Kintsugi Clothing is a new and inclusive brand of clothing by Emma McClelland who left her job at a law firm to create a diverse range of clothing that can be worn by everyone, regardless of age, size or disability. Some clothing brands pride themselves on being exclusive but Kintsugi is not one of them - they see diversity as one of the joys of fashion.
To ensure their collections are truly inclusive, Kintsugi incorporate suggestions from across the disabled community, making fastenings easier and less fiddly, considering how clothes will work in a seated position, and adding functionality to make each garment work harder for its wearer, resulting in clothes that everyone can wear.
Kintsugi is a Japanese art-form and philosophy that sees broken pottery repaired with gold lacquer. As a metaphor it is profound, reminding us that – as we travel through life – we all pick up scars, both physical and emotional. But this doesn't mean they weaken us or render us ‘broken’. Instead, they enhance what we were and add to our uniqueness.