Feature Article - November/December 2019

Bon Voyage!

Get Them Moving With Luggage Incentives

By Emily Tipping

When You Need More Room

For longer trips, travelers will look for luggage that is lightweight and durable—able to keep their necessities well protected for the duration of the trip.

For adventurers, the newly launched V4 Polycarbonate Collection from Tumi was designed to be lightweight and durable for whatever lies ahead. V4 highlights the clean precise lines with added raised channels that provide great structural integrity and durability to keep items inside protected from impact. Softened/fuller corners allow for the perfect pattern and expanded capacity. Enhanced by lightweight multi-layer polycarbonate construction, these new pieces are sleek and stylish, and allow for you to select the perfect piece for your next journey. New solid colors and prints create a well-balanced color program to support the introduction of the redesigned collection. Tumi's V4 collection uses a proprietary formula of polycarbonate made with multiple layers to increase durability. V4 also features the proprietary X-Brace 45 Handle System™, which provides best-in-class strength and structural integrity. Whether you are short or tall, traveling with V4 feels effortless and comfortable.

Ricardo Beverly Hills' new Seahaven collection, available through Incentive Concepts, offers remarkably spacious organization. Lightweight and spacious, the Seahaven collection features multiple ways to keep you organized and rolling smoothly for easy travels. The Medium Check-In, pictured here, was designed for reliable functionality on trips lasting three to five days and offers multiple pockets inside and out, a secondary compartment to separate packed items and comfortable handling.

For those looking for tough luggage that will last a lifetime, Aluminum Luggage from Aleon, available through Earth Gear (not pictured), features unmatched quality, built to last for decades of frequent use. Aluminum will scratch, dent and ding, but it will never crack, tear or otherwise compromise its contents. Aluminum is the only luggage material that is biodegradable, unlike plastics, polyester or nylon. Aleon Aluminum is about 40 percent lower in cost than other aluminum brands and offers innovation in an assortment of luggage and cases. Finally, aluminum is by nature RFID-blocking, which means IDs and credits cards inside the case cannot be compromised.

For longer trips, travelers will look for luggage that is lightweight and durable—able to keep their necessities well protected for the duration of the trip.

For those who want more than one piece, the U.S. Traveler Hardside with USB Smart Carry-on, available through Earth Gear (not pictured), provides a range of options when it's time to pack. The set features a 30-inch Check-In Upright Spinner, 26-inch Check-In Upright Spinner, and a 22-inch Carry-On Upright Spinner, all featuring hardshell material for superior protection. All three pieces can be nested inside each other to save space. The carry-on features a built-in USB port and interior power bank compartment to provide quick connection to a portable electronic device for charging. The sturdy retractable handle system features a push-button mechanism, with a self-locking handle mechanism to provide different handle height adjustments. The spinner wheels rotate 360 degrees for effortless maneuverability, and two full packing compartments make packing a breeze.

Backpacks & Beyond

Backpacks continue to grow in popularity, with sales up 3.7% in 2018. Landry said that while he keeps expecting the category to plateau, it never does. "It's all about backpacks," he said. "It doesn't matter if you're old or young, white collar or blue collar, male or female. It just keeps climbing and climbing."

Some of the reasons for that, he explained, include the fact that it spreads the weight of what you're carrying to your whole back instead of just one shoulder as with a normal brief or tote. What's more, it keeps your hands free, so you can sip your coffee, keep an eye on your messages and more.

Stylish, functional options abound in this category.

Style and sophistication reach new heights with the @work Leather Medium Backpack from Briggs & Riley. When the occasion calls for a sleek, polished solution with a modern edge, this backpack keeps you ultra-mobile and ready for anything. Comfortable design, multiple pockets to keep you organized and ready for anything and a supple feel will ensure you're at your professional best.

The Deluxe Backpack from Samsonite's Mobile Solution Collection features nylon fabric with vinyl trim and water-resistant coating. The interior padded tech panel fits most laptops up to 15.6 inches (vertically) and tablets up to 9.7 inches. For organization, an exterior front pocket is designed with two slip pockets and a pen sleeve to organize essentials needed quickly, while two interior zippered pockets provide secure accessory organization. The exterior side pockets are perfect for smaller personal items or a water bottle, and the right pocket includes a Key Leash to secure and locate keys stress-free. It also features a SmartSleeve™, which fits over most upright luggage handles for easy mobility.

Available through Links Unlimited, the Knomo London Beauchamp 2.0 Women's 15-inch Laptop Backpack is loved and worn by women the world over. Based on the bestseller, this backpack now comes in 15 inches and with extra features. A trolley sleeve pocket on the back, hidden outer phone pocket and RFID zipped inner pocket makes traveling easier and more secure.

And for men, the Knomo London Southampton Slimline 15.6-inch Laptop Backpack, available through Links Unlimited, is ultra-slimline but deceptively spacious and padded for comfort, making it the perfect take-it-anywhere backpack. With two separate sections—one protected specifically for your laptop—and a clever trolley slip pocket, it's the slick professional companion you've been searching for. Fits laptops up to 15.6 inches in a separate, dedicated padded section.

For those who want a stylish way to carry gear but aren't ready to get on board with a backpack, the Margaux Large Satchel from kate spade New York, available through Incentive Concepts, features refined grain leather and is defined by its curved, feminine silhouette, molded handles and functional interior. Crafted from refined grain leather, it features two slip pockets and a domed zipper compartment, inspired by the line of a scallop, with even more storage space inside. An adjustable crossbody strap gives you the option to go hands-free when you need it. The perfect detail added luggage tag is finished with an enamel spade signature mark.