Rhode Island Entrepreneur Revolutionizes Travel Accessories with Shoe-Enthusiasts in Head

By Andrea E. McHugh

Tracey Cugno is aware of a point or two about purchaser conduct. She had retail outlets in T.F. Eco-friendly as well as Connecticut’s Bradley Airport for a combined 15 several years, and spent significantly of that time talking to seasoned vacationers about their packing methodology. She figured out the tips and methods they use to improve effectiveness, from breezing by TSA stability checkpoints to the art of tucking your have-on into those people remarkably little overhead bins. She also acquired about their needs and needs that weren’t getting satisfied – and noticed a current market chance. 

“That’s how I obtained into baggage and baggage design,” explains Cugno, who has also owned Shades and Pier Optical, a sunglasses store in Narragansett, considering the fact that 2007. “I had a entrance row seat with thousands of folks going for walks by me every single working day. I received to see how they picked their baggage up, how they carried them, who seemed like they were being pleased carrying their bag and who did not.” She interviewed hundreds of passengers and then took two yrs to approach, exam, and eventually launch the LEIGH line of ground breaking luggage and journey components.

In early 2020, LEIGH had a two-month pop-up store in Providence that Cugno functionally made use of to dip her toe in the marketplace. She garnered a must have client insights in advance of the COVID lockdown, and past June, opened the LEIGH flagship on Newport’s Thames Road in a designer collaboration with Azzul, a selection of adult men and women’s footwear handmade in Portugal.

LEIGH’s products line is meticulously curated and edited: It is top quality not amount, and the aesthetic is uncomplicated, stylish, wise, and understated. There’s a backpack that arrives in two various dimensions and the signature LEIGH ShoeBag, which comes with a uncomplicated “S” clip so you can connect it to the travel bag. There’s a modern-day duffle that matches many pairs of shoes in personalized compartments, in addition an expansive individual area for apparel and designated padded laptop area with pockets for cords. Then there is the piece de resistance, the Resort ShoeCase, which capabilities a packing system that would make Carrie Bradshaw swoon. With hints of a classic vacation situation but completely contemporary, the Resort ShoeCase can match up to 6 pairs of shoes and incorporates movable dividers to accommodate distinctive shapes and dimensions of footwear.

Most impressively – and importantly – is that all LEIGH luggage involve an special antimicrobial silver lining, identified as Ionic+™ Antimicrobial/Anti-Odor Silver Tech, that prevents microorganisms and odor for the accessory’s life span.

“I just required to present relieve, convenience, and a solution,” suggests Cugno, who lives in Westerly in which the LEIGH warehouse is found. Now in organization for two yrs, she is proud to say that she has not had a single return. And as travel slowly but surely ramps up to pre-pandemic popularity, you are going to probable be observing more of LEIGH – pieces of our modest condition jet-placing their way around the entire world. 


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