The original, copyrighted Kup Kollar (cup sleeve) since 1996

cozy cosy coffee tea cup wrap French press teapot

Don’t be fooled by imitators! The first cup wrap (cup sleeve, cup cozy) insulated with Thinsulate Insulation by 3M is the copyrighted Kup Kollar. When Koffee Kompanions was founded in 1996, the Kup Kollar (cup wrap) was the second product I designed after the French press cozy.

My first cup sleeve had a hook and loop fastener. After testing the design for a year, I found the fastener was loosing its “stickiness” with frequent use. The wrap slipped on the beverage containers and was bulky to hold. I knew I had to change the design or scrap the product. 

 

Left to right, Thinsulate insulated Kup Kollars: Africana, Music, Game Time, & Bagels. 

Left to right, Thinsulate insulated Kup Kollars: Africana, Music, Game Time, & Bagels. 

I was waiting in a Chicago airport drinking hot tea in a take-out cup from Starbucks. The disposable cardboard sleeve on the paper cup was one continuous piece. I wondered if a continuous wrap would work in fabrics.

I redrew the pattern, sewed samples, and tested with consumers. The feedback was excellent! I met with fabric salesmen, chose prints, and contacted my manufacturer in SC. After months of investing money and time, the newly designed Kup Kollar was on the market!

They say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” I disagree. I think imitation is stealing, a lack of creativity, and laziness!