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