Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Wednesday 27 January |
Saint of the Day: St. Angela Merici
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

An artful and fun fashion for wheelchair users

J-P Mauro - published on 05/31/17

Izzy Wheels: "If you can't stand up, stand out!"

Two Irish sisters, Ailbhe and Isabel Keane, have started a fashion brand for wheelchairs; “Izzy Wheels.” Isabel was born with spina bifida, which has kept her in a wheelchair her whole life. As a kid, she was disappointed that there were so few options to personalize her ride, she told Tech Crunch:

“Izzy Wheels are so important to me because they draw such positive attention to myself and my wheelchair,” says Isabel Keane, Izzy Wheels’ Brand Ambassador. “I am no longer seen as ‘the poor unfortunate girl in a wheelchair’ by passers-by. I am now seen as a stylish person with cool wheels. They really reflect the relationship I have with my wheelchair … Wheelchairs help, they do not hinder a person and now they do not hinder a person’s fashion choices.”

Izzy Wheels offers affordable spoke protectors with a variety of artistic designs, many of which feature pictures that move as the wheels spin. The most unique aspect of their design is that they attach to the wheel with Velcro, so they can be easily switched to match the rider’s outfit.

Ailbhe Keane, founder of the company, shared their vision with Tech Crunch:

“We want to give one of the world’s most underserved community of people the freedom to express themselves … Self expression is a right.”

As the demand for personalized art has increased, Izzy Wheels is preparing to launch ‘Be-Spoked,’ a digital platform where customers can build their own designs from a wide range of colors, prints, and texts. Customers may also be able to submit their own artwork.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
The 4 Ways to read Scripture every Catholic should know
saint Joseph
Philip Kosloski
Why St. Joseph is called the "Terror of Demons"
Cerith Gardiner
Meet the dad who's teaching basic skills on YouTube for kids with...
Aksum Ethiopia; CHURCH
Fionn Shiner-ACN
As many as 750 killed in massacre at Ethiopian church
Kathleen N. Hattrup
The Litany of St. Joseph
J-P Mauro
Polish statue of Christ found peeking out of a growing tree
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.