We all know that representation matters. Usually, we hear this phrase during discussions about body positivity, race, or gender equality. But all too often, disabled or differently abled people are left out of the equation, especially when it comes to fashion. That led Alexandra Connell to create Patti+Ricky, a site that provides people of all abilities with stylish options that cater to their specific needs.
The site is named after Connell’s late mother Patti, who needed a walking cane after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, and her cousin Ricky, who was unable to walk or verbally communicate.
Connell told HelloGiggles,
Products include walker and wheelchair accessories, drain pouches for anyone recovering from surgery, and braille-printed jewelry.
Personalized Braille Necklace
Cochlear Implant Ear Cuff
Kenzie Women’s Vintage Adaptable Jeans
Another one of the site’s bestsellers is the adaptable jeans designed for and by women who use wheelchairs. They feature accessible pockets, an invisible catheter opening, and elastic straps, which make getting dressed so much easier.
The site also features fidget jewelry for anyone dealing with anxiety and bras with inserts for breast forms or prosthetics. Though Patti+Ricky has been around for less than a year, Connell has received an overwhelming response from customers. She told HelloGiggles:
We love brands who understand the necessity of fashion for all.