Clothing Line Grows With Kids As They Get Bigger
Petit Pli is a line of garments made with special pleats that are meant to help the clothes expand as kids grow bigger and reduce waste
The old adage,”they grow like weeds,” couldn’t ring more true when it comes to how fast children grow, and consequently how fast parents must buy new clothing for them. Ryan Mario Yasin, a graduate of the Royal College of Arts is hoping to reduce the amount of clothing material that is thrown away each year with a line of children’s clothing called Petit Pli, featuring pleated designs that continually stretches to fit children as they grow.
Yasin got the idea for his innovative clothing line after buying clothes for his nephew that stopped fitting a few months later. With a background in aeronautical engineer, Yasin created permanent folds in his clothing that expand as the child stretches up and out.
The clothing line includes waterproof and windproof outerwear for children aged six to 36 months, a period where it is estimated that kids go through six clothing sizes.
Yasin’s previous work in aeronautical engineering saw him deploying structures for small satellites, requiring him to understand carbon fiber panels that had to be packed away into tiny gaps and hold their shape before being released. No doubt his understanding of this technology heavily influenced his work with Petit Pli which uses man-made materials that are currently patent-pending.
The designer is currently raising money for Petit Pli and hopes to make some early runs of the line in the UK with the focus on finding manufacturers that meet ethical standards.