Children with autism can have stylish jeans that appeal to their senses, thanks to ABL Denim. The company, founded in 2011 to create jeans for the disabled, is expanding its line to include sensory-friendly denim for children.
“Parents kept asking if we made a jean for kids with [sensory processing disorders],” Stephanie Alves, ABL founder told The Mighty. “They wanted a real jean but one that would be non-irritating, one that kids would not be trying to remove. Since I knew more about physical disabilities, I asked many parents for what the issues were so I could come up with a pant with solutions.”
Alves, a 25-year fashion industry veteran, designed the jeans with soft, sweatshirt-like denim material. Harsh inside seams, zippers and rivets are excluded from the designs to make the jeans sensory-sensitive. The unisex jeans also include an elastic waistband, sewn on the outside of the pants so they can easily be pulled on and off. Children sizes 6 to 20 are available.
Prices for the jeans range from $32 to $39.