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Introducing Jump and Swiss Bags luggage

There are some things that the Europeans do better than us, and one of them is traveling light. That includes making suitcases that are both tough and lightweight. Now many of these lines of luggage are now making it across the pond. Two lines that are new to America are Jump and Swissbags. Both companies feature the latest designs that American companies just haven’t been able to copy. Below are a few of our favorites.

Jump Paris Crossline luggage is durable, lightweight and best of all, a good-looking case.JMP-ST20-BLUE With all polycarbonate construction it will be able to hold up to just about anything the airlines can do to it and with its unique pattern you will never struggle to find this case in the luggage carrousel. Did I mention that the carry-on is only 4.13 pounds? They even have a TSA built-in lock for extra security.

Tired of plain, boring soft luggage? Then Jump’s Nice Soft luggage is a lightweight and fashionable alternative to other company’s JMP-6573-NAVYsoft-sided luggage. With all nylon construction and leather trim this is a great all-around case for anyone. Best of all, the carry-on is only 4.1 pounds, so there is no downside to this line. Also available are a complimentary line of totes and backpacks.

Another new brand for America is a Swiss company, Swissbags. They have completely reinvented the classic polypropylene case. This is the same material your hard luggage would have used 30-40 years ago only re-engineered for today’s needs. The new polypropylene is virtually indestructible and can handle anything the airlines can do to it. If this case does manage to get cracked, the company will replace this case at no cost. There is no other company in this price range doing this. Check out this video on what this case can handle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoFcu8BAQG0.  Also, the carry-on is still only 5.5 pounds so it is lightweight as well.
SBG-SB343-ORGBoth Jump and Swiss Bags are unique products that are only available through select luggage stores. You will not find any of their products at department or discount stores. So check out the full line of Jump and Swissbags today online or in-store at our two locations. Once you become a fan you will want the whole line.

First look: New Briggs & Riley Transcend

When people find out you work for a luggage store their first question usually is, what is your favorite brand of luggage? While we love all brands here at Irv’s Luggage, there always been a soft spot for Briggs & Riley. Not only are they popular with both our employees and our customers, but they are Consumer Reports top rated luggage company. They are the only line of bags to offer such features the Simple As That warranty and an outside pull handle for easy packing. Now for 2017, they have redesigned their Transcend line of luggage.BR-TU422VX-46

So what is different in these new models? In one word; EVERYTHING. Traditionally, the Transcend series was a simple, no frills case for a casual traveler. Now this series has moved upscale. The most obvious change for this new model are new colors (rainforest, merlot, and slate) and a squared off shape. This gives their cases a more modern and luxurious look. This theme is continued inside with an upgraded tan interior that replaces the utilitarian gray color.

However, the biggest change is the redesigned expansion system. Briggs & Riley has gotten rid of the zippered expansion system and replaced it with their new VX variable expansion system. This system uses Velcro to allow the consumer to adjust the expansion to fit their items, rather than a zipper system which is either open or closed. No other luggage manufacturer has a system like this; it is truly one of a kind.br fbr ebr g

Another unique feature that Briggs & Riley offers is matching accessories. Most brands offer maybe a tote and a wheeled tote. However, Briggs has expanded their Transcend accessories to include wheeled totes, a shopping tote, toiletry kits, and new for 2017 a cabin bag and backpacks. All these accessories are available in all three colors and easily fit over the handle of all of their bags. These are must-have items when purchasing your new Briggs.br a

While the Briggs & Riley Baseline series is still the choice for the business traveler, the new Transcend series is a great choice for the frequent leisure traveler looking for a quality bag that is fashion forward. With all these new features it is one of our top sellers. Check out our website today to see all the sizes and styles or stop by one of our stores in Mt. Prospect or Northbrook, IL for a product demonstration. Once you own a Briggs & Riley you will be a loyal for life.

IRV’S LUGGAGE JOINS NATIONAL LUGGAGE TRADE-IN CHARITY INITIATIVE FROM BRIGGS & RILEY

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Irv’s Luggage joins with Briggs & Riley for a trade in event to benefit local charities.

Mount Prospect, IL – FEBRUARY 11, 2016 … Irv’s Luggage joins Briggs & Riley’s national charity initiative “A Case for Giving,” taking place in both of our locations at 2200 S. Busse Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL and 3139 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, IL from February 11– February 29, 2016, benefiting two local charities, Journeys, The Road Home and DCFS of Illinois, as part of a nationwide cooperative effort.Briggs & Riley’s “A Case for Giving” works in cooperation with more than 250 retail partners to get your gently used rolling bag to someone in immediate need in local communities around the country.  “A Case for Giving” salutes more than 100 charity partners of Briggs & Riley’s retailers including Ronald McDonald House, Treehouse for Kids, Make A Wish, Goodwill and local women’s shelters, men’s homes and coalitions for the homeless.  Briggs & Riley is known for innovation, dependable durability, and service that have earned them a fanatical and loyal customer base of frequent travelers who demand bags that perform.

“We are very pleased to re-introduce ‘A Case for Giving’ for its second year, and we expect to be even more successful and to exceed the 2,000 bags collected for the needy last year during our first luggage trade-in program,” said Briggs & Riley CEO Richard Krulik.  “The idea was sparked by conversations with foster care leaders who made me realize what a wonderful added purpose our products can have,” Krulik continued.   “We’ve put our support behind making sure that those in need can transport their belongings securely, whether it be a child leaving foster care, or a woman getting out of a shelter, or a family who must travel for medical treatment.”

A CASE FOR GIVING – HOW IT WORKS:

Think about a gently used rolling bag you own.  It might have even been sitting for years gathering dust in a closet.

Bring your used bag into Irv’s Luggage between February 11th and February 29th, 2016.

Receive $100 credit on a new Briggs & Riley bag if you donate a used Briggs & Riley bag, and a $50 credit on a new Briggs & Riley bag if you donate a used bag from another brand.

Leave your used bag behind knowing it will bring joy to someone who needs it.

Veronica Resa from DCFS in Illinois said, “Thank you for your generous offer to donate used luggage to children in the care of DCFS. As you can imagine our need is great and ongoing.”

Irv’s Luggage is both honored and humbled to be able to contribute to two worthy organizations working to help those in need.

About Irv’s Luggage

Irv’s Luggage is a family owned and operated business serving traveler’s needs since 1947. Irv’s Luggage has two retail stores in the Chicago suburbs as well as a premier website with over 15,000 items spanning 150 brands, making us the destination of choice for travelers, students and business people throughout the United States and Internationally.

We stock the best brands you can buy including Briggs & Riley, The North Face, Samsonite, Delsey, Hartmann, Bosca, Travelpro and many more. Irv’s Luggage prides itself on providing expert, up to the minute travel and baggage advice as well as superior customer service. In addition, Irv’s Luggage offers competitive pricing every day and will never be undersold!

Irv’s Luggage has the largest onsite luggage repair center in the Midwest. Luggage, handbags, business cases and leather bags can be dropped off for repair at either of our Irv’s Luggage locations or you can ship your bag to the Irv’s Luggage repair center via UPS. Whether it is a broken wheel, torn zipper, or a handle that needs repair Irv’s Luggage offers a complete and competent repair by trained luggage technicians.

We hope you will support small business in the US and shop Irv’s Luggage!

About Briggs & Riley Travelware

Briggs & Riley is the international brand of luggage and business cases whose fanatical customer base speaks loudly in the two way dialogue that embodies the company’s mantra – Engineered for Reality, Guaranteed for Life.™  Briggs & Riley’s main focus is making sure travelers are equipped with a durable product and a dependable relationship required for today’s travel realities.  Owned by US Luggage LLC, a privately owned and operated family company with headquarters on Long Island, New York, Briggs & Riley and its parent company are acclaimed for innovations such as the first ever wheeled luggage, a differentiating Outsider® handle, the first compression/expansion luggage, and backing every bag they make with an unconditional lifetime performance warranty, the only one of its kind in the industry.  Briggs & Riley collections and products can be found in North America, the UK, Japan and China at more than 600 fine specialty retailers, select high-end department stores and online, with online ordering and a store locator at http://www.briggs-riley.com.

Locations:

Irv’s Luggage

3139 Dundee Rd.

Northbrook, IL 60062

847-205-5585

 

Irv’s Luggage

2200 S. Busse Rd.

Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

847-437-4787

 

Lightweight Luggage

IT-0935A091929-S001There is a huge selection of luggage on the market today. Not only are there many different brands, there are also a vast number of styles and features. It sometimes is hard to choose, the options are many: luxury, fashion, hard side, soft side, two wheeled, spinners, and lightweight luggage (to name a few). It is a little overwhelming to say the least but at some point you are going to have to decide what is the most important feature before buying that next piece of luggage.

“Lightweight” happens to be a huge selling point in the industry right now with all the extra fees airlines are  charging for checked bags. Lightweight is also a very important feature if you have a bad back or a screwed up neck or travel so much that you do not want to end up with one. The bottom line, if you are one of those travelers where every ounce counts when it comes to your bag, lightweight might just be that “most important” feature and it’s time to check out International Traveller’s World’s Lightest Luggage!

IT’s World’s Lightest Luggage comes in many different sizes and colors but all of the bags are made with the patented design that includes an incredibly strong fiber-glass structure and a sturdy high-tensile exterior fabric. These uprights have broad, easy-grip locking handles and internal floor compartments that lie flat for maximum packing space (a rarity for most bags on the market today). Each of the bags also have a large front pocket that provides extra storage space and top and side handles that make them easy to lift. Maneuverability is also a breeze with the smooth and quiet eight wheel spinner design.

Think of it as practicing preventative and fiscally responsible travel, try the world’s lightest luggage today!

Luggage Sets: a Major Do

Wenger SwissGear luggage set

Wenger SwissGear luggage set

Luggage sets. We’ve all seen them and heard about them. What’s the big deal? Is it really worth it? Do I need it all? Yes, yes and yes. We’re taking a minute to highlight the importance and great value of luggage sets, and why you need to put it on your list.

I recently came back from an overseas trip, and packing beforehand was a nightmare. I embarked on an organized group trip that required us to move around. A lot. I knew I wanted to pack lightly, but couldn’t quite fit 12 days into a carry on. I remember wishing I had a good in between sized piece of luggage, but all I had was my trusty carry on roller board and my gone-for-three-months-size ship through. Despite my best efforts, I ended up with the much too large bag which was less than fun to lug through the soft sands of the Israeli desert. If only someone had taught me the importance of owning variously sized luggage. To ensure no one else falls into that trap, I’m making the case for the luggage set. Yes, you need it.

It doesn’t matter if you are 26 or 62, with or without kids or even have a trip planned or not. At some point, you will need the options. The luggage set is ideal because it’s more cost and time effective than buying separate pieces. No need to remember what you have or what you need- you’ll have it all in one well-coordinated place.

Now the question becomes, what brand do I buy? There’s no wrong answer here, and it heavily depends on your current stock and luggage personality. I tend to lean towards classic and timeless, but there are great options for that side and something more fun and creative.

If you’re like me, Wenger SwissGear is your go-to. The traditional designs and colors of the pieces make a statement without being overwhelming. The iconic SwissGear logo instantly exudes the dependability and durability equated with Swiss made products. Each case is equipped with padded laptop compartments and thoughtful organization pockets and straps to ensure hassle free packing and unpacking.

IT Skulls & Roses luggage set

IT Skulls & Roses luggage set

If you’re looking for something with a little more personality, the new Skulls & Roses line from IT Luggage is where you should start. IT luggage is known for its trademark patented lightweight luggage pieces that allow for easy maneuvering through busy airports or city streets. Don’t let the lightweight technology fool you; these cases are put through extreme quality control tests and come out on top.

Be prepared, and plan for the future now. Don’t be that girl dragging a massive suitcase through the desert. I for sure won’t make that mistake…again.

 

 

 

 

 

Designer Luggage Spotlight

It’s the night before your trip. All your clothes are laid out, and ready to be packed. You’ve been bragging about this to your co-workers and friends for weeks now. Every minute of the vacation is planned, and you cannot wait to get away. Maybe it’s that relaxation time on the beach, or perhaps you’re on your way to explore ancient runes you’ve been dreaming of since you were young. Everything seems perfect. And then you open up your suitcase to find the zipper broken and a hole on the side. What to do? You’ve been planning this trip for months, and now the panic sets in.

Want to never worry about that dreaded moment again? Here at Irv’s we carry a plethora of designer luggage that will last you a lifetime full of trips. It’s hard to know where to start and why to invest in designer luggage. To help you out, we are highlighting the best of the best and providing complete motivation on why now is the time to buy.

Kathy Van Zeelandkathy

Kathy Van Zeeland makes a statement. The company’s goal is to create the highest possible quality bags and luggage pieces out of non-leather materials. Products are always up to date with the latest fashion trends, and are instantly recognizable as Kathy Van Zeeland products. Many of the pieces come with easy to spot and beautifully crafted pink logo tags so you can grab your bag from the mess of luggage pieces no matter where you are. Whether it’s a handbag or rolling carry-on bag, Kathy Van Zeeland offers the best functionality and style. There are multiple mesh compartments and easy to use straps so that everything inside stays put and can be reached without effort.

Kenneth Colekenneth

Kenneth Cole makes designer luggage for the everyday traveler. It looks sharp without being extravagant. It’s high quality and will last. It will never go out of style. You have your choice of leather and non-leather bags and cases in a variety of colors and sizes. It’s easy to set the whole family up and keep everything together. Luggage pieces offer a four wheel system for comfortable gripping and steering while on the go. If this is your first time breaking into the designer luggage market, Kenneth Cole is definitely a good place to start.

 

Adrienne Vittadiniadrienne

Adrienne Vittadini is the epitome of elegance for the modern woman. The brand designs pieces with a European flare that make them sophisticated, timeless and approachable. Handbags and rolling luggage are all equipped with laptop compartments to keep your devices safe while travelling. All series are made with lightweight material and sturdy straps to ensure comfort and function.

I know, you are thoroughly convinced. So head on over here, and check out our vast selection of designer luggage sets.

A Lightsaber Fit for a Princess- American Tourister Luggage

star wrs           Attention: calling all movie fans. I repeat, calling all movie fans. Are you a movie junkie? Do you love infamous series? Whether you are a fan of the famed Star Wars series or not, you cannot deny its great impact on American culture and the movie industry. Each film is a success and you can buy every product imaginable to show which side you’re on. This December, the mega series will release the newest film. No doubt, there will be super fans lined up overnight for tickets and a coveted spot in their local theatres. They will be decked out in memorabilia to show their support and love of the franchise.

To accompany the highly anticipated release of this film, American Tourister Luggage has released an entire series of hard side luggage devoted to Star Wars. You can choose from various sizes in each of the legendary characters of Strom Trooper, Darth Vader and R2D2. American Tourister is a solid brand that produces some of the best luggage on the market. Each of the pieces in the series offer single spinner wheels for easy glide and navigation through the airport or hotel lobby. The Star Wars logo is branded on the push button pull handle as well as the zipper pulls so there is no room for confusion. Each suitcase includes a large interior mesh pocket for optimal packing organization as well as cross straps to keep everything nice and tidy.

Are you more a Disney fan than the fight for good vs. evil? Is frozen still stuck in your head because your daughter hasn’t stopped singing “Let It Go” for the past year? Don’t worry, American Tourister has something for you, too. In addition to the Star Wars collection, the dependable brand has also introduced a Disney line of hard side luggage. You can choose from both Mr. and Mrs. Mouse, the trio of princesses, Cars, and of course the great and powerful Frozen theme. The Disney line, much like the Star Wars pieces are all produced remarkably well with plenty of compartments and straps for supreme efficiency and usefulness.

Check out the new American Tourister collections here.