Born into a family of inventors (Fun fact…my great grandfather invented the delay mechanism for the bomb in WWII), I’ve been dreaming up products for as long as I can remember. Whether it was finding an innovative way to organize my Barbie’s clothes, dreaming up a better solution for storing and organizing nail polish or creating an easier way for my mom to organize her Tupperware, my mind was always racing with ideas. I was obsessed with finding better ways to do anything and everything.
In 2010, I came across an opportunity that would finally allow me to take my ideas and turn them into real life products on the store shelf. I became the winning inventor on Kelly Ripa’s reality TV venture, Homemade Millionaire. It was the experience of a lifetime and gave me the courage to follow me dream of becoming a successful inventor. Product innovation became my passion and a way of life for me. Yes, I officially became a nerdy inventor!
After bringing several of my product innovations to life on HSN, QVC and in big box retail nationwide, I partnered with a popular online retailer to help them build their Travel category from the ground up. As a travel junkie myself logging over 150,000 miles per year, this was a very exciting opportunity for me. After doing extensive market research for the project and reviewing thousands of travel products, one thing become crystal clear—the vast majority of luggage and travel accessories were created by men, for men. Very few of them had given any thought to the unique needs of the female traveler—neither in function, nor style. Being the inventor that I am, I saw a void in the market and quickly became obsessed with the idea of developing affordable luggage and travel accessories that would be incredibly chic and stylish, while also keeping us meticulously organized and efficient when we’re on the go. And Travel Essentials by Marcy McKenna was born. I truly hope you enjoy using my products as much I’ve enjoyed creating them!