You’re Going To Love: Unhidden
In the latest chapter of our series spotlighting up-and-coming independent brands with female and non-binary founders, meet adaptive fashion brand Unhidden 

What is it? An ethically-produced fashion range for the disabled community that debuted in November 2020.

Who’s behind it? Founder and designer Victoria Jenkins, 35, a garment technologist who discovered how limiting clothes can be for those with disabilities when she developed her own health problems in 2012. She eventually left her dream job at Victoria Beckham to launch the brand.

Why you’ll love it: The spending power of the UK’s disabled community is worth £247 billion annually, and includes 7.9 million people of working age – yet there’s only a handful of clothing brands that address their needs. Unhidden’s launch collection for men and women consists of work-appropriate pieces – silk and cotton shirts, twill trousers, double-layered dresses – adapted for those who use stoma bags, catheters, PICC or Hickman lines and wheelchairs, or who have cerebral palsy, reduced mobility or dexterity issues. It’s made to order and uses cloth left over from other companies who ordered excess fabric.

“In a year’s time, I hope to expand the offering to include outerwear and more casual clothing,” Victoria tells Stylist Loves. “In the meantime, I hope that people with disabilities will feel relieved to know that change is here and it comes from someone with both fashion and a disability in their background.” Want to support the brand but don’t have a disability? Donate to Unhidden’s Kickstarter before 11 April, purchase its unisex logo T-shirt (£30) or pre-order The Little Book of Ableism (from £14). Every little helps. From £50, Unhidden 

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Some novels start with a premise that is, for want of a better word, sexy: a romance set in 1960s Paris, for example, or a psychological thriller that takes you into the heart of parliament. Unsettled Ground, the fourth novel by Claire Fuller (Fig Tree), is not one of those books. Out today, it’s set in rural Wiltshire, where 51-year-old twins Jeanie and Julius have always lived with their elderly mother, Dot. Their isolated family is deeply suspicious of outsiders – but when Dot dies, the twins are faced with eviction and forced to reckon with reality.

“Initially, I found this book decidedly unnerving,” says Stylist Loves’ deputy editor Moya Crockett. “At a time when I’ve been craving light-hearted escapism, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend time in a rundown cottage with these mistrustful middle-aged twins. But as Jeanie and Julius untangle the web of secrets that Dot left behind, I grew to love them – especially Jeanie. Fuller explores the complexities of human relationships with such empathy, tenderness and warmth, and by the final page, the creepy mood has been replaced by one of determined optimism. I’m not surprised it’s been longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize.” £14.99, Bookshop

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