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Inclusive Fashion: Tommy Hilfiger Launches Adaptive Clothing Line

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Buying clothes that perfectly adapt to the day-to-day requirements of people with different needs can be tough. Thankfully, the fashion gods smiled upon an all-American design mogul who has certainly outdone themselves with Tommy Adaptive. The newest clothing line by Tommy Hilfiger is geared towards giving people with unique needs a fresh and stylish wardrobe without compromising on function.
 
Work for this collection started in 2016, when Tommy Hilfiger collaborated with Runway of Dreams, a non-profit organization founded by Mindy Scheier—whose child has a condition called muscular dystrophy. Together, they created a clothing line that was more inclusive for children with special needs. Then starting last year, adaptive clothing for adults were released. The new collection was designed with the goal of providing people of all abilities more empowering clothing option
 
THE ESSENTIALS
 
Adaptive clothing line for amputees.


IMAGE: Tommy Hilfiger

The clothing line is characterized by how easy it is to put the pieces on. It includes essentials such as shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, and jackets that are modified for ease of use.

Some of the notable features in the collection include:

  • Adjustable hems
  • One-handed zippers
  • Side-seam openings
  • Bungee cord closure systems
  • Adjustable waists
  • Magnetic buttons
  • Velcro
  • Easy-open necklines and expanded back openings for shirts

 
THE CREW
 Tommy hilfiger prosthetic line of clothing.
IMAGES: Tommy Hilfiger
 
Showcasing the Adaptive clothing line are some prominent and inspiring figures in the special needs community: 18-year-old Jeremiah Josey, chef with autism; Chelsie Hill, dancer, who uses a wheelchair; Jeremy Campbell, Paralympic track-and-field gold medalist; and Mama Cax, motivational speaker and blogger who dons a prosthetic leg.
 
TOMMY UNDERSTOOD
 
In an interview with Elle magazine, Tommy Hilfiger said that he understood and listened to the needs of these individuals. He focused on customer feedback, and made sure that significant improvements were made to suit them best.
 
While the collection still has that unmistakable Tommy Hilfiger signature aesthetic, the Adaptive line is definitely more inclusive and customer-centric. Shoppers of all abilities are now able to fit pieces that are both functional and stylish, allowing them to express their personal, unique style.
 
WORTH THE INVESTMENT
 
Price points start from $30 for a t-shirt up to $130 for a coat—not too cheap, but definitely worth the investment.
 
This new collection signals a significant shift in the fashion industry, which was once focused on aesthetic and sheer beauty. Now it is slowly evolving to address the specific needs of a formerly underserved group of individuals. Finally, fashion has moved beyond form and function, morphing into an increasingly inclusive industry.
 
Tommy Adaptive launched last April 3. You can check out its collection online.

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4 comments


  • @marletabinninger Hi Marla, you are referring to shorts being too long or too short. we are currently working on an adaptive line for amputees/vets
    What do you recommene to do. is there a specif design you have in mind?

    yaelle haylee on

  • As far as getting your shoes on and off, I ordered a foot size 1 or 2 sizes smaller than my real foot and my shoes are so much easier to get on and off.

    Karen Casey on

  • I use to shop at the store in white plains, ny before moving to Georgia and had so many things, I still got some today. Great move. You need to make suits for men in wheelchairs.

    John Bowen on

  • It’s about time someone has taken notice. I’m a below amputee. Too long or too short when it comes to summer shorts. Tee shirts arm length too short. I also have an arm that looks awful above the elbow. Shoes are a problem too. Thanks for being so thoughtful to people with these disadvantages.

    Marleta Binninger on

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