When Karissa Akin went shopping for base layers for her daughter, Everleigh Akin, now 2, she hated the items she found. They were made of cheap material that deteriorated quickly and stained easily.

“Fast fashion has not only invaded our closets, but also our children’s closets,” Akin said. “We wanted to create something better.”

The “we” is Akin, her sister Kailey Gieck and their mother, Barb Tuthill. And the “something better” is Iksplor, a collection of merino wool kids clothing.

The company will launch its first line, which consists of a neck warmer, hat and base layer shirts and pants early next year.

The family entrepreneurs named the company Iksplor as a way to remind families to go outside together.

Read Kelsey Dayton's profile of the company in the Business section of this week's News&Guide.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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