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ALLELES interview with electric runway.

Electric Runway is a future fashion event series and a global platform for covering and discovering fashion tech. Through a series of curated runway shows, speaker series, in-depth podcasts, and short video docs, we invite audiences to come along as we unravel the next chapter in our humanity. In this episode, fashion tech journalist Amanda …

#MyPhantomPain blog post from mamma cax

After an amputation, your nerves continue to send signals to the brain. Most amputees will tell you even after amputation, they can move their fingers or wiggle their toes even though they don’t have these body parts. For this reason, many amputees suffer from phantom pain. “Phantom limb pain refers to mild to extreme pain …

Gearing Up For The Holidays

The Ugly Christmas Cover 2016 was a big year for us and it’s hard to believe it’s already the second week of November. For the holiday season this year we thought it would be fun to put something together a little more ‘seasonal’. Fueled with an equal mix of eggnog and yuletide cheer, our design team …

ALLELES Featured in VICE.

On September 15, the White House hosted Design for All, its first-ever fashion show celebrating inclusive design, assistive technology, and prosthetics. The event was attended by innovators in the differently abled fashion space, including the Alleles prosthetic cover design studio, Tommy Hilfiger with an “adaptive” collection for kids, Nike designer Tobie Hatfield whose Flyease technology makes …

Alleles cover featured courtesy of Mama Cax in Refinery 29

How To Make Sure Your 9-To-5 Outfit Also Works As A 5-To-9 Text: Connie Wang, Refinery 29. Is this a familiar picture? Littered with shoes, spare dresses, random jewelry, and maybe even a bra, the space underneath your desk is a daily reminder that your 9-to-5 outfit doesn’t work as well from 5-to-9. No matter …

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ALLELES invited to White House

September 15th, the White House held it’s first ever runway show to celebrate Inclusive Fashion, Assistive Technology and Prosthetics.  Our ambassador, Caxmee modeled one of her covers on the runway along side some of the other industry leaders in inclusive design. There was a panel discussion about business, innovation, and the importance of design for …

YAHOO Style: Choose your Favorite Cover

Our goal has always been to break into mainstream pop culture in order to continue breaking down stereotypes.  Thank-you so much YahooStyle for the feature!!  Click here for the full article or read below! These prosthetic leg covers are all kinds of amazing Hilary Hagerman : August 10, 2016 As many people missing a limb will tell …

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CTV National: Interview with Avis Favaro

So cool to be interviewed by Avis Favaro for ctvnews.ca National. Watch the interview below and take a look into our studio.  We were so lucky that one of our first clients, Sam Paulos, was interviewed for the piece as well! “People would often come up before and say, ‘Oh I am really sorry, how did you …

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Nadine Richards | Louder Than Labels Campaign

Nadine has a sparkle that can light up any room and an energy that pulls people in.  We have been working with Nadine for the past couple of years and her quirky, artistic, and adventurous sense of style makes collaborating so much fun.  We are so happy we were able to work with her for …

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Daniel Monzon | Louder Than Labels Campaign

Dan was the second person to be involved with what is now the ALLELES Design studio back in 2010. He is larger than life. His professional, compassionate, and joie de vivre attitude has had an enormous impact on the approach of our studio.  We are so grateful we had the chance to include him in …

Louder Than Labels ALLELES campaign with Kyle Riva

Kyle Riva | Louder Than Labels Campaign

Kyle Riva is a true force of love and optimism.  We had the privilege of working with him for our #LouderThanLabels campaign where learned so many amazing things about him.  Not only is Kyle on a competitive rowing team, we found out he only starting cycling about a year ago… Starting to take athletics seriously …

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Michelle Salt | Louder Than Labels Campaign

See the wonderful world of Michelle Salt through our eyes.  She is talented beyond words and adventurous to the point of total unpredictability.  Snowboarder, motocross, rowing, cycling, public speaking, business woman, mentor, and farm kid are only a few words that can be used to describe Michelle.  Take a look at her #LouderThanLabels Commercial here: as …

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Mercedes-Benz Mag | Canadian Culture

Cool to be featured as 1 of the 12 companies in Mercedes-Benz Magazine representing Canadian Culture for Spring/Summer 2016! Read the full article by clicking the link below to see all of the amazing talents featured in the piece!  So proud to be Canadian!  Thank-you for including us Mercedes-Benz Canada! Headline: The List: Spring 2016: From …

Holland Bloorview | BLOOM Magazine

BLOOM Magazine is a resource that was put together by the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Foundation in order to provide insight to parents of children with different abilities.  This is one of our favorite interviews yet as it is a very accurate and thorough overview of the beginnings of our studio.  Read the full article …

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ALLELES Interviewed on Refinery29

Read the entire interview of the ALLELES founders on Refinery29 below. What Happens When You Treat Prosthetics As Accessories Words by: Landon Peoples Since their invention (which dates back to 950 B.C.E.), prosthetics have served one purpose: function. But unlike other functional aids, like glasses, that have become fashion accessories, too, prosthetics have mostly been …

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SIXTH Collection of ALLELES Covers Released

We are excited to release our sixth collection for you guys!  So hard to believe how quickly time is passing and how we now have over 40 different styles of prosthetic covers for you to choose from.  This is our largest collection yet and features 12 new designs! Our new collection is titled ‘Wonderland” Spring/Summer …

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Arm Cover for NYFW | Rebekah Marine

Fashion diversity is starting to make its way into the fashion scene, slowly but surely.  We were honored to get to do this arm piece for Rebekah Marine for NYFW this year.  Check out this great article on STYLE.MIC Magazine to get the low-down on the different models that are breaking down barriers and removing …

Arm Cover for Rebekah Marine | People Magazine

We had the privilege of doing an arm cover and hand piece for the Bionic Model, Rebekah Marine for New York Fashion Week.  She showed the world how big of an impact fashion and inclusion can have on future generations when she graced the runway with her ‘mini-me’, Gianna Schiavone who is missing her left …

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Clothes for your Prosthesis & the Importance of Self-Expression

What we have learned after making prosthetic covers for the past few years is that people don’t want to hide their prosthesis per se….but they do want their prosthesis to go with their style and work with their wardrobe. People’s friends and families know them best and there is nothing more uplifting when you can …

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CTV Style File

We were interviewed by Lisa Perry and featured on the STYLE FILE for the Vancouver Island CTV News.  Our main girl Emery Vanderburgh explains her experience as an amputeen and how wearing her prosthetic covers has changed the way she sees herself as well as how others see her as well. Take a watch to …

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Fall Winter 2016 Collection Released

Holy cow!  Where does the time go? Can hardly believe that we have just released our FIFTH collection of prosthetic covers. This collection marks our two year anniversary since launching our very first collection back in October of 2013.  We have come a long ways since then and feel like we are just starting to …

Bustle Magazine | Fashion Feature

Thank-you BUSTLE magazine for the feature discussing the importance of style and self-love.  Click here to read the full article or read it below: ALLELES Sells Stylish Prosthetic Leg Covers to Help Amputees Stop Hide Written by MARLEN KOMARO, October 18, 2015 FASHION & BEAUTY If you ask me, fashion has the power to change …

Alleles Prosthetic Covers featured in the Chive

the CHIVE | Prosthetic Limbs

Our number one mission for our company has always been to break into the mainstream. Being featured in the CHIVE was a huge step in the right direction for us.  We had no idea we were featured until a few of our friends from across the USA and Canada told us about it.  We also didn’t …

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ALLELES | Huffington Post

Check out this feature in Huffington Post US! Amazing Prosthetic Leg Covers Are Both Fashionable and Functional by: Jamie Feldman This. Is. Awesome. As advances in technology have made prosthetic limbs both more accessible and more appealing to people who wear them, a Canadian company is taking things even further with a line of stylish and downright …

Alleles Prosthetic Accessories Featured in Mashable

MASHABLE Lifestyle Feature

It was such a dream to be featured in Mashable.  This blog makes up our entire newsfeed and it is always so crazy seeing yourself featured on something you look to for inspiration, news, fun, etc. Click on the link below to view the entire article written by Hayley Wilbur. Proud amputees celebrate their prosthetics …

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FIFTH Collection of Prosthetic Covers Released

Holy cow!  Where does the time go? Can hardly believe that we have just released our FIFTH collection of prosthetic covers. This collection marks our two year anniversary since launching our very first collection back in October of 2013.  We have come a long ways since then and feel like we are just starting to …

Video Feature on Popsugar Blog on how fashion can change lives

POPSUGAR Video Feature

It was so cool when we woke up to a video that PopSugar had put together of our studio. The reason this was so groundbreaking for us is that our mission has always been to try to remove the stigma surrounding disability by entering the mainstream. We have purposefully been focused on design and fashion …

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Mic Magazine | Style Feature

Style.Mic did an overview of the Prosthetic Cosmetic Industry featuring our studio.  We were humbled by the positive response on how the article about merging fashion and prosthetics was received.  It is imperative to our studio that we continuously come out with new designs and styles that allow people to have an attainable shopping experience…one that they …

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Douglas Magazine | Leadership Issue

Our studio was profiled in the Aug/Sept 2015 issue of Douglas Magazine, a local magazine for Vancouver island covering business, technology, and leadership.  It’s pretty cool to be included in the ‘Leadership Issue’ along side some incredible, innovative local talent.  This has also lead to us being part of a 4 person panel called ‘Entrepreneur …

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Featured in FRANKIE Magazine | Issue 65

Being featured in the cool Australian Style Magazine, FRANKIE was pretty surreal for us.  As a design studio that has had a major focus in medical design for the past couple years, being recognized by the fashion and design world always validates the mission of our studio.  We have always tried to stay relevant in fashion …

SNFU 30th Anniversary Tour| Dave Bacon

When Dave Bacon contacted us about making him a cover for the SNFU 30th Anniversary of “…And No One Else Wanted to Play” I actually died. SNFU is probably my favorite band on earth and I am so excited that they are touring again (Canada and Australia). Now that we are located on the West coast …

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Shenzhen MakerFaire 2015 | with MakeFashion

After going with MakeFashion to the San Mateo Maker Faire, we would have never expected that only 3 weeks later we would be going with them to show on their runway at the Maker Faire Shenzhen! It was a crazy tight timeline, but getting a chance to show our version of wearable tech on an …

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Podcast with: I AM ADAPTIVE

We did a fun podcast with Scott Belzer from I AM ADAPTIVE a couple weeks ago and discussed the importance of the Adaptive Movement.  We these guys and think the movement they have trailblazed is really the first time we have seen such a positive shift in perceptions surrounding ‘disabilities’.  They are creating a unified community …

San Mateo MakerFaire 2015 | with MakeFashion

We were asked to go with the MakeFashion team to showcase our version of wearable tech on their runway. It was a crazy experience as we did FOUR runway shows in 2 days! The 10th anniversary of the MakerFaire fell this year on May 15-17th and we were honored to be part of such a …

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Embracing Our Differences | Exhibition Finalist

The Embracing our Differences exhibition is held every year and this year our photo was one of the 39 selected photos out 6454 submissions representing 80 countries, 42 states and 118 schools! This is the 12th year of the annual exhibition and the theme was, ‘enriching lives through diversity’.  All the selected photos were made into 16’x12.5′ billboards …

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Make Fashion 2015 Gala

On March 28, 2015 we were lucky enough to have TWO of our ALLELES women walk the runway at the Make Fashion 2015 Gala in Calgary, held at Telus Spark. This was an incredible event put on to showcase the work of designers, tech ninjas, engineers, and artists to show their creations in the form of …

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4th Collection Released!

Our Spring/Summer 2014 collection is called MYRIAD.  We are excited to share our new range of designs with you and feel like this is our most streamlined collection yet! Now that we have 4 collections under our belts, the progression of our studio seems very blinding to us.  We have come a long way in …

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Matthew FloHawke on the christianMICHAEL runway

Our product first appeared on a runway in March 2014, so we were beyond thrilled that we were invited to have one of our covers appear on a runway again one year later!  We’ are definitely going to make this a goal of ours to show in at least one fashion week a year in …

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Wes Webb flies again!

RUSH foot held a photo competition for 3 of their ‘Rush Rebels’ to win their very own ALLELES prosthetic cover.  Well, one of the photos that was selected was this epic photo of Wes Webb. Once Wes found out he was one of the winners of a pair of ALLELES covers, he contacted us because …

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Paralympian Luscombe | art and sport

Paralympian Braydon Luscombe merges art and high-performance sport Skier transforms doodles and drawings into prosthetic fashion statement   By Kelsey Verboom Waiting in the start gate, Braydon Luscombe takes a deep breath. The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team athlete adjusts his goggles andstares forward, thinking of the line he wants to take down the course. The …

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the Guardian | Tech Section

Excited to be featured in the Guardian Tech section this morning.  Showing people that prostheses can exude style is what we are all about! Stunning Accessories for Prosthetic Limbs Lower-leg amputees can choose from ready-to-wear or custom-made covers in McCauley Wanner and Ryan Palibroda’s fashion range Written by: Nicola Davis When Canadian innovator McCauley Wanner …

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12 Projects That Will Change the World 2015

We were featured in TakePart magazine and were labelled one of the 12 Projects That will Change the World in 2015!  That was a pretty crazy article to wake up to this article.  Hopefully we can live up to the title and continue to inspire and break down barriers of disability throughout 2015!

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Prosthetic Fashion to Improve Self Esteem

Cool to be featured in this incredible Fashion Design Magazine from Madrid, S-Moda. This article does a great job outlining the different companies and people in the prosthetic aesthetic space and how our company has really focused on bringing affordable fashion to the amputee community!  Thanks so much for the write up S Moda! If …

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Catalogodiseno Design Magazine

It is such an honor for us to be featured in the cool Chilean design magazine, Catalogodiseno. The power of reaching different parts of the world with design is really amazing to us and we are finding more and more that people are craving a bit more heart and soul in medical design.  We hope …

JUXTAPOZ Magazine Feature

Can’t believe we were featured in the super rad JUXTAPOZ art magazine! The full article and gallery of photos can be found on their site HERE. ‘The Alleles’ design studio was founded in an effort to create affordable and accessible prosthetic covers for lower limb amputees. This product was designed with the intention of fitting …

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DEZEEN |prosthetic fashion statement

We were published in our favorite design blog!  This is pretty much a dream come true for us as this is a blog we have been following religiously for the past 5 years! Read the full Article below or click here: Alleles Design Studio turns prosthetic limbs into a fashion statement Canada’s Alleles Design Studio …

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International Day for Persons with Disabilities | Runway Show

The International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) committee in Calgary, AB has put on events for the past 2 years to celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities in society. This year they wanted to have the event in the form of a fashion show and they asked us to showcase some of our …

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The Girl with the Purple Cane | 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Liz Jackson is one of the biggest advocates of destigmatizing disabilities.  She is an activist for inclusive design and a her blog, The Girl With the Purple Cane is something everyone who has a disability (visible or not), or designs for disabilities should follow. We were so touched that she included us in the first ever …

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Importance of Fashion and Styling

“Hey friends! This is McCauley here…designer and co-founder of the Alleles. I just wanted to share a bit of my soul with you all about how strongly I feel about the importance of fashion and the impact it has on people’s self image….It may be obvious, but I am obsessed with fashion! This company came …

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Michelle Salt returns to the stage

Michelle Salt is such an inspiration to us and to so many people around the world. Obviously we were so stoked that we got to make her a cool ultra-girly cover to match her rhinestone encrusted bikini 🙂 Here is the story of the outcome told by Michelle herself: “On May 8th, 2011 I did …

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Leather Straps and Metal Buckles

The mission of our studio has always been to create the most versatile and user friendly product to accommodate the most possible prosthetic set-up variations.  We are constantly trying to refine our product and simplify our shopping experience. We are happy to show you our newest strapping mechanism.  Take a 1.5 minute watch to see …

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Globe and Mail | Front page of Life & Arts

How art and design transform artificial limbs into outlets for self-expression by: Matthew Hauge It was pretty freakin’ cool when we woke up to find our feature in the Globe and Mail on Thursday, October 30th, 2014.  We thought we were going to be a brief mention in an article discussing the new shift of …

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3rd collection of covers released

We are beyond excited to be launching our THIRD collection of prosthetic covers!  This new Fall/Winter 2015 Collection titled ‘Trifeka’. Our Collection is called ‘Trifeka’. We are really excited for everyone to see some new styles in the covers and how our designs have evolved introducing some more graphic styles while maintaining the digital patterning that is …

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CAPO Conference Halifax | Speakers

When we were asked to be Guest Speakers on 2 out of 3 days at the CAPO (Canadian Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics) Conference in Halifax we were beyond honored.  We were flown to Halifax to exhibit at the bi-annual Canadian P & O conference to share our product to the industry for the first …

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Studio C & Prospect Calgary Exhibition

We were asked to show our work at Studio C in Calgary for the month of July.  Studio C is a really cool non-profit organization that uses various means of the arts to break down barriers, educate and inspire creating a more accessible Alberta workforce. We were fortunate enough to be their FIRST exhibition in …

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Niche Magazine | Inspiration Issue

We were featured in the 2014 Inspiration Issue of NICHE Magazine!  Our article can be found on pages 80-82 of the online digital magazine. Or read the full article below. ARTS & FINDS | Making Dreams a Reality Where Functional Inspiration Meets Fashion Written by: Jill Lang | arts Columnist   Meet design duo Ryan …

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New Clipping Mechanism now Available!

Hey guys!  Over the past couple of months we have been working hard to simplify our clipping mechanism to make it even more user friendly.  Although our previous clips seemed to work just fine for some people, it wasn’t ideal for others.  We feel our new system is a pretty significant advancement from our previous …

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Featured in Fashionista Magazine

Feeling like we are on cloud number 9 being featured in this incredible Fashion blog!  It is extremely important to us that our work is starting to be recognized in the space of fashion and extending beyond a medical product.  Thank you so much for featuring us FASHIONISTA!  Read the full article below. This Small …

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Product Review | Amputee OT

Christina Stephens, maybe better known as the ‘Amputee OT’, or the one who created the ‘LEGO Leg’ is a public figure in the Amputee community.  She has her own YouTube channel where she offers advice, knowledge, and information on prosthetics, occupational therapy, medical equipment as well as product reviews. Below you can see the product …

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The Alleles on the Runway

Just when we thought this year couldn’t get any better we were asked to be part of World MasterCard Fashion week in Toronto!   The talented fashion designer, Sunny Fong of the Canadian VAWK label invited us to show one of our pieces on his runway! Sunny Fong was one of the judges who selected …

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Toronto Star | Amputee on Runway

We had a full page spread in the Toronto Star today!!  This article does a great job capturing our role in the collaboration we did with Amy Palmiero-Winters and VAWK at this years World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto . So cool working along side such talented and hardworking people like Amy and Sunny Fong! Ready the article …

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Keynote Speakers @CAPO Aug. 2014

We are excited to announce that we will keynote speakers this August at the ‘2014 CAPO (Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics) Biennial Conference’ in Halifax. We will be giving two presentations: 1. August 8th | 9:00-9:30am:  We will be discussing the role fashion and design play in the prosthetic industry. 2. August 9th | …

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2nd Collection Released!!!

The past few months we were working away designing our SECOND collection of prosthetic covers!  It’s hard to believe we only released our first collection the end of October 2013 and have been receiving such a great response!  We are happy to release the ‘Digital Rococo Spring/Summer 2014’ line of covers available for purchase on …

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Digital Rococo S/S 2014 this week!

We are releasing our SECOND collection this week! Check out our mini robot collection here 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-XGaj_BINo

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Emerging Fashion Designer Award

On January 29, 2014 we were officially selected as the ‘Emerging Fashion Designers of Canada’ by the Toronto Design Exchange jury.  We were flown to Toronto for the Awards ceremony on February 20th where our work will be on display from February 21 to April 1, 2014!! This is HUGE for us as this is …

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Assistive Tech in the Workplace Forum

On Thursday, December 12th 2013, Viable Calgary is hosting an employer event that will highlight various assistive technology, devices and resources that can be used in the workplace. “Viable Calgary is a workforce initiative focused on assisting employers to increase the engagement of persons with disabilities within the workforce through establishing productive relationships between employers, service …

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Emerging Designer Award Finalist

We are honored to be shortlisted as one of the thirteen finalists for Canada’s Emerging Designer Award supported by the RBC Foundation! The winner of Canada’s Emerging Designer award will be announced January 2014 and will be selected by a final jury consisting of the ever fabulous: Marcel Wanders: co-founder of Moooi Design   | …

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CJSW 90.0 FM Morning Radio Show

We were asked to do radio interview with CJSW (Calgary’s Independent Radio 90.9) and be part of the conversation surrounding the morning theme of ‘Invention‘.  We had the pleasure of speaking with radio hosts, ‘the Charmers Almanac‘.

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Our FIRST Collection Released

We are excited to announce the launch of our very first Prosthetic Covers Collection titled, ‘Digital Rococo‘!!! We define ‘Digital Rococo‘ as the space where digital design and fabrication meet the intricacy and embellishment of the Rococo. Because of this, the different patterns and designs become an integral part of  material, changing the weight, flexibility, durability, …

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Huffington Post | Prosthetic art…

Our CBC article was also picked up by the Huffington Post!  You can read the story by clicking on the link below! Prosthetic ‘wearable art’ line Designed by Canadian Pair

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CBC news | Prosthetic ‘wearable art’…

‘Prosthetic ‘wearable art’ line designed by Canadian pair’.  Check out our recent article in the CBC news.  We were so touched by all the positive feedback and have been working nonstop to get these covers out into the world! See the article HERE   -the Alleles

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Telus SPARK |Beyond Human Exhibit

We had a great time being part of the ‘Beyond Human’ exhibition at Telus Spark Calgary.  We were part of a great group of exhibitors ranging from Prosthetists, Facial Prostheses, Tattoo Artists, and robotics.  We lectured on the importance of fashion in the prosthetic industry and gave people an idea of basis for our design …

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Telus Spark Science Center Exhibition

We were so honored to be asked to exhibit our work at ” Telus Spark | The New Telus Science Center”, in Calgary this upcoming weekend.  We will be part of the ‘Beyond Human’ event and giving a lecture about our work on both June 29th-30th, so come and check us out! See details about the …

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Yay! We have a new website!

We recently moved back west after living and working in Montreal for 2 years to start our own design and fabrication studio, so we are really excited to be launching this site so you can see us from the very beginnings of this new adventure.  We will be posting updates of our work in progress …