DeRamus is the first person with Down syndrome to represent a major fashion line

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – May 5, 2015 – Ashley DeRamus, founder of The Ashley DeRamus Foundation and Ashley by Design, is pleased to announce her new role as spokesperson for Adorn Fashion, based out of Atlanta. DeRamus continues to make strides in the fashion world, as she is the first person with Down syndrome to represent a major fashion line.

Adorn Fashion is a leading supplier at AmericasMart® in Atlanta and known for its superior quality, elegance and sophisticated designs. In partnership with DeRamus, Adorn will manufacture new designs for Ashley by Design, and Adore Kids will launch a clothing line for children with Down syndrome.

“We are excited about partnering with Ashley and her wonderful foundation,” says Hema Pandaya, president of Adorn Fashion. “She is a talented designer with a keen eye for fashion, and we can’t wait to help her expand into children’s clothing.”

Founded by DeRamus and her mother, Connie DeRamus, Ashley by Design specializes in clothing specifically tailored for individuals with Down syndrome – a perfect fit that is hard to achieve off-the-rack. Clothing from the line will be showcased and sold at the Atlanta Spring Immediate Delivery Show® at AmericasMart® Atlanta from May 5 to 7. The showroom will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. The designs can also be purchased at www.ashleybydesign.com.

“We came up with the idea for a fashion line for girls with Down syndrome because it has been so hard to find clothes for Ashley over the years, making shopping more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience,” says Connie. “Those with Down syndrome tend to have different body types than most clothing lines are made for, and we wanted them to feel just as confident as anyone else. The partnership with Adorn and Adore Kids will help us expand clothing options to children with Down syndrome.”

To meet with Ashley at the event, please contact Katie Beck or 205.503.5927.

About The Ashley DeRamus Foundation

Through the work of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation, the goal is to increase awareness and enlighten others about the positive contributions people with Down syndrome make to society. DeRamus’s goals for the foundation are to be an advocate and support programs for those with disabilities through fundraisers and education. DeRamus was most recently the recipient of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) Self-Advocate of the Year Champion of Change Award. Follow the foundation on Facebook for more information about DeRamus and her work. Additional information can be found by visiting AshleyDeRamusFoundation.org or AshleyByDesign.com.

 

by CHANDLER JONES, REBECCA WALDEN
May 28, 2013

Ashley DeRamus models items from her new clothing line for people with Down’s syndrome. The line launches this summer.

Ashley DeRamus models items from her new clothing line for people with Down’s syndrome. The line launches this summer.

Redefining the expectations of those around her is nothing new to Ashley DeRamus.

The 30-year-old Hoover resident has Down syndrome but refuses to be defined by it, and she will soon add “clothing line entrepreneur” to her resume.

For DeRamus, this feat is the culmination of years of personal advocacy on behalf of the Down syndrome population. Her work has taken her to the United Nations and on the sea to Nova Scotia, and soon she will speak in front of 2,500 people in Denver.

“We are working to raise awareness of what Down syndrome people are capable of doing and emphasize their abilities and not their limitations,” said Ashley’s mother, Connie DeRamus.

Self-esteem is a cornerstone of Ashley’s work and the lynchpin in her desire to design clothing for the Down syndrome figure. Connie said existing clothing lines amount to little more than elastic-waist pants and baggy shirts.

“You can’t buy clothing that fits,” Connie said. “If they want to look stylish, which Ashley is all about, you have to buy the clothes and then have them majorly altered, and you end up paying so much more.”

With the support of her parents, Connie and Miller, and the marketing savvy of her manager, Gary Kannegiesser, Ashley’s by Design apparel is expected to be available this summer.

“I’ve been watching a lot of fashion shows like, ‘What Not to Wear,’” Ashley said. “When I watch those shows, I ask how I could have something like that for Down syndrome.”

For her part, Ashley has been busy picking out designs and selecting fabrics and color swatches. But most thrilling for Ashley is the modeling portion of the production cycle. In preparation for the launch, Ashley will work with stylists and model for print materials – typical parts of introducing a clothing line.

While the clothing will be sold online, DeRamus will also promote it to more than 2,500 attendees of the National Down Syndrome Congress in Denver in July. Conference organizers have already tapped DeRamus to host a hair and makeup seminar, and plans are under way for a fashion show of the clothing line there.

Locally, Ashley is making waves as well, both figuratively and literally. She boasts 43 competitive medals from Special Olympics swimming.

In addition to her Special Olympics activities, she is a devoted volunteer at The Bell Center for Early Intervention, where she handles classroom supplies and light administrative duties. Her service there led to work last summer on the HMS Bounty, on which she traveled from Savannah, Ga., to Nova Scotia. She stopped in New York, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania to sell her “Ashley by Design” bracelets and other merchandise to raise money and awareness for those with Down syndrome.

Ashley raised $6,000 for four scholarships for The Bell Center for Early Intervention.

“The moms at the Bell Center have hope now that they might not have had otherwise,” said Connie. “They tell me how encouraging it is to see the potential that their jobs as parents have, and that given the right opportunities, their babies can experience a high quality of life. There is just a certain camaraderie between we mothers that see Ashley and see potential for other Down syndrome children. She’s giving hope.”

This summer, she will travel to Cleveland aboard the ship Lynx as its Special Needs Mate. The ship features opportunities through its Lynx Education Foundation for Ashley to learn in a hands-on fashion environment. En route to Chicago; Duluth, Minn. and Bay City, Mich., Ashley will be the official hostess, give the morning pledge and serve as the special needs ambassador, according to Kannegiesser.

Ashley’s determination, intelligence and growing reputation have made her a force in Down syndrome awareness. Her active advocacy has attracted followers and fans from across the globe.

In May, Ashley spoke by invitation to the United Nations as part of its “Empowerment in Achieving Poverty Eradication, Full Employment and Decent Work for All” theme.

Ashley’s speech revolved around employment equality for those with Down syndrome, expounding upon her motto, “Don’t let people tell you what you can’t do, show them what you can do.”

Original article: http://hooversun.com/peopleplaces/ashley-deramus:-a-fashionable-advocate/

 

The Ashley DeRamus Foundation, a Birmingham-based charity founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality lifestyle of children and adults with Down syndrome, is pleased to announce the debut of its fashion line specifically tailored for females with Down syndrome – a perfect fit that is hard to achieve off-the-rack.

“We came up with the idea for a fashion line for girls with Down syndrome because it has been so hard to find clothes for Ashley over the years, making shopping more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience,” said Connie DeRamus, mother of Ashley DeRamus, the 30-year-old founder of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation who has Down syndrome. “Those with Down syndrome tend to have different body types than most clothing lines are made for, and we wanted those with Down syndrome to feel just as confident as anyone else, so the idea for the fashion line was born. These clothes are meant to fit without alterations and to make those who wear them feel beautiful.”

Along with her mother, the line was designed by Ashley, the inspiration and namesake of the foundation. They will both travel from Birmingham, Ala., to debut the fashion line at the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Annual Convention held July 19-21, 2013 in Denver, Colo. While there, the Ashley DeRamus Foundation will display their designs at a booth equipped with dressing rooms and full runway for those to try on and model the new styles, which can be purchased at the convention or online at www.ashleybydesign.com. Guests will also receive a commemorative photograph of themselves in their outfit of choice.

Original article: http://ladeficienceintellectuelledanslemonde.com/2013/08/04/ashley-deramus-clothes-designer/

 

Posted: Jul 12, 2013 5:51 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 01, 2013 9:25 PM CDT
By Melanie Pose

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) – A Hoover woman is overcoming the odds and blazing a trail in the fashion world.

Ashley DeRamus, who has Down syndrome, has designed her own clothing line for others with the syndrome.

This can cause mental and physical delays in development but DeRamus isn’t letting it stop her.

“I’m not ashamed to have it,” she said. “I can do anything except drive.”

DeRamus has spoken before at the United Nations, has won over 40 medals in swimming, and soon she will debut her own clothing line: Ashley by Design.

She and her mother Connie first came up with the idea about a year ago. DeRamus explains that many women with the syndrome face challenges finding clothes because of their shape.

“[Women with Down Syndrome] want to feel like other girls. They want to dress like other girls,” DeRamus said.

But DeRamus’ clothes are cut to fit just right in styles that are also fashionable. Her clothes are bright and fun but DeRamus says it’s also about boosting confidence and self esteem.

“I want Down’s Syndrome women to feel nice and look pretty,” she said.

DeRamus will debut her clothing line next week in Denver at the National Down Syndrome Congress convention.

Original article: http://www.myfoxal.com/story/22829503/hoover-woman-with-down-syndrome-creates-unique-clothing-line