About the Founder
My name is Mikayla Balfour, and I am the founder and CEO of Nexarina. I started this business because I wanted to create a solution for the countless problems I encountered when doing the sport I love most (snowboarding).
Often, female products are made for looks rather than for functionality. As a female rider, I know firsthand that we need performance gear that empowers us. Therefore, my goal is to create more than just a cute Instagram outfit, I want to provide technical outwear that fits!
I knew I had to create a solution
Growing up I had always hated my height. Being “beautiful” was always portrayed in a woman that was tall and skinny. Being a 5 foot tall women, I did not look anything like this ideal of “beauty.” On top of that, clothes also never fit me in length or my body shape.
Until, clothing brands came out with curvy lines and variations in length (short, regular, long). For the first time I could go into a store, try on a pair of pants and have them actually fit me, no alterations required. This moment was the beginning of my journey of finally accepting who I am.
My whole goal is to create a brand where women don’t have to struggle to find apparel that fits. I want to see a brand that models diversity, not just in shape and colour, but also in height. I want to see all different kinds of beautiful. I want Nexarina to be a brand that embraces being short, tall, curvy, being different, and ultimately being who you are!