“As a long-time travel writer, I know how important it is to have luggage that can take the wear and tear of lengthy trips,” said Jackie Sheckler Finch, a Bloomington, Indiana-based travel writer. In 2012 alone, Sheckler Finch’s travels have taken her to a dozen states, several countries and three cruises. “I have gone through so many suitcases. Wheels fall off. Zippers get busted. Handles break. Sides bulge and split.
“My Ricardo luggage has been tossed on airport conveyor belts, swung into the belly of tour buses, stacked atop stuff on airport shuttles, crammed into touring vans, pulled up cobblestone riverfronts by porters, bumped up and down historic hotel staircases and ridden in dizzying circles on baggage claims,” she added. “The luggage has yet to let me down.”
Road tested Ricardo Beverly Hills – recently selected by author and globetrotter Nathaniel Lande for inclusion on his Top 10 list in The 10 Best of Everything, Third Edition – has luggage suited for every type of traveler.
Designed with women in mind, the Mariposa Collection is as feminine as its name implies. With luxurious interior lining, the expandable cases are extremely lightweight, allowing you to pack more while avoiding airline overweight baggage fees. Plus, lighter weight means the carry-on is easier to lift up into the overhead bin – it weighs under 7.5 lbs. Offered in sumptuous raspberry and espresso, collection pieces include 28”, 24”, 20” and 16” uprights, a 22” soft duffel and a shopper. Extra packing space to accommodate gifts and extra items on the return journey is gained at the pull of a zipper. $160-$460
Family fall breaks
Boasting Zero Gravity® construction for a lighter and stronger bag to help keep packed luggage below most airline-enforced weight restrictions, Skyway Sigma 3 bags are made of ultra durable water- and tear-resistant nylon. For families on-the-go they’re affordable, easy-to-wipe-
Ricardo’s elegant new Crystal City is a sleek hybrid in nylon and polycarbonate. The super lightweight cases are constructed for maximized durability and security and feature a split book-style opening with two separate packing compartments and a spinner wheel system for 360-degree mobility. Case exteriors shine in black or Imperial purple, both with brushed dark silver accents. Collection pieces include a 17” Spinner Universal Carry-on, 20” Expandable Spinner Carry-on, 24” Expandable Spinner Upright and 28” Expandable Spinner Upright – with the largest case weighing under 10 lbs. $260-$400
Looking both fresh and classic, the IZOD Journey 2.0 24” Four-Wheel Expandable Upright Spinner by Ricardo Beverly Hills is a great choice for travels. Lightweight, tough and sturdy, the case has a full sized zippered mesh compartment on the inside of the lid with a suiter clip providing a second packing compartment and beefy, cushioned carry handles on the top and side. Its 4-wheel spinner system means you can push, pull or wheel the case right alongside you with no arm fatigue. $220
Seniors’ unhurried vacations
Great luggage need not break the bank – nor your back. Ricardo Beverly Hills’ Sausalito Superlight, a sleek softside collection in black and pomegranate, features Fly-Weight construction and 4-wheel Glide-Lite system for breezing through your entire travel itinerary. Sausalito bags are super tough and have expandability for extra packing capacity – and the largest pieces in the collection weigh just 10 lbs. Rounded out by a Shopper and a 42” Rolling Garment Bag, collection pieces range from $200 for the 17” Universal Carry-on to $340 for the 28” Expandable Upright.
See all of Ricardo Beverly Hills’ collections at www.RicardoBeverlyHills.com. Ricardo Beverly Hills luggage is available at Macy’s, Kohl’s, Sears, Belk, Bon-Ton and Boscov’s, luggage specialty stores nationwide and through many online retailers.
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ABOUT RICARDO BEVERLY HILLS │ One of the largest luggage companies in the United States, Ricardo Beverly Hills is celebrating nearly 35 years in business and is an acknowledged fashion leader and trendsetter in the luggage industry. Recently named (for the second time) in National Geographic’s book, The Ten Best of Everything by Nathaniel Lande, the company remains committed to designing fresh, unique and innovative luggage collections that offer quality and value at affordable prices. Ricardo Beverly Hills was founded in 1978 by Richard “Ricardo” Gibbs, formerly a travel products salesman who identified a need for great looking luggage with superior performance capabilities. Ricardo Beverly Hills luggage is available at Macy’s, Kohl’s, Sears, Belk, Bon-Ton and Boscov’s, luggage specialty stores nationwide and through many online retailers. http://www.RicardoBeverlyHills.com