24/02/2016
The first high end line of its kind.

Words by

Amber De Luca - Tao

This spring, Tommy Hilfiger will be dropping the first ever high fashion adaptive clothing collection for disabled children.

Adaptive clothing, also known as easy wear, is clothing designed for people who have difficulties dressing themselves due to a disability.

The range is a collaboration with Runway of Dreams. It’s a brand that was founded on the notion that having a disability shouldn’t mean clothing options become limited.

Founder of Runway of Dreams, Mindy Scheirer, experienced this dilemma first hand. With a child diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, she was able to see that dressing in regular clothing was a daily struggle for a child with a disability.

Adaptive clothing for children existed. But the offerings were medicinal, purposeful and completely compromised on style.

After extensive research, Scheirer took apparel from brands such as Target, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart and modified it.

Buttons, zippers and other fastenings were replaced with washable magnet-like fixings. Waistbands, sleeve and pant lengths were made fully adjustable for those with limb differences or low muscle tone.

To take the clothing next level, Scheirer wanted to collab with a well-known brand who was willing to adapt its own collections. Cue Tommy Hilfiger.

The range stays true to Tommy style, including a range of polos, button up shirts, chinos and boat shoes, of course.

And this is not just a one off deal, the designers at Tommy have already locked in another two seasons worth of adaptive collections.

The pieces in the collection will be similarly priced to original Hilfiger childrenswear, ranging from $18.50 to $42.50 (USD).

global.tommy.com/au

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