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Meet Kendra Kroll of PortaPocket

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kendra Kroll.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Necessity was the MOTHER for me! 😉 Some years ago, I was doing my chest workout at the gym and my (spare) tampon decided to fall out (of my useless pocket) and make an unscheduled 10 min appearance… LOL! Of course, it wasn’t so funny then. I was the only female there and it had skittered across the floor and landed in the middle of the free weights room. So VERY obvious. Ugh. But THAT became my motivation to fix the pockets that suck in our clothes.

I’ve been plugging away ever since…striving to get the world to appreciate common sense solutions that WORK.

PortaPocket is your answer to how you can carry your small valuables hands-free, no matter what you’re wearing. Goes from a workout, to a night out… and everywhere in between.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Never smooth. Always a challenge.

People often misunderstand the product. Some think it’s just another armband (it’s that, but it’s way more), or that it only works on the leg (while it’s often used there, it’s not nearly only limited to there).

I’ve learned people ALWAYS have their own agendas. And it isn’t yours.

Many other products / companies have been jumping into our category over these 10 yrs. since we started, but I challenge anyone to find one product that does what PortaPocket does. You can’t 😉

That’s actually the blessing and the curse. Because PortaPocket is so massively versatile due to its high multi-functionality, it’s almost impossible to figure out which audience to speak to. Our design morphs because it is completely adjustable, modular, detachable and interchangeable, so can serve many audiences.

Just a few of these audiences include travelers, joggers/runners, gym goers, diabetics with insulin pumps, amusement park fans, concealed carry law enforcement folks, dog walkers, wheelchair bound folks, nightclub goers, bridesmaids, graduation gown wearers, horseback riders, motorcyclists, gals on their periods, NFL game goers, etc etc.

With so many areas to address, it is REALLY hard to focus.

Other challenges include watching over manufacturing processes (need to pay attention!) and dealing with time management. Getting enough people to our website daily is not an easy task, either. Never enough hours in the day.

PortaPocket – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our business is all about helping people help themselves. PortaPocket gives people a better way to feel confident about going about their day without having to babysit a bag. We bring function back into fashion.

It’s exceedingly gratifying to provide simple solutions that make life easier and better. What sets us apart is our true spirit and purpose of bringing people answers to the problem of pockets that never work effectively.

We’re proud that we’ve never bought into the (false, dangerous) idea that a person’s worth is all about appearances. Many companies are built on the premise of vanity, we refuse to go there. It’s what’s on the INSIDE of a person that really counts. PortaPocket is an equal opportunity solution, and has nothing to do with trying to make people like you because the look of your body or body parts are of a certain “society-approved” size/ shape. We need to grow beyond this kind of thinking.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Hard to pick. So many moments 🙂

Probably getting our first patent issued.

Or getting it featured on the TODAY Show

Or having Ellen DeGeneres (the Ellen Show) buying PortaPocket from our amazon account.

But probably my most favorite is whenever I get a call from someone who just loves our product and wants to personally tell me that. That has to be the best of all. 🙂

Pricing:

  • PortaPocket Essentials Kit ~$20 (FAB to safely wear your ID/cards under your dress/skirt/pants)
  • PortaPocket Waist Belt & XL Pocket Kit ~ $27 (w/pocket for your smartphone; wear at waist/hip)
  • PortaPocket Combo Kit ~$25 (allows use of pocket on arm/leg over clothes; also great for insulin pumps and other essentials, underneath)

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