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Disability, Fashion, Inclusion, Women -

"How can you be an 'inclusive' brand when you only go up to a size 20?" This is a valid question and it's one we've been asked a lot recently, so I thought it would be prudent to address it here.  Until now, we've had the enjoyable position of being supported by people who came across the brand when it was in development (during 2018) and who have seen it set and work towards its goals. However, if you've come across us recently - let's say, you saw an advert on social media - it's understandable that you would read about our...

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In this blog post, Emma, Kintsugi's founder, reflects on the difficulties of trading during these testing times and thanks customers for their support.  According to GlobalData, "clothing and footwear will be the retail sector worst hit by the coronavirus in 2020, due to its non-essential nature and the eliminated need for new clothes as the public avoids social interactions and many self-isolate".  This is a statement that rings true for me, as the founder of a fledgling apparel brand, particularly where a large proportion of our customer base is likely to have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus and the lockdown (I'll just...

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TikTok recently removed the hashtag #autismchallenge from its platform after users started creating videos mocking autistic people. It's hard to believe that such an action would have to be taken in 2020, but here we are.  Obviously, TikTok did the right thing here (although it is worth mentioning that the platform has also limited the reach of some disabled users' posts to "prevent bullying", which is a problematic approach in itself). What troubles us is that these users didn't perceive what they were doing as bullying or, even worse, that they knew it was but did it anyway.  What allows...

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It's a striking image; hundreds of wheelchairs, each empty but for a bright blue school bag. The installation - in Prishtina, Kosovo - has been organised by UNICEF as a timely reminder that, as the world looks forward to post-Coronavirus life, it must make sure that disabled children are not left in lockdown for the rest of their lives.  UNICEF Kosovo describes the installation, which will run from 17-25th May, as "a call to decision makers, civil society, media and private sector for greater inclusion of children living with disabilities".  They point out that "the isolation and social distancing that...

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“I just want things to go back to normal” has become a common refrain during the Coronavirus lockdown here in the UK. But what does that mean? And how important will it be, going forward, to understand each other’s “normal”? What can we learn from having had our ‘status quo’ rattled so hard by this unanticipated event? Leisure and social interaction We are, as a society, comprised of individuals and our perceptions of ‘normal’ may differ. For those of us with jobs that can be done from home (i.e. not builders, supermarket workers or other site-specific roles) and who have...

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