In-Depth With

If you are on social media lately, you may have noticed that the Internet has been abuzz about a new0e04562c665790e74049f8d349d19766-huge-al
company that sells functional fashion for people with disabilities called “Patti Ricky”. What caught our attention was the fact that they refer to themselves as an “online department store for people with disabilities”! Whaaaaat? Sounds interesting but what exactly does that mean?

Their website features products from 20 different designers, many of whom live with disabilities themselves. To better understand this "new to our community" concept, we decided to get up close and personal with “Patti & Ricky”. See below, our in-depth interview with founder and “Creative Energy Officer”, Alexandra Connell: 


Mw: What inspired you to start your company? Who is PATTI RICKY? How did you come up with the name?

AC: I saw a need for a marketplace that offered stylish and functional clothing that catered to people of all abilities. Thinking back, there were many experiences in my life that led me to find PATTIandRICKY.com. Both of my parents worked in the New York City fashion and accessory industry. Conversations in my home included what would be the next fashion trend or what was going to be the “it” colors for fall. I like to joke that I was born into retail and it’s in my blood.
 
I also grew up with dyslexia and ADHD. During and after college, I worked for nonprofits focused on fostering inclusion. Much of that time inspired me to earn my masters in disAbility Studies.
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All of these experiences played roles in the creation of PATTI RICKY, but the two most significant influences that brought me here, was my time caretaking for my mom Patti and my friendship with my cousin, Ricky. After my mom, Patti, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, she needed a cane to help her walk. Because she was a fashionable and fun woman, she of course wanted a leopard printed cane! I tried my best to find her one but eventually decided on a pretty pink cane with roses. Looking back, I think my mom loved her cane because it was not only her vehicle but also a stylish talking piece that made her feel beautiful. I learned that fashion had the power to support individualized needs, while giving people the opportunity to express themselves and feel great.

To read more of mobileWOMEN's interview with Alex go to:  http://www.mobilewomen.org/2017/09/in-depth-with-pattiricky.html 
Posted by Sparky on Oct 9, 2017 11:11 AM America/New_York