New Dress Shirts Simplify a Stressful Task
- By Cindy Horbrook
- Feb 11, 2014
For people with limited mobility, buttoning a shirt is not always a simple task. Parkinson’s disease left Don Horton, a former offensive line coach who coached Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson during his time at NC State, unable to button his dress shirt without help. That’s when his wife, children’s clothing designer Maura Horton, came up with a creative solution to help her husband.
Her husband’s lack of finger dexterity and frustration with buttons led Horton to create MagnaReady, a patent-pending line of dress shirts that feature a magnetic closure system. According to a news release, the shirts include hidden magnets that link together for a secure closure. On the exterior of the shirts, decorative buttons provide a professional appearance.
The wrinkle-free and stain-resistant dress shirts feature barrel cuffs and a spread collar. The shirts are currently available in men’s sizes S-XXL in white and chambray. The company is currently developing a line for women.
“I am incredibly grateful that I was able to create a shirt that not only gives my husband his independence back, but that can change the lives of millions of people,” MagnaReady CEO Maura Horton said in a statement. “MagnaReady allows people with limited mobility to regain a skill most of us take for granted every day, the ability to simply get dressed in the morning.”
Cindy Horbrook is the associate editor for HME Business, Mobility Management, and Respiratory & Sleep Management magazines.