Kish Vasnani, 36, and his wife Vanessa Jeswani, 34, joined forces as entrepreneurs in 2016 after he got fired from his software sales job for not making quota. Vanessa had already left her corporate marketing job and started an Etsy store, where her travel products were taking off. “We wanted to be captains of our own ship and see where we could go,” says Jeswani.
That business became Nomad Lane, a brand that sells travel bags online. In 2020, it generated just under $1 million in annual revenue, which it took in almost entirely in the first three months of the year, before Covid hit, after reaching $3 million in 2019. The company’s most popular item has been the Bento Bag, designed from water-resistant, premium nylon to allow enough room for a 15″ laptop. The bag, which has a built-in phone charger, has many pockets to keep things organized. Funding came from $2.1 million the couple raised on Indiegogo in a campaign where they greatly exceeded their original goal.
Now the couple, living in Miami, Fla., with their new baby, has launched an Indiegogo campaign for a brand-new product, the Nomad Lane Origami Tote Pack, and things are looking up again. As of this writing, the campaign has raised $160,411—far exceeding its $7,500 goal with 18 days left. The bag, which has a similar array of pockets to the Bento Bag, sells for $109.
The Origami Tote Pack took shape when Nomad Lane got hit hard by the slowdown in travel in 2020. To keep in touch with fans of their…