If you are a parent or closely living with children, then you certainly know how these tiny buds outgrow clothes in the first few years of their lives. It’s not uncommon for parents to spend dollars on clothes for one child before they even touch the age of three. Young Britain based designer, Ryan Yasin won the UK’s Annual James Dyson prize for his latest wonder garment innovation that promises to fit any child aged between 6 – 36 months. This garb literally seeks to grow with your child to combat challenges of growth spurt in their initial years. The 24 year old engineering graduate’s invention can save millions of parents worldwide, thousands of pounds, every time the child undergoes physical growth. A student from the Royal College of Art, Ryan Yasin has introduced the garment under the Petit Pli range of clothing. He told the media that “We see children as the little rug rats that they are, not as little angels who are good and perfectly behaved all the time. So the clothes are designed for them running around, and being little extreme athletes.”
Some features of this outlandish creation include the material’s flexibility to allow the garment to expand with age, i.e. up to six sizes; it is both wash proof and waterproof and resistant to crumbling.
Ryan told to Metro: “I invented a structure in the fabric, it’s kind of like origami – so it’s folded and compacted, and when it’s folded it grows and expands.” He explained that these clothes have a hydrophobic coating which attributes to its waterproof nature. The textured jacket folds resemble grids on the outerwear of the outfit and are pointed downwards to allow rain or water to easily trickle down. The fabric has been treated with heat to retain its flexibility and shape. The garment can be folded small enough to fit into your pocket. It has been designed to sustain wash cycles on regular basis while holding on to its durability over a long period of time. The revolutionary invention seeks to address issues related to high cost and limited life-span of garments, where mass production puts immense pressure on the environment. As children fill out clothes rapidly, lower demand for production with this novel creation can restrict water consumption, waste generation and carbon emissions in the long run.
The currently available range is primarily outerwear as parents may not wish to drape synthetic materials around their child’s bare skin. Ryan said that the clothes are “designed with active, cheeky children in mind.”
Stating that children could start wearing Petit Pli clothes at the age of 4-6 months, Ryan explained that, “‘it makes the most sense to start here, with this age group; because that’s the age kids grow at the fastest rate.” It took almost a year for Ryan to develop this value-for- money garment before it entered into the James Dyson Award. Winning the award makes the Petit Pli brand go into the international round of competition, opening up a chance of winning £30,000 as prize money.
With his mind focused on refurbishing garment for this particular segment, Ryan says that he chose to contribute to the fashion industry in a more sustainable way. He added, “Children are growing at such a fast rate, as opposed to adults, who are static in comparison. Plus, children’s clothes are often just miniature versions of adult clothes, which I don’t really think is sensible.”
Article by Rochita.