Like most new ideas, it all began with a problem. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes aged 20; three months before my 21st birthday, which I had already started organising. I have always been a die-hard fashion lover (at the age of 12 one of my friends' Dad used to call me "Glam Nat" lol) and for my 21st, like most occasions, I had a definite idea of what I wanted my dress, cake, even restaurant to look like! Luckily for me, I was still able to realise my design dreams for that birthday and it is to this day, despite everything that had just happened, one of the best birthdays I ever had.
However over the years that followed I began to have more and more frustration with my need to inject. I chose to be on a basal bolus regime, because it allowed me more freedom with my diet, but it meant that I was taking an average of 7 injections a day- and injecting whilst out and about was unavoidable. There were so many occasions where I felt I couldn't wear a nice high waisted pencil skirt or a jumpsuit without having to go to the bathroom and get half undressed to take my shot, and I descended into a pit of wearing nothing but leggings and jumpers for months because convenience took priority over being smart or fashionable.
While eating out with friends one night, after having yet another tantrum about my lack of practical, stylish clothes, I came up with the idea of making clothes that had zips that opened to the skin to allow for easy injections. It seemed like a simple enough idea, and after some research I was shocked to find out that no one was producing anything like this. The idea quickly grew from there and I decided to create a line of clothing with zips to skin for those that inject, and hidden pockets for those who wear pumps. And like that, Type 1 Clothing was born!
For my #type1family,
Natalie here- Founder and Designer of Type 1 Clothing.
For me, this message of awareness goes hand-in-hand with the clothes that I design. I hope that by giving people the freedom to take their injections more publicly, we are helping to create a healthy - and much needed - dialogue around our condition.
Here on the blog (and also on our YouTube channel vlogs, go check them out if you haven't already) we will be talking about everything from Type 1 Clothing's journey, to fashion, dating, CGMs and some of my experiences with Type 1.. so i'd love to hear your stories and experiences in the comments!
Finally- we do pledge 5% of our profits to international diabetes research so every time you shop with us you are helping fund vital research towards new treatments.
Thanks for reading!