PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Penn State Student Featured in Vogue UK

If you haven’t heard of her yet, you probably will soon — Penn State sophomore Nicole Kelner runs the handbag company Nicole Kelner Designs, whose SmartPurse™ was just featured in April 2013 issue of Vogue UK:

The SmartPurse on Vogue UK

Kelner’s SmartPurse™ is a wallet which secures your smartphone under a clear screen foldout, through which you can “touch, call, listen to music, charge, and connect to Bluetooth all while your phone is still stowed.” It’s unlike anything on the market, and Kelner — just a sophomore here at Penn State — has already applied for her SmartPurse™ design to be patented.

When we last profiled Kelner in November, she was making her signature smartphone wallets by hand and selling them to Penn Staters and the online artisan marketplace, Etsy. Now, four months later, her products have reached an international audience and Kelner is accelerating the development of her company, Nicole Kelner Designs (or NKD, for short). She is currently in the process of trademarking the SmartPurse ™ and has partnered with a manufacturer in Williamsport, Pa. for future production of her line of handbags and accessories.

Pretty awesome, right? I’m sure most people would be happy with half of what Kelner has accomplished, but she’s not settling for her current level of success. She is still pushing forward, setting the bar high for NKD’s future prospects.

“I want NKD to be a million-dollar company by the time I graduate, and I have plans to expand my line to clothing and other accessories,” says Kelner.

Her next step toward that goal — an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to finance the manufacture of her SmartPurses. You can watch her promotional video below and, if you want to help a fellow Penn Stater out, you can support Kelner’s NKD with a contribution toward her $5,000 fundraising goal:

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Bobby Chen

Writer and photographer, helping tell the many stories of the Penn State community.

Comments

Other posts by Robert

[Photos] Penn State Tramples UMass, 48-7

Relive Penn State’s 48-7 thrashing of the UMass Minutemen through the lenses of our photographers, Bobby Chen and Hannah Byrne.

[Photos] Lunar Lion Debuts New Mission Headquarters

[Video] The Statesmen’s Ben Mays Sings Proposal to Girlfriend, In A Cappella

Changes Introduced To Hazing Penalties Through ‘Tim’s Law’

Tim’s Law adds stricter penalties for hazing, as well as provides requirements for institutions and includes immunity for those who call for medical attention in hazing emergencies.

Sean Spencer’s Wild Dogs Continue To Rack Up Sacks And Turkeys For State College Food Bank

Sean Spencer’s Wild Dogs have now accumulated 25 sacks on the season, securing 25 turkeys to be donated to the State College Food Bank at Thanksgiving.

Send this to a friend