Fashion. This winter, NEKZ, an innovative new alternative to traditional scarves, combines fashion and function in a cozy, adjustable, unisex design. Designed and manufactured in Chicago, a city synonymous with frigid temperatures, NEKZ provides the comfort and warmth of a scarf without excess bulky fabric.
Designed for comfort in plush fleece or faux fur, NEKZ is compact enough to easily slip into a coat pocket or purse and large enough to encircle the neck in a ring of warmth. Its patent-pending closure, located in the back, adjusts easily so that it can fit snugly around a wearer’s neck, or can be slightly loosened on blustery days to cover the mouth. NEKZ feature an array of designs, from fashion-forward animal prints and stylish colors, to more neutral, traditional patterns.
Working mother Raquel Graham Crayton, a native New Yorker now residing in Chicago, came up with the brainchild of NEKZ as a solution for her children chronic complaints during frigid months – finding non-bulky neckwear that was easy to carry and stow.
“Living in Chicago, I wanted to create something that kept my kids warm during last year’s brutal ‘polar vortex’ winter: something kids would wear, light, and warm, but also something that could easily be stored in a pocket,” she recalls. “After creating a simple fleece neck-warmer, soon every mother in the school wanted one – not only for their kids, but for themselves! So I designed an adult version that maintained the practicality of the original design, but in fashionable colors and designs for women and men.”
Already, NEKZ are becoming a trendy new item for college students. Nekz is available on 45 college campuses in school/spirit colors and for some schools, Graham Crayton created designs to incorporate the schools logos. She is creating a line of NEKZ for The National Hockey League thru a partnership with Sportin’ Styles.
Graham meticulously designs the pattern for each NEKZ design, and scrupulously tests the fabric utilized. Plush, chic and versatile, NEKZ are fabricated in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, where Graham can regularly visit the manufacturer to inspect products before they are distributed. NEKZ are durable enough for every-day wearing and machine washable. They are priced from $15 – $35, depending on design.
Fashion. For more information, visit nekz.com