Introducing "Discretely Different" – Specialist underwear and more for disabled people

I received an e-mail from Jenny Reeve who has started her own company, “Discretely Different”, specialising in making underwear and other clothing for people with disabilities.

This seems such a good idea  thought I should bring it to your attention.

You can read about how Jenny came to start her business below and find out more from the Website link provided.

As always, we’d love to receive feedback from anyone who uses “Discretely Different” as this is a new departure for us. We hope you will find it useful.

All at the Douglas Bader Foundation wish Jenny the best of success with her venture



“Discretely Different came into being as the result of a personal tragedy.A long time friend of mine was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease and having problems with underwear.With my lifetime of experience in textiles and tailoring I was able to modify knickers to allow my friend to go out, in the knowledge that she would be able to use a female urine bottle without having to be moved from her wheelchair.

Sadly, MND got the better of her.However, her carers had always said how helpful to them and my friend the pants had been, and that they were sure other disabled women’s lives would be improved if they were available to them.

Just over 12 months ago I was made redundant from my job as a garment technologist. With encouragement from family and friends I decided to give my ‘special panties’ a go.

Since then I’ve been able to provide specially designed and manufactured underwear for many women and men with a wide range of disabilities.The range has been extended to include nightwear, and all the garments are produced here in the UK as a direct response to people’s needs and requests.

We have recently solved Cathy’s underwear problem. Cathy had a very high leg amputation when she was seven and had been looking for someone who could provide her with suitable underwear for years.

Our mission is to produce quality garments, well made with an eye to design and always with the belief that disabled people, like everyone else, want clothing that is both functional AND which looks attractive too.We are ready to respond with bespoke solutions wherever we can.”

For more information and for contact details if required, please visit the Discretely Different Website:

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  2 comments for “Introducing "Discretely Different" – Specialist underwear and more for disabled people

  1. leggz
    January 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Brilliant idea Jenny! Why hasn’t it been done before? Yet, in the midst of adversity you’ve risen up like a ‘pheonix’. Am sure many people are going to be discretely surprised and hopefully openly appreciative! Wishing you every success in your venture.

  2. Salt Figueira
    June 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Jenny,

    Please let me know whether you have a brochure to which we can consult your adapted garments.
    If so , Plese forward one to me:

    Sally Figueira
    77A Dunbar Road,
    London N22 5BH.

    Thank you for your kind co-operation.
    Sally Figueira

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