Hilfiger unveils follow-up to adaptive clothing line

Tommy Hilfiger is releasing a follow-up line to his ever-popular adaptive clothing line for adults with disabilities.

According to PopSugar, the designer’s new Spring 2018 collection offers both men’s and women’s styles that are ” true to Tommy’s signature all-American aesthetic but each piece has been produced to be more accommodating for people with disabilities.”

Featuring his iconic red, white and blue designs, PopSugar reports that the all the items in the collection have modified closures and adjustable details, such as “bungee cord closure systems and updated Velcro brand closures,” all of which aim to make it easier to put on and take off the items.

Another addition to this latest collection is its star-studded campaign, which PopSugar says features major disability advocates like Paralympian gold medalist Jeremy Campbell and dancer/vlogger Chelsie Hill.

Just one more way to show that no matter who we are or what our limitations may be, we all deserve to look and feel our best.

Click here to shop pieces from the collection.

Hilfiger to design clothing specially for the disabled

Tommy Hilfiger is truly embodying what it means to have ‘fashion for all.’

According to ELLE, Bloomberg reported that the luxury designer will begin crafting a clothing line specifically for people with disabilities. As for what the new line will include, ELLE says it will ensure that pieces will be easy for wearers and caretakers to navigate, featuring “magnetic closures so that it is easier to pull garments over the head or to get dressed with one hand.”

Pieces like trousers will be fitted with velcro and magnetic flies, says ELLE, while “leg openings and hems will be adjustable to accommodate for leg braces.”

What’s more is that the line won’t just be a few paltry pieces; ELLE reports that the men’s line will include 37 styles, and the women’s will feature 34 — a solid amount of items to create outfits and stock a wardrobe.

Bravo, Tommy Hilfiger.

 

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.

Hilfiger and Scheier Create a ‘Runway of Dreams’

Clothing accessible to all body types is something of a rarity in the fashion industry. But Mindy Scheier was inspired to create a clothing line specifically for the differently-abled community, and her inspiration was her own flesh and blood.

According to PeopleStyle, the New Jersey mom and fashion designer’s son, Oliver, has a rare form of muscular distrophy, and because of his difficulty with zippers and fasteners, he was unable to wear mainstream clothing.

“He really felt strongly about being able to wear jeans like the other kids,” Scheier told PeopleStyle. “It didn’t even cross his mind that it wasn’t going to be an option for him. It shouldn’t have to be an option for anybody.”

Thus, out of her son’s need, Scheier’s “Runway of Dreams” was born. Scheier founded the non-profit in 2013 in order to work with designers to create clothing adapted for children with disabilities. Three years later, Scheier scored a collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger to do just that, and the line is already available to shop now.

“They’re very family oriented,” Scheier said of the Tommy Hilfiger brand. “They’re all-American; they represent so many important things within the industry,” she said.

PeopleStyle says Scheier “immediately began working with the brand’s technical design team to replace zippers and buttons with MagnaReady, a magnetic system, adjust pant and arm lengths and develop alternative ways of getting in and out of clothing,” all in an effort to make the clothing more accessible to children with disabilities.

Gary Sheinbaum, the CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Americas said in a statement that although the brand has always tried to embrace the diversity of their customers, “Runway of Dreams helped further our understanding of the differently-abled community’s unique needs, and with this knowledge, we hope that we will be able to better serve them.”

Although this is Scheier’s first collaboration, she is not considering who she’ll work with next; she is merely hoping that the current collaboration will inspire other brands to follow their lead.

“Honestly, the amazing thing about the differently-abled population is that it knows no age and it knows no socio-economical background. So I really don’t have a dream brand,” she said to PeopleStyle. “My dream is that everybody has a brand that works into their life and that no matter where you are in life in terms of what you can afford I hope that there’s an adaptive option out there for them.”