AATCC names an engineer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

2BeauvaisChristina Kay Beauvais, President and founder of EmBraced in Comfort LLC is the recipient of the AATCC, the non-profit Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials professionals, Young Entrepreneur Award

Beauvais is recognised for integrating her knowledge of engineering with apparel design and merchandising to deliver a niche market of comfortable, functional, and protective garments for patients wearing braces for limb disorders.

Beauvais worked with Usha Chowdhary from Central Michigan University for insights into the textile aspects of her project. Beauvais created a garment that was simple enough for a child to manage in the restroom while in-brace, without interfering with the structural integrity and/or gripping strength of the brace.  Her small in-house factory began taking undergarment bodysuit orders for children dealing with scoliosis. Her bodysuit design received a U.S. patent. She expanded her garment line, to include t-shirts and shorts designed especially for male and female brace wearers, and she has sold her undergarments to scoliosis brace patients all over the world.

The award will be presented at the AATCC International Conference (April 1 – 3, 2014) in Asheville, North Carolina (USA)

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