A luggage collection with a small compartment hidden in an extendable travel trolley handle in which passports and tickets can be conveniently stored.

As an industrial designer personal annoyances can be a great inspiration for innovations. For Paul of Studio Mango such an annoyance happened at Shenzhen’s airport security check. A passenger in the queue in front of him was travelling with 2 small children; one in a pram and carrying the other. When reaching in her purse this lady dropped some travel documents on the floor and was unable to pick them up. Paul was able to help and picked up the documents and aided in passing the security check. Due to that hectic moment he had forgotten where his passport was and had to search through his luggage to find it. Surely there had to be a way to avoid such stress during travelling.

The solution

When looking around at other traveller’s luggage Paul got inspired for a possible solution. What if a small compartment would be integrated in the extendable handle just for a passport and ticket? He scribbled his idea on the only piece of paper he had and back in the Netherlands the “idea on a ticket” was presented to Princess Traveller. This fast growing luggage brand distinguishes itself from their competition through meaningful travel innovations. Their team immediately fell in love with the idea and commissioned its further development by Studio Mango.

The development

Important aspects of the design needed to be: clear indications for use, ergonomics, safety and not add too much production costs to the suitcase. The scribble was updated into neat concept sketches. Out of these sketches several design directions were chosen to be developed into prototypes; starting with cardboard and finally 3D-printed. The prototypes were presented to frequent travellers and thoroughly tested in the field for possible improvements. After analysing the information some changes had to be made and tested again before the engineering for manufacturing could be done.