ALLELES DESIGN Removes Stigma One Fashion Prosthetic Cover At A Time

Unlike other functional aids, like glasses, that have become fashion accessories, prosthetics have mostly been meant to be as invisible as possible. The Alleles Design Studio, a Canada-based creative duo revamping the traditional prosthetic limb, is leading the charge to change that.
Art director McCauley Wanner and technology director Ryan Palibroda want to turn prosthetics into something that adds to a look, instead of disappearing within it, or distracting from it. And that’s why their prosthetic covers are so important.
Starting at $325, the products, which slip atop a prosthesis like a boot to add design elements from the geometric and high-tech looking to plaid, floral, and even color-blocked patterns, are bespoke and comprised of different types of ABS plastic (a durable, lightweight, flexible, cleanable, and easily modifiable material).
“We have had an overwhelming positive response to the covers. We are still surprised that the covers are doing exactly what we set them out to do and are working for people. By creating something that allows people to include their prosthesis as part of their wardrobe, it has actually shifted the conversation around ones’ prosthetic leg to revolve around style, technology, and innovation, rather than the cringe-worthy question that so many of our clients get multiple times a day: ‘What happened to your leg?'”

ALLELES DESIGN removes stigma one fashion prosthetic cover at a time

ALLELES DESIGN removes stigma one fashion prosthetic cover at a time

ALLELES DESIGN removes stigma one fashion prosthetic cover at a time

ALLELES DESIGN removes stigma one fashion prosthetic cover at a time

ALLELES DESIGN removes stigma one fashion prosthetic cover at a time

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