What’s New in Luggage, Briefcases and Travel Accessories? Mori Luggage and Gifts Reports on Latest Innovations in Travel Gear and Leather Goods

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Mori Luggage and Gifts reports on what new and innovative in travel gear and from the Travel Goods Show in Washington D.C. The luggage retailer predicts bright colors for womens' briefcases, more multipurpose rolling cases; and disposable bring-your-own travel pillows and blankets.

The buying team at Mori Luggage and Gifts recently returned from the Travel Goods Show in Washington, D.C., the largest exhibition of travel gear and leather goods in the world. For three days, buyers walked the aisles seeking the hot new trends in luggage, briefcases and travel accessories.

“The Travel Goods Show allows us to meet with all of the leading manufacturers in our industry,” said John Mori, president of Mori Luggage and Gifts. “With the improving economy and travel increasing, we were pleased to discover lots of new, innovative travel products for 2004. Our customers expect us to always have the newest items that make traveling easier.”

Here are some of the product highlights from the show. Please note the product availability dates in italics.

What’s New in Luggage, Briefcases and Leather Goods?

Manufacturers of luggage, briefcases and leather goods are responding to consumer demand for bright colors, especially when it comes to women’s business cases. While black will always be popular, fashion-conscious businesswomen can now pick a different color briefcase for each season. The Lodis Audrey Capri Brief is a favorite for spring and summer. Available in salmon and periwinkle, this beautiful brief is constructed of fine-grade Italian leather and features a streamlined exterior, organizer pockets for cell phone and business cards, and a removable shoulder strap ($235.00). Available in April.

It’s not a backpack, it’s not a briefcase…it’s a Zuca! The Zuca MobileLockerTM is a super-durable, lightweight rolling case designed by a mom who couldn’t stand to see her 4th grade daughter lugging 50 lbs. of books each day and developing back pain so early in life. The main compartment holds books and important gear and can be used for school, picnics, or airline travel. The top is so strong you can use it as a seat and the magneto LED wheels actually light up as it rolls. Comes in nine exciting colors ($99.00). Currently available at Mori Luggage and Gifts.

One of the most interesting developments in luggage is the 22” Transformable Upright from Briggs & Riley. Either use it as a one-piece rolling carry-on or transform it into two separate bags: a deluxe duffle with optional backpack straps and a wheeled carry-on upright. Once the duffle is zipped off, a face panel zips onto the wheeled upright creating a new carry-on. Each bag can hold 2-3 days worth of clothes ($319.00). Available in June.

What’s New in Travel Accessories?

Ever wondered if the airline pillow covers and blankets are as clean as you’d expect? According to a new company called pb travel, recent studies have suggested that many are not changed or cleaned often enough. That’s why they have introduced the pb blanket and pb disposable pillow covers. The pb blanket is a warm polar fleece blanket that is machine washable and dries in just 10 minutes. These compact, colorful blankets come rolled up in a vinyl bag that easily fits over the handle of a carry-on suitcase ($17.95 each). The disposable pillowcases come in a pack of two (perfect for a round-trip flight) and fit all standard airline pillows ($4.50 per pack). Currently available at Mori Luggage and Gifts.

If you’ve ever flown overseas, you’ve probably heard of deep vein thrombosis and other circulatory problems that can occur during long flights. Compression Socks by Elastic Therapy use a graduated compression system to improve blood flow and relieve leg swelling and discomfort. They are also great for walking or anytime you plan to spend a lot of time on your feet ($9.95 women, $12.95 men). Available in May.

Brushing your teeth while traveling or at work just got easier with the Travelon Toothbrush. Actually, it’s a toothbrush and toothpaste all in one. Simply twist the handle and refreshing mint toothpaste comes up through the high quality, DuPont TynexTM bristles. Brush up to 30 times with one toothbrush. Easy to carry in a purse or tote bag ($4.95). Available in May.     

Once again, you may lock your luggage with peace of mind AND know if someone opened it with the SearchAlertTM Combination Lock from Prestolock. This innovative lock is approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and screeners have a secure set of codes and tools to open and close Travel Sentry locks as needed. The lock’s unique Indicator window shows green if the lock has not been opened and red if it has been opened ($8.95). Currently available at Mori Luggage and Gifts.

More New Travel Gear

Ever seen a sophisticated man who carries his stack of dollar bills in a rubber band? We found a way for him to do this in style with the Grand Band from Budd Leather. Each Grand Band features a durable, colorful band with two replacement bands and a stainless steel plate that can be engraved. A great Father’s Day gift ($25.00). Available in May.

On paper, it’s a pen. In reality, it’s an object of art. Introducing the new VerveTM Cross Pen. This high-style pen comes in three elegant finishes: Selenium Blue, Merlot and Platinum. The Verve is an excellent graduation gift for men and women (Ballpoints start at $95.00). Available in May.

About Mori Luggage and Gifts

Based in Atlanta, Mori Luggage and Gifts is a family-owned specialty retailer of luggage, briefcases and travel accessories, leather goods, pens and distinctive gifts. Betty and Jean Mori founded the company in 1971 and serve as vice president and CEO respectively. Their son, John Mori, serves as president. Mori currently operates 26 stores throughout Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. For information about the latest innovations in travel gear, click on Mori Luggage and Gifts or call (800) 678-MORI.

For more information, contact:

Gwin Hammond

770-451-6674, ext. 3022

ghammond@moriluggage.com

Editor’s Note: Photography is available upon request.

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