What’s New, What’s Hot: August 2015


What’s New, What’s Hot is Travel Weekly’s look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. First up, NokHoo Laptop Backpacks. Designed to fit laptops up to 16 inches in size, the fully-padded and water resistant bags have numerous zippered and side pockets and an easy-to-reach shoulder pocket. What really makes them standout is the unique, custom artwork that adorns each bag. They are available in four styles, characterized by their fabric, color and design work: Sirrush, DeLoverly, Raining Paradise and Icarus.

NokHoo Laptop Backpacks: NokHoo, according to Nicole Roberts, who first designed this line of stylish bags when living in Thailand, is the Thai word for “owl” and it is the wise traveler who has one of these backpacks at the ready when on the go. All NokHoo bags are fully padded, at once protecting you and your contents; have numerous zippered pockets, side pockets and an easy-to-reach shoulder pocket; are water resistant; and are manufactured to last. What really makes them standout, however, is the unique, custom artwork that adorns each bag, including screen prints and embroidery. They are available in four styles, characterized by their fabric, color and design work: Sirrush (“toasted sesame”), DeLoverly (red), Raining Paradise (periwinkle) and Icarus (gun metal gray). All fit laptops up to 16 inches in size. $150; www.nokhoolaptopbags.com.
LAMOVE Mobile Closet: A joint project of luggage designer Max Mirani and closet designer Lisa Adams, this imaginative and functional product combines the organization of a wardrobe trunk minimized to the portability and practicality of a carryon (21 by 14.5 by 9 inches, with four swivel wheels). Featuring a hard shell case with a textile surface, the LAMOVE Mobile Closet has two separate sections: a garment portion for hanging dresses, slacks and blouses, and a removable wardrobe portion that can be zipped out and carried separately as a tote. Other attributes: a cantilevered shelf; magnetically closed pockets; a shoe section that fits heels and flats; a heat-resistant storage packet for flat or curling irons; and a detachable jewelry roll that can be used as a clutch or placed in a hotel safe. Two styles are available: Hollywood, with black exterior and gray interior, and New York, gray exterior and charcoal interior. Both have leather interior trims. $649;www.laclosetdesign.com.
Two carriers for the peripatetic pet:
• SturdiBag Pet Carrier: This light-weight, in-cabin traveling bag, which includes a seatbelt, seatbelt safety straps, harness and privacy flaps, is collapsible, providing a safe and comfortable trip for your portable furry friends. Available in small or large sizes (the large, divided SturdiBag is capable of carrying two pets in separate compartments), the carrier is made from 600-denier polyester; has an adjustable, four-point padded shoulder strap and leather hand grip; interior fleece pad; zipper security clips; and a leash tether. $68 and up; www.sturdiproducts.com.
• Classic Carrier: This product, from the aptly named LazyBonezz company, boasts breathable mesh panels for excellent visibility and ventilation; two sturdy handles and removable shoulder strap; a collar-to-leash attachment; a soft, removable bottom cushion; and an outside pocket for pet and owner essentials. At 15.5 by 7.25 by 10 inches, the Classic Carrier fits under most airline pet carrier restrictions. Materials used: faux leather, tweed, mesh and mixed metal. $139;www.lazybonezz.com.
Eyebrow Grooming Set and Recover-E Cucumber Eye Pads: This eye-opening combination from Earth Therapeutics, a skin and body care line, was created with the female traveler in mind. The grooming kit offers an eyebrow shaver, tweezer, eyebrow scissors and lash/brow groomer. The eye pads, which are designed to reduce dark circles and puffiness associated with the tired eyes of long-distance travelers, are infused with cucumber extract, green tea and Vitamin E when refrigerated in a cold pack. Grooming set, $14.99; eye pads, (five pairs per pack), $5.99; www.earththerapeutics.com.
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