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Troy business makes custom bras

April 29, 2018 08:25 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention.  And nowhere is that more true than at a new boutique in downtown Troy.
 
"One day I got really frustrated with my bra and said, 'There has to be a better way,'" said Hannah Johnson.
 
After graduating from RPI and working for three years at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory as a nuclear engineer, Johnson decided to put her education and experience towards a different better good - creating custom bras.
 
"You learn a bunch of basic principles and theories and learn how to be creative and fill holes that aren't being filled," she said.
 
At ZeBra Bras on Fourth Street, a full body scan captures a customer's measurements and size and builds a unique 3D image. Software then cuts down the model into a bra shape and a 3D printer is used to create the cups and underwire.
 
 The 25-year-old Johnson then pulls it all together with fabric and a sewing machine.
 
"We'll be able to provide something that fits right," she said.
 
It proves that the most useful type of science doesn't have to occur in a lab.
 
"Once you build up skills you're able to take them different places you never thought you'd need them," Johnson said.

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