Since its exciting introduction in 2016, Cat & Jack has expanded in more ways than one. On a mission to be the go-to fashion line for every kid, Cat & Jack has surpassed the two billion dollar mark to be one of Target’s largest brands ever. And in 2017, Cat & Jack grew to include a special selection of sensory-friendly pieces. But we didn't stop there.
A follow-up on our design for all agenda? Cat & Jack adaptive apparel, made specially for kids and toddlers living with disabilities. Based on current brand styles, Target’s internal design team created the latest assortment with features like side and back snap and zip closures and hidden openings for abdominal access, all in an effort to make getting dressed easier for everyone (kids and parents!).
“It’s our goal at Target to always make sure we have products that fit our guests’ needs, and all at a reasonable price point. We heard from our guests—and members of our own team—that there’s a need for adaptive clothing for kids that is both fashionable and affordable, so we set out to create exactly that,” said Julie Guggemos, senior vice president, Product Design & Development, Target. “Since launching sensory-friendly apparel and receiving such positive guest feedback, we’re focused on continuing to evolve and expand Cat & Jack to meet the needs of even more of our guests.”
Some highlights from the assortment include outerwear with zip-off sleeves, footless sleepwear and diaper-friendly leggings and bodysuits. Another plus? The clothing is made from extra-soft, comfortable and durable cotton knits.
“As a technical designer, I’m always looking at ways to develop products that are super functional and can help many different types of people,” said Mari Anderson, principal technical designer, Kids Apparel, Target. “Our team met with real kids to understand what their needs are in different types of apparel, then put our expertise to the test to create the products. Without a doubt, this has been the most meaningful project that I have been a part of.”
Shop the selection of Cat & Jack adaptive apparel pieces in sizes 2T-5T (Toddler) and XS-XXL (Big Kids) at Target.com. Prices range from $4.50 to $39.99, with most items under $19.99.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on October 18, 2017 and updated September 5, 2018.