“It’s not about retreating when I encounter a challenge, it’s about finding a path around it,” Stefanie Nissen said in regards to her innovative venture, Trvl Porter. Her company is dedicated to eliminating luggage by lending a pre-styled wardrobe delivered to your destination. Two years prior to the company’s inception, an overstuffed suitcase caused a misstep up a flight of stairs. Stefanie’s suitcase came tumbling down on her resulting in a sprained ankle.
While also treading in the wake of the dissolution of her first startup, Stefanie dealt with lost luggage on her next journey. The idea of showing up to your hotel with a personalized selection of clothing and accessories based on your personal fit, style and trip itinerary seemed like the revolutionary solution to so many travelers’ problems!
Given her background in the fashion industry, Stefanie approached big brands and retailers, explaining her avant-garde outlook on how to experience fashion as a convenience through travel rather than traditional methods of packing your own items. No one had ever done what she proposed and like countless innovators before her, she was met with skepticism from industry giants.
Knowing nothing could grow in the dark, Stefanie sought out experts to help her with elements of the business she was less experienced in. She recruited an accomplished board and hired a gifted technology developer, Barbara Bickham, as CTO. Together they created a seamless system capable of connecting clients with their perfect travel wardrobe – no matter the occasion or US location. The technology will even make outfit recommendations for your next trip!
Stefanie’s sustainable paradigm is a rare trait for a fashion CEO, and Trvl Porter is unique in that it gives you the option to rent before you buy. “Why do we carry so much stuff when we travel?” Stefanie asked. “Our stuff is like a safety blanket. It’s time we realize that we don’t need it.” When asked what the next phase in travel and fashion might be, she answered, “Save time, save money and travel with freedom by renting a travel wardrobe.”
Trvl Porter celebrated their incorporation last April. They recently launched their streamlined, online platform and it embodies their values of ease, innovation and personalized service. Stefanie plans to continue driving her business forward with fearless determination.