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Travelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry

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Travelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry

mp_Travlersclub_milanoTravelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry has been offering a complete line of travel-related products, including luggage, travel accessories, coolers, and outdoor products, to both domestic and international markets since 1986. According to Marylou Almeida, the key to the company’s success has been its “dedication to innovation, quality, value and service. Our goal is to provide our customers with superior quality and innovative products, maintain exceptional customer service, and maintain price points that meet today’s tight budget constraints.”

Travelers Club products are “geared to the ever changing needs of the end consumer,” says Almeida. “Because of our emphasis on the “Cool-Carry” line, we’ve become one of the industry’s leading cooler manufacturers. We create trend-setting styles, and incorporate features, such as detachable radios, backpack straps and in-line blade wheel systems. These traits have all contributed to making our company the success it is today and we have established ourselves as an industry leader in producing high quality and affordable products.”

For more information, visit www.travelersclub.com or contact Marylou Almeida 310-323-5660; marylou@travelersclub.com.

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Travelpro®

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Travelpro®

mp_travelproPlat5_GroupWhen Travelpro® founder Robert Plath invented The Original Rollaboard® in his garage in 1989, he not only changed the way the people traveled but his new invention helped energize the travel goods industry. The Rollaboard®, a 22″ wheeled upright, also led to the creation of a company that views itself as an industry leader due to the patents it holds and its component technology.

Travelpro® luggage is used by over 425,000 airline personnel worldwide and is sold in the U.S., Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Today, Travelpro® manufactures numerous luggage collections — Platinum, Crew, FlightPro, WalkAbout, Hydrogen, and FlightCrew — as well as Wall Street business cases and various private label collections.

Marcy Schackne, vice president of marketing for Travelpro, points to the number of innovative features that the company offers within its luggage collections, such as an exclusive, lightweight, polypropylene honeycomb frame that makes it 20%-30% lighter than traditional luggage yet more impact-resistant than ABS frames. Platinum with ProGrip received a medical endorsement by the largest state chiropractic association and test results confirm that the ProGrip handle relieves excess strain and pressure from shoulders, neck, back, arm and wrist. And all new collections are lined with an exclusive H2O Guard™ water-resistant lining that make soiled clothing and toiletry spills easy to clean.

For more information, visit www.travelpro.com or contact Marcy Schackne at Travelpro’s Boca Raton, FL headquarters, 561-998-2824, x-154.

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Travelon®

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Travelon®

mp_travelon-traveleasierTravelon® began more than 25 years ago as Travel Caddy, one of the nation’s first manufacturers of luggage carts. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that the company expanded into luggage manufacturing and, eventually, into the design and sourcing of travel accessories and soft goods. As Travelon’s Kathy Novak points out, “Travel Caddy had a reputation for creating innovative, solidly engineered products that were rigorously tested for safety and performance…and that made travel easier. These qualities have not changed.”

Today Travelon® visualizes itself as much a product design and sourcing company as a travel goods company. With a growing intellectual property portfolio of more than 30 U.S. patents and 60 patents pending, Travelon strives to differentiate themselves “through innovative, often patented, product design, backed by outstanding merchandising and dealer support,” according to Novak. Merchandising and dealer support are accomplished through a team concept consisting of several specialized groups that work closely together to serve Travelon’s customers.

For more information, visit www.travelonbags.com or contact Kathy Novak at 847-375-3900; kathyn@travelonbags.com.

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Vinnibag by Ellessco

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Vinnibag by Ellessco

mp_vinnibagThe Vinnibag was conceived around the proverbial kitchen table with one part wine industry veteran, one part biotech executive, a small slice of investment advice and a chunk of engineering. As experienced travelers passionate about wine and local specialties, Ellessco’s founders saw the need for a better way to transport liquids and fragile items. Two years of intensive product development and testing led to the creation of Ellessco LLC and the Vinnibag — a unique concept for inflatable protection of travel accessories that suspends items in an air cushion that conforms to the contents, including multiple small items.

“Whether you’re a frequent flyer or extreme sports enthusiast, VinniBag is a great travel companion for anything that can break or leak,” says Elizabeth Scarbrough. “From wine and olive oil to perfume and collectible figurines, contents are isolated, immobilized and cushioned by the air chambers, and sealed by a specially designed closure.” Engineered to withstand significant fluctuations in altitude and temperature, VinniBags meet or exceed all airline regulations and only takes a minute to inflate and seal.

Also of note, Ellessco LLC is a women-owned company that employs U.S. resources for design, manufacturing, packaging and shipping. It maintains a recycling program that converts plastics into garden hoses, operates using eco-friendly practices, supports charitable organizations and “lives by one simple rule, ‘Be Nice and Have Fun.'”

For more information, log on to www.vinnibag.com, or contact Elizabeth Scarbrough at 800-915-8599; easl4@yahoo.com.

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Sttelli LLC

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Sttelli LLC

mp_sttelliIn 2006, two traveling professionals tired of constantly looking for that “better” suitcase put their heads together to found Sttelli, with the goal of creating a stylish alternative that also delivers customer value.

“Sttelli’s suitcases and travel accessories strive to give travelers the tools to have a fun, hassle-free travel experience,” states Elias Gutt. “Our luggage lines are beautifully designed with both practicality and the traveler’s budget in mind.”

Sttelli luggage uses easy-to-identify luggage colors and name tags in beautiful combinations; Sttelli’s travel accessories aim to cover most travelers’ in-flight comfort needs and “away from home” amenities.

For more information, log on to www.sttelli.com, or contact Elias Gutt at 305-459-0555; elias.g@sttelli.com.

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ROYCE New York

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ROYCE New York

ROYCE New York is born of a family tradition dating to the 1880s, founded on high-quality leather and refined craftsmanship. Today’s ROYCE focuses on sustainable design while remaining true to its artisan heritage, with a range of stylish and functional fashion, travel, and tech accessories that aim to better lives.

“Over the years as our family business has grown from one generation to the next, in changing times, our vision has remained the same,” states Kathy Bauer. “At ROYCE we reinforce the values that will lead our world long after we leave it: respect for hard work, respect for new invention, and, most importantly, respect for one another.”

The company handcrafts upscale leather travel and executive accessories (passport cases, luggage tags, toiletry bags, etc.), embosses them with custom monograms and corporate logos, and travels globally to provide experiential monogramming events on site.

For more information, visit royce.us or contact Kathy Bauer at kathy@royceleathergifts.com; 201-330-7720.

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Piel Leather, Inc.

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Piel Leather, Inc.

mp_pielIn the early 1970s, Gerardo Cuellar was a young college student anxious to establish a new career in international trade with his close friend, Jaime M. Martinez. Together, they started importing a variety of handcrafted goods from Colombia, one of which was produced in Vaquetta leather. As Office Manager Claudine Hirashima says, “During 35-plus years of business, Piel Leather has proven time and again to be the ‘leader in naked leather.’ Undoubtedly, we will continue striving to improve and evolve the Vaquetta line for many years to come.”

Hirashima describes the company’s products as a finely handcrafted line of briefcases, carry-on bags, ladies’ handbags and purses, backpacks, small leather goods, and travel cases made from the finest natural leathers and highest quality hardware. In addition, the company offers custom design and private labeling options and a “no boundaries policy with an eagerness to work with clients to produce exactly what they need in the time they need it.” Piel also accommodates special orders, including embossing and embroidery within 30 days. “We are one of the most versatile companies in the industry,” says Hirashima. “Our items are fully covered under warranty and we produce fine products for everyone from the frequent traveler to the leisure golfer.”

For more information, visit www.pielleather.com or contact Claudine Hirashima; 562-498-8822; pielusa@earthlink.net.

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McKlein Company LLC

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McKlein Company LLC

mp_mcklein3McKlein Company LLC manufactures and distributes three brands of travel products each uniquely handcrafted to offer stylish, cutting-edge and innovative designs and each offering rolling cases that feature their patented Removable Wheel and Handle System. Their new brand, Parinda, features stylish and affordable handbags, as well as ladies’ cases made of luxurious Italian leather in six “chic” colors, all created to be smart, yet sexy. McKlein’s product lines consist of business cases, computer cases, luggage, casual bags, backpacks, business accessories, attaché cases, accessories, duffel bags, note pad capability bags, tote bags, carry-on cases, and wheeled cases.

Our laptop cases, briefcases, and luggage provide unsurpassed protection and superior quality and are the leading choices among business travelers,” says Christina Schmitt. “Our patented and revolutionary detachable cases are two bags in one — they can be wheeled or carried. The commute of the mobile professional is finally simplified!” McKlein’s 220,000 square-foot factory in Thailand also does custom-made, OEM, or built-to-order products to any specification at competitive prices and high quality standards.

For additional information, visit www.mckleinusa.com or contact Christina Schmitt at 773-378-5400, christina@mckleinusa.com.

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Mancini Leather Goods Inc.

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Mancini Leather Goods Inc.

mp_manciniMancini Leather Goods has offered inspired collections of ladies’ and men’s fine leather goods since 1989. Their innovative creation — wallets, accessories, and business and travel products — capture the imagination and showcase the natural characteristics of the finest quality leathers and premium materials from around the world.

Among their offerings are luggage and travel bags, passport organizers, briefcases, laptop cases, backpacks, attaché cases, catalog cases, fine leather wallets and accessories. “Mancini products are the perfect fusion of style and function,” states Jamie Trachtenberg. “In keeping with our legacy of excellence, we offer the finest personal leather goods supported by our impeccable reputation for superior products and service — all this while providing one of the most competitive quality-price-value offerings on market.”

For more information, log on to www.mancinileather.com, or contact Jamie Trachtenberg at 800-276-8346; jamie@mancinileather.com.

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Korchmar

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Korchmar

mp_leatherspecialtyStarted by European leather craftsmen in Cincinnati, OH, The Leather Specialty Company has remained true to its tradition through three generations and 87 years of American family ownership. According to Beverly Bissett, what distinguishes the company from its competitors is that it combines genuine, top grain American leathers with a unique high quality American look. “Schlesinger and Korchmar represent the epitome of American quality and craftsmanship,” she says. “We offer the business person the greatest variety of practical, yet classic designs to solve travel and business needs at a fraction of the price of the ‘major brands’ that are household names. And we still do manufacture in the USA.”

Now located in a “top notch warranty repair and manufacturing facility” in Naples, FL, The Leather Specialty Company offers a five-year warranty backed by U.S.-based technicians and support. The company’s brands consist of Schlesinger, a high-quality line of classic American business cases and casual/lifestyle travel and business bags; and Korchmar, a mid-priced line of attaché cases and litigation or pilot cases (catalog cases). An interesting note is that the company was hired by the U.S. government to produce leather cases carried by Air Force bomber navigators and other government officials.

For more information, visit www.korchmar.com or contact Beverly Bissett at 239-333-1000 or bbissett@korchmar.com.

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