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Beauty innovators collaborate

Dear friends and supporters,

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Model is wearing exclusive CLFF design jeans with an altered and embellished crop. Photo by Alternative Noise Productions

The definition of the word “beauty” is expanding and we couldn’t be more excited! For far too long people with disabilities were left out of the world of fashion and beauty because it wasn’t accessible to us. However, thanks to collaborative efforts like (dis)Abled Beauty, that’s all changing.

What started many years ago as a woman’s desire for a stylish cochlear implant (CI) and her friendship with a fashion major, lead to the manifestation of (dis)Abled Beauty.

Tameka Ellington, assistant professor of fashion at Kent State University and Stacey Lim, assistant professor of audiology at Central Michigan University are friends and co-curators of this groundbreaking exhibit.

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We were fortunate to have the opportunity to see the (dis)Abled Beauty exhibit recently, which is currently at the Kent State University museum. It was amazing! Several niche fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and organizations are developing innovative methods of meeting the complex fashion needs of people with disabilities.

The exhibit includes high style prosthetic covers by ALLELS studio, jeans designed for people with Down Syndrome by Downs Designs, shirts with magnetic buttons for those with dexterity impairments by Runway of Dreams, and stylish clothes for adults with asymmetrical body-types due to physical disability by Classy Little Fashions Foundation.

That’s right! We are part of the exhibit!

There will be an ALLELS reception and lecture on February 18th at the Bit Factory and Spectrum Gallery in Akron, Ohio. The event is free and open to the public. It will be an excellent opportunity to hear what some of the artists and technologists have to say about their work. In representing Classy Little Fashions Foundation, I will be among the panel of lecturers and I am ecstatic! For further details about this exciting event, see the (dis)Abled Beauty press release.

 

Keepin’ it classy,

Jane Hash, Co-Founding Director

Jillian Mercado, sassy and classy

Happy Monday, classy friends!

This week’s fashion accessibility shout out goes to a remarkable woman who rolled onto the fashion scene by paving her own way with her fashion blog, Manufactured 1987.

Jillian Mercado’s sparkling personality, edgy style, and huge social media following keep her moving fashion forward.

In 2014 she modeled for Diesel’s “modern-day rebels, heroes and just cool people” campaign. It was hugely successful. This put images of a fashion model that is also a wheelchair-user in multiple mainstream publications.

Things didn’t slow down for Mercado in 2015. That is when she signed on with IMG Models, which is the international leader in model management and talent discovery.

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This is what Jillian Mercado has to say about Classy Little Fashions Foundation. “Feeling great in your own skin is such a great feeling and Jane wants everyone to feel that way too through Classy Little Fashions Foundation

By doing what Mercado is doing…living her authentic-self and busting through barriers, she is teaching those in the fashion industry how to work with models that have disabilities. This is one of the many reasons she deserves a fashion accessibility shout out!

Keepin’ it classy,

Jane Hash, Co-Founding Director

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Give a gift that supports positive body image and self-esteem

On Tuesday, December 2nd, the world will celebrate #GivingTuesday. It is a global day of giving back to our community. Fortunately, with the advanced communication technology available today, our community no longer has physical boundaries. We have the ability to support projects and people dedicated to doing social good anywhere in the world.

While there are multiple deserving causes to choose from on #GivingTuesday, listed below are a few reasons to consider supporting Classy Little Fashions Foundation. 

The ability to express one’s true self through fashion increases self-esteem.

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Wearing stylish clothes that fit properly improves body image perceptions.

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Having appropriate fitting clothing for all seasons promotes good health, especially in cold weather climates.

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Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel good about the way he or she looks.

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Adults with non-standard body types due to physical disabilities are worthy of having their fashion needs met.

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Customer Service Is Classy

Have one of these in-hand for your Classy Jeans appointment!

Classy Little Fashions Foundation is a service oriented non-profit organization. We understand that the niche’ we cater to do deals with more frustrating challenges on a day-to-day basis than the average person. Part of our mission is to make our Classy Client’s lives a little bit easier by making fashionable adult clothing accessible to them – as conveniently as possible. This is why we are quick to respond and update our methods of delivering services when would-be Classy Clients bring issues and suggestions to our attention.

First, we modified our Classy Client application. It is no longer required to submit an Impact Statement video. Instead, Applicants can provide us their Impact Statement by writing a short paragraph and submitting three supporting photos that illustrate their fashion challenges.

Second, we are making it so easy to order our Classy Jeans… you’ll want to order at least two pairs! Many have expressed that they found our order form rather intimidating because of the extra measurements required. The last thing CLFF wants to do is make your life stressful. From now on, a Classy Little Fashions Foundation representative will fill your Classy Jeans order form out for you! All you have to do is email us and schedule a video chat appointment. Using free, easy to use video chat options such as Skype or FaceBook Video, a CLFF Representative will guide you through the entire measuring process to make sure we have the most accurate measurements possible.

What are you waiting for? Make your appointment today!