Trendwatch: Designs for the Disabled

July 20, 2016

Magnets instead of buttons for people with Parkinson's, puffy jackets that convert to sleeping bags for refugees, polo shirts with velcroed flaps for easy access to chemo ports—these designs and more are explored in a New York Times story about the growing interest among young designers in creating apparel that confronts real world problems for disabled and displaced people. As people live longer, expect to see more about the field of "solution-based design" or "healthwear."  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in five people in the U.S. lives with a disability—a fact that Chaitenya Razdan founder of new label Care and Wear predicts will turn into a $40 billion segment of the garment industry. A current project he is excited about is a hospital gown by a "big name designer."

Categories: Trend Watch, Merchandise Product Development