Why This Clothing Brand for Wheelchair Users Is So Important
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Why This Clothing Brand for Wheelchair Users Is So Important

Over the course of 2015, major strides have been taken to ensure that clothes fit women better. From try-before-you-buy services and digital model dupes to brands extending sizes and retiring exclusionary terms, it’s safe to say much of the fashion world has earned a gold star for its inclusionary efforts so far. Now, the brand IZ has taken the notion of fit-for-all even further with the introduction of its line of comfortable, on-trend styles designed for wheelchair users.

The concept came to Canadian fashion designer Izzy Camilleri, who’s dressed stars like J.Lo and David Bowie, in 2004, when a journalist and wheelchair user expressed to her the dearth of wheelchair-friendly fashion available in the market in hopes that the designer would create specially made garments. Camilleri was moved by the request and decided to take action, designing the first line of clothing created specifically for the seated frame of wheelchair users.

The of-the-moment style of the collection is matched by its functionality. Full of adaptive clothing for both men and women, the line features everything from denim and dresses to suiting and outerwear, all designed to drape elegantly, naturally and non-intrusively over wheelchair components. The garments include practical and pretty details like wrap waists, open snaps and easy-to-reach zippers to allow for easy wardrobe changes while in a wheelchair.

These style staples won’t break the bank, either. Basics like a wear-everywhere white top and leather-look leggings come in at under $100, while outerwear staples cost between $300 and $500. If that’s not enough to encourage a wardrobe overhaul, IZ donates 10 percent of all proceeds toward building ramps across North America. For wheelchair users, IZ is your one-stop shop to assemble the capsule wardrobe of your dreams.

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(Photos via IZ Collection)