ANATOMY OF A CARRY-ON
This luxury suitcase, created by Denielle Martin Wolfe, Accessories Design ’91, blends technology and smart design

“In high luxury,” says Denielle Wolfe ’91, “you pay more and you get less.” Not so with her new luggage brand, Arlo Skye. The first product, a sleek, durable, high-tech carry-on, earns its $550 price tag with loads of eye-opening features. After 15 years at Tumi, most recently as vice president of product development and design, Wolfe wanted to claim her own slice of the $32 billion luggage industry. She, along with former Louis Vuitton exec Mayur Bhatnagar and industrial designer Mauricio Issa Llano, launched Arlo Skye in 2016. With the help of angel investors and pre-orders taken on their website (Wolfe didn’t think a Kickstarter campaign was appropriate for the luxury market), they produced a hard-shell carry-on in three colors: sardine silver, champagne, and penguin black. A black case with red accents—a collaboration with Audi—became available this year. Next up: checked and soft-sided bags.

Wolfe says the bag appeals to design-savvy consumers who want unique products. “The big cookie-cutter brands are all the same—there’s nothing special about them. People, especially millennials, are looking to express their personal style through what they buy.

SOME OF ARLO SKYE’S LUGGAGE INNOVATIONS

1 Removable lithium-ion power bank charges devices 75 percent faster than typical backup batteries— no desperate searches for an electrical outlet
2 Easy-open latches replace ugly, annoying zippers
3 TSA-approved three-number combination locks
4 Full-grain vegetable-tanned Italian leather on the handles
5 Anodized aluminum-magnesium alloy shell is scratch-resistant and 2.3 times stronger than typical polycarbonate plastic shells. Tested to survive the most aggressive airline baggage handlers
6 Antimicrobial high-density lining resists odors
7 Recessed bumpers protect the edges
8 Soft rubber Hinomoto wheels are 15 percent quieter than polyurethane wheels