The portable technology craze is going strong, and it's not likely to slow down any time soon—research firm In-Stat projected that 65 percent of Americans would have a smartphone or tablet by 2015, according to a CNET.com report.
It's no surprise, then, that end-users want bags that reflect their tech-heavy lifestyles, and many suppliers have already begun incorporating tech-friendly features into their bag lines. "A new trend of products has formed around the tablet/iPad trend," Hennessy said. He added that many clients have begun asking for bags with padded pockets for tablets, and that Bagworld has tailored its product offerings to meet the demand.
"Much of this demand is utility-related," said Spellman. Smart phones and tablets often require a variety of accessories and attachments, and business bags provide a mobile repository for gadgets and gear. "The other trend we see in business bags is needing the proper storage and protection for your stuff," he explained. "Making sure there's a place for your smartphone, your tablet, your laptop, the chargers of all of these items, etc. is key."
Aside from the abundance of smartphone- and tablet-friendly features such as built-in sleeves and additional compartments, Spellman mentioned another reason business and travel bags make sense for the iCrowd. "While there are still plenty of traditionalists that stick with the briefcase, we are seeing a huge trend of people in business migrating to a backpack as their case," he said. "With all of the technology that people are using today, the ability to be hands-free with a backpack is a big incentive."