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.