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Disability, Fashion, Inclusion, Women -

In this blog post Kintsugi's founder, Emma, explains what kintsugi means and why it inspired an inclusive, disability-conscious clothing brand.  I know what it feels like to think you're broken. I used the word to describe myself in the past, when I hadn't really processed my own health diagnoses or started to understand how they affect me and why.  It's a powerful word and one I wish nobody felt about themselves. It implies a state of having less worth than others or being less 'whole'. Broken things get hidden or fixed in a way that conceals the event or experience that...

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Disability, Fashion, small business -

Europe's most established disability and independent living exhibition is now less than two weeks away! On 15th and 16th September, the Birmingham NEC will play host to Naidex and Kintsugi Clothing will be there.  After the disappointment of the show's (necessary) postponement due to Covid, it's exciting to be counting down to the rescheduled event.  You can find us on stand K105. We'll be selling some of our stock at COST PRICE on the day and offering visitors a 60% discount code to use online until Sunday 19th September. We will also have a 'model worn' and 'sample' rail with...

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Awards, Design, Disability, Entrepreneurship, small business -

  Earlier this month, Kintsugi won the 'Digital Star' award at The Small Awards, an event organised by Small Business Britain to celebrate the work of small businesses that can often go unnoticed. We were delighted to win and to see other brilliant companies pick up recognition for their ideas and innovations. But that wasn't the only thing we were pleased about. Small Business Britain used the awards ceremony to showcase their new d:Entrepreneur campaign; a campaign designed to tell the stories of businesses led by disabled entrepreneurs. The campaign's website explains: "There are 14 million disabled people in the...

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Disability, Inclusion, Politics -

Disabled people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. They make up six out of ten deaths attributed to the virus and are also, it seems, more likely to be made redundant than non-disabled people.  According to the ONS report 'Coronavirus and redundancies in the UK labour market: September to November 2020', of the employees recorded as being disabled in the period July-Nov 2020, 21.1 per thousand were made redundant. Looking at the employees who were not disabled, 13.0 per thousand were made redundant.  Another kicker is that disabled people on legacy benefits (ESA/JSA) haven't had the £20 uplift that UC...

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Disability, Health -

What is encephalitis? If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone. Worldwide, 78% of people don’t know what it is. Put simply, encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It can be caused by an infection affecting the brain (called ‘infectious’ encephalitis) or by the immune system attacking the brain in error (called ‘post-infectious’ or ‘autoimmune’ encephalitis). Symptoms differ between these two types of encephalitis. For infection encephalitis, the first symptom tends to be a headache or flu-like symptoms, followed by others including: mild confusion or drowsiness high temperature seizures aversion to bright lights inability to speak or control...

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