As a travel writer, I basically live out of my luggage. Since I'm constantly on the road, having the right gear to help me get from point A to point B as quickly and easily as possible is vital. My current on-the-go essential is my beloved Cotopaxi carry-on bag, which I discovered thanks to a friend who covers travel for the New York Times. I've been meaning to return the favor by introducing him to some amazing luggage. The problem? He already has the best bags out there.
But traveling must-haves go way beyond totes and weekend bags. For example, how do you keep what's inside tidy? So, I decided on something else to send my friend's way: the Stow-N-Go Small Travel Luggage Organizer, a portable packing cube and space saver that has become a necessity for me while trekking across the country.
When Leland resident Talia Afoa talks about what she does, she uses the term "product development."
That's because, she said, "If you say you're an inventor, everybody thinks you're crazy."
Cue images of a mad scientist in a lab, emitting howls of maniacal laughter.
That stereotype doesn't apply to many product developers, including Afoa, who saw her first invention hit the market this past August. She licensed her leak-proof, non-stick silicone baking mat to Grand Fusion Housewares, Inc., which specializes in products with innovative designs.
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