The International Travel Goods Show – the world’s largest trade show for travel products – takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center every year with heaps of luggage, piles of backpacks and briefcases and every type of travel accessory imaginable to make life on the road more organized and comfortable for travelers.
Among the more than 2,000 lines representing 40,000-plus products were a number of new companies setting up their booth for the first time.
ALEON is a new Northern California-based luggage manufacturer that has streamlined the manufacturing process to present aircraft-grade aluminum luggage at a lower price point than other aluminum cases on the market. Standout features on these sleek, lightweight cases are square edges for maximum packing and ease of packing and unpacking and a Compression Packing System that reduces or eliminates wrinkles in garments.
Case exteriors sport an industrial chic ridged design accented by rivets. Other features include integrated TSA-accepted combination locks, rugged double spinner wheels and a retractable multi-position telescoping handle. Collection colors include platinum, onyx, champagne, red and blue.
“It looks like the luggage of the rich and famous, but ALEON cases are for everyone,” said Carol Elms, owner.
ALEON’s 7-piece Classic collection ($379 to $850) includes a 17-inch Wheeled Briefcase, 17-inch Deluxe Wheeled Briefcase, 19-inch International Carry-On, 21-inch Classic Carry-On, 26-inch Traveler, 30-inch Macro Traveler and 32-inch Macro Plus Traveler. Every case shipped comes encased in a protective luggage cover.
An accessories collection is also available that includes a clutch, credit card holder and an underseat case, all made of aluminum, which is a natural RFID blocker against digital thieves trying to skim personal data from credit cards, IDs and passports. Accessory colors are silver, gray, blue and red.
A charming sketch of a little girl was the inspiration behind Cristina Girl, a London-based company that makes trendy casual bags, daypacks and backpacks ($50-$60), designed to be used every day. Founder Natalie Nainani created the drawing and was so smitten with the image that it became the logo – and the front of every Cristina Girl satchel, backpack and cross-body bag is finished with this sleek metal embellishment.