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We are designing adaptable clothing for people in wheelchairs. All the fashion and function, because when you look good you feel good!
We are designing adaptable clothing for people in wheelchairs. All the fashion and function, because when you look good you feel good!
465 backers pledged $28,627 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

*Slight changes may occur though an accurate size chart will be finalized before production
*Slight changes may occur though an accurate size chart will be finalized before production

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.

                     
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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

If you believe in this project, the absolute best thing you can do is share! Here are a few ways:

On Twitter:

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Want more? Check out:  www.alterurego.co

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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.

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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    HOLLA!! Every dollar counts! We give you a shout out on our Alter UR Ego website as a supporter because we appreciate you!

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    AUE T-SHIRT + AUE KEY CHAIN. Look so fresh and so clean in your Alter UR Ego white tee.

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    SPLASH BAG + AUE KEY CHAIN. Go dance in the rain with your waterproof Alter UR Ego splash bag.

    Splash bag: waterproof 20" x 12", detachable, adjustable shoulder sling strap, color options: yellow, royal blue, red

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    AUE JEANS! Roll in style with your very own pair, sporting All the Fashion and All the Function!

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    PAY IT FORWARD >> We're all here to help each other so give a pair of Alter UR Ego Jeans to someone you know or to someone who can benefit from them.

    Watch the Pay It Forward video below What You Get In Return for more details!

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    AUE JEANS + AUE T-SHIRT. Deck yourself out in your own Alter UR Ego outfit.

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    PAY IT FORWARD > AUE JEANS + AUE T-SHIRT. Give a pair of Alter UR Ego jeans and keep a t-shirt for yourself!

    Watch Pay It Forward video below What You Get In Return for more details

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    AUE JEANS + AUE T-SHIRT + AUE KEY CHAIN. Express your "alter ego" by the way you dress and live your life!

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    AUE JEANS + SPLASH BAG + AUE T-SHIRT + AUE KEY CHAIN. Dress from head to toe in Alter UR Ego, because when you look good you feel good...and you will DEFINITELY feel good!

    Splash bag: waterproof 20" x 12", detachable, adjustable shoulder sling strap, color options: yellow, royal blue, red

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    BE PART OF THE TEAM. Fly to Asheville, NC for a 2 day one night adventure with the designers. Be part of the team in designing the next piece, with Heidi & Kristin.

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    AUE LOGO STICKER + AUE PHONE CASE. Show your support on your car, phone, or laptop with Alter UR Ego swag!

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