IZ Adap­tive re­launches with ex­panded in­clu­sive fash­ion col­lec­tion for the spe­cially-abled

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Founded by cel­e­brated Cana­dian fash­ion de­signer and pi­o­neer of adap­tive fash­ion, Izzy Camil­leri, IZ Adap­tive, has an­nounced the re­lease of its lat­est ex­panded adap­tive fash­ion col­lec­tion. Since clos­ing the doors to cus­tomers at the end of 2016, IZ Adap­tive (for­merly known as IZ Col­lec­tion), now has a re­freshed busi­ness model. Spe­cially de­signed for adults with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, the ready-to-wear ap­parel brand, now fea­tures a broader prod­uct of­fer­ing, more ac­ces­si­ble price points, and a new whole­sale com­po­nent – all con­tribut­ing to an in­creased global reach. At a time when in­clu­siv­ity is at the cen­tre of con­ver­sa­tion in the fash­ion in­dus­try, Camil­leri’s new IZ Adap­tive line will fea­ture wardrobe ba­sics for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, which in­clude both wheel­chair and am­bu­la­tory users. The 55-piece col­lec­tion will in­clude tees, denim and jack­ets across men’s, women’s and un-gen­der cat­e­gories. Func­tional de­sign el­e­ments such as mag­netic clo­sures, pull tabs on zip­pers and pants, elas­tic waist bands and open back tops have been in­cor­po­rated to make the ac­tiv­ity of get­ting dressed eas­ier for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, while bring­ing more in­de­pen­dence to them. The col­lec­tion is priced from US $ 25 for a T-shirt to US $ 425 for a men’s suit. In the past two years, in­clu­sive de­sign has gained main­stream in­ter­est as brands such as Tommy Hil­figer, Tar­get, Nike and Un­der Ar­mour em­brace adap­tive col­lec­tions within their for­mats. Lead­ing re­tail­ers such as Zap­pos and Macy’s will be among the first to add the IZ Adap­tive range to their port­fo­lio of adap­tive clothes and shoes. “Macy’s has a long-stand­ing and re­spected his­tory of sup­port for di­ver­sity, and in­clu­sive­ness is a core tenet of our com­pany phi­los­o­phy,” Kristyn DoarPage, VP of Di­ver­sity and In­clu­sion at Macy’s, said in a re­lease.

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