A blue and black printed blouse with snaps. Images courtesy of Accessible Wear.
For people with disabilities, clothes shopping can be an especially trying task. One local shop, whose grand opening is Sept. 19, is trying to change that. Accessible Wear (11045 W. National Ave., West Allis) sells clothes specifically for those with special needs. And plenty of the clothes offer one of the most important, yet seemingly simple, facets: An easy way to get the clothes on and off.
“We began looking for easy-to-use and fashionable clothing items after
seeing the frustration of a family member who struggled to get dressed
and feel good in her clothing everyday," said owner
Lisa Brodacz in a statement.
"We were shocked to see so few
clothing and accessory options for people who are ability challenged. In
fact, we didn’t find any retail location options in our state." And that seems to hold true. The only other local options for clothes of this kind are provided by social services programs like Lutheran Social Services and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. And in those cases, the clothing can come already used.
Accessible Wear sells clothing from casual to "dressy," and even offers an on-site seamstress for alterations. And down the road, the store might stage fashion shows and makeovers.
Lisa Brodacz and Neil Sherman in their store.