Like most great ideas, the original Fancy Pants holster design was born out of frustration. Specifically, my frustration with the limited options available to women who wanted to carry concealed.
It was 2009, I was newly married, living in a new town/state, and Sig had just introduced the p238. It was tiny, adorable, perfect for a woman to carry, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on one. I was thrilled with the little gun, and the hunt was on for a holster. My husband bought me a custom leather IWB (inside the waist band) holster, designed for kidney carry. We waited three months for the holster, and I was so excited when it came in the mail, and SO disappointed when I couldn't conceal the gun with it! No matter what I wore, the gun was painfully obvious. Not only that, but it required a sturdy leather belt, which I hated wearing. There were just not that many holster options out there for women at the time. The gun was consigned to the gun safe, and I resigned myself to being the wrong 'shape' for concealed carry.
A year later my hubby bought a fabric holster for himself (I can't recall the brand). I took one look at it and loved the idea, but the shape was all wrong for my body. It was far too deep, I didn't like the sides, it was too bulky with extra pockets, and it was white (and always looked dirty). The fabric was coarse and the sewing quality not that great. However, it planted an idea in my head, and the very next day I got to work with fabric, scissors and my sewing machine, and came up with my very first holster.
Clearly my photography skills were also sorely lacking!
It wasn't pretty...well, the fabric was pretty, but there were rough seams, weak elastic, and it didn't look professional; but it was comfortable! Not only that, but the gun all but disappeared under my clothes. I made a second holster, making a few adjustments, and the leather holster was put in a drawer and forgotten about.
A friend noticed it, and asked me to make her one. I refined the pattern, adding a retention strap and cleaning up the seams, and the idea was born that maybe there were other women out there, looking for a comfortable holster.
The design has been improved and revised over the years, and we're pretty happy with where it is today, but we're always open for suggestions on ways to improve it even more!
A few years later I made a prototype for what would become the Bosom Buddy holster.
This was made in about half an hour after a late night brain storming session with my man. Not even remotely finished, but I wanted to see if it was doable and functional. Success!
Some more refining and planning and we came up with the design that was finally added to the shop.
Over the years we've updated and changed the design of the holsters, and added the thigh holster to the line up. Fabrics have changed, features have been added (usually at the behest of customers), but we are still so pleased with, and proud of the company we have built. So many women have called, emailed, and messaged me to offer suggestions, or rave about their holsters, and I love hearing from every single one of them. We wouldn't be here if it weren't for those women, who have encouraged us to make the best possible holster, and we hope to be around for many more years :D