After a renowned designer realized that the fashion industry hasn’t been giving attention to the fashion requirements of people who use wheelchairs, she created a special clothing line for them. The clothes – ranging from jeans to shorts, jackets to coats – are all tailored to suit the needs of the differently-abled clients. Today, another designer created jeans that will be suitable for women using wheelchairs.
Heidi McKenzie is fully aware that a lot of pieces of clothing are not designed or suitable for those who use mobility devices. Being a wheelchair user herself, Heidi knows firsthand the feeling of being unable to find fashionable as well as adaptable clothing.
Heidi was involved in a car accident in 2007 when she was just 21 years old. She suffered spinal cord injury that rendered her paralyzed. Heidi struggled as she faced the challenges of having paraplegia.
In 2012, Heidi joined the Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky competition. There, she saw other women struggling and facing the same challenges and trials she experienced. After participating in the event, Heidi also realized that women who use wheelchairs have a hard time finding clothes that are adaptable and at the same time, fashionable.
Because of that, she was inspired to do something. And so, she designed and created a collection of jeans for both men and women. She called it Alter Ur Ego.
Heidi then teamed up with Kristin Alexandra Tidwell, another designer to help her create and effectively design the jeans for the collection. She wanted the jeans to be comfortable as well as functional.
Heidi and Kristin used Spandex, a type of stretchy polyurethane fabric so that it will be comfortable for both men and women who will be wearing it. The duo designed the jeans with the following features:
- Elastic waistband
- High back rise or high waisted back
- Large pockets on each side – this is for easy access
- A tummy control panel
- Inside straps – this is for easy pulling up of the pants
- Catheter opening
- The jeans have no butt pockets to prevent pressure sores.
- The jeans are made longer.
Each pair costs $80. And as of the moment, Heidi and Kristin already earned over $10,000.