Style Smarts - Travel Goods Association

Style Smarts
BY KATHY WITT | PHOTOGRAPHS BY KERRY PITTENGER
Fall ushers in up-to-the-minute
designs for the contemporary
biz whiz working in a modern
environment. Whether in a home or
corporate office, on the road or in
the air, these bags, briefs and totes
bring smart styling and structure and
savvy organization to the table.
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NUMINOUS LONDON | Meet the SMART City Backpack 901, an executive backpack
designed for today’s modern business traveler, with a multi-pocket section for work
files and documents and a secure padded laptop or tablet compartment. Luxuriously
designed and with a high exterior finish, this bag also features a biometric lock
(fingerprint recognition) and a built-in charger to keep your devices powered on the go.
This backpack also includes innovative anti-slash fabric layers, puncture-resistant zips
and TSA-accepted locks, making it highly secure, to say nothing of stylish. Powered by
a Joey SMART device charger, it comes in black. MSRP $341
TRAVELON® | Find plenty of storage space in the Anti-Theft Urban Slim Briefcase from
Travelon: roomy main compartment with padded and fleece-lined laptop compartment;
front zippered organizer compartment with padded, fleece-lined tablet pocket; front
drop pocket for smartphone; front zippered pocket; two rear pockets; and a mesh
expansion pocket for your water bottle. This bag also has RFID-blocking passport and
card slots, zippered wall pocket, pen loop and tethered key clip with LED light. Slide
it over the handle of your wheeled luggage with its add-a-bag feature or carry it by its
adjustable padded shoulder strap or comfy neoprene-wrapped top grab handle.
MSRP $90
GENIUS PACK | Intelligent design in a lightweight 21” Hardside Spinner: this case
offers interior organizational compartments, an out-of-the-way laundry compartment,
an integrated packing checklist for think-free packing and four durable silent gliding
spinner wheels. All this in a case that meets international and domestic carry-on
allowances and weighs just 6.2 lbs. MSRP $99.99
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PIEL LEATHER | The elegant Deluxe Vertical Briefcase (12.25 x 15 x 3.25) features a magnetic snap opening to a
spacious main compartment with a full leather organizer, zippered pocket and padded laptop compartment. Handmade
in Mexico, it is made of luxurious full-grain cowhide leather that is soft and smooth to the touch and has both a top
carrying handle and an adjustable shoulder strap. It is available in black and chocolate brown. MSRP $342.99
HEX | In typical HEX fashion, the Ashford Laptop Duffel packs a lot of features into its slim and modern design. With
an outer shell constructed of water-resistant charcoal waxed canvas, the case has padded and fleece-lined device
compartments, including a front exterior phone pocket and interior laptop and tablet storage. Complementing this
is a roomy central main compartment, interior organizer and two rear exterior snap pockets, plus surplus-grade web
handles and a removable shoulder strap with multiple carrying options. MSRP $99.95
ROYCE LEATHER | Boasting a spacious interior with a padded 15” laptop compartment, a tablet slip pocket and an
accessories pocket, plus two zippered external pockets, the Powered Up Exec Backpack in black is built to withstand
the test of the executive commute and your exhilarating journeys. Water-resistant flannel-esque fabric is juxtaposed
against rich pebbled leather that coalesces into its contemporary charm. A subtly situated dual-port power bank
charger keeps your electronics charged up on the road and the lithium ion polymer charging station has an impressive
capacity of 6500mAh. MSRP $350
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TRAVELERS CLUB | Sleek with a slim silhouette, the kensie 17” Rolling
Briefcase with Spinner Wheels is made of polycarbonate and ABS and shines
in pale gold, rose gold and silver. Features include a push button trolley handle,
stylish top handle and spinner wheels that allow complete upright mobility for
free-weight rolling that relieves pressure from your arms. With a fully lined interior,
the case has a section dedicated to clothing for overnight use, plus a padded
laptop compartment and a variety of multi-use organizer and zippered accessory
pockets. MSRP $165
DELSEY | The MONTMARTRE+ Ladies’ Tote celebrates French sophistication
with smart features, including an exterior with two side pockets for a water bottle,
magazine or umbrella and a zippered pocket for last-minute items, plus fauxleather accents for a classic look. Inside the bag, a padded sleeve holds up to
a 15.6” laptop and a business organizer keeps all necessities easily accessible.
The smart band on the back of the bag slides over the trolley tubes of larger
rolling luggage to simplify traveling with multiple bags. MSRP $89.99
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ALFA TRAVELGEAR | Make travels smooth and easy with the Rolling 14”
Laptop Travel Tote (16” x 19” x 9”) from Rollies. Eco- and checkpointfriendly, this expandable tote features a tablet and laptop compartment,
exterior pocket and two interior pockets. Weighing just 5 lbs, it has a super
lightweight retractable handle bar, two custom-designed Rollies wheels,
protective feet and padded top handles. It is available in various prints,
including kitten (shown). MSRP $69.99
LUGGAGE AMERICA | The Deluxe Fashion Rolling Overnighter speaks to
women business travelers with its spacious main compartment for maximum
packing capacity, heavily padded laptop compartment and elegantly
imprinted full interior lining. Stow business and travel essentials in the
accessible front zipper and side closure pockets and roll smoothly along with
the bag’s recessed metal ball bearing wheels. Constructed of durable ripstop
polyester, it comes in tulip, blue paisley and zebra, and new purple paisley
prints. MSRP $160
MCKLEIN COMPANY | Like its namesake,
The Chicago makes a bold, dynamic
statement. This 17” Leather DetachableWheeled Laptop Overnight with Removable
Brief not only has ample storage space
for everything needed for overnight stays,
its interior compartments keep files and
important documents well-ordered and
accessible. Partnered with the included
laptop brief, this bag was made for working
professionals and can stand up to any
amount of travel. Additionally, McKlein’s
patented 2-in-1 Detachable Wheel and
Handle System allows the business case
to be completely and conveniently removed
from the frame. Convert your rolling bag to
a shoulder bag and head to your meeting in
style. MSRP $255
MANCINI LEATHER GOODS | From the
Manhattan2 Collection is the RFID Secure
Unisex Tote, a fusion of contemporary design
and practicality ideal for the urban lifestyle.
Handcrafted in fine top grain leather, this tote
has a zippered compartment with separate
tablet and laptop padded sleeves to keep
devices secure and protected. A zippered
front pocket with RFID wave blocking
technology keeps data and cards safe and
a plethora of practical pockets maintain
organization for business essentials. An
attach-a-bag strap lets you piggyback the tote
on other baggage. MSRP $274.99
BRIC’S USA | This Executive Backpack
made from elegant Saffiano leather with
coordinating herringbone trim has built-in
cable management; protected/padded
pockets for laptop, tablet and phone; and
ergonomic back padding with a handle slide
feature that allows you to slide it on the back
of your trolley. MSRP $625
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BARRACUDA | The next innovation in luggage is here: The Barracuda Carry-On is the
world’s first collapsible carry-on. Blending art and science with a stylish, patent-pending
design that includes a circular handle system, this rugged hardside transforms to a
collapsed folded case instantly – one that can be slipped neatly under a bed or hung
in a closet. Its ergonomically designed Venus Handle System™ swivels to keep your
hands and wrists from cramping. An included USB charger lets travelers power up their
smartphone and other electronics on the go. Catch up on emails with the carry-on’s
built-in tray that unfolds from the handle to safely hold your laptop, and keep track of your
Barracuda with Location Tracking & Proximity Sensing technology. The bag comes in a
wide array of colors, including red, gold, black, blue, gray and pink. MSRP $349
FOX LUGGAGE | Here is a lightweight, rolling Polycarbonate
Business Case (BF29) with a padded laptop compartment that
fits a 15” laptop. Feature-rich, the case has a front quick-access
zippered compartment; large middle compartment for files, catalogs
and magazines; three internal organizational pockets; a zippered
mesh compartment to safely store your most sensitive documents;
ergonomic and comfortable padded top grip handles; and a pushbutton, self-locking internally stored retractable handle system. With
silent dual wheel casters on four sides for easy mobility and turns, the
case fits in most overhead bins. MSRP $250
EAGLE CREEK | Get all-day carryability and style with the Straight Up Business
Brief RFID that offers three carry options with its padded tuck-away backpack straps,
removable adjustable cross-body shoulder strap and padded grab handles. Featuring a
checkpoint-friendly laptop compartment plus tablet sleeve with a butterfly-style opening,
this brief is loaded with Eagle Creek’s All Ways Secure™ components, including
2-way lockable zippers with Secure-Zip™, Central Lock Point, toggle closure on main
compartments, passport-size RFID Blocker pocket and Digital Safe-Zone. All this, plus
smart organization, air-cooling perforated foam backpack straps and more. MSRP $130
HONTUS MILANO GROUP | Fusing art and science together to
create a new level of experience in travel goods is the Esotico 21”
Carry-On from Mia Toro Italy. This hardside spinner is made from
lightweight armor-flex composite with Mia Toro’s exclusive and
scratch-resistant Raw Carbon Fiber Texture. Esotico also features an
innovative tri-compartment opening system and has a front pocket
with two padded sleeves that fit up to a 15.6” laptop computer and
mobile device or tablet. MSRP $340/21” carry-on
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BOCONI BAGS & LEATHER | Crafted of retro-inspired and texture-rich Buttero leather,
the Becker City Pack is meticulously hand-cut, sanded, stained and stitched with ginghamaccented linings and trimmed with authentic brass hardware. With both padded laptop
sleeve and elastic tablet sleeve, the bag has a multitude of organizing compartments
including a security RFID Protected pocket, plus adjustable leather and nylon shoulder
straps. Its top carry handle and slim profile lend this backpack a professional look perfect for
the office. The backpack straps make it easy to carry everything you need with you on your
commute and travels. It is available in black and whiskey. MSRP $468
KORCHMAR | Upgrade your backpack with the HOUSTON, an eye-catcher in vegetabletanned cowhide with a wax finish and natural leather interior. Organization is thoughtfully
arranged with a hanging small interior gusset that makes for a split interior, a built-in iPad
sleeve and two expandable front pockets that hold variously sized electronic essentials:
PDAs, cell phones, computer power systems. Offered in cognac and mocha, this backpack
also has adjustable shoulder straps. MSRP $450
CANYON OUTBACK LEATHER | Turn heads with the Kannah Canyon Backpack, soft and
supple in full grain pull-up buffalo hide and boasting a two-way top zipper and perfectly
placed front zippered pockets. A sturdy carry handle and foam padded straps for heavy
load comfort complete the package. With its nylon lining, quality YKK zippers, padded
laptop sleeve and straps that are adjustable from 19” to 34”, this backpack is ideal for both
getaways and the daily commute. MSRP $178
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LODIS | Combining versatility and verve is the Audrey Quince 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack
(0.25” x 14” x 5.50”), featuring one strap that easily converts to a cross-body bag or lets you
carry it as a satchel. Keep your essentials secure with a top-zip closure, interior zip pocket
and two slide pockets. A detachable, adjustable shoulder strap can be used for a backpack
and shoulder strap. MSRP $292
HEYS LUGGAGE | The Mode Executive Business Case is Heys’ answer to the question of
how to carry your tech, business and overnight travel essentials in one bag while stylishly
standing out in a sea of black, masculine-style exec cases. A chic “handbag on wheels,”
this lightweight carry-on is designed with lots of organized storage. It can be opened using
the front zipper to access business essentials and media or via the center zipper to access
personal and travel essentials. This case is constructed of polycarbonate composite and is
offered in black, Marsala and color-blocked black/bone (shown). It also features a croco/
leather look and stylish touches like a faux lock and key. MSRP $169.99
CABRELLI GROUP | Striking in a two-tone color palette of black/white and navy/red, this
carry-on-size Rollerbrief (716035U) in pebble PVC with silver hardware offers a large front
pocket for stowing items you need to be accessible, plus two side pockets. Inside, find a
removable padded 15” laptop and tablet compartment, interior organizer section, attached
key leash with clip and a new second top-zip compartment. Other features: inline wheels,
retractable handle and matching ID tag. MSRP $200
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IT LUGGAGE | Constructed of water-resistant and easy-to-wipe-clean
durable material, the lightweight Rio ROLL-it Carry-on offers an easyaccess waterproof side pocket for shoes and an organizer section in
the front panel pocket. Stow your electronics in the bag’s 13.3” laptop
compartment and iPad section. It’s a versatile and stylish carry-on
designed for modern business and leisure travel with a comfortable,
ergonomically-shaped handle. Its smooth and silent corner wheels give
the Rio stability and the best possible glide. Shown in Poseidon color,
it also comes in black and purple magic. MSRP $180
LUG | With a roomy main compartment, organized storage for
paperwork, pens and electronic accessories, plus a separate padded
zip compartment to cradle your computer, the lightweight Echo
Backpack is a confident companion on travels and to work or school.
Its convenient soft-lined corner zip pocket means no more scrambling
for that buzzing smartphone and its easy-wipe bottom helps keep
it clean. Available in aqua teal, heather gray, lavender purple and
midnight black, the bag is specially treated with a water-repellent
finish. MSRP $99.99
ZERO HALLIBURTON | Ideal for the young, urban professional is the ZERO NEW
YORK – Midtown Collection’s 3-Way Business Brief. Constructed using several
different ripstop nylons, including CORDURA®, this brief features three different ways
to carry the case: by the top handle; by the adjustable shoulder strap; or by using the
backpack straps that are incorporated inside the back panel. Its cavernous main section
includes a padded computer pocket and an organization panel. The back compartment
has a large zippered pocket and two organization pockets. Available in blue (shown),
black, khaki and – the newest color introduction – wine. MSRP $195
KENNETH COLE | Pack down with the expandable R-TECH Computer Backpack
with RFID Blocking Technology in the bag’s front compartment pockets. With both
padded laptop and tablet pockets, a front face zippered and lined stash pocket and
small compartment with organizer, ultra padded air mesh back with air flow channels
and padded ergonomic shoulder straps, this bag is built for rugged travels. Its sturdy
1680D polyester construction with fully lined interior and steel cable handle reinforced
with heavy duty rubber grip complete the package. MSRP $240
Please see the Buyer’s Guide on page 63 for a directory of the companies
whose products are included in this feature.
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