Many clothing brands are looking toward the future by creating lines for a more diverse clientele. Tommy Hilfiger is one of these brands, with its newest line geared toward adults with disabilities.
Tommy Adaptive, which became available Oct. 20, consists of 37 men’s and women’s styles. Keeping with the familiar Tommy Hilfiger aesthetic, the line features tops, jackets and dresses with magnetic buttons, one-handed zippers and easy-open necklines.
Shirts come with magnetic buttons and cuffs that allow wearers to put them on with one hand. Pants have hems that open, Velcro closures and pull-on loops within the waistband. These innovations also accommodate prosthetic limbs and leg braces, giving wearers and caretakers the ability to put on clothes with more ease.
“Inclusivity and the democratization of fashion have always been at the core of my brand’s DNA,” founder Tommy Hilfiger said. “These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion.”
This isn’t the first time Tommy Hilfiger has come out with something like this. Just last year, the brand collaborated with Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit organization that seeks to expand fashion to those who are disabled, to develop a line for children with disabilities.
“The best part of this is that Tommy Hilfiger has not designed a collection that looks any different to his other ranges, he’s simply adapted them to offer this choice of fastenings and shapes,” said Philip Connolly, a policy and development manager at Disability Rights UK.
Several other companies have also expanded their clothing options to include adaptive clothing. Just a few weeks ago, Target began selling affordable adaptive apparel for children with disabilities as part of its Cat & Jack line, which featured side and back straps, magnetic zippers and hidden midsection openings.
While clothing for the disabled isn’t a new idea, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the first high-end brands to offer a line of adaptive clothing.