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jackson hole news and guide | entrepreneurial family ready to iksplor

When Karissa Akin went shopping for base layers for her daughter, Everleigh Akin, now 2, she didn't like 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.”

wonderkin | Q&A with co-founder of iksplor, karissa akin 

Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck are the co-founders and sister duo behind Iksplor, a 100% merino wool clothing line for newborns and kids. Their mission is to create functional layers born for adventure, to help get kids get outside and stay outside longer! Iksplor is currently in the prototype phase, and Karissa and Kailey are excited to be building a community passionate about getting little ones outside in quality clothing that lasts! 


At Wonderkin, we’re passionate about quality gear and highlighting female entrepreneurs and thought leaders working to advance the children’s nature play movement. We know you’ll enjoy learning more about Karissa’s story…

local news 8 | jackson start-up wins kickstart grant 

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) - A Jackson "startup" company has been awarded a $50,000 Wyoming Business Council "kickstart" award.  


Iksplor is a Jackson apparel designer that creates multi-season, essential layers for babies and children. The company focuses on the outdoor consumer market.

Their product line includes a swaddle, long-sleeve shirt, pant, neck warmer and hat all made of Merino wool.  

jackson hole news and guide | two sisters, mom ready to launch their line of woolen kids’ wear

Everyone in Jackson Hole knows the secret to dressing for playing outside in mountain weather is layers.


But when Karissa Akin shopped for her young daughter, Everleigh Akin, she couldn’t find the type of clothing needed for a Jackson lifestyle. The clothing wasn’t durable. The only base layers she could find 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.”

silicon couloir | pitch day 2018 winners

The Bob Arndt Community Caretaker Award:

Invitation to join Silicon Couloir's TEAMS Program

The Bob Arndt Community Caretaker Award is presented to that entrepreneur or venture whose person/ team and company best embodies the core values and mission of Silicon Couloir, which is to align entrepreneurship with community vision to promote a diverse economy and healthy environment for current and future generations.