Children grow 7 sizes in their first 2 years and this equates to a lot of wasted clothing. I’m sure you have bought clothes for a baby, and they were practically outgrowing them as they unwrapped them. Or maybe you have a favourite toddler garment and it needs to be swapped for clothing that’s slightly bigger and just as expensive. It is possible to create a clothing line that grows as fast as your kids do?
Now, Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mario Yasin has created a range of kids’ clothing with a pleat system that lets garments stretch to fit even after growth spurts. His clothes are designed to custom fit children from 6 to 36 months. That’s 6 different sizes!
Yasin has created the most advanced technical children’s clothing in the world. He is trained as an aeronautical engineer and specialising in deployable structures. He experimented with fabrics in his own home, including adding pleats and cooking fabrics in his oven. His understanding of folding techniques from aeronautical research heavily influenced Petit Pli, which relies on man-made materials that are currently still patent-pending.
Petit Pli uses technical materials that are ultra-lightweight, windsurf, waterproof and breathable. The clothes are comfy and functional, they adapt to child’s movement. Furthermore, they are easy to pack up and clean.
In their initial form, the pleated shirts and pants are small enough to fit a 6-month-old child. As kids get bigger the material can be unfolded, ultimately expanding to the size of a wearer who’s 2-and-a-half or 3 years old.
Yasin is currently raising investment for Petit Pli, and plans to make early batches in the UK, with a focus on finding manufacturers with high ethical standards.
Definitely, a brand to watch!