 15” computer and accessories into McKleinUSA’s Auburn 15” Nylon Laptop Sleeve constructed of Nano Tech-Light nylon and finished with leather trim and silver hardware. Equipped with an exterior document sleeve, pencil holders and accessory pockets, it is an ideal carry for the minimalist traveler. Available in khaki, black, navy and green (shown). MSRP: $60. For more information, visit www.mckleincompany.com. Sales contact: Andrea Martin, salessupport@mckleincompany.com, 773-235-0600 x 226.

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 cooldudechoice.com. Sales contact: Tushar Desai, info@cooldudechoice.com, 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 liload.com. Sales contact: George Wheeler, info@liload.com, 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 www.pacsafe.com. Sales contact: Stephen Kay, skay@pacsafe.com, 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 www.pangwangle.com. Sales contact: Jennifer John, jen@pangwangle.com, 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 http://kck.st/3zeCF2b. Sales contact: Niki Singlaub, sales@hydawaybottle.com, 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 www.pacsafe.com. Sales contact: Stephen Kay, skay@pacsafe.com, 905-252-6652.

Company News

Posted on January 21, 2022

Prima USA Travel
With more than 35 years of combined travel goods experience, Prima USA Travel Inc. specializes in suitcases, travel bags and accessories.

Luggage Designer/Manufacturer Launches New Website

Prima USA Travel Inc. launched its revamped website —  www.primausatravel.com — which features the complete and up-to-date catalog of Prima’s brands: American Green Travel, Puíche, AMKA, American Sport Plus, Argo Sport and the upcoming wine luggage Vino Via. Each item has its own dedicated and detailed page. Resellers and B2B vendors can now schedule a free video-call appointment with the Prima team to see live product demonstrations and get answers about topics such as licensing and product customization. For more information, visit www.primausatravel.com.

Posted on January 14, 2022

Eagle Creek Begins Anew

Eagle Creek's Travis Campbell
Travis Campbell
Travis Campbell purchased Eagle Creek from VF Corporation in September. As a leader at VF Corporation, Campbell had been involved with the brand and wanted to give Eagle Creek the voice it deserves, strengthening and reigniting the emotional connection people have for the brand.
 
“What an amazing opportunity,” said Campbell. “We’ve got a brand that means so much to so many, is known for incredibly high-quality products, and we have an opportunity to build a company from scratch around that love.”
 
Campbell plans to move the company forward in a way that is authentic to the brand and its customers and to invest in growth to “create opportunities for our people, to be able to scale our impact, to create funds for sustainability work and conservation efforts.” For more information about the company, mission and products, visit www.eaglecreek.com.

Posted on November 30, 2021

Crowdfunding Campaign for New Smart Bag

LiteGear launches an Indiegogo campaign to fund its new line of smartbags to bring power and security to travelers.

Backpack designer Magi Raible launches an Indiegogo campaign featuring a new line of LiteGear® Smartbags. Drawing from her career developing bags and backpacks for premium brands like The North Face, Eddie Bauer, LL Bean, Kiva and others, Raible has developed a new class of smart backpacks with 11 security and power features. These include a touch-console for remote display of battery power and access to all functions, phone charging power, a charge timer, Bluetooth® Distance Alarm and Bluetooth Find Phone, virus blocker and data firewall, digital clock, LED task lighting, dual charging, RFID protection and a feature that allows users to ring their bag from their phone.

Raible inspires people to travel by designing innovative, lightweight gear built to deliver reliable performance while creating minimal environmental impact and maintaining her commitment to keep as many single-use plastic bottles out of landfills and oceans as possible – over 1.5 million to date. LiteGear Smartbags’ electronic system uses patented Long-Life Technology™ to outlive seven to 10 regular battery systems and be easily recyclable years from now. Contact: Magi Raible, magi@litegearbags.com, 707-558-3990.

Posted on November 30, 2021

SpectraSpray Global Introduces Spray Vitamins to Ukrainian Market

Providing nutrients-only oral spray vitamins with rapid absorption, SpectraSpray Global now distributes in the Ukraine.

SpectraSpray Global and UA-PHARM announce their partnership for exclusive distribution in the Ukraine. Founded in 2016, SpectraSpray Global is a women-owned and operated business based in Montville, NJ, and supported with grants from the State of New Jersey for international export. Ukraine-based UA-PHARM, which has opened 80 pharmacies in the Ukrainian market in the last five years, unites several vectors of activity in the fields of medicine, health and beauty.

“Our partnership with UA-PHARM supports both company’s missions to change people’s lives for the better by encouraging them to take care of their health using only natural products,” said SpectraSpray Global founder Janet Ryan. “As an engaged distributor of our oral sprays, we all look forward to future global expansion.”

The SBA STEP grant award, the largest New Jersey has ever received, has helped SpectraSpray Global take part in trade shows and other events that have spurred the company’s international expansion. SpectraSpray was recently awarded a third round of export funding through this award, funded in part by the SBA.

The NJ STEP grant is 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 (NJBAC).

Posted on November 10, 2021

Ms. Jetsetter Debuts on HSN

Ms. Jetsetter Debuts on HSN
HSN’s hosts demonstrate the Ms. J Travel Trio.
Ms. Jetsetter recently aired on HSN’s The List segment with Colleen Lopez and Michelle Yarn. The launch showcased the Ms. J Travel Trio, a 3-piece coordinated travel accessory set, which includes a toiletry bag, makeup case and jewelry case. It was the first time Tracey McGhee, founder of Ms. Jetsetter, worked with the shopping channel.
 
Each piece in the Travel Trio is designed to address some of the common challenges women face when they travel. The jewelry case keeps necklaces from tangling. The makeup case includes travel-size makeup brushes, and the toiletry bag includes a detachable toiletry pouch. The segment also showcased three new colors of the line — navy, rose gold and garnet — that are exclusive to HSN for a limited time. Contact: Tracey McGhee, tracey@msjetsetter.com, 708-945-3816.

Milestones

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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