Ponya Bands Q&A: Our Story & Band Basics


Learn more about the Ponya Bands story! The interview below is with Judy Beyerle, our founder, president and band leader. To find out more about our company, click here.

Q: What is Ponya?

A: Ponya Bands are bamboo-lined sweatbands and non-slip headbands. The company came to fruition out of a personal need. I was working at a specialty running store as a buyer. I went to spin class, which I loved, in a cotton terry sweatband. Midway through the class, I took the saturated, sweat-filled band off and threw it across the room. I could no longer focus with sweat in my eyes. 

The next day, I went into work, voicing my frustration from the previous evening's workout and the owner of the store suggested I "fix it." So I did.

Q: So, how did you "fix it?"

A: I was really familiar with technical fabrics due to my career. I knew that I absolutely did not want any cotton in anything Ponya, since cotton holds moisture against the skin. I did an abundance of research and kept coming back to bamboo fabric. Long story short, our three inch bamboo band was born!

Q: What makes Ponya Bands unique?

A: Our sweatbands have a wicking quality which pulls moisture away from your skin to the outer part of the bamboo fabric to the spandex, where moisture dries quickly and efficiently.

Q: Where is Ponya based? Where are the bands made?

A: Every band is made by hand in Louisville, KY. We have in-house design and production teams which work together from start to finish, providing the highest quality product and customer satisfaction. 


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