Tommy Hilfiger Creates a Line for People with Disabilities

Tommy Hilfiger Creates a Line for People with Disabilities

We need to spread as much love as possible and be more inclusive of different backgrounds, which is why I was happy to read that huge pop culture designer Tommy Hilfiger is embracing a subculture that is ignored by creating a unique line for people with disabilities.  We need to hire them and make everything accessible to them, even fashion.  Read below. 

Florida State University MFA student Heather Boni dance during training from World and European champions in wheelchair ballroom dancing.

Florida State University MFA student Heather Boni dance during training from World and European champions in wheelchair ballroom dancing.

The fashion brand owned by PVH Corp. is launching an adult clothing line with adjusted seams and openings that allow caretakers to dress the wearer -- a move to build on a collection it created for kids last year. The company also has added magnetic closures to the clothes, making it easier to pull them over the head or get dressed with one hand.

Making clothes for disabled shoppers may seem like a niche market, but there are millions of potential customers in the U.S. and around the world -- and they get short shrift from most brands. Hilfiger, 66, describes the effort as part of “the democratization of fashion.”

The so-called adaptive clothing line, announced on Tuesday, consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based on its sportswear collection. Pants will have Velcro closures and magnetic flies and zippers, as well as adjusted leg openings and hems that accommodate leg braces and orthotics.  - Bloomberg.com