There haven't been many big ideas in luggage since the invention of the now-ubiquitous rolling suitcase. But Andiamo, a maker of fine luggage, has introduced a small innovation that's a big help. Its four-sided ErgoGrip handle rotates in a way that lets you tote your luggage from any angle that you find comfortable: You can pull it palm-down or push it from behind. The handle's telescoping tubes extend to 48 inches in length — so you can move fast without suffering a backache.
The ErgoGrip is featured on selected Andiamo carry-on bags, as well as on its executive computer case. One of the carry-on models, called the Valoroso J19S, sells for $425. Visit Andiamo Inc. on the Web (www.andiamoinc.com).
A version of this article appeared in the November 1999 issue of Fast Company magazine.