WHEN OUTDOOR TEMPERATURES start climbing, the travel itch for millions nears its peak. People get in a frenzy to hit the beach, the lake—wherever they can go to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Only then does the luggage they tucked away inside some closet the year before become top priority.
And when the last flight to paradise is leaving within a few hours, the forgetful traveler can’t help but wonder why she didn’t bother to inspect her collection months ago. The last-minute discovery that her bag’s shoulder strap is hanging by a thread and two of its four wheels are broken isn’t the most promising start to a relaxing getaway.
Purchasing good luggage might be a costly endeavor, yet buying a quality set is considered a solid investment because it’s meant to last, not to mention each piece has a variety of uses. For these reasons, promotional travel bags earn the distinction of products with both a high-perceived and an actual value—and the coveted combination almost always means dollars for distributors.
One of the main selling points of luggage is its longevity
—an attribute that can be supported by a distributor choosing the right fabric for a client as well as paying extremely close attention to the details that indicate superior construction.
Although it’s no secret travel bags are not exactly handled with care in the course of their lifetimes, there are certain fabrics that better stand up to rough trips. For example, according to Jamie Cimino, president of New Ulm, Minnesota-based Canyon Outback Leather Goods, “leather luggage lasts for years.” He pointed to both leather as well as ballistic nylon as the toughest materials for luggage, and added another benefit of leather is its ability to maintain a “cool look” over time.