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Tommy Hilfiger Launches Adaptive Collection for Children with Disabilities

February 25, 2016

A nonprofit organization called Runway of Dreams worked with the brand to launch an adaptive version of select styles from its children’s line, which are now on sale. Basically, children of all abilities are able to wear Tommy Hilfiger clothing now.

Mindy Scheier, a fashion designer, founded Runway of Dreams to work with the fashion industry and adapt mainstream clothing for people with different abilities. She started the organization after her son Oliver, 11, who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, asked her to buy him a pair of jeans.

Oliver said he wanted to wear jeans to school like the other kids, but his mother knew that this would be a big challenge due to the pants having a button and zipper. Not to mention the jeans wouldn’t allow him to wear his leg braces.

“It was more important to me to have him walk into school with his head held high than to worry about the other things,” Scheier told The Mighty. “That was when I realized a change needed to happen. Every kid and adult in the differently-abled community deserves to wear the same clothing that everybody else does.”
Based on her research, Scheier has modified the Hilfiger collection in three main ways:
                                                             

  • Buttons and zippers have been replaced with a special stylish magnet closure called MagnaReady.
  • The adjustability of the clothing: pant legs, sleeves lengths and waistbands are adjustable because the sizes needed for seated comfort differ from standing.
  • The ways in which a person can get in and out of the clothing: pull-over style clothing can be difficult due to low muscle tone, limb differences or other disabilities, so the seams have been adjusted to allow for the clothing to be entered through the back rather than over the head.