Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015: A YEAR TO REMEMBER FOR THE ABLE LABEL

The Able Label Happy New Year 2016

As we enter into the New Year and wave farewell to 2015, The Able Label reflects on the year gone by. It has been quite an action packed 12 months for us, which we would like to share with you.

The year hasn’t been without its downs too though. Sadly Founder Katie’s grandmother passed away. She was unable to see the first range that was inspired by her own difficulties faced dressing with Parkinson’s. We are sure you’ll agree that if she were still around, she would be incredibly proud of Katie and The Able Label.

The Able Label Founder Katie's Grandmother

Despite this, there have been many highlights this year including go live with the first collection, attending several leading tradeshow and also having some great feedback from the likes of Joanna Lumley!

The Designs Finalised
Working with some of the best designers, garment technologists and factories around, we finalised our first range of adaptive clothing, which looks great but also makes dressing easier too.


The Final Samples
After several trips to and from our factory in Portugal and many focus groups with customers and occupational therapist later, we got our final samples through. Thrilled with them and the positive feedback we received, we proceeded into production.

Factory in Portugal making adaptive clothes

The Photoshoot
We had our first ever photoshoot and met with some incredibly inspiring individuals who volunteered to model for us wanting easier to dress clothes but with style still very important to them. We had some of the industries best hair and makeup artists working on making them over and a leading photographer photographing them. We went on to put the images into our first catalogue which can be found on our website http://www.theablelabel.com/catalogue_a/278.htm

The Able Label Photoshoot - Behind the Scenes

The Feedback
We have had lots of positive feedback and list the best couple for you below. More can be found on our website http://www.theablelabel.com/testimonials_a/256.htm


Joanna Lumley'Many congratulations to Katie for this range of easy to get into clothes which are stylish and attractive and which I hope will become the mainstay of many wardrobes.'
-Joanna Lumley

'It is so nice to see someone has actually considered dressing when designing a clothing range. I ordered three vests and the quality is gorgeous! My son who is visiting even commented saying how beautiful they looked. No longer will I need to cut myself out of vests as these front fasten with velcro.'
-Mrs Harris, aged 84, from Reading

The Events
Lord Young with The Able Label Founder KatieWe had the opportunity to meet Lord Young and show him some of The Able Label’s easy dress clothing collection at Enterprising Women Event held at The British Library.



Several major tradeshows were attended where we were able to showcase the innovative collection including The Care Show and OT Show held at Birmingham NEC and also RehaCare International held in Dusseldorf.

The Press
We have featured in The Mail on Sunday, Saga Magazine, The Lady Magazine, The OT Magazine, Thiis Trade Magazine and Arthritis Care’s Inspire Magazine to name but a few. We even had our product rated 5/5 in Able Magazine.

The Able Label Rated 5/5 in Able Magazine



So as you can see, the year as been action packed for us and we look forward to the same in 2016 - brining out more desirable designs that also make dressing easier. Let's toast to an exciting year ahead!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ABLE LABEL

We’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the team here at The Able Label!

Thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout 2015. We look forward to 2016 and helping more women find desirable yet dress-able clothes.

Have a fabulous festive break and we see you in the new year.


Best wishes,

Katie Ellis,
Founder, The Able Label


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

GET THE LOOK THIS CHRISTMAS

Whether you are staying at home or visiting family or friends this year, make sure you remain as independent and comfortable as possible whilst looking your best over the Christmas period.

To help, we have put together some suggestions for the most important days - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Christmas Eve - The Able Label Outfit:
Take it easy in the build up to Christmas Day with this smart yet relaxed look.
Especially if you are away from home, ensure you can still dress safely with these wrap styles that minimise the need to balance as they wrap around you.


Shop the look by clicking on the links below:



Christmas Day - The Able Label Outfit:
Look your best on this special day spent with loved ones and go for a slightly dressier look. Complete the look with this elegant cardi and some beautiful jewellery in matching colours. Take the stress out of getting this necklace on as it is magnetic fastening!


Shop the look by clicking on the links below:



Boxing Day - The Able Label Outfit:
Whether you prefer trousers or skirts, cover up with these sleek styles which all have stretched waistbands for extra comfort... comfort you may need after all the turkey consumed on Christmas Day!



So what ever you are up to this Christmas, ensure you are looking your best but at the same time remain as independent and comfortable as possible with these easier to dress, stylish clothes from The Able Label.


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

HAPPY GIFTING



Know someone stylish but finds dressing difficult in regular high street clothes?

Give them the most thoughtful yet practical of gifts this Christmas with The Able Label gift vouchers. This way, you don't have to worry about getting the right item as they can choose their perfect to easy-to-dress piece themselves.

Gift vouchers come beautifully presented in paper form and could not be simpler to order and use.

Once ordered over the phone or online, we will post the gift voucher to either you or directly to the lucky recipient. To use the gift voucher, simply reference the long number on the back of the voucher when placing an order online or via the phone.

Give loved ones something they really want this Christmas.

Gift vouchers can be ordered:
Through the website at http://www.theablelabel.com/giftvouchers-s/140.htm
By calling us on 01622 828994


Friday, 4 December 2015

YOU CRACKER ME UP - 12 JOKES & FACTS OF CHRISTMAS


It's that time of year again and Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without them. We all love a cringingly awful cracker joke (or two). Here are some that we thought you’d appreciate which we will be adding to throughout the Christmas period. We hope they 'cracker you up'!

We also share with you a few The Able Label facts in our crackers.

If you have any jokes you'd like to add, 'share your cracker' by getting in touch with us at info@theablelabel.com and we will add the best (worst) Christmas jokes.



















Tuesday, 1 December 2015

CHRISTMAS ALL WRAPPED UP!


Here at The Able Label, we want to make shopping as easy as possible as we know how hectic things can get, especially this time of year! So put your feet up and let us do the hard work so you don't have to!


SHOP YOUR WAY
You can shop a variety of ways with The Able Label, which ever is most convenient for you:

Online: through our website www.theablelabel.com, you can view the full range whether on your desktop or tablet from the comfort of your home or on the go via your mobile.

Phone: call 01622 828994 and our helpful customer service team will be able to place orders over the phone for you.

Mail order: request a catalogue to receive your home shopping order form. View the catalogue online or request one via our catalogue pages. Once you receive the catalogue and order form, just complete the form and post back to us at the below address and we will promptly process home shopping orders.

Iden Farm Cottages,
Heath Road,
Boughton Monchelsea.
Maidstone,
Kent,
ME17 4JE

Should you have any problems along the way or simply just want some advice on something, we are happy to help. All you need to do is contact our lovely customer services team who are here Monday to Saturday from 9am - 5pm. To get in touch you can either:

Email: cservices@theablelabel.com
Call: 01622 828994


WISH LIST
On our website, if you see it and like it, add it to your wish list! Your wish list allows you to save products that you might want to buy in the future. Just click the "Add to WishList" button on the product details page, and the product will be added to your wish list. Your wish list can be viewed at anytime by visiting My WishList once you have added items. Simple!

SHARE
When on the product details pages, you will notice several social media icons as well as one which says "Email a Friend" below the product images. Use these buttons to let loved ones know what you really want for Christmas this year.

Alternatively if you can think of someone you know who would love this item, let them know! Use one of the social or email icons to share a link to the page with them.


DELIVERY & RETURNS
You can find full details on our delivery & returns policy online at our delivery & returns page as well as terms and conditions pages. Here though, we have pulled together key details to guide you over the Christmas period.

DELIVERY
You have a choice of standard or next day delivery options which are as follows:


The last recommended delivery dates before Christmas are:
1.) Standard delivery: 19th December 2015
2.) Next day delivery: 21st December 2015

RETURNS
We understand you may want to try something on in the comfort of your own home before committing to a purchase. You will therefore be pleased to hear we offer free returns within 14 days on receipt of order as long as items are in the same condition you received them.

During the Christmas period, we have an extended returns policy where anything ordered after 1st December 2015 as a gift has 14 days to be returned after 25th December 2015.


We hope this helps lightens the load for you but should there be anything you are unclear on, please do not hesitate to contact our customer services team for more. That is Christmas all wrapped up!



Friday, 27 November 2015

BLUE IS THE NEW BLACK FRIDAY

We know today has come to be known as '‪#‎BlackFriday‬', but in the world of fashion we like to add a little colour. At The Able Label - blue is the new black for Black Friday.

We're offering 15% off navy clothes through the weekend!



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

'TIS THE SEASON... TO PARTY!

Here at The Able Label, we are in full swing for Christmas.

Get yourself ready for the party season. What ever the occasion, whether it be lunch/dinner out or a work Christmas party, we have the dress for you - Su Jersey Wrap Dress.

This is not any ordinary dress though, it has been specifically designed to make dressing into and out of it easier. The wrap style can be fully opened meaning no more difficult or painful overhead dressing! Raglan sleeves also make it easier to manoeuvre your way into arm holes.

Available in three colours - dragon red, shibori navy and gingko print navy, we feel the dragon red is the perfect option for the festive season in the rich red shade.

They come in a wide range of sizes from 8-22.

There is also a top version of this wrap style available - Linda Jersey Wrap Top.



Complete the look with some head turning jewellery. To wear with the Su Jersey Wrap Dress in Dragon Red, we recommend the Sandra Pearl Drop Magnetic Necklace also in Dragon Red. Being magnetic, it is easier to fasten meaning no more fiddly clasps to battle! Please be reminded though that magnetic jewellery cannot be worn if you have a pacemaker.
More colours and details on the Su Jersey Wrap Dress can be found at online at The Able Label website. You can also find more easy dress jewellery on there too on the accessories pages.

We hope you find the perfect dress this festive season which is functional and fashionable.

Friday, 20 November 2015

THE ABLE LABEL AT THE OT SHOW 2015



The OT Show
The Able Label will proudly be showing alongside Access Independent at The OT Show next week on stand B34. We will also be showcasing the clothing at the Innovation Centre at 10:15am each day so hope to see you there.

Exciting Opportunity for OT's!
If you are an OT wanting more from your role, keen to learn and develop and seeking a fun new challenge - we want to hear from you! See below flyer for more...




Saturday, 14 November 2015

WINTER WARMERS 2015


As the nights draw in, we get closer to Christmas and the temperatures begin to drop - ensure your clothes cover warmth and style.

We focus on two key winter warmers from The Able Label - the Bella Jersey Scarf and Molly Waterfall Cardi.



0810 Bella Jersey Scarf
RRP: £15.95

  • Elegant and comfortable scarf with beautiful drape.
  • Ideal for co-ordinating with outfits and completing looks.
  • Available in three colours - dragon red, shibori navy and gingo print navy.
  • Natural, breathable fabric with additional stretch for extra comfort.
  • Machine washable - recommended at 40 degrees.
  • Easy care fabric - quick drying, cool iron if required.
  • 95% viscose, 5% elastane.




0506 Molly Waterfall Cardi
RRP: £49.95 / £41.63 excl VAT if you are entitled to VAT exemption

  • Ideal layering piece for extra warmth.
  • Long sleeved style with pretty waterfall design.
  • Long zips at cuff for easier access.
  • Large hook and eye fastening at front.
  • Coloured tape inside to aid cognitive difficulties - Lime for Left and Red for Right.
  • Available in two colours - dragon red and shibori navy
  • Natural, breathable fabric with additional stretch for extra comfort.
  • Machine washable - recommended at 40 degrees. 
  • Easy care fabric - quick drying, cool iron if required.
  • 95% viscose, 5% elastane.


Remember: 
You can always buy and try. If it is not right for you, return on us for free!
See the Bella Jersey Scarf, Molly Jersey Cardi and more on The Able Label website 

Ways to Shop:
-mail order - through The Able Label catalogue
-phone - calling 01622 828994
-webstite - visit www.theablelabel.com

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

OT WEEK 2015

OT WEEK 2015

This OT Week, we wanted to highlight how The Able Label can benefit OT’s and those individuals they work so tirelessly in supporting.

What is an Occupational Therapist (OT)?
We take most daily activities for granted. These could be simple things like shopping and getting dressed, or more complex things like raising children or studying. For some individuals however, being unable, or finding it difficult, to do these things, can have a huge impact on our quality of life. This is where the assistance of a qualified occupational therapist (OT) comes in.

The British Association of Occupational Therapists, refer to therapy provided by specially trained, qualified staff “who help people of all ages who are suffering from physical, mental or social problems as a result of an accident, illness or ageing to do the things they want to do.”

How can The Able Label help OT’s?
The Able Label clothes are all specifically designed to make dressing easier. However, where we are different from other adaptive clothing companies is that we also consider quality, comfort and style. By creating the perfect blend of function and fashion, The Able Label is helping OT’s to fulfil their role of helping those they work with to the things they want.

The clothes encourage independence with the easier Velcro fastenings and colour co-ordinated internals whilst boosting confidence as individuals feel comfortable, able to maintain their style and this shows.

All styles have been through rigorous focus group testing with those who would benefit from the clothing as well as OT’s.

Some of the key features of the range include:

  • All clothes are eligible for VAT relief
  • Velcro fastenings
  • No overhead dressing
  • Trousers pull on in regular and short leg

  • Extra long, hidden zips at cuff on cardi and hem on trouser for easier access
  • All styles available in sizes 8–22

  • Colour co-ordinated internals to help cognitive difficulties
  • Breathable fabric with extra stretch for comfort
  • Easy to mix and match creating different outfits
from only a few items
  • Quicker, easier and safer dressing for carers assisting with dressing

Find out more on how The Able Label clothing can benefit OT’s and the individuals they support by visiting our website: http://www.theablelabel.com.

The OT Show
The Able Label will be showing alongside Access Independent at the OT Show 25th – 26th November. We will be on stand B34 and even have a catwalk planned at 10:15am both days in the Innovation Theatre. If you are there, come and visit the stand and catwalk. We would love the opportunity to show you the benefits of the clothing first-hand!

We are also looking for OT ambassadors. If you are about to move into or already in the independent sector and are looking for an add-on, we would love to hear from you. Please email info@theablelabel.com.


Otherwise we hope to see you at the OT Show!