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Russian Dad Creates Clever Tights For Children
December 29, 2011
Winters in Russia can be brutally cold thus making layered clothing a necessity for adults and especially small children. A Russian father discovered the hard way that dressing small children can be a chore, but a stroke of invention not only helped him with dressing his daughter but also turned into a now thriving business.
Maxim Dyachkov, a former banker, became a father in 2002 and while his wife was able to get their daughter into tights easily, Dyachkov found issue in getting his baby girl’s busy legs into the legs of the pants. “My wife managed pretty well, but I could never get hold of my baby girl’s legs,” said Dyachkov. The struggling dad found a method that worked; he would turn the tights inside out and paint eyes onto the feet, giving the tights the appearance of puppets. He would then become a puppeteer of sorts and getting his daughter dressed became a game.
In 2006, the idea to turn his tights puppets into a business opportunity struck Dyachkov and he registered a patent to create the clothing item. Partnering with an old friend Dmitry Serebryakov, Dyachkov and his new business associate invested $15,000 into the tights company, named LapNCap. Venturing into new territory, Dyachkov and Serebryakov didn’t fare well in the beginning, as Russian manufacturers couldn’t meet the pair’s requirements.
After another bad investment and a botched run of the tights with yet another manufacturer, the men found good fortune in January of this year, striking a deal with a Turkish firm that could handle the demand and designs of the LapNCap tights. Finding success in Moscow and various parts of Russia, LapNCap has made its way to the States. Dyachkov and Serebryakov have expanded their business and opened up shop in New York City with the help of fellow Russian and actress Irina Shmeleva.
LapNCap has made its way into two small children’s retail shops and the company also scored a partnership with e-commerce giant Amazon. “We managed to make a contract with Amazon and we are watching our tights go to all states, even California, Texas and Florida, where it is always hot and children do not seem to wear tights at all,” shared Dyachkov.
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