NBZ® Apparel is the brainchild of Karen Bowersox, the founder and president of our company. The idea behind NBZ® Apparel International began when one of Karen’s 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 no Down syndrome-specific clothing existed, Karen was inspired to try to fix this problem by taking on the daunting task of creating a line of clothing to fit the unique body shape of a person with Down syndrome. In 2010, Karen hired a talented young designer Jillian Jankovsky and founded the forerunner to NBZ® Apparel called Downs Designs®, Inc. After four years of research, trial and error, and a great deal of time, effort, and money, the company created 18 styles of jeans that are stylish, comfortable, and facilitated independent dressing for people age 2 through adult.
After seeing the difference her pants were making in the lives of her customers with Down syndrome, Karen realized there was an even bigger population of people who could benefit from her clothing. So in 2014, she created a line of stylish, pull-on jeans for men and boys of standard body shape who have difficulty with buttons and zippers. In 2016, the company was rebranded as NBZ® Apparel International with a mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the United States and around the world.