Made In Chicago: PortaPocket


“It was kind of an embarrassing moment,” said northwest suburban entrepreneur Kendra Kroll.

Sometimes, that is how products are born. Such is the case of PortaPocket. Kroll said she was working out on a weight bench when it happened 12 years ago.

“I was laying flat on the bench and my extra feminine hygiene item flew out of my pocket and rolled across the room and sat there," Kroll said..

Kroll went home and started working on a product that would hold things like cellphones, credit cards, passports or an EpiPen and strap around an arm, thigh, calf or waist

“I made models and I measured all kinds of body parts of people. ‘Don’t mind if I measure your thighs down here?’ she asked models. "Only with permissions, of course."