Abbey Clothing was approached by Designed to Care in December 2007.After initial consultation our brief was as follows:

  • To develop a range of garments, men’s and women’s, targeted at customers with mobility difficulties, to be delivered complete ready for a launch date of September 2008.
  • Fabrics were to be selected taking into account physical properties, cost, ease of source, suitability to hospital environments and commercial washing.
  • Advise on maximising the final range. The range comprised of day and night wear.
  • It was decided that 14 basic shapes would be developed.
  • With only 14 core shapes we were able to produce 47 different items through the re-use of fabrics and negotiation on minimum production volumes.
  • Modifications were required over conventional garments to ensure that customer’s mobility problems were addressed. Selected fabrics included:
    Spun Viscose plain and print, stretch polyester, cotton velour, polyester cotton, cotton interlock and polynosic.

Our brief was to take total responsibility for:

  • Prototypes
  • All pattern work
  • Cloth and trim sourcing
  • All cloths trims and manufacturing would be to Chain Store standards
  • Ensure timely delivery to budget to launch in September 2008

It was also necessary to supervise the importation of the range and it was necessary to introduce our client to import service suppliers, ie freight forward and ensure adequate insurance cover.

Our brief was fully fulfilled and the results can be seen on the Designed to Care web site:
We have since assisted Designed to Care to assist in the sourcing and selection of direct sales agents, and continue to work with Designed to Care, in planning their next stage, of development.

Designed to Care took full advantage of our range of services and were not disappointed!