This company rocks.
A Canadian company in British Columbia is creating fashion-forward prosthetics.
Alleles makes decorative covers for prosthetic legs in bold colours and designs that could almost pass for sleeve tattoos. The company got a huge boost when Instagram posted pics of the prosthetics to their own home feed.
Alleles Design Studio (@alleles) is on a mission to stop hiding and start celebrating amputations. McCauley Wanner and Ryan Palibroda are the entrepreneurs behind the company that creates stylish covers for leg prosthetics for people all over the world. “We are trying to give our clients a new and empowering experience,” McCauley says. “Because what we are doing never existed before, we really had to take it upon ourselves to show people it was possible and that there was a need.” McCauley and Ryan grew up in northern Saskatchewan and have seen more of Canada than most people. “We’ve lived and worked in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, and we’ve found that each province has its own distinct culture,” says McCauley. She believes if there’s one thing that defines Canadians, it’s altruism. “If we are going to be successful, it’s not going to come at the cost of someone else, the environment or other cultures.” Watch our Instagram story to learn more about Allele’s work. This story is part of #🇨🇦❤️, a new series celebrating people all across Canada. Photo by @alleles
One woman (who was featured in a recent Metro article about Alleles) who lost her leg to cancer at 17, said that her prosthetic has changed from being a downer conversation (of “how did you lose your leg”) to a much more positive interaction of people admiring the artwork and creativity.
Laura writes: . . "When I was younger it was very important that I had a prosthesis that looked exactly like a real leg. I didn't want anyone to stare at me or my leg. Over the years I came to the realization that it didn't matter and I didn't care if people stared or not. But now I am excited to show my leg to the world. The Alleles cover makes my prosthesis a statement, an artistic creation, something to be looked at in admiration." . . Design: MYTHIC _cobalt_silver_ .Thanks so much for sharing Laura, such a great shot 💙 . . ______________________________________________ If you would like to help shatter stigma surrounding disability in this space, please send a DM with your email address and we will provide you with a quick style guide 🙂 . . . . .#AllelesWomen #prostheticcover #LouderThanLabels #selflove #confidence #breakingbarriers #inclusivefashion