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The Mighty – This Grandma’s Clothing Company is Setting the Bar for Accessible Fashion

It all started when Karen Bowersox noticed her granddaughter, Maggie, who has Down syndrome, had trouble finding jeans that fit her. After customizing jeans for Maggie, Bowersox created Downs Designs, selling clothes designed for people with Down syndrome. Bowersox quickly realized her jeans could help those with limited use of their hands or upper bodies. “I’ve realized that jeans without buttons or zippers don’t have to be limited to men with Down syndrome.” Seeing the need for more accessible options, Bowersox expanded Downs Designs into NBZ Apparel.

 

Downs Designs Dream's Support-A-Veteran Program

The News Herald – Perry resident working to support fellow veterans, others with clothing program

Even from an outsider’s perspective, it doesn’t take long to identify a central focus in William Herron’s life — service. Herron currently serves as the marketing director for both Downs Designs Dreams and NBZ Apparel, a for-profit social good enterprise strengthened by investor backing. Created with a mission to aid typical body types who are faced with dressing challenges, the NBZ brand was constructed with soft, stretchy, sensory-friendly material and elastic waistbands with no buttons, zippers or tags. For every three pairs sold, NBZ Apparel will donate a pair to that cause. All veteran cause donations will directly go towards Downs Designs Dream’s Support-A-Veteran Program.

 

Designing for Special Needs

Salt of the Great Lakes – Designing for Special Needs: How Two Women are Changing the World

It’s tough to find a more determined innovator than the mother of a child with an unanswered need. Need proof? Consider these two women, both from Northeast Ohio, who have entered the market with the first apparel marketed specifically to individuals with Down syndrome and other differences: Karen Bowersox, founder of NBZ Apparel in Mentor, Ohio, won the 2015 Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award from the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities.

 

Women CEO's Changing the Design for Those with Disabilities

Specs4Us – NBZ Apparel and Specs4Us

Five Minute Focus on Karen Bowersox and Maria Dellapina; Women CEO’s Changing the Design for Those with Disabilities.

 
 
 
 

NBZ Apparel Continues Their Social Good Program and Community Support by Donating 140 Pairs of NBZ Jeans to The Hope Chest of Lake County

NBZ Apparel continues their social good impact and community support by donating 140 pairs of NBZ Boy’s jeans to The Hope Chest of Lake County. Located in Painesville, Ohio, The Hope Chest of Lake County is an all-volunteer based organization dedicated to a mission of providing clean clothing and new shoes to school children in Lake County so that they may attend school with dignity and pride.

 

NBZ Apparel Donates Life-Changing Pants

NBZ Apparel Aims to Help Wounded/Disabled Veterans and People Living with Disabilities by Donating 1,000,000 Pairs of Our Life-Changing pants!

NBZ® Apparel International of Mentor, Ohio is a one-of-a-kind social good apparel maker and on-line clothing retailer. NBZ® Apparel belongs to a special category of businesses committed to making a difference in the world.

 

NBZ Apparel Helping Veterans

NBZ Apparel Launches Its Social Good Program Helping Veterans Through Their Partnership with Downs Designs Dreams’ Support-A-Veteran Program

NBZ Apparel has launched their social good impact and veteran support by donating 25 pairs of NBZ jeans and khaki pants to Downs Designs Dreams’ Support-A-Veteran Program. The recent donation completed a request for veterans within Milwaukee’s Zablocki VA Medical Center.