Have you ever tried to put on a pair of pants sitting down without moving your legs?
Try it! It's not easy, but it's how I live every day.
For $80 you can Pay It Forward with a pair of adaptable jeans to someone you know or a needy recipient in a wheelchair that can benefit from them!
My name is Heidi McKenzie and in 2007 I was in a traumatic car accident that left me a T4 paraplegic (I can’t feel from the chest down). Welcome to my new normal. Over the past eight years, it was difficult to find fashionable and functional clothing for people in wheelchairs. There are inconveniences, health issues and discomforts that come with sitting all day, but I wasn’t ready to buy pants for grannies! I wanted to be able to wear the type of fashion I did when I could walk. I didn’t want to give up on feeling and looking good.
As I’ve gotten to know a new community of people like me, I’ve realized that many of them feel the same way I do. We want to feel confident but we still need the comfort and functionality that comes with specially designed clothing.
So I set out to create what we need in our daily lives.
Alter Ur Ego is launching adaptable blue jeans for both men and women, with all of the fashion and all of the function. This is just the first piece of our sustainable clothing line. We want to expand to all aspects of clothing to give people more independence. I want to give people with disabilities the opportunity to express their “alter-ego” through fashion, while breaking down social barriers.
I’ve worked with a seasoned designer in North Carolina, Kristin Alexandra Tidwell to create the perfect pair of comfortable, functional and fashionable blue jeans. We’ve thought of everything -- from adding pockets in the front to a high-waisted back to a special waistband, a tummy control panel, straps for ease of dressing and an opening in the crotch for catheter use. I’ve tested the prototype with some of my “wheelie” friends, and they agree it’s exactly what we’ve been looking for.
From the textile mill to production in North Carolina.
We need your help in making it possible to start producing adaptable jeans right here in the USA. This will be our first piece of an entire line of functional clothing for men and women in wheelchairs. Your support will make it possible for us to go into production, and sell online.
Pay It Forward Video
Be part of the team!
Heidi McKenzie is the founder of Alter UR Ego. Due to a car accident in 2007 she became a t-4 paraplegic. Connecting with others like herself across the country, she recognized a need for fashionable and functional clothing for those in wheelchairs. It became her mission to fulfill this need for the wheelchair community.
Kristin Alexandra Tidwell is a designer with experience in the entertainment, fashion and textile industries for over 30 years, and for over a decade she has researched the wellness industry and created accessible designs. This is an important mission in her personal and professional life.
Quality Plus Apparel Is the official Alter Ur Ego production partner. Owners Sam Cook and Wes Brewer have extensive expertise in apparel manufacturing and quality control w/ a combined total of 60+ year’s experience.
When I was crowned “Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky” three years ago I was able to advocate for those in wheelchairs as I traveled the US sharing my story. It was during this time that I realized I was destined to design clothing for people like me, living in wheelchairs. I knew I was in the position to make a difference firsthand by developing an adaptable and functional clothing line.
Your support will help make our line of clothing possible while moving an even bigger mission forward. We all deserve to feel good about ourselves, despite physical limitations -- you can be apart of Alter UR Ego’s movement to ensure that.
Kickstarter Campaign Ends - August 29, 2015
Production -September 2015
Delivery - October 2015
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Want more? Check out: www.alterurego.co
Special Thanks to:
Shannon Whitehead of Factory 45 - sustainability and marketing consultancy
David Disponett of Media Unlocked - video editing
Andy DeVito - photos and graphics
Micah Jackson - Model
Lindley Barker - Model
Kristin Alexandra Tidwell of Be Well Designed - Designer
Gloria Ferreira - photos
Ennis Gregory - photos
And the list goes on and on to everyone who has helped by lending an ear or giving time and support to make this happen. I appreciate you!
Risks and challenges
Our team has done everything we can and exercised great communication along the way to ensure this process runs smoothly. If we roll over any speed bumps in the road you will be the first to know. We believe in complete transparency. We want to build a trusting relationship with you, that's the only way this works.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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