HAUPPAGE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Briggs & Riley, world-renowned brand of premium luggage known for performance and industry-leading lifetime warranty, announces another major design breakthrough: the first hard-sided luggage that expands and compresses to original size. This allows for high-capacity packing inside popular hard-sided luggage, which are lightweight, durable and warrantied for life. The new Sympatico CX™ collection will allow travelers to expand their hard-side cases up to 25%, then compress back down to original size. This is a major win for hard-side case devotees, whose previous expansion options in hard-side cases were limited to flimsy zippers.
Briggs & Riley’s 2012 introduction of CX™ compression/expansion technology was quickly met with industry and consumer praise. Having initially launched CX™ within their flagship ballistic nylon collection; aptly named Baseline®, luggage featuring CX™ technology have been among Briggs & Riley’s top-selling bags globally. It was a logical decision to introduce this feature in the brand’s hottest selling hard-side collection, Sympatico™.
CEO Richard Krulik said, “We are thrilled to bring innovations to market that allow us to meet the needs of travelers (wanting to pack in more and still have bags be smaller) and the trends (hard-sided bag recent popularity),” said Richard Krulik, CEO of Briggs & Riley. “We take our time to carefully engineer bags that help consumers navigate the journey and protect their belongings in a stylish, durable bag that will always perform based on our reality engineering,” Krulik continued.
By combining two of the most sought after-innovations: compression technology and lightweight, hard-sided durability, the new Sympatico CX spinners deliver on the expectations of discerning travelers. Available in stores July 2016, the new Sympatico CX™ collection, made with 100% virgin Makrolon® polycarbonate will be available in three sizes: 21”, 27” 30”, and three colors Black, Marine Blue and Burgundy. Classic, travel-savvy colors which coordinate seamlessly with soft companion pieces for stylish and effortless journeys.
Each bag in the Sympatico collection features an elegant blue lining, with contrasting cream stitching and pockets. In addition to the proprietary expansion-compression system, Sympatico CX spinners feature, YKK® self-repairing zippers, SmartLink® system to attach one hard sided bag to another for easy transport, multiple handle extension settings to accommodate different heights, TSA friendly built-in combination lock, adjustable garment panels to keep clothing neat and wrinkle free, double spinner wheels for the smoothest ride - steel components for extra durability and long rolling life (steel instead of aluminum pins make it twice as durable), and Briggs & Riley’s signature Outsider® handle, no bars inside of your bag gives a flat packing interior.
About Briggs & Riley Travelware
Briggs & Riley is the premier 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 innovation, performance and service, and specifically for backing every bag they make with an unconditional lifetime performance warranty; the only one of its kind in the industry. Briggs & Riley collections can be found in North America, the UK, Japan and China at more than 600 fine specialty retailers, select e-tailers, select high-end department stores and online at www.briggs-riley.com.