The National Luggage Dealers
Association, established in 1925, consists of over 175 specialty luggage,
leather and travel goods retailers across the United States. Member stores are
known for providing high quality merchandise and professional customer service
with extra attention to individual needs. We are travel specialists and have
all the latest travel and business accessories to make travel and work life
NLDA partners with the top
vendors in the travel and leather goods industry. Our members come together to
source and develop the finest quality merchandise available. Every summer we
host a tradeshow to highlight the most current product trends in the
marketplace to all vendors and buyers in the travel goods industry.
The NLDA was formed more than
75 years ago, by a forward thinking group of individual and independent luggage
dealers. The purpose of the organization was to improve the buying power of the
many stores it represented, giving the individual store owners the ability to
compete with larger companies and department stores. Many of the founding
members continue to be represented today by family members. The NLDA was formed
to operate as a volunteer buying organization. It has been reaffirmed year
after year and continues to operate in that manner. The owners felt that they
knew best what merchandise was appropriate for their stores. Committees were
formed with members from different parts of the country, to create as diverse a
group as possible. Each used their particular expertise in contributing to the
As this was a volunteer
organization made up of full time business owners, a support organization was
formed. An Executive Administrator and staff were hired to meet the needs of
the NLDA. The business office operated out of New York until 1996, when it
moved to Glenview, IL., a suburb of Chicago.
The NLDA has made advertising
on a large scale more accessible to it's membership. A high quality holiday
catalog, a spring sale flyer and additional optional supplements have greatly
decreased the expense for NLDA members. Other avenues that have been sponsored
are store fixtures, TV spots, merchandise fixtures and sign kits. Advertising
has become a big asset and will continue to develop with the needs of the
A diverse group of members with
individual interests, talents and leadership skills make the NLDA a unique
organization striving to help it's members remain competitive in the world of
National Luggage Dealers Association Membership Benefits
- NLDA prints three catalogs a year that can be used to market to your consumer.
holds three buying shows each year for its members.
hosts the second largest trade show in the industry each June.
Preferred Vendor Programs have returned millions of dollars in savings to
has a well-developed multi-million dollar private label import program
that is sourced from the Pacific Rim, South America and Europe.
Dilana, Dorado, EasyGo, Mosaic, ProLite, Santa Fe and Vantaggio brands add
exclusivity and value to NLDA members.
has programs to rebate funds to participating members.
NLDA Associates, Inc.
1817 Elmdale Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026