Target's Cat & Jack Line Adds Sensory-Friendly Clothing


Target’s line of kids’ clothing Cat & Jack is getting a limited-edition update, and it’s sensory-friendly.

The line was designed in part by Stacey Monsen, a design director at Target whose daughter is on the autism spectrum. “I have a 7-year-old daughter, Elinor, who has autism. For pants or shorts, I either size way up, or buy pieces that are all function, no style. I’ve met lots of other parents who face similar challenges, including many of our guests and team members,” Monsen said in a statement. “After talking with some of my internal design colleagues I thought, why not create pieces that address some of these problems?”

Items in the collection include shirts for girls and boys, and girls’ leggings. All items feature heat-transferred labels in place of tags and flat seams. Graphic tees are without embellishments and have one-dimensional designs to reduce the likelihood of irritation, and leggings are easy to pull on with a higher rise to fit with diapers.

Sizes range from XS to XL and 2T to 5T, with prices from $4.50 to $7. But before you run to the store, the collection is only available online.

While the collection is limited, Target said it plans on adding adaptive clothing for kids with disabilities this fall.

“The key is to keep researching, learning and developing,” Monsen added. “The Target team has immense passion and collective knowledge, and I love that we’re using it to develop products and solutions that will change people’s lives. My goal is to keep being an advocate, for my daughter and for others.”

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