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One of Classy Little Fashions Foundation’s goals is to promote body positivity. Designing fashionable clothing, tailored to the specific requirements of our Classy Clients, is one important step we take in reaching this goal – in fact, it’s what we are best known for!

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Having stylish, comfortable clothing that fits properly is guaranteed to facilitate confidence, especially within the professional who has difficulty finding affordable custom clothing appropriate for the workplace. The path to obtaining a positive body image doesn’t end with simply having a chic new wardrobe though. There are other elements to consider and we are always eager to learn new ways of making a Classy Client feel empowered and comfortable in his/her own skin.

Recently, Classy Little Fashions Foundation hosted a #FashionWish Twitter Party. Our co-hosts for this classy event were Reveca Torres, Andrew Morrison-Gurza, Sarah Della, and Mitchell Dunnam. We have found that Twitter Parties, with an awesome line-up of co-hosts, are really a fun way to learn more about the needs and wants of those our organization serves.

The most significant lesson we learned from our recent Twitter Party is the importance of diversifying our language. In the context of fashion, there is no established terminology for describing the unique bodies that we clothe; there is only medical terminology, which is not appropriate or empowering for most. In a sense, we are pioneering new terminology.

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Thus far, we have described the population we cater to as having a “non-standard body type due to physical disability.” However, at our #FashionWish Twitter Party, some participants voiced that “non-standard” may be considered negative instead of empowering. It was further suggested that we employ the use of the word “asymmetrical” instead.

We understand the old adage, “You can please some of the people all of the time. You can please all of the people some of the time. But, you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” In our mission to promote body positivity, we do our very best to be sensitive and respectful to the population we cater to. Therefore, expect to see more use of the term “asymmetrical” and less use of “non-standard.”

We are fashionistas on a mission!

Dear Supporters and Classy Clients,

Since the very inception of Classy Little Fashions Foundation we have been flooded with support in the form of monetary donations, gifts of fabric, flattering mentions on social media, and excellent publicity from our local media outlets.

Although our organization’s headquarters are based in Ohio, we are quickly forging partnerships across the country and abroad to facilitate the fulfillment of fashion wishes for Classy Clients everywhere.

Most recently, Classy Little Fashions Foundation has been successfully making connections in Lubbock, Texas. To publically share details of this exciting news, we reached out to a newspaper in Lubbock for support.

Sadly, Classy Little Fashions Foundation is now in a position where we feel the need to apologize to our clientele and the general community of people with disabilities because of the language and tone of the article that was written.

We did not suggest nor condone the use of the word “patients”. In this context, “patients” is used inappropriately. We are not doctors; therefore we do not see patients. We are fashionistas on a mission to fulfill fashion wishes for people with non-standard body types due to physical disability.

We understand that many mainstream news outlets are not accustomed to reporting on non-medical disability related issues. This is why Classy Little Fashions Foundation provides educational resources for the Reporters we choose to work with. It is very unfortunate that the Reporter from the Lubbock, Texas newspaper disregarded the resources we provided. She also disregarded most of the information about Classy Little Fashions Foundation and replaced it with a very clinical interview she did with a doctor.

In closing, Classy Little Fashions Foundation is sorry that the disrespectful article was published in print and online. Our efforts to have it removed from their website were futile. However, our exciting news will be announced next week!

 

Respectfully,

Jane Hash, Carol E. Briney & Jess Wallace

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Fashion Branding at KSU

kentSateLogoThe relationship Classy Little Fashions Foundation is building with The Fashion School at Kent State University is proving to be mutually educational and inspiring.

Dr. Gargi Bhaduri invited Jane Hash, Co-Director of CLFF, to speak to her Fashion Branding class last Friday. Catering to those with non-standard body types due to physical disability is indeed a unique ‘brand.’

J.R. Campbell, Professor and Director at Kent State University   20 Oct 2014

J.R. Campbell, Professor and Director at Kent State University
20 Oct 2014

The presentation began with a viewing of a Classy Little Fashions Foundation video, which gives a brief history of the organization and a glimpse of their fitting research. Then, Hash shared some highlights of her struggle to be fashionable prior to the creation of CLFF. This set the stage for students to ask questions, as well as share potentially helpful suggestions.

Some of the fashion students admitted that they had never considered the fashion needs of those with non-standard body types until Hash’s presentation. Yet, after class, other students approached her and expressed that they have loved ones with various disabilities who also have trouble finding fashionable clothing to fit their unique bodies.

Jane Hash, Co-Director of CLFF  wears an altered Charlotte Russe crop-top paired with custom made jeans, all courtesy of Classy Little Fashions Foundation photo by Alternative Noise Productions

Jane Hash, Co-Director of CLFF wears an altered Charlotte Russe crop-top paired with custom made jeans, all courtesy of
Classy Little Fashions Foundation
photo by Alternative Noise Productions

Hash said, “My favorite part of the experience in talking with the Fashion Branding class, is the way the students seemed to subconsciously and immediately welcome the new terminology I casually introduced to them.” She further explained, “One of Classy Little Fashions Foundation’s goals is to promote body positivity. Therefore, we do not use outdated, disrespectful, and unflattering terminology to describe our Classy Client’s non-standard physical forms.”

Next, Classy Little Fashions Foundation and The Fashion School at Kent State University will be embarking on an intriguing fashion research collaborative experiment, using state-of-the-art technology and involving a few new friends. Stay plugged in on social media for instant updates!

 

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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!