I've been making Fisherman Pants for a few years and have only recently turned it into a business. I just think now it might be time that I explain how it began and why.
I have said before that these pants are not new on the market they have been around for a few years, then seemed to disappear and we couldn't find them, more on that here.
There was a piece of the story that I left out. See the rainbow tag, every pair of pants has this and you wear it in memory of a beautiful friend of mine, Annie. She was my neighbor, full of life, happily married and a sensational mother. She was in her prime when she developed Motor Neuron Disease (also known as ALS).
As the disease started to progress she began to loose function in her hands and required some assistance with buttons and zips. As these are located in quite "personal" areas she started to wear skirts with no undies instead of gaining assistance from family, friends or carers. While we were in her garden, stealing herb cuttings, the wind picked up and I very quickly became aware of what she was upto. With belly laugh's and tears rolling down our faces, I offered to make her some pants she could manage herself without zips or buttons. Thats how it began....
She was a very stylish and fashion conscious woman with her own ideas on what she wanted so we developed the concept of choosing your own fabric. They were her HAPPY PANTS, that what she called them, thats why we have the brightest tag available, to remember a women with spirit, strength, dignity and humility. I will always remember her ability to make us laugh, not just giggle, the big belly laugh's that you get from very special people.
See these pants are very personal to me. I love making them, I love the idea that people have the choice on what they want (most probably for the first time), I love the idea that they are available to people who have full or limited hand function and I love the idea that you would never know the difference.
My dream is that you laugh loudly in these pants, because that is how they were born and that is how she would want it to be.
Love well, Live well. Leonie xx
Trust that this is a very personal blog to write and that people beyond my family are involved, I hope I haven't offended anyone in anyway as that is not my intention.