We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Herold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Patti + Ricky is the Adaptive Fashion Marketplace for adults and kids with disabilities, chronic conditions, patients, and caregivers. At Patti + Ricky the people with disabilities and chronic illnesses are the experts and we are listening to them on our company’s direction and what adaptive fashion products we carry. I myself have many invisible disabilities, I have POTS, dyslexia, ADHD, and anxiety. I was also my mom, Patti’s, caregiver when she was going through brain cancer and I grew up with my cousin, Ricky, who was born unable to walk or talk, and he showed me that his wheelchair was his vehicle, but could also be a fashion accessory. Every day I consider what Patti and Ricky would have considered to be cool and function products, and together they formed the lens in which I see disability and inclusion.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our 1community?
My mom, Patti was diagnosed with a brain tumor, when I was 19 years old. She needed a cane to help her walk, a fashionable and fun woman, she wanted a leopard printed cane! The choices in most stores were clinical and boring, but I eventually found her a pretty pink cane with roses in a medical supply store. The cane meant a lot to my mom, not only because it was her vehicle, but also a stylish talking piece that made her feel beautiful. Through her, I learned that fashion has the power to support individualized needs while giving people the opportunity to express themselves and feel great. My cousin Ricky was unable to walk or verbally communicate, yet he showed me that communicating through our eyes and facial expressions can be just as effective. Together, Patti and Ricky formed the inclusive lens through which I see the world. Patti + Ricky (PattiAndRicky.com) is the Adaptive Fashion Marketplace for adults and kids with disabilities, chronic conditions, patients, seniors, and caregivers. I founded Patti + Ricky almost three and half years ago with 12 Adaptive Fashion Designers. Today, we have over 1,000 fashionable and function adaptive products from almost 100 Adaptive Fashion Designers, many of whom have disabilities of their own or loved-ones with disabilities.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My husband, Gus, and I moved to Denver from New York City, five years ago. We love when our family members and friends back east come visit us. Our game plan for visitors usually begins at my father-in-law’s apartment that is on Cheesman Park and has the most spectacular view of downtown Denver and the mountains. Next, we are off to Snooze at Union Station for some delicious brunch. We will grab a coffee-to-go and make our way toward Boulder for a mini hike. I have to admit I am so not outdoorsy, but I like to dress the part and pretend for a few minutes. And then maybe shop at Pearl Street Mall. On our way home we stop at the REI Denver Flagship Store, especially if there is one of their awesome Garage Sales going on. While our family and friends are in town we do try to make it to the mountains whether that is to Breckinridge, Vail, or further at Aspen Snowmass. The scenic drive usually seals the deal and helps us achieve our goal of convincing our family members and friends to consider moving to Denver.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to say my amazing husband, Gus Herold. He grounds me and supports me no matter what. Before I founded Patti + Ricky, I was missing my mom Patti and having a really difficult time without her. My anxiety was high and I was having a hard time getting out of bed. He is always there for me and believes in me, my abilities, and my dreams.