Tommy Hilfiger is making strides toward inclusivity in the most fashionable way possible. His brand’s adaptive clothes for persons with disabilities, which was previously geared toward children with disabilities, has expanded to adults. The new collection of Clothes For Persons With Disabilities launched online Thursday with 37 menswear pieces and 34 womenswear pieces.
The clothes are designed to make them more easily wearable for people who use wheelchairs and/or people with prosthetics, movement limitations and other considerations. Magnetic closures, Velcro fastenings and wrist loops make clothes easier to pull on and wear, leg openings are large enough to accommodate braces and orthotics, and magnetic zippers can be fastened with one hand.
Hilfiger previously launched a line of adaptive children’s clothing with Mindy Scheier, whose son has muscular dystrophy and who founded Runway of Dreams, a foundation that works to make mainstream clothing for children with disabilities. But this announcement marks the first adult collection for the brand. In a statement, Hilfiger said the collection furthers the vision he has always had for the brand.
“Inclusivity and the democratization of fashion have always been at the core of my brand’s DNA,” he said. “These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion.”
About 56.7 million people in the United States had a disability in 2010, according to a 2012 census report, and the Clothes For Persons With Disabilities work well for the elderly, too. Options for adaptive clothing are growing, but are still frustratingly rare, especially from a designer as recognizable as Hilfiger. He’s among a growing group of people and brands that are trying to push things forward, especially now that online shopping makes it easier than ever to reach customers who benefit from adaptive clothing.
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