Chris Necklas

Cambridge, MA 022313 Chris Necklas (Cq)was photographed on February 16, 2013 at Harvard University's Newell Boathouse for the upcoming 2013 Boston Globe Sunday Magazine 25 Most Stylish. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MAG ASSISTANT: CECILLE AVILA
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Chris Necklas at Harvard University's Newell Boathouse.


Age 27

Occupation Founder, L.I. Sounder and product manager, Swirl

Residence Boston

How did you get into the business of fashion start-ups?

I love products and design and innovation. For me, there’s never been one specific category — I really enjoy working on a consumer iPhone app with Swirl and then, in my spare time, also making leather watchbands, sunglass straps, and boat-shoe laces.

Has it affected how you feel about fashion and style?

I have a newfound respect for how much work and effort it takes to do something new and get it to that point where you release it to the public.

L.I. Sounder puts a big emphasis on quality American-made goods. Has that helped from a business perspective?

Not only has it been really helpful, it’s what makes it most enjoyable. Just working with Frank Clegg in Fall River, he works with a number of different designers in the area who come into his leather shop. The best part about making your product in the United States is that there’s a camaraderie between the companies doing it.  —  Rachel Raczka

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