Briggs & Riley marks 25 years of innovation
by Kathy Witt
First with a lifetime luggage guarantee. First to place trolley bar handles on the outside of the bag, thereby freeing up precious packing space while simultaneously creating a flat packing area, the end result being wrinkle-free clothing. First to introduce the checkpoint-friendly laptop bag.
It’s not surprising that Briggs & Riley, founded in 1993 and today one of the one of the leading manufacturers in the specialty luggage category, has a long lists of ingenious firsts. After all, it was its very own parent company, U.S. Luggage, that completely revolutionized the luggage industry back in 1970 by putting wheels on cases – literally an out-of-the-box innovation that put a spring in the step of millions of travelers.
The latest? Variable expansion.
SIZE TO SUIT
With its Transcend VX collection, Briggs & Riley serves up a brash new breakthrough – letting travelers tailor luggage space to their specific needs.
“The cases can expand up to two and a half inches to give travelers extra packing space and customizable capacity, while still retaining structure and shape and providing greater support,” said Briggs & Riley CEO Richard Krulik. “It’s really luggage that adjusts to the traveler, and not the other way around.”
How does this miracle happen? Simply disengage the VX plates located at the top and bottom of the case interior. Lift the frame to the height you need to fit all your belongings. Complete packing and zip closed.
Voila! Case space has been customized to your trip needs and, for those travelers that love to travel light and fast, the 21- and 22-inch bags still meet carry-on requirements. Additionally, there is no zipper expansion feature to mess with and no lopsided bag. When the trip is over and you’ve unpacked, reduce the case back down by snapping the VX plates drop back into place.
Living up to its name, this sleek collection goes beyond expectations with a thoughtfully designed interior that includes an integrated suiter; ergonomically designed soft-touch handle grips; a SmartLink system so travelers can attach one hard sided bag to another; a discreet SpeedThru Pocket to hold small items at security checkpoints; smooth-rolling double spinner wheels; and those space-enhancing signature Outsider handles Briggs & Riley originated.
Collection pieces include 21-, 22-, 26- and 29-inch cases plus a 14-inch rolling cabin bag, all of which pair seamlessly with soft companion pieces, including a clamshell cabin bag, shopping tote and cargo backpack. Ultra-durable two-tone nylon twill accented with black trim gives cases a professional look. The collection comes in merlot, slate and rainforest – one of the most popular colors in the Briggs & Riley palette portfolio. Retails range from $149 (tote)-$529.