The Story Behind MagnaPin
Mary Kay Mars (not to be confused with the other Dallas Mary Kay) loves brooches and pins and has been collecting them for over 25 years. After ruining an expensive silk blouse by catching the brooch she was wearing on the edge of her desk and ripping a hole in the blouse, she decided there had to be a better way to attach pins and brooches without having to put holes in her clothes.
After some extensive research, Mary Kay created a few prototypes, and gave one of the prototypes to a friend to use and try it. She loved it as well.
Not intending to mass produce MagnaPin at first, one of the women senior partners at the law firm Mary Kay worked for commented on a pin Mary Kay was wearing one day. Without thinking about it, Mary Kay moved it to see which pin the attorney was talking about. To the attorney’s astonishment, she asked Mary Kay how she had done that. Mary Kay then showed her MagnaPin, and the attorney said, “I don’t think you understand what you’ve done,” and promptly took her to a senior partner in the patent department. The result of that meeting was the ultimate granting and issuing of the patent for MagnaPin, as well as trademarking the name.
Mary Kay hopes MagnaPin is the answer to your dilemma too. And now you never have to worry about holes and permanent marks left by a pin shaft in your clothes either.