If you want something done right, do it yourself.
That’s the attitude of Currabinny’s Nathan Kirwan (32), who, together with his sister Aisling, has just launched a new collection in a range of clothing designed to include items that make life easier for wheelchair users.
Nathan, who works as a marine engineer at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy, sustained a spinal cord injury in 2013.
“There are huge challenges and adjustments to a new life in a wheelchair and one such challenge is clothing,” he recalls.
“The clothes I once wore just did not fit right or they were difficult to get on. From frustration, I developed trousers for wheelchair users that are designed around a sitting position with a few subtle unique features that make these trousers more comfortable and practical.”
Launched in 2020, the duo’s brand CHARIOT makes Trousers and Shorts for Rolling, which offer a higher waist at the back to provide more coverage as well as deeper pockets positioned below the hips to allow for easier access when carrying essentials such as a phone, wallet, and keys.
Sweatshirts, t-shirts, sunglasses, hats and hoodies made using organic and regenerated cotton, recycled polyester and bamboo, all sourced through local suppliers, are also available.
“CHARIOT is about inclusivity; we want to promote the work hard/play hard mentality whether you sit or stand,” said Nathan.
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“We’re very mindful of the impact that fast fashion has on our planet. We source quality clothing that lasts longer and is made from sustainable materials which are gentler on the environment.”
Check out the latest collection at chariotclothing.com.