Why can't luggage be both functional, and stylish?
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 clothes wrinkle-free, or else found them lacking elegance in their design and difficult to use. 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 exploring new destinations.
‘’I had been designing clothes and bags as a passion since I was a teenager," says Michael - VOCIER’s founder and head product designer, "And I knew that with some innovation and the right design, travel gear could be highly functional but 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 luggage company. I started by designing the carry-on I had always wished existed, but we have grown a lot since the first collection!" Vinzent joined Michael to launch the company, with the pair appearing on a German television show featuring start-ups looking for investment. Their venture along with the media exposure was a success, and since then VOCIER has won multiple design awards and international acclaim for their luggage and accessories. They have since been joined by a small, agile and dedicated team of creative individuals, working between the headquarters in Düsseldorf and the design office on Lago D'Orta in Italy.
VOCIER isn't just another distant brand churning out products without care and attention to detail - instead our focus is on our employees, our customers, and continuing to improve the hand-made and innovative travel gear collection that has made a name for itself with travellers across the globe. We put all of our creativity and effort into each piece that we make, we stand by our products, and we are continually making efforts to be a company that puts people and the planet first.
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 travellers ourselves, we fully understand the need for durable luggage and accessories. We also believe that you should only have to buy things once - it's better for the environment as well as your bank account. That's why we build to the highest standards possible, and offer to repair any issues that arise for the lifetime of all our products. It doesn't matter whether you're flying to a different country or driving for a weekend getaway - if you love to travel then you deserve to have long-lasting, beautiful travel gear.
An award-winning carry-on is much more than just a nice design, and from the beginning we wanted to ensure the materials would live up to the standards of even 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 first luggage. 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 durable travel gear 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.
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