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Doris Chagolla-PickerBy Doris Chagolla-Picker
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Doris Chagolla-PickerBy Doris Chagolla-Picker
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About

“Kanika” is a playful mis-spelling of the Spanish word for marble. It is also the name of an activewear line, designed especially for all you Petite Sportivas out there (5’4” and under). Just like a marble may be small in size, yet is filled with so many varied and beautiful patterns and colors, Petite women may be small in stature, but we are all strong, beautiful, and unique in our own amazing way!

Our Mission:

Your passionate pursuit of a fit & healthy lifestyle is truly inspirational, and is what propels me to do what I do! You are all beautiful in your own unique way and add something special to this world! So my mission is to support you and provide you with activewear that serves as an outward reflection of the Bold, Beautiful & Strong women that you are!

Model is 4'10"
Model is 4'10"

We create performance-driven, high quality, socially-responsible activewear, designed to fit and enhance the beautiful, unique physique of Petite women of all shapes and sizes. 

Read below to learn more about our story and what inspires us.

My name is Doris, and I’m the founder of Kanika Wear Sportiva.  I created this company with a heartfelt purpose:  To help women find their inner Sportiva, unleash her, and support them in their pursuit of a healthy body, mind, and spirit!

Why Petite Activewear?

The sweat…the burn…that satisfying feeling of accomplishment…Are you a fitness enthusiast?  Do you thrive on living the active life? Or do you simply love experiencing the Power of movement?  Then, no doubt, like me, you probably also love a great pair of leggings!  But have you ever fallen in love with a pair of leggings, only to find that they are too long, or the high-rise waist is much too high?  Still, because you like them so much, you might have tried to make them work, by getting them hemmed…Then, afterward, to your disappointment, you realize you’ve cut off part of the design, or the ankles now fit more like loose pants, not tight leggings…Well, if this has been your frustrating experience, you're not alone!

Unfortunately, when it comes to activewear, petite women have very limited choices. You see, although there are many activewear companies out there, very few of them provide apparel that actually fits women of our stature.

Being 4’10” myself and very active, I too had a long history of experiencing this frustrating dilemma, over and over again…And it made me wonder, “With so many athletic apparel companies out there, why does it have to be so hard to find high-quality activewear that, not only fits us petites, but is also comfortable, functional and attractive?” I felt this was unacceptable, especially since so many of us women fall into this category of “petite”. 

Actually, it’s estimated that between 54%-68% of women in the United States alone are 5’4” and under. (U.S. census data) That’s over 1/2 the female population! The fact is, women of our height need more options! Yes, the days of settling for bunched-up, folded-over, ill-fitting activewear need to be over!

Well, this is what inspired me to create Kanika Wear! As the founder, I am passionate about the power of movement, and I strongly feel that ALL women, including you, deserve support in leading an active, fit and healthy lifestyle. You deserve choices. You shouldn’t have to settle.  

I want you to feel like you've finally found an activewear company that is in tune to your needs! So I've made special effort to design each of our pieces to not only be both comfortable and flattering on the petite body, but also to withstand the most intense of workouts. Yes, Kanika Wear is designed with YOU, the Sportiva, in mind. So, whether you’re running, hiking, training, or downward-dogging, you can be confident your activewear will stand the tests of time and use! 

Model is 4'10", 98 lbs, wearing size XXS, Bitesize Inseam
Model is 4'10", 98 lbs, wearing size XXS, Bitesize Inseam

Activewear for Petite Women of ALL Shapes & Sizes:

  •    We recognize that while some petites may have a very small frame, others of us are a little more curvy. So, we’ve made special effort to design our leggings to fit women of all body types, with sizes ranging from XXS to XL.
  • Although any woman who is 5’4” and under is categorized as Petite, we realize there’s a big difference between a woman who is 5’4” and one who’s 4’11”…That’s why we’ve decided to offer 2 different options for each of our legging designs:

     * Pintsize Line - designed to fit those 5’1”-5’4”

     * Bitesize Line - designed for those 5’ and under

***Each line differs in inseam length, to accommodate each of your unique & beautiful    bodies***

Designed By Petites For Petites

Each of our pieces is designed, tested, & critiqued by active petites, like yourself, so you    can be sure your Kanika Wear will stand both the tests of time and use!

A Socially Responsible Brand 🌎 

We at Kanika Wear have a heartfelt desire to help preserve this wondrous & beautiful planet, and to honor and respect those with whom we are privileged to share our Home

Therefore, in addition to valuing the environment, we highly value people, and are committed to operating in a socially-responsible manner. For this reason, all Kanika Wear is produced in the U.S., in facilities that we, ourselves, are able to visit and monitor. So the next time you put on a pair of leggings, you can feel confident they were produced in a safe, lawful, & ethical environment.

🌱WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT PRODUCING AN END PRODUCT THAT WILL HELP YOU PERFORM AT YOUR PEAK, FEEL CONFIDENT, AND IS GOOD FOR BOTH MANKIND AND OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET🌱

Models are 4'10" and 5'1"
Models are 4'10" and 5'1"

DESIGNS

Our first release consists of three designs, all made to enhance and support your beautiful unique physiques, as you enjoy the active life!

Model is 4'10", 98 lbs, wearing size XS, Bitesize Inseam (photo above)
Model is 4'10", 98 lbs, wearing size XS, Bitesize Inseam (photo above)
Model is 4'10" wearing Pintsize Inseam in above photo (see size chart for inseam recommendations)
Model is 4'10" wearing Pintsize Inseam in above photo (see size chart for inseam recommendations)
Formica Color Options: Black Panther, Forest Night, Eggplant, Electric Blue
Formica Color Options: Black Panther, Forest Night, Eggplant, Electric Blue
Model is 4'10", 98 lbs, wearing size XS, Pintsize Inseam (see size chart for recommended inseam length)
Model is 4'10", 98 lbs, wearing size XS, Pintsize Inseam (see size chart for recommended inseam length)
Atomico Color Options: Black Raven, Amethyst
Atomico Color Options: Black Raven, Amethyst
Model is 4'10", 98 lbs, wearing size XS
Model is 4'10", 98 lbs, wearing size XS
Color Options: Black & Eggplant
Color Options: Black & Eggplant

THE MATERIALS

Our leggings and sports bra are constructed from recycled and eco-friendly fabrics. But they have amazing stretch-recovery, are comfy, and moisture-wicking to keep you dry and odor-free while working out. THAT’S THE SPORTIVA WAY 💪🌱😍

Model is 5'1", wearing size XS, Pintsize Inseam
Model is 5'1", wearing size XS, Pintsize Inseam

THE SIZING

LEGGINGS

Available in sizes XXS through XL, and two inseam lengths per design, our Leggings accommodate your unique physique.

SPORTS BRA

Available in sizes XXS-XL.

**If we raise more than $80,000 we’ll be able to make more styles available for you, including capri leggings and beautiful printed leggings with designs inspired by the beauty in nature**

As a backer, you will receive a survey at the conclusion of the Kickstarter which will ask for your preferred design, size, color, and inseam length before we ship your goodies!

REWARDS

As one of our earliest backers, you will enjoy an "early bird special" on one, two, or three pairs of Kanika Wear leggings (in any combination of size, inseam, or design), or on a complete Kanika Wear outfit (sports bra and leggings), at a special Kickstarter-only price tier. After the early bird specials are sold out, you'll still be able to take advantage of Kickstarter deals that will get you a pair (or two, or three) for less than the future retail value.  Gear up your tribe of Sportivas!

THE GOALS

The $50,000 I ask for here covers the cost of the first run of production, as well as the cost of pattern development, sizing, sourcing, and other expenses. But if we get even further, I have so many dreams for where Kanika Wear could go!

(Note: You will be able to order these stretch goal items, listed below, after the conclusion of our Kickstarter, when our online store formally launches. As an estimate, possibly March or April would be the earliest they'd be ready to order. To be the first to know when they'll be available, sign up for our mailing list.

$80,000: Capri Legging 

You read right! Finally, capri length leggings that actually fit us Petites like capris! With all the same design benefits of the Formica Legging, but in a shorter length, these are perfect for those warmer days! I have the patterns, but need your help to fund a first run!

Here’s a sneek peak at my first prototype 😉

 **This capri legging might be available as early as February, if we reach this goal**

$100,000: Wonders of Nature Printed Leggings - Rythm of the Reef

A printed legging line, which features captivating prints, each inspired by the beauty in nature, is currently in the works...Here’s a rendition of what our first print might look like on the leggings. With this funding, we’ll be able to finish development of the first print, and start production of these beauties!

Front & Back Views
Front & Back Views

$120,000: Wonders of Nature Printed Leggings - Enchanted Feathers 

An elegant, yet bold design, showcasing beautiful winged creatures, stunning to the eyes! (Print is currently in the design phase.)

$175,000: Since starting this venture, many other Sportivas out there, have expressed how much they love our leggings, but, like myself, how they've also struggled to find other activewear that fits, such as tank tops. I would LOVE to expand Kanika Wear for you in this way! But it requires more resources than I have at present…If we reach this stretch goal, we’ll have enough funds to start this process!

THE FOUNDER

Doris Chagolla-Picker is a health care professional by day, and an avid fitness enthusiast by night. Watch my intro video to learn a little bit about me and why I created Kanika Wear, and discover the story behind the brand!

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook for more Sportiva inspiration and updates!

Why did we choose the unique name Kanika Wear? True, at first glance, Kanika might sound strange and like no other word you’ve ever heard before…but there is rich meaning behind our brand name, and we feel it beautifully embodies everything our brand represents.

You see, Kanika is actually a purposeful mis-spelling of the Spanish word for “marble” (as in the old-fashioned game of marbles), a unique mis-spelling which my father created as an endearing nickname for my mother. In fact, although they both passed away many years ago, I often look back and fondly remember how my father used to lovingly refer to my mother as his “Kanika”…But what do marbles have to do with my mother, and how does that relate to Kanika Wear?

Well, my mother was a petite woman, measuring a mere 4’10” tall. But, as my father used to say, “Although marbles may be small, they are filled with such vibrant colors and intricate patterns that marvel such beauty, just like your mom. She may be tiny, but she is so much more than that. She is strong and so breathtakingly beautiful, both inside and out. She is my Kanika.” My father was obviously very poetic, but his words were so elegantly true. 

My mother may have been petite in size, but her stature was in no way a reflection of the beauty and power of her character! Although she faced many trials in her life, she taught me, by example, what it truly means to be an amazingly strong, courageous, resilient, yet kind, compassionate, giving, and loving woman. Yes, she taught me that a woman can be both strong AND gentle, powerful AND humble, bold AND kind, intense AND fun!

This is the spirit behind Kanika Wear. We feel that within each one of us lies this fiery yet fun-loving spirit, the Sportiva spirit…a spirit that once found, is so powerful it cannot be broken! We desire to help women find their inner Sportiva, unleash her, and feel the satisfaction of reaching new heights! 

Remember, you are uniquely beautiful and deserve to live a life you love! May our apparel help you to do so, and outwardly reflect the bold, beautiful, and strong women that you are!

Risks and challenges

Apart from any unforeseeable manufacturing delays, we should be ready to move to production! I've done my best to get everything in order prior to launch, working with our manufacturer to put together production estimates and secure materials in advance, so all I need now is you. Let's make this happen!

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