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WATCH: Sheertex CEO Katherine Homuth on How to Make Unbreakable Pantyhose

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What do pantyhose and bulletproof vests have in common? The same foundational material that makes up Sheertex’s groundbreaking product—the world’s toughest sheer panythose.

Founder Katherine Homuth knows how to spot an opportunity. With a history of business ventures that include ShopLocket (a pre-order platform) and Female Funders (an organization dedicated to supporting and educating female angel investors), the 29-year-old entrepreneur has a knack for solving tough challenges. Looking for a new problem to tackle, Homuth landed on pantyhose, a ubiquitous fashion item that had gone unchanged for decades, including the problems associated with it. She wondered, How has society been able to create self-driving cars and send a man to the moon, but been unable to create pantyhose that lasts through the day? From there, Sheertex was born.

Through years of rigorous research and a “peanuts to lemonade” approach to thinking, Homuth’s latest company is a gamechanger. The Bay Street Bull’s editor-in-chief, Lance Chung, spoke with Homuth about being a woman in business, her eye for opportunity and what really goes into making bullet proof pantyhose.