Although men and boys all around the world now wear NBZ® Apparel’s jeans and pants for style, convenience and comfort, Karen Bowersox, our Founder and President, originally entered the clothing industry because one of her grandchildren, Maggie, was born with Down syndrome. As Maggie grew, Karen saw firsthand that “traditional” clothing did not fit individuals with Down syndrome. After discovering that there were no clothing options for individuals with Down syndrome, Karen was inspired to take on the daunting task of fixing this problem. In 2010, Karen hired a talented young designer, Jillian Jankovsky, and founded Downs Designs®, Inc. After four years of research, trial and error, and money, the company created 18 styles of jeans that are stylish, comfortable, and facilitated independent dressing for people for people age 2 through adult.
After seeing the difference her pants were making in these lives, Karen realized there was an enormous population of people who could benefit from her new concepts in clothing. In fact, there was no reason why every person shouldn’t enjoy the comfortable fit of these jeans and pants! So, she began manufacturing lines of stylish, pull on jeans and pants for all men and boys.
Recalling her original mission to make clothing with special benefits, she retained the feature of not having buttons and zippers in a manner that is undetectable when the pants and jeans are being worn. In essence, she created the perfect pants and jeans for all men and boys who want comfort, style, fashion and convenience, including but certainly not limited to people who may have difficulty with buttons and zippers.
Today, NBZ® Apparel International sells jeans and pants to men and boys under the NBZ® brand name. While many women can also wear this current line of clothing, NBZ® Apparel plans to offer pants and jeans for women in the future. But, never forgetting our original mission, we will always continue manufacturing our Downs Designs® brand.