A Black-owned brand, Dutchess and Duke has created an exclusive children’s travel gear line. The company-curated original designs for each travel item to address the lack of representation for children of color in the travel gear industry. It specializes in crafting backpacks, luggage and travel accessories that prominently feature children of diverse backgrounds. The brand’s mission is to “ignite unity and acceptance in every adventure.”
“At Dutchess and Duke, we are on a mission to bring diversity to kids’ travel products,” CEO Kelie Charles said to Black Business. “We want children to be excited to have luggage that reflects them. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to feel seen and represented in the products they use.”
“Dutchess and Duke is more than just a company,” said Charles. “It’s a community of inclusivity that connects over shared travel experiences and a vision of inclusivity. Our mantra, ‘Are We There Yet?’, is symbolic of both the eager traveler and our broader goal of global acceptance.”
Most of the company’s items feature children of diverse ethnic backgrounds, including African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Biracials and Multiracials. The brand’s site has fun characters representing children of all backgrounds. There is a Dutchess and Duke character for every child, from Zora, the aspiring doctor, to Grayson, the superhero in training.
“I’m Zora! I’m five years old with a big heart and even bigger dreams! I love helping others and dream of becoming a nurse or a doctor,” the avatar said online.
“Hi, I’m Mariah, and I’m five years old. When I grow up, I want to be a famous singer or a movie star. I also really love to travel, and I can’t wait for our adventures,” another avatar said.
The pioneer brand says its mantra represents Black travel and gives children a travel companion. The backpacks, suitcases and small totes can be found on their website.