We’re Open Style Lab
Established in 2014, Open Style Lab (OSL) is 501©3 organization dedicated to creating functional, wearable solutions for people of all abilities without compromising style.
We team designers, engineers and occupational therapists to conceive and build accessible wearables that address the needs of and with people with disabilities. Our mission is for all people to have access to style, regardless of cognitive and physical ability.
We do this through education, research and innovation, corporate collaborations, and raising awareness.
Style Opens Doors
Clothing is both a medium for self-expression and a tool for functionality. It has the power to uplift or constrain. Apparel that works for the individual while looking good is a tool that helps build self-esteem, form social relationships, and to opens doors to gain skills, knowledge and even employment.
A lack of accessible clothing or wearable solutions can then become a barrier for employment for people with disabilities. Presentation of self via interviews or resumes is a key place where cultural capital bears on the employment process, in part because it provides a basis for employers to assess the social capital employees will bring to the position.