These Ingenious Kids Clothes Will Grow With Your Child

This is what happens when aeronautical engineering meets fashion

Sep 1, 2017

If there's one thing that all parents can agree on, it's that our little ones grow up way too fast. Sometimes it seems as if we close our eyes for just a second and suddenly the little bundles of joy we brought home from the hospital are running around the house and turning into little people.

Apart from the sentimental side of things, the fast pace at which children grow can also put a big strain on parents' wallets as they need new clothes almost every few weeks.

Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mario Yasin has set out to solve that problem and created a range of kids’ clothing called Petit Pli, that has a pleat system that lets garments stretch to fit even after massive growth spurts. His clothes are designed to custom fit children from 6 to 36 months - that's one garment that stretches over six sizes.

Yasin used his background as an aeronautical engineer to come up with a set of permanent folds that let clothes stretch out when pulled, so they fit themselves to the children as they get bigger.

"This is really engineering meets fashion. I've taken my knowledge of materials and folding origami and applied that to a product which is aimed at reducing the waste in the fashion industry," he told Business Insider.

The patent-pending pleating process has been rigorously tested to make sure that the pleats won't fall out with use, and the waterproof clothes are even machine washable. Yasin is now working on different sizes and designs and looking for commercial partners to scale-up production to bring Petit Pli to market.

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