Accessible fashion for all

Back to school shopping is in full swing, and besides buying backpacks, notebooks and pencils for your little students, finding fashionable new clothing is also a must. But one designer is making sure that all kids have exactly what they need for school and beyond.

Announced in February as the first major brand to design adaptive clothing for children with disabilities, Mic reports that Tommy Hilfiger and Runway of Dreams — an organization that “works with the fashion industry to create more options for people with disabilities” — are collaborating yet again to release a fall collection of stylish new threads for kids of all abilities.

The 58-piece collection includes “bomber jackets with MagnaReady magnet closures, T-shirts with closures along the back, pantswith an elastic waist and cargo shorts with a velcro fly,” according to Mic, while also maintaining that classic Tommy Hilfiger aesthetic.

In fact, the collection barely differs from non-adaptive options, reports Mic:

“The clothes in Hilfiger’s collection address the various needs of people who have different abilities: for example, adjustable waistbands, pant legs and sleeve lengths for people who use wheelchairs or have limb differences, and alternative ways to put on and remove clothing. The clothes also cost the same as Hilfiger’s non-adaptive collections, and the styles are nearly identical too. It’s just the small details, like having velcro rather than zippers, that set it apart.”

Founder of Runway of Dreams Mindy Scheier explained to Mic the decision to pursue adaptive clothing with Tommy Hilfiger for another season this way:

“Seeing the success of the spring collection was an incredible validation of our mission and proves that there is a real need for adaptive clothing at the mainstream level … We are excited to work with Tommy Hilfiger again and bring more clothing options to the differently-abled community, especially as kids are getting ready to go back to school.”

Summing up the meaning of this accessible clothing line, Scheier told Mic that she sees the collection’s fall revival as the first of only positive things to come in the future.

“With this collection, we are one step closer to making that a reality for people of all abilities, including adults and children.”

To shop the collection, click here.

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