How a Mom’s Mission for Adaptive Clothes for Her Son Inspired a Fashion Empire

Mindy Scheier made sure fashion has immeasurable potential in adapting stylish clothes for People with Disabilities.

On Thursday, “The View” featured Scheier in honor of Women’s History Month and she shared her story seven years after her first appearance on the Emmy-winning daytime talk show.

Scheier worked as a designer and stylist in the fashion industry for more than 20 years, but was inspired to take on a new challenge when her then eight-year-old son Oliver – who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy called spine stiff spine – wanted to wear jeans to school. Unfortunately, the pants didn’t fit on his ankle pads and the attachments like buttons and zippers were too much for him to handle on his own.

“That’s when I chose to leave the career I had and create the foundation called Runway of Dreams,” Scheier told “The View” during a May 2015 appearance. The non-profit organization founded in 2014 aims to inspire designers to create modifications to their clothing to help empower people with disabilities.

Scheier’s son Oliver, now 17, told “The View” how it felt to have inspired his mother’s fashion empire with a simple request.

“It’s something that blows my mind every day. Such a trivial request could turn into something so world-changing, and it really is world-changing,” he said. “Recognize people with disabilities under similar conditions [struggles is] unprecedented and I couldn’t be more proud of my mother.”

Since its launch, Runway of Dreams has partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to create the first line of mainstream children’s adaptive clothing and works with brands such as Kohl’s, Target, Zappos.com, and more. After receiving an overwhelming amount of inquiries from brands and industries asking the organization to help them connect with talent with disabilities, Scheier founded Gamut Management.

“When we launched Tommy in 2016, all of these brands suddenly started reaching out to Runway of Dreams, how they can enter the adaptive space, how they can connect with people with disabilities, and it became very clear that another company had to be born, and that was Gamut Management,” she said of her talent management and consulting firm that represents more than 700 disabled talent.

“We work with companies to help them at every stage of the value chain to develop products for people with disabilities, and we do this with people with disabilities on our side,” she added.

On March 8, the Runway of Dreams Foundation hosted the A Fashion Revolution fashion show at Majestic Downtown in Los Angeles, showcasing adaptive fashion worn by talent with disabilities. With over 70 models and a mix of mainstream and emerging brands, Scheier has managed to break the glass ceiling in raising awareness for people with disabilities.

“It was amazing to see how far we’ve come,” she said of the fashion show. “It was so amazing how they presented themselves, so much so that we had to move the venues five days before the show because we had such an outpouring of impressed people…we went to a venue that was doing the double the size.”

Scheier has worked with major brands through his two organizations and announced “The View” Gamut Management’s latest partnership with Victoria’s Secret and PINK.

“Victoria’s Secret and PINK come together and partner with Gamut to really do things the right way, and that’s to understand people; to really work with women with disabilities; to understand their needs so they can help to meet that with their products so that they can really be able to dress all women,” she said of her talent management company’s new partnership.

“I have to congratulate them for getting it right,” added Scheier.

In 2021, Victoria’s Secret revamped its business to focus on convenience and inclusiveness. They made history in February when they made 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born Sofía Jirau their first model with Down syndrome. She has modeled bras and panties in the brand’s Love Cloud campaign, which features women of different shapes and sizes.

Following Scheier’s big announcement, “The View” held a fashion show featuring disabled talent to show off the brands she has worked with to develop mainstream adaptive clothing. From Dave Stevens who has a congenital amputation to 10-year-old Sebastian Ortiz who has cerebral palsy, there have been shirt, pants and shoe modifications that have worked for everyone.

During the show’s finale, Scheier’s Runway of Dreams Foundation received an incredible surprise from the female-owned sponsors of “The View,” 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Resort, donating $25,000 to the organization. non-profit.

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