Anyone, any age: how much do you know about rheumatoid arthritis?
A month on Friday, we'll be into Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week. How much do you know about this condition and what can fashion designers do to accommodate it?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is different from osteoarthritis, which is most commonly associated with ageing. While both affect joints, RA is an autoimmune disease, so it can also affect organs.
More than 400,000 people in the UK have RA. A high-profile example of is tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.
The condition can make day-to-day tasks difficult, including dressing and undressing. As an accessible fashion brand, we have thought about the clothing features that might present challenges to women with RA. One of the most obvious is buttons (and other fiddly fastenings).
In response, we've designed the Jess dress, named after thechroniciconic, who is disabled, neurodivergent and awesome.
You might be looking at this dress, which fastens at the front, and thinking, "But there are buttons on there!" And you'd be right, but they're just for show! Underneath, strategically placed Velcro tabs make for a super easy dressing experience.
There are also two pockets, big enough to fit your smartphone and no internal labels to make life easier if they normally cause you sensory irritation. We're taking pre-orders for the Jess dress now, so if you think you would benefit from it, or someone you know would love it, please help us with production costs by pre-ordering it now.
Delivery is planned for later this month and, as always, UK returns are free if you're not completely happy. We've tried to stretch out the sizes we can offer, so we're spanning 8 - 24 (although not every single size between the two, due to financial restrictions).