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From the Creator of Downs Designs – Karen Bowersox
Our goal is for every person with Down syndrome to have proper fitting clothes made for their unique body shapes. We also want to make clothes that are comfortable, easy to get on and off and that are stylish. Downs Designs clothes are more than just shortening a sleeve or taking up a hem, we take design a step further. Our designs fit appropriately at the knees and elbows. Pants have elastic waistbands with no button or zippers and our new designs have no tag that can irritate the skin. We promise that rolling up sleeves and pant legs will no longer be a problem because each item can be hemmed to your specific length. Uncomfortable clothing will become a thing of the past because we go to extreme measures to select the softest fabric to ensure comfort, stretch and long wear.
Customer Service is important to Us
Located in Mentor, Ohio, we are a business founded on love. We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and desire to help you find the perfect fit. We offer phone and email consultations, as well as, a store for onsite shopping for our local customers. Are you unsure about what to order or how to measure? Call us! We are eager to help you and we even offer an exclusive « Try-On Service« . When you place your first order we will call you and even send out two pairs similar in size to ensure that you get the perfect fit. We will even custom hem the inseam of every pair of jeans just for you! No more fussing with the sewing machine! We want your experience with us to be easy and worry free. We know that once you try Downs Designs clothing that you will love our fit and we hope that you will continue to shop with us and tell all of your friends and community groups about us too.
My Inspiration – From the Creator of Downs Designs, Karen Bowersox
Creating a clothing line for people with Down syndrome has been an overwhelming task but a true labor of love. My inspiration has been my granddaughter, Maggie, who was born with Down syndrome. As I watch her grow, I see the challenges her mother (my daughter Michelle) faces in finding clothes that fit Maggie appropriately.
My journey began when Maggie was four years old. One day while visiting my daughter, she planted the idea in my head to start a clothing line for people with Down syndrome. At first I laughed at the thought, after all what did I know about clothing? How could I possibly do something like this, I was already running my husband’s busy medical practice, and couldn’t imagine fitting one more thing into my day.
I spent hours online looking for clothes that would fit my granddaughter, surely there must be someone doing this already. But my search came up empty. The wheels were in motion and I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. At first I thought that I could purchase clothes and alter them, but it didn’t take long to realize that this was not the solution. Attempting to alter existing clothes did not solve the clothing problems of a person with Down syndrome. It seemed that the only solution was to design a line of clothing specifically for their unique body shape.
In January, 2010, I hired a young designer, Jillian Jankovsky, who joined me in my quest. We immediately got to work and began to develop this unique size of clothing. I call our special sizing « Down Sizing »!
Looking Toward the Future
We have come so far since we started and I am excited for what the future holds for us at Downs Designs. The public’s support has been amazing! We appreciate all of the words of encouragement and support. We have big plans for the future. Please help us spread the word about our business to your family and community groups. We are looking forward to meeting all of you in person!
Jeans made by Downs Designs are made to fit the unique body shape of a person with Down syndrome. They taper appropriately at the knee for a flattering fit and every style allows for more « tummy » room, yet still provide full coverage in the back. Each of our 18 styles of jeans for men, women, teen, youth and children have elastic waistbands and no buttons or zippers. Our labels are printed on the inside pocket so that there are no itchy tags to irritate the skin. Plus, every pair of Downs Designs jeans can be hemmed to order! It is our goal to make sure that all of our clothes are stylish, comfortable and affordable.
At Downs Designs we use special sizes called « Down Sizing ». This is a unique formula and unlike typical sizes. We do not size our clothes by age, but by measurements. So before ordering, a measuring tape will be required to measure hip, waist and inseam. If you do not have a tape measure, one can be downloaded from our « how to measure » page; on this page we show you how and where to measure. If you are not sure if you are measuring appropriately please call us, we would be happy to walk you through the process.
Full-Figured Women’s and Men’s Long-Sleeve, Three Quarters and Short Sleeve T-Shirts are Now Available
Our full-figure T-shirts keep design and style in mind. They feature raglan sleeves for a great fit at the shoulder, a ribbed wrist for a snug fit and they are made in our exclusive « Down Sizing ». Our ladies’ shirts are bell shaped, have a v-neck collar and scooped hemline. Our men’s shirts have a rounded collar which is a little larger for those who don’t like a tight collar around their necks. Do not confuse our sizes to typical size shirts. Please use our Downs Designs’ size chart when ordering.
Shorts and Capris Now Available!
Do you love our jeans but wish you could wear them everyday in the warm summer months? Now you can! All of our 14 jean styles can be made into shorts and capris perfect for warmer weather. Just go to our Shorts page and pick the perfect inseam length.
Customer Service Matters
We strive for excellent customer service at Downs Designs! It is our goal to take the « fuss » out of shopping and we are here to help you in any way that we can. If you have any additional questions after looking at our web site and our product pages please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are looking forward to meeting you!