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24 Year-old inventor creates clothes that expand as a child grows

By Osahon Ibizugbe,

The fact that children grow so fast between the ages of one to three years prompt parents to spend more than they probably can afford on clothing for one child before they reach age 3.


Looks like this is about to be a thing of the past as UK based inventor and 24 year old, Ryan Yasin, graduate of the Royal College of Art, has just won the James Dyson Award for his Petit Pli range of kids clothing that expands as the child grows.


Speaking on his invention with, Ryan says; ‘I invented a structure in the fabric, it’s kind of like origami – so it’s folded and compacted, and when it’s folded it grows and expands.’


The clothes have a hydrophobic coating which makes them waterproof, while the grid-like folds on the outerwear point downward to make any rain run straight off. And they won’t lose their flexibility, because they’ve been treated with heat to stay permanently in place.

This includes washing – they’ve been designed to go through the wash cycle on a regular basis, while remaining durable and long-lasting.

The garments are mainly outerwear for the time being, as they’re made out of synthetic material that parents may not necessarily want against their kids’ bare skin. But when it’s not being used, the jacket folds until it is small enough to fit into a parent’s pocket.

Children can start wearing Petit Pli clothes at the age of four to six months, Ryan says, until about the age of three years. ‘It makes the most sense to start here, with this age group, because that’s the age kids grow at the fastest rate,’ Ryan further explained.

Petit Pli took about a year for Ryan to develop before it was entered into the James Dyson Award. Now that he has won, Ryan will receive £2,000, and his ‘startup’ Petit Pli will be entered into the international round of the competition. If he wins that round, he could win £30,000.


The fact that kids are generally athletic also inspired the creation of Ryan’s Petit Pli. ‘We see them as the little rugrats that they are, not as little angels who are good and perfectly behaved all the time. So the clothes are designed for them running around, and being little extreme athletes.”



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