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This Fashion Company Makes Awesome Prosthetic Covers For Amputees

10 months ago

Prosthetic limbs are usually designed more for function than style, which makes sense, obviously—but it can be a bummer for people who also, you know, wanna look fresh. That's where the Canadian company Alleles comes in. 

"[When] we started the Alleles studio, we were trying to solve a style problem," said the company's founders, McCauley Wanner and Ryan Palibroda on their website. "Not a limb one. In an industry saturated with robotic aesthetics and clunky contours, our prosthetic covers endeavour to transform something mechanical into something mechani-chic."

The made-to-measure designs start at C$325, though the artists at Alleles will also create pieces with custom designs starting at C$1500. In some cases, these relatively affordable covers have been life-changing for their customers.

The story of @biancairis PART ONE of TWO. . . I lost my leg when I was 23 years old. That’s a critical time in a person’s life when they are still figuring out who they are and coming into themselves. I was devastated, naturally. I was almost more concerned with my new “aesthetics” than the fact that I may never walk again. What was I going to do with all my high heels, mini skirts and dresses? That’s the mind of a 23 year old, I guess. I didn’t really fully understand what this new life would have in store for me. I am a hip disarticulate amputee, what that means is I have no residual limb. This means I have to wear a very big, heavy, bulky and painful prosthetic strapped around my waist to walk. On top of that, I also had a crushed hip and pelvis and I lost a signifcant part of my pelvis as well. Doctors said I would never have the ability to wear a prosthesis or weight bear on my amputated side. The good thing was that at that age, I also had a full amount of stubborness to fuel me. I looked those doctors in the face and said “F YOU! I WILL WALK AGAIN ONE DAY”. It would take me 15 years and 54 surgeries in total to make that happen but I did it! Throughout those 15 years, even though I wasn’t “ready”, I still had prosthetics made and forced myself to walk in them. I wanted to blend in, and look as “normal” as possible. That “normal" was a silicone barbie leg that weighed over 15 lbs that I would walk in. I use the term “walk” very loosely. I would strap my prosthetic on and count each step to my desired landing place and just stand in various places looking like a mannequin in pain, LOL. I also had to wear a pedometer because I knew I had maxium 600-800 steps in me a day. This has been my life up until last February when I had my FINAL hip reconstruction. . .STORY CONTINUED ON NEXT POST. . . .#alleleswomen #bionica #prostheticcover #loudandproud

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And they're quite pretty to look at, too.

"I get to prove every day that fashion is life changing — not frivolous," Wanner said. What's more stylish than that?