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I stumbled upon a Facebook post one day, offering a giveaway for a sports bra, or at least that’s what I made of it at the time. I’m all about giveaways. I’m also all about pressing buttons and learning more about everything that I encounter. So when I stumbled upon this post, I pressed buttons and I learned more.
What I learned is that a 4-woman operation behind what was designed to initially be a sports bra, wished to move the manufacturing of their product from overseas (China in this case) to the good ole’ USA. My primary job is in an industry where reshoring manufacturing efforts from overseas to the US is an everyday topic. The fact that this is wholly woman-owned (minority) business and that its efforts were to move manufacturing of a product ALL women can use on a daily basis, to the USA, intrigued me. I shared the heck out of the post because it’s something I believe in.
I contacted the company and asked them if they’d be interested in working with me, as a blogger, for a review and (optional) giveaway. Impressed by their mission and my interactions with Jody, CFO of Handful, Inc., I continued promoting their cause regardless of the response. I wanted to see this happen! At the time, they only had 8 days left to reach a crowd sourcing goal on CrowdSupply of $50,000 with $20,000 to go still!
With only 4-5 days left in their crowd sourcing efforts, I received my Handful Adjustable Bra for review. Obviously, there was not enough time to post a thorough review. I like to use products I receive for review for at least 2 weeks (depending on the product).
Contrary to my M.O., I went ahead and posted a giveaway before using/reviewing the product itself. There were 3 lucky winners. Congrats to Shannon, winner of the Handful Original Bra, Ruth, winner of the Handful Tank, and Wendi, winner of the Handful Adjustable Bra.
Now that I’ve had a few weeks to wear the Handful Adjustable Bra, I must say that I’m in love. I originally thought it might spark my efforts to begin a long overdue fitness routine, but I’ve found that the Handful Adjustable Bra has become my new go-to bra for every day use.
As a 36-C (or even a 36-D when I’m not in denial), I’ve been uncomfortable with my size after several years of weight gain. I ordered a Medium. It fits well, back fat is visibly reduced, it’s comfortable and covers and supports all necessary areas, in my opinion. After 8+ intense days of studying their site and sharing their efforts, I learned that I probably should have ordered a size large as there is still a bit of cleavage.
I was also EXTREMELY surprised that I had no desire to remove the pads that the Handful Adjustable Bra and other Handful products come with. Being a 36-C (or 36-D), pads are a no-no. The Handful Adjustable Bra actually makes this larger chested gal (on a small frame) feel comfortable, WITH THE PADS. The Handful Adjustable Bra offers only slight compression without creating the appearance of flatness. For smaller chested women it might actually flatter. This lives up to Handful’s claim to flatter, not flatten.
The Handful Adjustable Bra comes with the adjustable straps criss-crossed. This is my preferred method of wearing it, as it maintains the lift that is necessary for a woman beyond her 20′s. However, when attire requires a straight strap, I can quickly and easily switch it up without losing the lift, since it has adjustable straps for support.
For the function of a sports bra, it is best suited for those who are less endowed when used specifically for high-intensity fitness. However, I still feel that I am offered adequate support for medium-intensity fitness and lower as one with a larger handful.
A friend of mine has a Handful Original Bra and is also a 36-C. She adores it as an every-day bra as well. Over a period of a few months, I plan to replace most, if not all, of my bras with the Handful Adjustable Bra. I will also be adding some tanks for wear under everyday business casual attire. I’ve always worn underwire bras as I’ve not found a bra that offered the support needed without them. Now I can get that thorn out of my side – LITERALLY!! Bye-bye underwire!
Now that the Handful has reached their goal and will be manufactured in the USA, I will be (more) proud to support Handful. The costs before reshoring were not inexpensive. In my opinion, I believe it’s due to the high quality of the product. If it increases ever so slightly due to moving manufacturing to the U.S. I will still support it, due to the comfort levels experienced personally.
I highly recommend the Handful line of products. Handful is an approved mastectomy bra, with one of the 4 owners, being a double-mastectomy survivor!
P.S. If it wasn’t made clear….
They Did It
Handful Bras are now proudly being
Made in the USA!