by Julie Wolfson
Trunki creator Rob Laws admits he never completely grew up. The childhood troublemaker and dyslexic found refuge in making things and came up with the idea for animal-themed suitcases that kids can ride on as a college design student. Struggling to find an idea in the luggage department, Laws ended up in the kids area looking at riding toys.
After several stops and starts and a less-than-successful appearance on the BBC's Dragon's Den ( a prototype broke on camera), Laws finally launched Trunkis in 2006. Not only super-cute, these little hard shell suitcases help make traveling with kids less of a hair-pulling experience for parents. Kids can pull their Trunki by the leash or even more fun ride on their Trunki. The suitcases were originally only available at one store in Bristol, then took off across England and now sell in more than 30 countries and win numerous design awards.
The new Harley Lady Bug and Tipu the Tiger feature two carry handles and are available for pre-order for $60. The original pink Trixie, and blue Terrance are $50. Check their site for online retailers.
To learn more, check out this documentary by Orange about Rob Laws and the Trunkis journey.
via My Gloss