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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 24 2014 11:23 PM UTC +00:00
$8,985
pledged of $120,400pledged of $120,400 goal
44
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 24 2014 11:23 PM UTC +00:00

About

HOW OUR LUGGAGE CAN BENEFIT YOU

SEAT - Travelers using our product will avoid sitting on an airport floor or leaning against a wall for support because the luggage has a built-in seat!

LUGGAGE RACK - Travelers using our product will no longer resort to placing luggage on a bed, table or floor to pack/unpack because the luggage has a built-in rack!

PRAISE FOR OUR PRODUCT

ABC News feature story on neXstep Luggage:  http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/luggage-concept-includes-seat/story?id=26189058

Our patented luggage product has been recognized by the Chicago Innovation Awards.  Outside investor capital of $35,000 has been committed to our launch.
Our patented luggage product has been recognized by the Chicago Innovation Awards. Outside investor capital of $35,000 has been committed to our launch.

WHAT TRAVELERS HAVE SAID

  • “What a great solution to a problem that has plagued travelers for decades. The best part is that you won’t forget your luggage rack in your hotel! It’d be hard to get far without your handle.” Female, 25 years of age
  • “No more searching the hotel room for the stand, that is if there even is one!” Female, 38 years of age
  • “Convertible handle for luggage is a great idea; will making packing at home easier and charging phone at airport just became more comfortable - love the seat feature.” Female, 50 years of age
  • “The convertible handle luggage looks really cool – it is the type of thing I would buy for my Dad or say “ooh” and buy it myself.” Female, 29 years of age
  • “The product demonstrates an ingenious way to hide the seat, Great way to guarantee a seat at the airport under any circumstance.”  Male, 44 years of age

WHAT WILL MY PRE-ORDERED LUGGAGE LOOK LIKE?

We utilize advanced materials in the construction of the handle and luggage pieces.  Application knowledge of carbon fiber, polycarbonate, ballistic nylon, Cordura, Kevlar and aircraft grade aluminum will provide superior performance to neXstep products.  

Each backer pre-buying our luggage is ensured to receive a highly stylized carry-on and/or check-on that will be very similar to the designs depicted below in the charcoal gray color (various other colors to be launched later).  The materials used will be of highest quality parts and have the look and feel of any high quality brand on the market today. Our manufacturer has built luggage for some of the world's most recognized brands and adhere to the highest quality standards. Backers of this campaign will truly enjoy a performance luggage solution. 

neXstep logo and high end wideset patented handle for durability.
neXstep logo and high end wideset patented handle for durability.
TSA lock on each luggage piece
TSA lock on each luggage piece
4-wheel spinners on each piece
4-wheel spinners on each piece

THE COMPANY LOGO

All our finished luggage bags will have a neXstep logo prominently displayed.  The logo depicts a luggage atop the lowercase "x". Our Company slogan is "Performance Luggage for Every Step of the Travel Experience."  The logo combines these two aspects into a visually appealing image.  Overtime, the luggage abstract atop a singular 'x' will become symbolic of our brand.  

WHAT WE ARE FUNDING?

We have already patented the concept of our luggage handle. Therefore all funding will go directly to the following areas:

(i) Production of pre-ordered units, (ii) Tooling and Design, (iii) Quality Assurance, (iv) Safety, (v) Packaging, (vi) Shipping, (vii) Taxes & Kickstarter Fees and (viii) Marketing/Promotion. 

WHAT IS THE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE?

  • September 2014 - Launch Campaign
  • November 2014 - Funding Complete
  • November 2014 to January 2015 - Design Refinement with Manufacturer
  • January to March 2015 - Manufacturing of pre-ordered units
  • March 2015 - Attend International Travel Goods Show for Worldwide Launch.  
  • April 2015 - Deliver pre-ordered units to backers of campaign!
Official launch of neXstep Luggage at 2015 International Travel Goods Show
Official launch of neXstep Luggage at 2015 International Travel Goods Show

WHAT HAS THE PROGRESSION OF PROTOTYPES LOOKED LIKE?

WHAT HAVE LUGGAGE RETAILERS SAID?

  • "Looks like a much needed product in our industry.  I would consider purchasing for my store."  Nashville Trunk and Bag
  • "The fact the carry-on can be made into a work desk is a feature I would love to see."  Silvers Luggage of Westport CT
  • "The safe guard against insects would be a huge selling point and we could see stocking the product for this reason."  Suitcases and More
  • "Love the product, and for the ease of packing and unpacking, think it's fabulous for the industry."  www.packitup.com
  • "The benefits of this product hit the mark.  The fact you can live out of the luggage and people do not put clothes in a hotel drawer which potentially contain bed bugs is a huge benefit."  Specialty Luggage, PA

DOES NEXSTEP HAVE PATENT PROTECTION? 

Utility Patent Issued December, 2012
Utility Patent Issued December, 2012

COMPANY BACKGROUND

neXstep Luggage is a Chicago-based travel goods company.  We will utilize a well-recognized manufacturer to construct our proprietary luggage. They manufacture luggage for some of the world's most recognized brands. In June 2013, we conducted an onsite visit of the manufacturer, which can be seen in the pictures here: 

MEET THE TEAM

BRIAN GIBSON, FOUNDER - Brian Gibson began development of the Convertible Handle System for luggage in 2009. In December 2012, neXstep Luggage was awarded U.S. Utility Patent 8,333,271 for the handle system.  In June 2013, neXstep Luggage identified one of the world's finest luggage contract manufacturers and selected them as our manufacturer.  In 2013, Gibson partnered with two successful consumer products executives, one of which is a former CEO Americas of a major multinational luggage brand. Gibson holds bachelors and masters degrees in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

CHRIS GANTZ, DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - Chris Gantz has extensive experience running branded consumer as well as retail-oriented businesses, manufacturing and distribution services. He is an Entrepreneur who has been involved in the executive management of both public and private companies. Gantz is an Engineer who holds multiple US and global utility patents for audio technology. Gantz actively consults with Phoenix Global Capital Management a registered Chicago based investment banking group. Gantz was previously VP of Koss Corp (KOSS) Milwaukee, CEO of Addax Sound Company, CEO of Japan Electronics, a 50 year-old importer of mobile phone audio technology.  

THOMAS R. SANDLER, CEO ADVISER - Tom has been engaged with neXstep Luggage since January, 2014. He serves as a consultant to various companies as well as a member of the Board of Directors for various companies. Previously he was the President of Thule Organization, from May 2004 until July 2009. Prior to that, he was employed by the world's leading luggage brand, Samsonite, where he was Worldwide Chief Financial Officer and later he was President of the Americas. While at Samsonite, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Travel Goods Association including holding the office of President of the Board.  He has many years of senior business management experience with consumer product companies, which includes dedication to assisting organizations achieve significant growth, product diversification, and geographic expansion.

Risks and challenges

Design Changes – This product is the first of its kind. We will create an excellent line, using the best textile designers on the planet. This may take some time. We will try our best to deliver exactly what is shown in this campaign, and if anything changes, they will be improvements!

TSA Approval – Going through airport security is already difficult. We don’t want to produce a bag that will make this process more difficult. We have successfully been able to check our prototypes onto aircrafts on several occasions without incident. We have inquired with the Fedral Aviation Authority and have not been denied approval of this design.

Timely Fulfillment and Adherence to Production Schedule – These bags will be produced in high volume over seas. We guarantee a high quality product, and if the final product off the assembly line is anything less, we will decline the order, possibly causing unforeseen delays in fulfillment.

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Funding period

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