Global Adaptive Clothing Market - Insights
Adaptive clothing are garments designed for people with physical disabilities and the infirm, elderly, and post-surgery patients. These people prefer adaptive clothing, owing to difficulty in dressing or undressing themselves. Adaptive clothing includes adaptive pants and tops, open back clothing, locking clothing, and others. These clothes are generally replaced with Velcro or magnetic closures from zippers and buttons.
Demand for adaptive clothing is high from hospitals as such clothing is convenient for caregivers, nurses or hospice staff to undress or dress patients. Adaptive clothing is preferred by patients suffering from diseases such as arthritis, paraplegics, and quadriplegics. Clothing has a crucial role for patients to get treatment. Because the adaptive clothes have openings, it makes easier for the doctors to attach any medical equipment to the patient’s body without sacrificing dignity. Thus, it helps to get the quicker access to the medical devices.
Increasing prevalence of diseases such as diabetes is expected to propel growth of the market over the forecast period. Adaptive socks used for diabetic patients contain fibers that may prevent the foot from microbial or fungal infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 422 million people suffered from diabetes worldwide in 2014, which increased from 108 million in 1980. Therefore, increasing prevalence of diabetes is expected to propel demand for adaptive clothing.
Furthermore, players in the fashion industry are increasingly focusing on launching adaptive clothing for consumers as it saves time and it is also gaining popularity and acceptance. For instance, in 2016, Van Heusen launched men’s shirt with adaptive technology named Magna Click by replacing conventional buttons. Furthermore, adaptive clothing is increasingly used in beachwear, formals, sportswear, sleepwear, and industrial & specialized workers and children & maternity clothing.
Figure 1. Global Adaptive Clothing Market Share, By Product Type, 2017
Source: Coherent Market Insights, 2017-18
Europe is expected to witness significant growth in the global adaptive clothing market during the forecast period, owing to increasing geriatric population. Adaptive clothing is preferred by elderly people that have difficulty in wearing clothes. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the projected growth of geriatric population aged 85 and above in the Europe is 40 million by 2050 from 14 to 19 million by 2020. Therefore, increasing geriatric population is expected to propel demand for adaptive clothing.
North America is expected to hold dominant position in the market over the forecast period, owing to significant demand for adaptive clothing in the region. The significant demand for adaptive clothing in the region is attributed to increasing prevalence of diseases such as arthritis. For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 54.4 million adults in the U.S. suffered from arthritis during 2013-2015. Arthritis patients find it difficult to lift up their arms or to do any kind of physical movements, which makes difficult for them to wear normal clothes. Therefore, adaptive clothing that are without buttons, snaps or zippers are preferred for arthritis patients.
Figure 2. Global Adaptive Clothing Market Share, By Region, 2017
Source: Coherent Market Insights, 2017-18
Key players operating in the global adaptive clothing market are focused on adopting various growth strategies such as improving existing adaptive clothing products and introducing new adaptive clothing products to enhance their market share. For instance, in 2016, Van Heusen, launched shirt for men with adaptive technology, in which conventional buttons are replaced with magnetic closures. Furthermore, in 2016, Tommy Hilfiger, launched adaptive clothes for disabled children.
Key players operating in the global adaptive clothing include, Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing & Footwear, Izzy Camilleri, NBZ Apparel International, Able2Wear, Adaptions By Adrian, Professional fit Clothing, Adaptive Clothing Showroom, Creation Confort, Buck & Buck, PVH Corp., and others.
Adaptive clothing is designed for adults & children with disabilities, elderly, and the infirm who may find it challenging to dress themselves due to an inability to manipulate closures, such as buttons and zippers. Such type of clothing makes easier for caregivers or caretakers to dress or undress patients or people that lack a full range of motion required for self-dressing. Adaptive clothing are available for people suffering from arthritis, spinal cord injury, incontinence, Parkinson’s disease, contractures, and others.
Furthermore, these clothes do not have conventional buttons or zippers as these are replaced by Velcro and magnetic closures and are designed with stretchy fabric. However, adaptive clothing such as jumpsuits, which are made for patients suffering from Down’s Syndrome include zippers to prevent wearer from disrobing.
The adaptive clothing market growth is driven by increasing geriatric population coupled with the rising disabilities in people, globally. According to the World Bank, around 15% of the world’s population is experiencing some kind of disabilities. According to the United Nations (UN), in 2017, the number of people aged 60 or above was 962 million. According to the same source, geriatric population is increasing at a rate of 3% annually. Additionally, Europe has the highest percentage of population aged 60 and above, with 25% of the worldwide geriatric population.
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