本地品牌Will & Well，从与特殊群体的沟通及适应实践出发，为他们打造细致又体贴的设计。Elisa早年在LASALLE College of the Arts学习期间，因一医生请她为老年人及卧床病人制衣而得到启发，后来致力为有特殊需求的人群设计服装并创办品牌Will & Well。然而她个人对行业用的“adaptive”一字有所保留，她说听起来有点像“用现有东西刻意去适应某些需求”。反观“inclusive”的描述就不一样，更像从需求出发而展开设计。她说她的设计，就是从聆听顾客的需求而开始的。
“It’s a task we take for granted—dressing ourselves”. The clothes we wear have yet to catch up with the way we age. In a bid to destigmatise and demystify adaptive fashion, Singapore labels Werable and Will & Well are changing the way we dress and design, one garment at a time.
Many fashion designers take great pride in their experimental and fantastical creations, but Elisa Lim makes clothes that enable people to dress themselves with dignity. “Why can’t we wear something just because it is not designed to be worn easily?”
Fashion design has always been my passion, but when I pursued my fashion diploma at Lasalle College of the Arts, I realised luxury fashion didn’t quite resonate with me. I began questioning my place in the fashion industry.
Will & Well founder, Elisa Lim, designs inclusive yet easy-to-wear clothes for people with disabilities. It took Elisa Lim five years of research about designing clothes for people with special needs and disabilities before she started her inclusive fashion brand, Will & Well.
For some of us, adversity has undoubtedly played a part in paving a new route to success. I always believed that tough times don’t last, but tough men do. As cliche as it sounds, it holds a certain truth as pushing through failure makes success a sweeter victory.
How often do you struggle to pull up the zip at the back of your dress or fumble with the buttons on your shirt cuffs? Now think about how difficult these daily routines are for those with physical challenges because of age, illness or disability.
This 25-year-old makes clothes for the disabled. She’s still finding acceptance in the design industry. In June 2017, fashion design student Elisa Lim capped off her final-year project for LASALLE College of the Arts with a runway show – but not the usual kind.