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Tommy Hilfiger's Latest Collaboration Designed to Help Kids With Disabilities

Courtesy of Richard Corman for Tommy HIlfiger
Tommy HIlfiger x Runway of Dreams

His partnership with Runway of Dreams will bring adaptive mainstream clothing directly to consumers.

The fashion industry isn't always known for being inclusive. But that's not to say it's not trying. Zac Posen recently made a statement by casting models of color almost exclusively in his fall 2016 show, and Naeem Khan granted 11-year-old Trinity Faith Moran's wish (via the Make-a-Wish Foundation) to walk down his runway. Now, Tommy Hilfiger also is taking part in paving the way for inclusivity.

The American designer has partnered with Runway of Dreams — a nonprofit founded by Mindy Scheier that works with the fashion industry to adapt clothing for the disabled community — to launch the first-ever collaboration that brings adaptive mainstream clothing to consumers.

In creating the line, Scheier focused on "modified closures, adjustability and alternate options to get in and out of the garments" — three features that the New Jersey designer discovered those with disabilities wanted to find in their clothes.

The 22-piece collection, priced from $18.50 to $42.50, is now available for boys (sizes 4 to 20) and girls (sizes 4 to 18) on the designer's website.

"Tommy Hilfiger is the first of what I believe will be many brands to do this," Scheier, whose son was born with muscular dystrophy, wrote in a blog for Time's Motto on Tuesday. "It’s time for the industry to come together to make change happen — to see this consumer market as an exciting chance to engage new shoppers, but more importantly, to make an impact."

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