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Olathe startup remixes graduation apparel for students with hair that won’t fit the mold (or cap)

Reposted from Startland News

Written by Matthew Gwin

Originally published March 28, 2023

Graduation is an important time in a young person’s life, said Rashawnda Wright, noting students should look and feel their best on perhaps the biggest day of their educational careers.

After watching her daughter, Myayla, struggle to wear her graduation cap atop her big, curly hair, Wright was inspired to come up with a solution.

Rashawnda, Myayla and Ryan Wright, Cap Creations

In April 2022, she — along with the Cap Creations team (her daughter and husband, Ryan) — launched Grad Cap Remix, which is a three-piece system that inserts inside the cap and helps it fit securely over any hair style.

“We’re passionate about everybody being comfortable on a day that they worked so hard for,” Wright said.

Within six weeks of launching, she shared, Olathe-based Cap Creations — a GROWKS portfolio company and a Kansas Small Business Development Center Emerging Business of 2023 — sold more than 2,000 Grad Cap Remix units. In January, sales started picking up rapidly, leading the team to shift its packaging and shipping to a fulfillment center. The family venture is also working on forming a partnership with one of the larger cap and gown providers in the country, Wright said.

“If you think back to a year ago, I don’t think we realized we would be here,” she said.

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