1. Mindy Scheier is a fashion designer who has worked with brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. But a few years back, she decided to use her talents for a greater purpose.
4. Since then, Runway of Dreams has been using technology to adapt mainstream clothing for differently abled bodies.
The group ensures maximum accessibility for people with mobility concerns by making clothing fully adjustable, as well as able to be put on and taken off in multiple ways. It also works with MagnaReady® to replace traditional button closures, which can be difficult to open and close.
7. And, says Scheier, it’s important to all three parties to adapt the same clothing usually found in stores, since all kids deserve to be able to rock the same styles as their peers — just like Oliver and his jeans.
8. “We’re not recreating the wheel,” says Scheier, “we’re modifying what already exists.”
“We worked with Tommy’s technical designers, worked with their customer service department to ensure that they understand different functions of the clothing and that they’re using the correct language, and brought in differently abled models to make sure the clothing was functional.”
9. Scheier tells BuzzFeed that even the process of designing this collection has had life-changing results.
“In one fit session, a young man in a wheelchair was trying on a button-down top with magnets,” she says. “And he said, ‘I’m 14 years old, and this is the first time in my life I’ve ever been able to dress myself.’ I can’t tell you how incredible that felt.”
10. And Scheier says she’s not stopping here.
“We already have two more collections in the making,” she tells BuzzFeed. “We want to make clothing for all ages, too. And we’re talking to different brands, because our demographic knows no socioeconomic background, and we want to be accessible.”
11. “I’m so proud of how many people have come forward to be a part of this and share their stories,” Scheier says, “and to have Tommy Hilfiger with us is such an important sign of what’s to come.”
“We intend to make a huge change in the fashion industry,” she says. “The more people we have behind us, the further we can go.”
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