Fashion-ability: Local designer sews fashion for disabled women

Making clothes for those with disabilities

SAN ANTONIO -- Kay Simpson's home studio is filled with the sounds of scissors snipping away.

Simpson spends her day patiently cutting through rolls of colorful fabric. She's always loved making clothes, but for decades it was nothing more than a hobby or a skill.

"I was sewing clothing, adaptive clothing, for the wounded warriors who were coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," stated Simpson. "I enjoyed doing it, but it wasn't creative."

So, two years ago, she created her own adaptive clothing line for disabled women.

"I had met people who were in rehab or who had an accident and I went and visited," she said. "I found out I couldn't go online and just order something to help them. There wasn't anything."

Simpson makes adaptive skirts, pants and jackets and sells them through her company 'Fashion-Ability.'

"They can mix and match," said Simpson. "Jackets are reversible, so there's more opportunities to mix and match."

Those jackets changed Jane Paccione's wardrobe.

She was 16-years-old when a spinal chord injury forced her into a wheelchair. She now owns an advertising company and constantly finds herself in meetings surrounded by people in slick jackets.

"I couldn't wear jackets, because every time I'd push my chair with my arms back it would be ripping and just not comfortable to wear,"  said Paccione. "When I met Kay, I was like 'wow, this is amazing'."

Paccione said the market for adaptive clothing is wide open.

"I'm very happy she started this, not just for me, but Kay's a very unique person and she's going to make a big impact on this community," stated Paccione.

Word-of-mouth reviews, like Paccione's, help keep Simpson going. Especially through the tough times she's experienced seen since starting up her business. It's growing, but slowly. 

"When they tell me this is needed, it makes me feel so good and inspires me," said Simpson. "I want to add more items to the line and I want to manufacture so I have more inventory so I can sell all across Texas and all across the United States."

Simpson's next step is going into small batch manufacturing. She wants to keep things as local as she possibly can. 

Most of all, she wants to help women who have trouble getting dressed find clothes that are easy to wear and, of course, stylish.

"We all know, when a woman looks good, she feels good," said Simpson.

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