"I am a congenital amputee missing digits on my right hand and feet, and I've followed clothing and retail trends for people with disabilities for 26 years. As a social entrepreneur specializing in dressing with disabilities, I use my Disability Fashion Styling System™ (DFSS) to empower others with disabilities to dress with as much choice, dignity, and self reliance as possible."
cur8able founder| DISABILITY FASHION EXPERT
I use my Disability Fashion Styling System™, to curate looks and consult fashion industry professionals on how to better meet the styling needs of people with disabilities. Why me? I'm a congenital amputee missing toes and a right thumb so I've been a disability fashion stylist all my life. In addition, I've researched clothing and retail trends for people with disabilities for 26 years. Thanks to social media people with disabilities are commanding the attention of brands. As a result, today the adaptive sector of the fashion industry is officially a bubbling up trend. Interested in marketing to one of the largest people groups in the world? Click services in the menu and lets get started.
Disability Fashion Styling Expert and former television and radio personality Stephanie Thomas, is the founder of cur8able.com. Stephanie uses her Disability Fashion Styling System™ to curate fashion for people with disabilities and consult fashion industry leaders.
STEPHANIE’S PERSONAL STORY
Stephanie’s involvement in this field dates back 26 years. As a congenital amputee missing digits on her right hand and feet, she’s personally experienced the frustration of shopping for clothing, accessories and footwear that meet the standards of her Disability Fashion Styling System™.
THE PJ DEEJAY CAMPAIGN
December 2006, Stephanie stumbled upon an adorable London fog-like trench coat; complete with pockets and a belt. This adorable, fully functional coat was for a dog. Seeing that coat sparked a question that still resonates today: why are there more in-store clothing options for pets than for people with disabilities, especially wheelchair users? If we can design clothing for pets, why can’t we design more clothing for people with disabilities?
In 2007, while working as a morning drive radio personality, Stephanie packed away all of her clothing and wore pajamas monogrammed The PJ Deejay for 365 days straight. During that year she passed out flyers, delivered keynote speeches, and discussed The PJ Deejay campaign daily during her radio show. This campaign changed the trajectory of her career, it motivated her to leave the media industry, go back to school for a second graduate degree and become a trailblazer in the field of fashion journalism and styling.
STYLING |THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Stephanie not only shares her unique perspective on cur8able.com, she is also the go-to stylist in Hollywood for actors and influencers with disabilities, she hosts a podcast, Twenty -Six and Counting..., travels internationally as a keynote speaker and college professor. She also consults fashion industry leaders interested in meeting the fashion needs of people with disabilities. She also serves on the Board of Directors of No Limits Media, and volunteers with various organizations.
STEPHANIE’S PERSONAL MISSION: IN HER OWN WORDS
“My disability affects my feet, so finding the perfect footwear to complete a look feels (insert audible exhale)…I can’t put that feeling into words, but each time I dress a client I want them to experience that same feeling. My hope is that, that feeling will positively impact their self efficacy which empowers them to create the life they've imagined. This includes gainful employment and a livable wage. ”