Solit Clothes by Misaki Tanaka

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Solit

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Clothes

INSPIRATION:
Ever since I was a little, I have felt that I was an ugly person.I felt this especially in the fitting rooms, where I entered in the hope that I might be able to change. There are many people who cannot wear existing clothes due to design or structural problems. We have been working with medical and welfare professionals, wheelchair users, dwarfism, and other people who have been experiencing problems with clothing from the planning stage.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
It is a semi-personalized inclusive fashion brand that allows customers to choose from more than 1,600 patterns of size regardless of their body type, disability or sexuality at affordable price. With the motto of "the right things for the right people, in the right quantities," the brand involves people with disabilities and sexual minorities in the development process from the planning stage, starts cutting the fabric only after receiving a request, and makes only what is needed.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
With the motto of "the right things for the right people, in the right quantities," the brand involves people with disabilities and sexual minorities in the development process from the planning stage, starts cutting the fabric only after receiving a request, and makes only what is needed in the right quantities. Our goal is to create an "all-inclusive" society that accepts a diverse range of people and does not assume waste in production, leaving no one or nothing behind, including nature, animals, and the global environment.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in Sep.2020 in Japan

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Social Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
We reflected the voices of both the academic and clinical opinions and findings of medical and welfare professionals and experts, and the issues that can only be understood by those who are experiencing it in their daily lives. We have achieved a design specification that allows for over 1600 possible combinations. At SOLIT, we have streamlined the work process and created a made-to-order model that allows us to maintain a medium price range while retaining customizability.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The design perfectly fits each customers needs to their clothes, we make it possible by including customers' voices as well as medical and welfare professionals voices in the development process from the very beginning.

TAGS:
allinclusive, SOLIT, Fasionforall, Socialdesign

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Interview, consult and discussion with medical and welfare professionals and experts, as well as those who are experiencing issues in wearing clothes in their daily lives provided us with insights when designing patterns. For example, to add extra adding ribbing to sleeves and jacket is essential for wheel chair users. This can be used to protect the arms from rubbing against the wheels and losing them when the wheelchair is running on its own, or to make it easier to roll up the arms. In another example, people with quadriplegia have had difficulty putting on and taking off items that have buttons or jackets that require rolling the shoulders. Our products made those customization possible and users have told us that they are now able to participate in society through clothing.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part is to design patterns that truly fits those who cannot fit into clothes that are sold in the market. Some of them may have disabilities, some of them have specific needs in their clothes. We keep discuss with academic, clinical and welfare professionals.

ADDED DATE:
2021-09-23 14:56:34

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Misaki TANAKA, ITSUO MIHARA, YUKIKO ITO, Tomoko IKENOUE and

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Kiruke Watanabe, Key Visual1 2020.
Image #2: Photographer Koji Yamanaka, Masaki-san 2020.
Image #3: Photographer Dai Hashimoto, SOLIT Broad Shirts 2020.
Image #4: Photographer Takahide Wakabayashi, Dawn Jacket 2020.
Image #5: Photographer Kiruke Watanabe, Key Visual2 2020.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://solit-japan.com/


CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Solit

PROFILE:
The brand is a semi-personalized inclusive fashion brand that allows customers to choose from more than 1,600 options of size, specification, and length for each part of the clothing according to their preference, body type, and disability characteristics, regardless of their disability or sexuality.



NOMINATION DETAILS

Solit Clothes by Misaki Tanaka is a Nominee in Social Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Solit Clothes by Misaki Tanaka is Winner in Social Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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COMMENTS
Elisabeth Clark Comment #93848 on January 4, 2023, 9:08 pm
I am absolutely in awe at the incredible work of Misaki Tanaka! Solit is a truly remarkable design, one that provides an inclusive and accessible solution to a problem that is often overlooked. The research and dedication behind this project is outstanding and it is a testament to the power of design to create positive and meaningful change. I am so inspired by the way that Misaki Tanaka has brought together professionals, experts, and those with disabilities to create a brand that is both affordable and tailored to the needs of individuals. It is a work of genius and I am proud to see it awarded with the A' Design Award.

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