Detroit, USA—A 23-year-old Sikh student in the US has developed water-resistant socks and launched a successful kickstarter campaign that more than doubled it’s target within two days.
Jaspreet Singh, a law student at Wayne State University in Detroit, came up with the idea of water-resistant socks in a public speaking class at the University of Michigan where he was supposed to pitch a business idea, The Detroit News reported on Tuesday.
After a year and a half, Singh created the 5 Water Socks brand after much research, testing and development.
He got a working prototype for hydrophobic athletic socks and launched a successful kickstarter campaign that sought to raise $10,000, but brought in more than $21,300 within two days.
The first of the socks will be produced in a North Carolina facility in August and September and should be shipped out by October, the report said.
The socks developed by the Jaspreet Singh are breathable and feel like any regular pair of athletic socks, but when they come into contact with liquids, the fibres, which have been fused with water-resistant particles, cause the liquid to bead up and run off.
When submerged, they will get wet, but not as quickly and they will dry faster, he said.
“There are socks that are completely waterproof, but it’s a different market,” he said. “They aren’t breathable, they don’t feel soft. These are for everyday use.”
Singh is a proud Sikh who was born in Detroit and grew up in Canton and Northville. His family is from Punjab, that he says faces many of the same socio-economic struggles as Detroit.
In fact, the company name, 5 Water Socks, was inspired by both places. Five for the Great Lakes and because Punjab means ‘the land of five rivers.” He hopes to raise awareness of the challenges both areas face through his business.