This Cool Girl Luggage Brand Is About to Be Everywhere
Luggage as a fashion statement has fully become a thing. Agree or disagree, the travel essential isn’t just a glorified box for your goods anymore. It can be as stylish of an accessory as any other part of your ensemble. Taking a cue from the minimal, practical and much sought after Away Luggage comes another luggage launch you should care about: Paravel.
While Paravel doesn’t come with a USB charging port like Away does, it makes up for what it lacks in tech convenience with endless style points. Consider Paravel the Everlane of the luggage industry. The ultra-clean designs and luxurious materials should come in a price point fit only for those first class flyers. But because they’ve gone for a direct-to-consumer approach, they’re able to sell the pieces with a reasonable price tag attached.
The brand just launched this week with a collection of 10 stunning products. A few standouts include: an ultra-chic carry-on, a fully collapsible overnight bag, a trio of packing cubes, a crossbody bag for when you’re out adventuring and leaving your bigger pieces back at the Airbnb and a memory pouch for your fragile possessions.
All the pieces are all comprised of a cotton canvas exterior and Italian leather accents. In a note about the materials, the founders Indre Rockefeller and Andy Krantz write, “Cotton canvas served generations of explorers as sailcloth and tents. Modern life has different needs — more spills, less sailing — so we reinvented this material to outperform the everyday.” They’ve updated the material to be waterproof, spill-proof and, subsequently, travelproof.
All the pieces come in four color options: red, blue, green and a golden yellow. Slowly invest in a few pieces that are all the same color for a monochromatic look, or seriously spice up your next trip across the globe with a rainbow-assorted collection of travel accessories. It’s a luggage line you can customize to suit your mood.
The most expensive piece in the line is “The Grand Tour” weekender, coming in at $345. The cheapest, at $45. It’s a hefty sum, but remember, luggage is one of those investment sort of pieces. It should last a lifetime. Also, Christmas is just around the corner… just sayin’. Head to Paravel’s site to shop the pieces now or add them to your not-so-secret holiday wish list on Pinterest.
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(Photos via Paravel/Getty)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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