Behind The Design With Tommy Hilfiger

In Partnership With Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive

The iconic American designer talks dressing dilemmas, inclusivity and style innovation.


For one in five Americans living with a disability, something as simple as getting dressed each day can be a challenge. That includes designer Tommy Hilfiger.  “I have first-hand experience with children with autism and getting dressed in the morning has been a big issue in our household forever,” he noted. Inspired by his experience and those of countless organizations and focus groups the Tommy design team met with, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive was born. 

Starting with iconic Tommy style as a template, designers rethought everything from conception to production. The goal: make getting dressing easier.  “Tommy Adaptive was needed,” said Hilfiger. “Every piece is the same quality, the same fabric and the same design as we offer everyone else. The bonus is discreet, truly functional modifications that make dressing easier and allowing both children and adults with disabilities to have independence and feel great about themselves.”

I have first-hand experience with children with autism and getting dressed in the morning has been a big issue in our household forever.
— Tommy Hilfiger

Some of the key innovations of the line include easy closures such as magnets, one-handed zippers and VELCRO®️ brand fasteners that keep sensory issues in mind. Extended openings and adjustable features address people who wear prosthetics or braces. Easy-open necklines, side seams and backs, coupled with thoughtful fabrics, ensure ease of movement and access for caregivers. There are also plenty of options for seated wear including bottoms with lower fronts and higher backs, dual plackets, adjustable waistbands and hems, and no uncomfortable back pockets or seams.

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive is available online at tommy.com, amazon and zappos.