What’s your own personal style like?
My own personal style is quite casual. I’m a jeans and Tee Shirt kinda gal.
What are your fashion essentials?
My fashion essentials are good fitting, comfortable jeans, basic cotton shirts and tee shirts. A blazer when I need to clean up a bit for meetings. Those get me through most days, but when I need to clean up a bit more, I’ll put on a skirt or dress. I tend to wear black a lot, as I find it slimming and easy to match with other things.
Do you ever wear IZ?
Yes, I do! Although I’m not a wheelchair user myself, many of the pieces can also work for a standing frame. I have 3 Boucle Capes, which are so easy to put on and add style to any outfit. I also have IZ Dress Shirts, Tee shirts and a Leather Jacket, which allows for ease around my waist and hips. The unique cut adds some interest to the look too.
What are your favorite IZ pieces?
For women, I love the denim cape, the IZ version of a classic denim jacket, our Trench Coat and Trench Cape are also iconic pieces with the IZ twist. For men, I love the Spring Jacket, its stylish, trendy and uniquely functional. Our Cargo Pant is another favorite, having modern pockets on the thigh for easy access to your things, as well as optional pocket details for easy access.
Why do you think IZ is important in the fashion world right now?
The fashion world is starting to take notice of people with disabilities and becoming more diverse and inclusive by having wheelchair users in runway presentations. However, the clothes that they are presenting are not designed for a seated frame or may not work properly when using a wheelchair. IZ is important as it is created specifically for wheelchair users, allowing our customers to have the same trends and options offered in standard fashion.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from many different things pending on what I’m working on. My inspiration for designing IZ is my clients. They inspire and influence my designs with feedback and suggestions, even just seeing the way they express themselves with fashion. Beyond them, I get inspired by other designers, fabrics and sometimes small details found in places you least expect.
What’s something that IZ customers might not know about you?
I wake up most mornings at the crack of dawn and do a brisk 5k walk, snow, rain or shine. It’s a great way to get my day going. I also enjoy hiking when I can get to the trails.
What are some of your best career moments outside of IZ?
Before I started IZ, I serviced the film industry with custom work for major celebrities. I worked with some very high profile A-listers such as Angelia Jolie, Daniel Radcliffe and David Bowie to name just a few. Having my coat worn by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada was a highlight.
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