The Raynaud’s Association is pleased to recognize our Corporate Sponsors whose financial contributions help support our mission in serving the needs of Raynaud’s sufferers:
Anne’s Wool Smittens (View Products)
Anne Lever was always looking for ways to do her part in making a difference in the world and protecting the environment. On a mission to create a product from recycled material that would last year after year, she started making mittens from recycled wool sweaters in the fall of 2015, and the business of Anne’s Wool Smittens was born!
As her home craft business grew, Anne started to recognize the benefits that 100% wool offered in terms of protection against the wind and extremely cold weather conditions. At the same time, her customers were providing testimonials and feedback on how her mittens were providing relief from their Raynaud’s symptoms.
Today, Anne offers a variety of colors, textures, thicknesses and designs. Each is hand crafted with soft, recycled fleece lining, and cuffs made from recycled cotton for a warm, comfortable, itch-free way to protect cold hands while also protecting the environment!
Digitsole (View Products)
Digitsole is the world leader and pioneer in connected footwear. The company’s mission is to revolutionize the footwear industry with smart shoes in the same way that smart phones revolutionized the communication industry.
The idea for Digitsole was born when the company’s founder, Karim Oumnia, was asked to create a shoe collection for a French company that specialized in hunting products. This proved to be a challenging project, as the company wanted the new shoe line to showcase real innovation.
The breakthrough came when Karim was invited to join a company hunting trip on a cold March day. Karim experienced extremely painful frozen feet and toes within minutes of arriving to meet the rest of the team, and asked the CEO to drive him home. The CEO agreed on the condition that Karim could identify the driving idea for the company’s new shoe line. In desperation, Karim announced he could design a heated shoe controlled with a remote, and the idea that eventually became Digitsole was born!
In January of 2015, the second generation of Digitsole’s Warm Series was awarded “One of the Best Innovations” at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In January of 2017 the company was voted “Best European Startup” and won the CES 2017 Award in the Biotechnology and Sport Fitness category.
G-Tech Apparel (View Products)
While playing football for the Calgary Stampeders on the brink of a chilly Canadian winter, Johnny Forzani noticed his teammates on the sideline were trying to keep their hands warm through the use of two small propane heat tanks. With the vision of creating high-quality apparel that athletes could rely on to help them perform in any conditions, he went overseas and developed heated glove and hand warmer prototypes eventually worn (and loved) by his teammates.
Knowing he was onto something great, John partnered with University of San Francisco alumnus, NCAA Division I golfer, former tech senior executive and childhood best friend Jesse Galvon to create G-Tech Apparel.
G-Tech believes in delivering a high quality product that outperforms its competition through research and development in conjunction with some of the world’s most elite athletes. Everything they make is designed in Canada and manufactured in the USA because they believe in North American manufacturing and local job creation.
The founders also believe in giving back to the community, which is why they donate $1 from every purchase to one of four charities chosen at checkout (the Raynaud’s Association is one of them!). They are the proud founders and operators of The Galvani Charity, which supports children in their communities who would otherwise be unable to play organized sports.
H2C Brands LLC (View Products)
H2C Brands was formed to provide unique product solutions that help make life’s battle a little more comfortable, simpler and more fun.The Volt™ heated indoor/outdoor slipper was developed as a personal challenge to the founder. He was looking to create a solution for those who suffer from cold feet, particularly his mother and others with Raynaud’s. Actively involved in the heated clothing industry for the past decade, he has been focused on developing products that help keep motorcyclists, our military and outdoor enthusiasts warm. But none of these products were particularly suited for a woman in her late fifties who just needed a simple solution to help keep her feet warm with something that was easy to use, reliable and worked as advertised. With his mother as inspiration, he made this his mission in creating the Volt™ product line, which now includes heated footwear, gloves, vests, jackets and scarves – all designed to be reliable and easy to use, look fashionable and above all keep people warm.
H2C Brands LLC, 110 Cumberland Park Drive, Suite #205, St. Augustine, FL 32095. Telephone: (888) 518-6871, www.voltheat.com
Heat Holders® (View Products)
Drew Brady Company Inc. was established in 1947 in England as a yarn trader. In the last few decades the company has expanded into the manufacturing, importing and distributing of quality socks.
Heat Holders® were developed by a talented in-house product development team that accepted the challenge of making a sock that would be the warmest sock ever – while still comfortable and practical to wear in daily life. It wasn’t easy, but the team came up with Heat Holders® as the solution in 2008.
Since then the company has sold more than 10 million pairs worldwide and distribution continues to grow. This growth is attributed to successfully building a base of customers who are truly satisfied with Heat Holders®. Whether they are at home, at work or at play in the cold winter months, there is a pair of Heat Holders® designed to keep them warm, safe and comfortable.
Drew Brady Company Inc., 3512 Faith Church Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Telephone: (844) 786-8100, www.heatholders.com
HXT Heat Exchange Technology (View Products)
Seven Years ago while developing a line of running gloves for a major U.S. glove company, Lou Fliszar, Heat X-Change Technology’s founder, discovered research suggesting that up to 40% of all people do not experience warm hands wearing conventional gloves.
Often these cold hands were the result of poor circulation brought on by a variety of ailments, including Raynaud’s. Lou came to the conclusion that the only way to provide adequate warmth and comfort was to produce a glove that has an external heat source. The requirements were numerous, including development of an external heat source that was adjustable and could be directed to various areas of the hand. The system had to be simple to use, affordable, re-useable, and eco-friendly. The result, HXT, is a patent-pending technologythat guarantees warm hands in all conditions. For those with cold hands, HXT is the solution.
Infracare (View Products)
Infracare has been serving foot clinics, physiotherapy clinics, diabetic clinics, and arthritis clinics in Canada since 2004, and expanded their medical distribution channels in 2009 to serve podiatrists and pedorthists in the U.S.
The quality of Infracare’s products and service are well received by medical professionals. The testimonials the company continues to receive confirm it.
Kobayashi Consumer Products, LLC (View Products)
Kobayashi Consumer Products, LLC is the parent company for HotHands® and Grabber warmers®, the leading air-activated hand, toe, foot and body warmers in America. Both brands offer head-to-toe solutions to keep you toasty and comfortable, no matter the temperature, through continuous heat to hands, toes and the entire body. Just open the package and expose warmers to the oxygen in the air for hours of relief. All HotHands® and Grabber® Warmers are designed for one-time, disposable use.
Warmers.com, 365 84th Street SW, Suite 4, Byron Center, MI 49315 Telephone: (800) 518-0938, www.warmers.com
Limbkeepers (View Products)
Deborah Vezan, founder of Limbkeepers® products spent 35 years as a New York based apparel executive where she gained her manufacturing and product expertise. Spending nine years as care manager for both of her elderly parents educated and exposed her to the many needs and demands of a rapidly expanding and aging population.
These two careers collided and Limbkeepers® sleeves became a necessary reality for her mother who was high risk for skin tears.
Inspired by her sport apparel, Deborah brought her design ideas to an athletic sock factory in North Carolina where she made her first prototypes. When the sleeves proved to be effective in protecting her mother’s fragile skin, she knew her sleeves would be of benefit to others. This mission is the driving force behind Limbkeepers® and is the foundation upon which the company develops innovative products for future offerings – making a difference in the quality of life.
Launched in 2013, Limbkeepers® are now sold online and distributed through pharmacies and durable medical equipment suppliers in 23 states and two other countries.
Nutrasal (View Products)
Nutrasal stands behind the quality of its products and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The company’s business depends upon trust and loyalty and they seek to earn it every day with their motto: Purity You Expect. Quality you trust.
Based on solid drug research, Nutrasal aims to develop highly purified and technologically advanced products and only offers products they believe to have been thoroughly researched, tested and proven to be of superior quality, technology, bio-availability and effectiveness.
The company’s primary market is selling directly to the medical community (medical doctors, osteopaths, hospitals, healthcare clinics, rehabilitation centers and alternative healthcare providers).
Nutrasal sells only the highest purity “Gold Standard” nutraceuticals with proven efficacy and scientific support. The company’s products are manufactured under the most stringent controls in FDA-approved facilities and have GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status. They guarantee that their ingredients are of the highest quality, are manufactured to the highest GMP and USP standards, and meet all label specifications.
ProNeema™ (View Products)
Over 5,000 years ago, our ancestors knew that the oil from the Neem Tree provided special medicinal powers to cure a wide variety of ailments. ProNeema was developed in 2005 by a pharmacist to help leverage the healing powers of Neem Oil in preventing foot complications in patients with diabetes.
Given the fact that ProNeema also contains an ingredient (L-Arginine) that can help increase circulation, along with peppermint oil, which helps reduce pain, the manufacturer realized the potential benefits ProNeema could offer to Raynaud’s sufferers and is a long-standing supporter of the Raynaud’s Association.
Skin Specialties LLC, P.O. Box 860608 Shawnee, KS 66286-0608. Telephone: (800) 510-3192, www.proneema.com
Shenzhenshi Streetcat Technology Co.,Ltd. (View Products)
Shenzhenshi Streetcat Technology Co.,Ltd (Streetcat). is committed to selling high-quality, high-performance and popular outdoor products. In order to meet the needs of outdoor sports enthusiasts, along with those seeking warmth indoors and out, the company is constantly exploring new ideas and technologies to better serve its customers. Streetcat’s number one priority is to provide a positive customer experience – the company puts its heart and soul into fulfilling customer needs.
Shenzhenshi Streetcat Technology Co., Ltd, 518116 Pinhu Street, Longguangqu, Shenzhen, CHINA Phone: +86 189 2849 7719,
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SnugToes™ (View Products)
The originator of SnugToes, Simi Sokan, is an IT consultant who has suffered from Raynaud’s phenomenon for over 20 years.
Despite being on medication to treat her Raynaud’s symptoms, the inventor still suffered extremely cold hands and feet. The only relief she found was when she would place a hot water bottle on top of her indoor slippers.
This discovery started her thinking of ways to integrate the heat from the water bottle into the slippers in a way that she could still maintain her mobility. After much trial, error and persistence, she was able to invent a microwavable pad that was inserted into the top of the slipper providing heat and warmth for up to 3 hours, and SnugToes™ heated slippers were born!
SunLoops® (View Products)
Nothing warms us more quickly than the sun. So what if you could scoop it up and hold it in your hands? That’s exactly what two friends in the sun-soaked paradise of Durango, Colorado, tried to replicate with their simple invention of pocketed bands designed to hold air-activated warmers. These heat-generators are aptly named SunLoops.
SunLoops hand warmer holders were invented by Sandy Seibert and Jill Wright, Raynaud’s sufferers who were searching for a solution to warm their cold hands during attacks.
Sandy is a teacher and avid outdoors woman. Once she reached middle age, she discovered her hands turning white when becoming chilled, excited or stressed. It was painful, annoying and difficult to conceal in public. Attacks became an issue at work, and limited her ability to enjoy the outdoor sports she loved.
She tried many of the traditional and nontraditional approaches to managing her Raynaud’s, but found these solutions to be limiting, expensive or just not enough. With a background in jewelry design and textiles, she partnered with her friend Jill Wright and together with their collective initiative and creative skills, they invented SunLoops. Now they want to share their invention with the Raynaud’s community.
Sweater Chalet (View Products)
Sweater Chalet is an online merchant offering 100% wool quality clothing from Norway, Sweden, Scotland and Austria – all countries that know how to handle cold weather. Wool clothing is a common solution offering protection against extreme cold and wind conditions.
The company is the U.S. distributor for several high-quality, fashionable brands, including Norlender and Dachstein Woolwear products, and Öjbro’s gloves and mittens. These are small, family-run manufacturers with great stories and textile traditions behind their products and their unique designs.
Sweater Chalet has a decade-long history of eCommerce and high customer satisfaction. They insist on customers being happy with every purchase in every way, and back every sale with their motto: “Your happiness is guaranteed. Period.”
The Warming Store (View Products)
The Warming Store was created in 2008 by two cousins who did not like the cold. Over the years, they have become one of the largest online retailers of heated clothing, winter apparel, electronic heating as well as offering a comprehensive range of personal cooling products.
The Warming Store is still a family owned and operated business that prides itself on offering quality products at a great price. If you have any questions, queries, suggestions or just want to say “hey” their Customer Support Team is there to help!
TrueToSource (View Products)
TrueToSource selects and promotes consumer electronics, household items, sports and fitness equipment, school and office supplies, and more. In a quest to shorten the distance between producers and end consumers, TrueToSource finds new products from suppliers around the world who are keen to connect with customers. The company is constantly looking to add new products that are functional and of good value.
At heart, team members at TrueToSource are humanitarians. Supporting humanitarian efforts without boundary and helping to build True Peace on Earth are the true goals of its social enterprise. They work to help less fortunate people in our world through charity, socioeconomic activism, and innovations in their operational model.
UNIQKNITS™ (View Products)
At the intersection of tech and fashion, UNIQKNITS™ is the brainchild of four founders. Their deep background in engineering, fashion and business development led them to take a fresh look at performance fabrics.
The company’s mission is to bring relief to those suffering with Raynaud’s and other medical ailments that can impact circulation, including arthritis and hypothyroidism.
Their goal was to develop a fashionable glove that can act as a therapeutic device that’s easy to wear, inexpensive and works to put an end to painful and throbbing fingers without making sufferers feel like they’re wearing a medical device or look like a “ski bunny”.
They explored applying next-generation fabrics to therapy gloves for Raynaud’s sufferers and, after months of testing, they’ve developed a great looking glove that keeps fingers warm and protects them from the cold.
Verseo (View Products)
Verseo’s corporate mission is to surprise and delight. The company has been online listening to customers’ e-shopping preferences since 1999 and learning along the way.
While small in size, Verseo is dedicated to making a big difference by delivering a superior online shopping experience. From its 365-Day Guarantee, to its experienced “real people” customer service team who take calls and personally peek in the warehouse to check the status of an order. The company promises to strive to make right every sale.
Verseo, 16 W. Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508, Telephone: 877-261-1570, www.verseo.com
Warm Skin® (View Products)
Warm Skin® is manufactured by Aurora Naturally, a family-owned company based in Minnesota. When they witnessed the success of their udder balm for use by farmers to protect their cows from the bitter cold, they decided to formulate a skin cream with similar moisturizing and protective effects, introducing Warm Skin® in 1984.
Warm Skin® was a great success with the crew members of the 1985 North Pole Expedition in protecting their skin under the harshest of conditions. Among the product’s loyal customers are National Football League and professional baseball teams, postal workers, coal miners, snowmobilers, bikers, campers, canoeists, runners and other outdoor enthusiasts, and now Raynaud’s sufferers!
D. Janasek Sales Co., Inc. is a distributor for Warm Skin® and a strong supporter of the Raynaud’s Association.
Wristies, Inc. (View Products)
On a cold and snowy winter’s day, 10 year old KK Gregory was out building a snow fort when her wrists started to hurt because they were cold and wet. She remedied the problem by creating the first pair of Wristies, wearing them under her coat and mittens. She tried out her novel and unique creation on her scout troop who encouraged her to make more. Further encouraged by her mom and dad to see herself as an inventor, KK applied for a patent, trademarked the name Wristies, and started her own small company!
From Wristies®’ beginning in 1994 on the dining room table. it grew to take over the living room, kitchen table, basement, upstairs bedroom, loft, and garage. Now, located in a renovated cotton mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, Wristies are produced in a more traditional manufacturing environment. The company keeps growing with a whole lot of help from its best resource, its customers! Wristies is grateful for all of the feedback, ideas, and suggestions for new markets and products from its loyal and supportive customers. Thinking back to the advice KK gave during her interview on Oprah, if you have a good idea, “go for it!,” we continue to develop Wristies to its fullest.