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Izzy Wheels: A match made in heaven
We first met creative sister double act Ailbhe and Izzy Keane of Izzy Wheels back in our February/March issue in 2018 when we were in awe of their bold and beautiful designs to help wheelchair users stand out.
Their spoke guards are inspired by their tagline, “if you can’t stand up, stand out” and recently, they outdone themselves with their latest venture, when they gave beautiful bride and groom Helen and John stunning spoke guards to complement their glad rags on their big day.
Having been approached by the blushing bride-to be, creative director Ailbhe was tasked with creating a design to match Helen’s delicate ivory roses and John’s smart navy suit.
Writing on Instagram, Ailbhe said: “We were so incredibly honored when Helen asked us to design her wheels for her big day. She wanted a subtle floral design to match her bouquet of ivory roses. John, her husband to be, is also a wheelchair user and wanted his wheels a matte colour to match his suit. This was such a special collab and we couldn’t be happier for them. We’re obsessed with the photos!”
On International Wheelchair Day, Ailbhe and Izzy’s mission to make wheelchairs viewed as something personal and beautiful rather than clinical, cold medical devices seems all the more pertinent, and you can shop their range here.
About Izzy Wheels
As taglines go, “if you can’t stand up, stand out” is a pretty good one, especially when the product demands and draws your immediate attention.
And standing out is something Galway girls and sisters Ailbhe and Isabel (Izzy) Keane have nailed down to a fine art.
Born out of an art school project, their company Izzy Wheels has allowed the dynamic duo to share their passion, craft and creativity with the whole world, helping change wheelchairs to be seen as an expression of self, rather than an extension.
Producing and selling beautifully created spoke guards and donating part of their profits to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland since 2016, the sisters have done more than brighten up clinical wheelchairs, bringing together a community of ‘spokes people’ all proud of their wheels.
Brand ambassador Izzy is a French, sociology and politics student back home in Galway but serves as the smiling face and inspiration of the project for older sister, Dublin-based founder and creative director Ailbhe, after the sisters spent years decorating Izzy’s wheelchairs with stickers and anything colourful they could get their hands on.
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