What's KEKALOVE Adaptive Fashion?
Simply put, Kekalove Adaptive is a fashion brand for wheelchair users. We design clothing specifically to accommodate wheelchair users with their specific needs. We work to really understand how using a wheelchair affects our lives, and especially how we wear clothing every day. And we work to create designs that tackle all the challenges our wheelchairs might create for us. Our job is a good mix of engineering and art as we constantly try to work on extremely functional, visually appealing and immensely comfortable clothing for our customers.
At Kekalove Adaptive, we all understand how our disabilities might affect us, sometimes negatively. We design our clothing with a firm belief that the world can really be a more inclusive place and it’s young people like us who can take on the challenge and achieve positive change. That’s why we design our clothing with regard to physical ability.
We want to help wheelchair users dress better, look better and feel better. If you also share the same belief in an inclusive future as us, follow us on social media, subscribe to our mailing list, buy our adaptive clothing for yourself or your loved ones, and last but not least, share our work within your community so we can scale our impact.
What's "adaptive clothing"?
We get this question a lot, especially from people who don’t have any disabilities. Imagine you have a visual disability and you are trying to wear a shirt. For those of us without any disabilities, it’s very easy. But what would happen if you realised your head is through the sleeve? You have to restart and do it again. And imagine making the same mistake over and over again, but there is nothing you can do about it. That’s why we need adaptive clothing to be an available option for people with physical disabilities.
Think for yourself how you dress up (assuming you don’t have a disability). You take all these steps subconsciously, instantly, without thinking about the how of your wearing process. But we personally know dozens of people who spend even hours every day merely to get dressed, simply because their clothing doesn’t take their needs into account. And it’s always the individual with a disability, their caretaker, their family members, their loved ones who have to deal with it. We’re here to stop that.
Founder & CEO
Mahammad Kekalov is the founder and CEO of Kekalove Adaptive Fashion. He’s an award winning social entrepreneur and an active member of Azerbaijani civil society. He grew up with his visually-impaired grandmother in northwestern Azerbaijan and the two of them spent a lot of time together. Mahammad says they were very close and she had significant impact in his upbringing. They even share the same connection today, despite all the time they had to spend apart when Mahammad left for university. Connect with him on LinkedIn or send him an email if you are interested in connecting or have anything to share with the team.
Rashida Ali is a fashion designer at Kekalove Adaptive Fashion. She graduated from the University of Languages of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan State University of Economics. Since September, 2018, she got involved into the Fashion world. She joined the Kekalove team in 2019. Her very first adaptive design was exhibited at Artim Project Space in October-November, 2019 organized and supported by famous Yarat! Contemporary Art Space in Baku. She fluently speaks English, Spanish, French, Russian and Turkish.
Sabina Sahib is a fashion designer at Kekalove Adaptive Fashion. She has been working in fashion design since 2016. She presented her first collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Baku. If we review her projects, we can see she’s very interested in social oriented projects. That’s also the reason why she’s at KEKALOVE Adaptive. Her main source of motivation is to help persons with disabilities integrate into our society.
We believe, and you would probably agree that life is hard when you are wearing clothing that makes you feel uncomfortable. Our mission is to enable persons with disabilities to be their best and confident selves by creating them a comfortable environment through adaptive and trendy fashion. We want to help wheelchair users dress better, look better and feel better.
We envision a truly inclusive world where each and every member have equal access to the same opportunities and chances, get to live their life, enjoy their time and achieve their best potential regardless of their physical abilities.
We value inclusion with no exceptions, including each and every member of our society without regard to characteristics they could or could not choose. We value the importance of human life, human experiences, human narratives, human emotions. We prioritize humans, and that’s why we can never support discrimination.