I am 21 years old and have suffered from primary Lymphoedma in my right leg since birth.
I am currently a fashion promotion student at university and have decided that for my last year of my degree i want to create a business plan and potentially start a business for bespoke fashion for lymphoedema patients.
Even after all these years I haven't come to terms with my condition and I think this project will give me the confidence I need, I will after all have to present my idea to 60 classmates who are completely unaware of my condition and have never noticed it.
I often suffer with finding trousers in my size, I am a size 8/10 and yet have to find trousers in a 12/14 to fit my leg which is very frustrating and can at times just look plain ridiculous!
Therefore, my question to you is, do you have the same problem whether it be your arm or leg?
The idea for this business plan is to create fashionable pieces in sizes that fit you, for example, maybe incorporating a size 10 with a size 14? Or even creating clothing using a material with compression combined? If you could give me any ideas you may have it would be greatly appreciated as I am keen to gain as much information and thoughts as I can to help me progress in this project.
The types of fashion I would be looking into would be jeans, jumpsuits, shorts, dresses, shirts and blouses,etc. The idea being that the consumer can feel included in the current fashion trends to give them the confidence and comfort they need.
Also if you could give me an idea of the prices you would be willing to pay for these bespoke garments, I would be looking at prices around £40-£100+ as I would have to consider labour costs and material costs and also the fact the items would have to be tailored to fit individuals
Thank you so much!xx