Why is it so hard to travel without wrinkling nice clothes?
Michael Kogelnik and Vinzent Wuttke started their early careers in finance and spent a lot of time flying around the world. They always felt a bit frustrated by traditional travel gear and big-name luggage brands. No matter how many carry-ons they tried, they couldn't seem to find any that would keep the promises to keep suits wrinkle-free, or else found them difficult to use and bulky. And they were both getting tired of hotel ironing boards and paying for dry-cleaning - time that could be much better spent prepping for meetings or finding a place for dinner.
‘’I had been designing clothes and bags as a passion since I was a teenager," says Michael - VOCIER’s founder and head product designer, "As much as I was enjoying working in the finance world, I couldn't get this problem out of my head. I knew that with some innovation and design it could be solved, and in an elegant way. So I took a leap...I resigned from my day-job and embarked on the huge journey of starting a new company. Armed with a degree in industrial design and with years of travel experience under my belt I decided there was no better place to start, than with making the carry-on I had always wished existed". Notebooks piled up. Designs were agonizingly created - tested - and scratched when they didn't perform to standard. Fourteen prototypes later, Michael had finally settled on the winning design.
Once the first piece had been made, he was able to persuade Vinzent to leave his comfortable job and join his mission of making high-quality and innovative travel gear. They were joined by a small but dedicated team of creative individuals, working between the headquarters in Düsseldorf and the design office on Lago D'Orta in Italy. VOCIER has never been interested in churning out hundreds of thousands of bags - instead our focus is on continuing to improve the hand-made and innovative luggage system that has disrupted the luxury travel industry. We put all of our creativity and attention to detail into each piece that we make.
Now to the wrinkles. What causes them? Two things: pressure, and a tight radius. If you can eliminate both, you can eliminate wrinkles, and this was always a goal for VOCIER.
Traditional bags wrinkle clothes because of their tight corners and the internal packing pressure that is placed on the garments. VOCIER's carry-ons avoid this both by gently rolling apparel rather than folding it, and then by avoiding the application of pressure. To avoid placing pressure against the garment bag, the Zero Crease liner is actually suspended within the luggage and acts as a cushioned compartment, into which all additional apparel and shoes are packed.
As frequent travelers ourselves, we fully understand the high demands of a life between airports. That's why we build to the highest standards possible, and offer to repair any issues that arise over the lifetime of your luggage and travel accessories. It doesn't matter whether you're flying private or commercial - if you love to travel then you deserve to have long-lasting, beautiful luggage.
An award-winning carry-on is much more than just a nice design, and we needed to ensure the materials would live up to the standards of the world's most frequent travelers. So, we set out to source the best materials from around the globe. It took 14 different prototypes before we were satisfied with the aesthetics, functionality and durability of our initial design. By the end, we had sampled hundreds of fabrics and base materials, and toured 5 different artisan manufacturers before finalizing the basic components. Every stitch was agonized over...we changed our zipper supplier four times, just to make sure we got it right. After more than 3 years of development and refinement, we were finally satisfied with the final product: the most stylish and upscale wrinkle-free garment bag on the market today. That commitment to detail and quality has continued as our product line-up has expanded, and will always be the foundation of VOCIER.