As a stylist it’s my job to follow trends in fashion for people with disabilities, but in this segment of the fashion industry rarely do I get a chance to highlight trendsetters.
Izzy Camilleri is the trailblazer behind the industry altering designs of IZ Adaptive. IZ Adaptive is the most appealing line of clothing for wheelchair users I’ve seen in the 18 years I’ve followed this industry. Her attention to design detail, merchandising, and pricing, partnered with the classic look of her line, truly sets her apart. In my opinion IZ Adaptive has changed the landscape of fashion, as we know it.
I can say without hesitation that Izzy’s ingenuity has catapulted, fashions for wheelchair users into another stratosphere. There are several reasons why I luv IZ Adaptive:
1. I luv Izzy’s approach to design. She spent time with, listened to, and got to know her consumer.
2. I luv that IZ Adaptive is made up of classic pieces that can be used to build a wardrobe.
3. I luv that IZ Adaptive is well designed, well constructed, and reasonably priced.
4. I luv that IZ Adaptive is easy to maneuver for wheelchair users with quadriplegia and paraplegia
The looks I really luv from IZ Adaptive are the jackets and coats, for both women and men. My two favorite looks right now are the camel trench and the leather jacket, for women. The looks are both classic and on trend, both at the same time.
Prior to delving into the adaptive clothing industry, Izzy spent years producing a highly celebrated designer collection, and even had an unexpected career with the Toronto television and film industry. A request to design a custom cape for a journalist with quadriplegia, introduced Izzy to a new fashion consumer and ultimately changed the trajectory of her career.
The Izzy Camilleri designer line had three signature elements that are also evident in IZ Adaptive; wear-ability, body consciousness, attention to details. The women’s collection, targets women ages 18- 65 and includes 32 pieces including dresses, pants, and even wedding dresses.
IZ Adaptive also offers accessories, like a long necklace made of waxed cotton rope adorned with tribal beads (shown in the picture). The length of the necklace makes it easy to pull over your head. The new men’s collection includes 11 wardrobe-building pieces from flat front pants (seen below) to khakis, trench coats, leather jackets, and button down shirts.