Chariot clothing racing to success
By Katie O’Keefe
A Cork-based brand of lifestyle apparel designed to be an inclusive eco conscious clothing company with something for everyone is taking the industry by storm.
32 year old Nathan Kirwan from Currabinny sustained a spinal cord injury eight years ago leaving him paralysed from the chest down. Among the challenges and adjustments to his new life in a wheelchair, Nathan and his sister Aisling decided that one challenge they could tackle was clothing for wheelchair users.
Nathan who also works as a marine engineer at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy said: “The clothes I once wore just did not fit right or they were difficult to get on. From frustration, I developed trousers for wheelchair users that are designed around a sitting position with a few subtle unique features that make these trousers more comfortable and practical.”
Chariot is all about inclusivity and the siblings want to promote the work hard play hard mentality for everyone whether they sit or stand.
“We're very mindful of the impact that fast fashion has on our planet. We source quality clothing that lasts longer and is made from sustainable materials which gentler on the environment,” said Nathan.
The brand is celebrating the launch of their new summer range inspired by the theme of an outdoor summer and features artwork designed in Cork.
As well as The Summer of Fun collection, Chariot has a unique range of wheelchair clothing including sweatshirts, tees, sunglasses, hats and hoodies containing organic and regenerated cotton, recycled polyester and bamboo and is sourced through local suppliers.
You can shop Chariot at chariotclothing.com.