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Since Lottie Jackson featured us in her Guardian article in December 2019 ['Why 2019 was a landmark year for disabled fashion'], progress in this space has been patchy but promising.  To be fair, the dumpster fire of 2020 hasn't made it easy for people to push on with any previously made plans; manufacturing has been a stop-start business, rife with uncertainty. It would be understandable for mainstream brands on the cusp of exploring inclusive design to have pulled back.  For small businesses and startups, keeping the lights on has been hard enough this year. Despite this, we have seen some new...

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There are a lot of Christmas gift guides popping up at the moment, but for the most part, they're not focused on those of us with chronic health conditions, physical impairments, or invisible illnesses. That's alright though; there are plenty of excellent companies making beautiful products for this sizable but often overlooked demographic. In this blog post, we've listed our top ten gift ideas for you and your loved ones this Christmas. Babe with a mobility aid? We had to post about these guys first, as we keep seeing them all over the place (most recently, during one of our...

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Disability, Fashion, Inclusion, small business -

Hi guys, It’s been a whirlwind year so far – for all of us. But, I’m sure many of you will agree, it’s also been a time for reflection and for thinking carefully about the future we want to create. Since founding Kintsugi, I’ve always been sure of one thing: I want to create a future where disabled people are represented, valued, and understood by the fashion industry. One small brand can’t achieve all this, but there were disability-conscious companies before ours and a whole load more have sprouted up since. If we collaborate and highlight each other’s strengths, we’ll...

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Today’s announcement that the UK has gone into its deepest recession on record may not be a surprise for small business owners, but it is still heart-aching news. I can tell you how I feel - as the owner of a fledgling company in a niche market where many of my customers will be disproportionately impacted by both the pandemic and this recession. Spoiler: it’s not good. Frankly, I am terrified. People often advise business owners to steer clear of politics, but I don’t agree, so here it is. I don’t have any confidence in the current government and their...

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