Stephen Ira

Stephen Ira worked as an inventor for a small manufacturing company where he developed several patents that included Velcro® brand products which led to his founding of HookandLoop.com in 1989, distributing Velcro® brand fasteners across the country. Stephen’s company has grown into a business that specializes in manufacturing hook and loop products that are used in the final products in many industries around the world. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a BS degree in mechanical engineering and specialized in machine design and solar engineering. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he enjoys an avid outdoor lifestyle and spending time with his two daughters.

  1. Quick Sample Straps

    Quick Sample Straps
    With so many strap styles and options available, we get a ton of requests for sample straps so customers can be confident in their purchase. One way we do this is with our quick sample straps option. A quick sample is a sampling of 4 custom straps made to order for $20.00. The $20.00 charge includes shipping. Continue reading →
  2. Wide Loop Products

    Wide Loop Products
    Wide loop products are the soft fuzzy side of hook and loop fasteners that are woven in large sheets. Wide loop is most often used in tradeshows on display panels and on pedal boards and shadow boxes and a variety of other similar applications. We carry a variety of styles and widths in multiple brands. Continue reading →
  3. Wide Hook Options

    Wide Hook Options
    We often get phone calls and emails from customers asking if we offer any wide hook options to go along with the wide loop products we sell. The fact of the matter is that sheets of wide hook just aren’t manufactured because there isn’t the demand to justify the cost of manufacturing such a product. However, there are some options that can solve most needs for a wide hook fastener. Continue reading →
  4. How Hook and Loop Has Flipped the Script on Biomimicry

    How Hook and Loop Has Flipped the Script on Biomimicry
    Biomimicry is when science copies nature to design new products. That may be too blunt. It's more like using nature to inspire new ideas and re-purpose natural attributes to create solutions. For instance, George de Mestral created VELCRO® Brand hook and loop fasteners after mimicking his design after the cockle burr. The burrs got caught in his dog's fur during a hike. Continue reading →
  5. Unknown Facts About VELCRO ® Brand Products

    Unknown Facts About VELCRO ® Brand Products
    There is a misconception about what the VELCRO ® brand is exactly. Is it the name of the company or the product? Did NASA invent VELCRO ® brand hook and loop? And if not, where did such a remarkable product come from? There are a lot of different questions that pop up when it comes to the clever and ingenious material. Here's a little bit on the history of VELCRO® Brand, as well as a few VELCRO® Brand facts you may not have known about the hook and loop product. Continue reading →
  6. Top Movies That Used Hook and Loop

    Top Movies That Used Hook and Loop
    Many people around the world use hook and loop for just about anything. There was recently a show which introduced using this fastener to keep your sheets from coming off of the bed. There are plenty of hook and loop tape uses to secure things in place without being seen, a trait that Hollywood finds very useful. Continue reading →
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