June 28, 2014

Six weeks after launching a direct-to-consumer ecommerce site that invites amputees to design stunning 3D printed custom fairings and other ornamentations for their prosthetic legs, UNYQ has closed its seed-round of funding in the amount of $1,050,000 US dollars.

UNYQ launched its site on May 7, 2014. The company 3D prints fashion-forward, highly customizable protective covers – known as fairings - that restore symmetry to missing limbs by mirroring the shape of the amputee's sound limb. Amputees can select from collections or work directly with the fashion house's designers to define their signature style at an unprecedented price.

"In just a few weeks, UNYQ fairings have gone viral, selling in many countries. We're humbled and gratified by the high demand, as the fairings make their way into the market and word-of-mouth and confidence in the concept and their quality is spreading," stated Eythor Bender, co-founder and CEO of UNYQ.

"Our seed round is allowing us to acquire and also to develop new 3D printers and related technologies in order to expand our product line offerings for both lower and upper extremities. This means that we can – effective immediately - halve our prices to customers because the market is suddenly five times the size, much sooner than we had anticipated," he added. "We are also sourcing materials more effectively than planned."

UNYQ also announced that starting now, below-knee fairings are available for pre-order on UNYQ's web site. You pay only 50% as deposit and the rest should be paid before shipment. You can choose from one of UNYQ's 20 designs or style your own. UNYQ will send you instructions on how to take both your measurements and photos using an iPhone app. Within 4-6 weeks of confirming your order you will receive your one-of-a-kind fairing, custom-made and handcrafted to your specifications, reflecting your personal style.

"And if they don't absolutely love their fairing, we'll take it back. No questions asked," Bender said.

Most of the fairings are made with Polyamide. Depending on your chosen design and height, average adult fairings weigh about 600 grams/1.5 lbs.

The price of prosthetic covers starts from $495. But if you want to design your own unique fairing, the cost is $2,000. "We design for the whole person and address their wants and needs as opposed to simply appending technical functionality," explained Bender. "Amputees don't have to make fashion compromises anymore."

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