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Hilfiger launches accessible clothes

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It can be embarrassing for disabled people asking others to do up buttons or fasten zips, to stay on trend fiddly things such as these are usually vital to ensure you don’t only look good but also stay in fashion.

One company which has finally realised this is fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger who have just launched their brand new ‘Adaptive’ collection on their US website.

The branded clothes, which come in 34 styles for women and 37 for men, swap buttons and zips for Velcro and magnetic fastenings. They also have adjustable openings as well as leg and necklines seams suitable for different sizes and amputees.

Phillip Connolly from Disability Rights UK welcomed the new range. He told The Telegraph: “I welcome this collection and think it makes absolute sense. I myself have lost some sensitivity in my fingers as a result of Parkinsons disease and I find buttons and cuff links more difficult than I used to. 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.”

Connolly added: “Fashion is to be enjoyed by everyone, though. This is progress because it allows clothes to be demonstrated on the actual different types of people who wear them. We might not fit the fashion model, but then, most of us don’t.”

The ‘Adaptive’ collection follows a previous collaboration between Hilfiger and the Runaway of Dreams charity in 2016 which designed clothes for children with disabilities.

In a press release the Tommy Hilfiger said: ‘Inclusivity and democratization of fashion have always been at the core of my brand’s DNA.

‘These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering the differently abled community. It developed the adult lines following the incredible response to the children’s collection.’

You can purchase the clothes from the global Tommy Hilfiger website.

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