What is adaptive clothing? | Tommy Adaptive


Most days I go out
and walk on my crutches for about two hours, to get exercise. And during that time, I
walk by a lot of people. And those people have a lot to say to me. People are so surprised. They’re like, wow, I can’t believe you’re out walking on crutches, and look, you’re wearing
pants and you have a hat on. I get the sense that
they’re surprised, like wow, you’re not wearing a hospital gown? Did you just escape from the hospital? Did you steal some pants from
the gift shop on your way out? Some people look at
someone, who looks likes me, they automatically sort of assume, oh, he’s probably sort of a sad, tragic, injured, kind of person. And I think if I wear clothes that don’t make me feel good about myself, that don’t flatter my body shape, then it sort of confirms their suspicions. I want to be a walking
contradiction of those stereotypes, and that starts with how you dress. Because for better or worse, what you’re wearing, is the first thing that people notice when they see you. For example, long-time viewers know that when I buy a pair of pants, I don’t just tuck the leg in, I take my pants to a tailor
and get them modified. I have very strong opinions about how the modification should look. My tailor, in fact, keeps a sheet of paper with all of my diagrams, in
the top drawer of her desk. Which brings us to the
subject of this video, adaptive fashion. Now one thing I think we all know about the fashion industry, is that it generally caters to a certain body shape and body type. Which is why I’m so glad to
be promoting Tommy Adaptive, which is Tommy Hilfiger’s new collection that makes getting dressed,
a little bit easier. Tommy Adaptive starts with
the same, classic, Tommy looks that you find in stores, and then adds adaptations
to those designs. So for example, if you
have limited dexterity, buttons can really suck. And that’s why, in Tommy Adaptive clothes, these are not real buttons, they are decorative buttons,
underneath magnetic closures. You’ll find those hidden magnets in this cardigan, in shirts. You’ll find them replacing the
zipper fly in pairs of pants. You’ll even find them
in the bottom opening at the ankle of pants, in case you have a prosthetic
leg or an orthotic. There’s so many magnets
cleverly hidden in these clothes that you can literally hang
them on your refrigerator. To be honest, I don’t know why you would ever need to do that, I just think it’s a funny idea. Tommy Adaptive T-shirts, also
have wider shoulder openings, to make a shirt easier to
pull on over your head. The outerwear has a magnetic zip closure that allows you to zip up your
jacket with just one hand. Standard shaped pants don’t fit everyone and that’s why Tommy Adaptive pants have button and loop closures inside that allow you to adjust the waist size or to adjust the length
of just one pant leg. And there’s many clever designs for people who use wheelchairs, like longer shirts that stay tucked in, and pockets on the lower
half of the pant legs. Tommy Hilfiger is the first
mainstream fashion brand to develop an adaptive line and I applaud them, so
sincerely, for doing that. If you wanna check out the
Tommy Adaptive collections you can visit tommyhilfiger.com
or Amazon Fashion. Thanks for watching, we
should hang out some time.

46 thoughts on “What is adaptive clothing? | Tommy Adaptive

  1. I think I heard about this a while ago but i can’t remember where. This is awesome idea that every fashion brand needs to adopt.

  2. Are they stupid expensive, like the rest of the Tommy Hilfiger stuff? I once bought a pair of glasses that had Tommy Hilfiger frames, and they set me back nearly $600!!! Thank goodness for my eye insurance at the time, or I never would've gotten them!! (I didn't realize how expensive they actually were until I got into a car accident and they went flying out the window, never to be seen again…)

  3. That’s amazing! How did I not know about this? I hope other brands get inspired by them!! 🙂
    Are there any clothing lines that only create clothes for disabled people?
    (Greetings from Germany ^^)

  4. Dude this is so rad! How cool of Tommy to do this. More brands need to get on board now!!

  5. This is really cool! I wish more companies would do this. Finding clothing that I can tolerate, because of my sensory disorder, is very very difficult.

  6. I saw you when I visited LA and was too scared to say Hi! But when I was younger you educated me a lot on being an amputee! You’re awesome and I kinda got star struck LOL

  7. Wow this is REALLY cool!
    I'm a tailor and I'm dreaming of making nice clothing for all kinds of people with all kinds of bodies so it's always interesting to see who's doing it and what techniques they are using.

  8. I love this line I really hope that I see more clothing companies/designers do this.

  9. So glad to see adaptive clothing that isn’t “aid like” (if you get my meaning) I’m an AK ampie too and the first thing I do is get the sewing machine out whenever I buy new clothes so being able to buy clothes that I don’t need to hack is 👌🏻🙌🏻 Great post Josh 👌🏻🤗

  10. aaaaaaawesome! I just hope it's not overly expensive, which can easily happen being the first mainstream company to do it. But maybe it's worth it? Dunno, I'm not disabled but I can imagine that many struggles can disappear with this new line!

  11. I am a cyborg with electric metallic bits inside my body, so I am unfortunately not magnet compatible. Really wouldn't want my clothes to mess with the settings on my gastric pacemaker. Cool concept though.

  12. I always plan on getting a zipper sewn into my pants for easier swapping on on off of my bk prosthesis and I never do lol it’s not as expensive as most would think literally like $6.00 but I’m just lazy

  13. I personally don't need adaptive clothing but this deserves an applause! The whole time he kept opening the magnetic shirt though made me think "Hmm… Superman could really love some of those… Would probably save some buttons from being ripped off, plus he would be able to Clark Kent himself real fast!" 😂

  14. I’ve wanted Tommy Hilfiger clothes for a while. Thank you for showing the adaptations!

  15. My real question is what do you do with the extra pant leg??? I’m imagining you have a friend with 3 legs that you give them to so then can sew them on their pants 😂

  16. This is totally true! when I dress nicely and have to use mobility devices people mostly leave me alone. If it’s a regular shmegular dress day people keep trying to do stuff for me or talk to me like a child

  17. People make me feel like I’m doing such a good job in life because I go out in public with a brace on and don’t hide away in my house😂

  18. Here in Florida, a t-shirt and shorts does the job. Seeing a manufacturer see a need like this and fill it is legitimately cool. Good on them!

  19. Me too when I was younger a lady looked at me and asked my nana what was wrong with me and I said cerebral palsy and she just ran away basically

  20. As a person who is disabled, the fact that such a major company is doing this really brightens my day and brings me hope other companies might follow suite… I would definitely have to at least once put my shirt on my fridge with the magnet buttons XD

  21. Hi Josh! Amazing video! I was wondering if I could have permission to show this video in presenting, to teach Occupational and Physical Therapists? I'd definitely give you all the credit:)

  22. I and my teammates are planning to conduct a research about adaptive fashion and we hope to meet you and we will be very happy if you contribute your insight in our project . I hope to get a reply from you as soon as possible!

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