Fashion designer Amy Dobrikova, a 2006 management graduate from the Anderson University Falls School of Business, was somewhat relieved that the New York Giants and New England Patriots ended up in Super Bowl XLVI.
The two teams both sport red and blue colors.
And that meant she could design her hand-warming muff, known as Z-Muff, using two basic shades.
“I was biting my nails waiting to see which teams were going to be in the Super Bowl,” said Dobrikova, 28, of Anderson.
After Sunday’s playoff games, she began sewing game-related muffs — made-in-America long-hair shag fabric — and has 200 for sale.
She is offering Z-Muffs through her website and is working to distribute the red, blue or red-and-blue muffs in Indianapolis during Super Bowl week.
She just received a U.S. patent for her Z-Muff this week. Dobrikova’s design differs from most hand muffs in that it has a pocket for each hand. Usually, hands touch in muffs.
“The hands don’t touch inside. There’s a faux fur lining,” she said. “There’s a benefit in having the hands separated. When they touch, they sweat together, and you take your hand out and they’re colder because they’re wet. Having the pockets insulated keeps the hands warm.”
She came up with the concept while a student at Anderson University. She offered them at the annual homecoming fair and sold out. She then competed for a $15,000 prize in the 2006 INvision AU business competition and won. The prize money allowed her to seek a patent.
She is married and the mother of two.
The big game-related Z-Muffs are $30 each and two for $50. They can be purchased through the website.
—For The Herald Bulletin. Photo credit: John P. Cleary. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.