[R E S E T] is founded by sisters, Usha Dugar Baid and Monika Dugar. The inspiration came through their father, who was diagnosed with Parkinson.
We became involved in researching the condition after our father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The hand tremors, stiffness and slow movement associated with Parkinson’s disease made the dressing routine pesky and difficult for him. When a parent is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it’s not only them that suffers, but the whole family. For us, it has been eye-opening to see how small changes to clothing could make such a difference in someone’s life. If we can change someone’s life through our work, it will give us a profound sense of satisfaction.
We took this as a project and started in-depth research in this sector. This was articulated in the designs, a process of innovation, problem-solving and empathizing with them leading to the launch of [R E S E T]. Through our collection simple changes like customized Velcro and easy fastenings allows them to dress independently. The collection also has elements like multiple pockets at different angles, to enable access with varying needs and different openings for dressing and undressing. Every element in the construction of garment processes has been vital. The shape, colour and texture of the collection, with the ability to calm, soothe and appease with comfort.
Design is inspired by the unique experiences that people with disabilities have, which comes from when you start making design personal and when you start reflecting on them. Communicating you're observation as a human being with your point of view through the designs is a process of innovation, problem-solving and empathising with them. Each garment tells an effective story that is original, evocative, inspiring and transformative.
For [R E S E T], design thinking has been the key foundation for providing the solution. Functionality and look are the key catalysts for the evolution of adaptive clothing. To understand the functionality and practicality, we go through multiple stages of prototypes, testing and feedback before the final garment is created. This helps us to reframe the challenge experienced and provide a feasible solution.
Every garment in our collection has to make a statement – a statement where design and functionality merge to engage with the range of different people needs.
Monika Dugar: Fashion Design - London College of Fashion.
Usha Dugar Baid: MBA - Oxford University