Khol's Is Releasing An Adaptive Clothing Line For Kids With Special Needs
More and more clothing retailers are trying to be inclusive because there's a lot of ableism in the world of fashion. Often, people with disabilities are left marginalised by the designs of clothes; with measurements that are impractical for their needs, and accessories which they might find impossible to use.
Sadly, clothing for children is no different in this regard, but now a few places are providing alternative options. The latest is Kohl's, which has now embraced inclusion by introducing a collection of kids’ apparel which offers adaptive capabilities for those with special needs.
The collection, in collaboration with manufacturer Jumping Beans, is aimed at kids aged three months and up, and offers wheelchair and sensory-friendly fabrics, as well as useful features such as easy abdominal access and diaper support.
Commenting on the new line in an interview with PEOPLE, technical designer manager Judy Koepsel (who herself has a 3-year-old daughter with special needs) stated: "We aligned on what needed to be considered when fitting. Such as: how a pant fits when sitting down, could the pockets still be used, is the shirt long enough to cover in the back? And so forth. Everyone involved was extremely thoughtful as to how the product would be used."
Meanwhile, Associate Product Manager for Jumping Beans Kara Smoltich stated: "Just because we are creating clothing for unique needs doesn’t mean that it needs to be basic. We have made every effort to ensure that the product looks as close to our core line as possible. Everything from graphic artwork to pocket detail is reflective of the brand."
There's a range of items on sale, including T-shirts, tank tops, sweaters, pants, bodysuits and shorts. So why not visit Kohl's official website, and see if there's anything you think a child might need?