San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Aerovation has added a new wrinkle to the airport “checkpoint-friendly” computer bag and luggage category with its latest offering, the wheeled CPF trolley bag.
The bag has a unique hinge design that opens downward. The compartment on the front of the bag holds the laptop computer by itself. This compartment swings out so the whole trolley bag can lay flat on the belt for X-ray scanning.
National Geographic is teaming with Bogen Imaging, whereby Bogen will be the exclusive distributor of the National Geographic Earth Explorer PhotoBag collection in North America.
The collection, which consists of a medium camera pouch, small- and medium-sized shoulder bags and medium- and large-sized backpacks, brings an ideal blend of today's cutting-edge protective carrying technology and a traditional “explorer” look and feel, said Bogen.
The flood of new cases, bags and sleeves in the market for the first quarter shines a light on the successful transition of fledgling categories such as netbooks and tablet PCs into full-blown market changers.
Manufacturers are increasingly offering smaller versions of their larger laptop cases for netbooks, and breaking new ground with SKUs designed for tablet PCs, e-readers, smartphones and portable GPS and gaming units.
U-60, part of the UrbanGear line of bags from Naneu Pro, is designed to accommodate the serious photographer and videographer on the go. Constructed of water-resistant rip-stop 600 denier nylon and YKK zippers, the bag is styled to appeal to today's modern urban customer, said the company.
The U-60's main compartment can hold a digital SLR with up to a 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached, as well as two to three additional lenses and a flash.
Consumers who prefer media on the go without headphones are being offered a new family of Sound Cases made by Sakar International. These protective cases for MP3, CD and DVD players and laptops incorporate built-in speakers that “let the sound out of the bag” — literally. Special cases allow the music or other audio to play on bikes and car visors.
Abbi New York, a new maker of portable storage, mainly laptop bags and briefcases for women, is launching its spring 2006 abbi and darci collections.
The high-end abbi collection features bags made from luxurious genuine leather or silk brocade print, with suggested retails ranging from $129 to $350.
The more moderately priced, mass merchant darci collection features bags made from premium faux leather or brocade print, with suggested retails coming in under $100.