When we last caught up with Erica Cole back in May, she was fresh off a triumphant Kickstarter campaign to fund her new line of amputee jeans. Six months and a handful of startup headaches later, Cole’s company, No Limbits, is filling orders for denimy duds specifically designed for prosthesis wearers.
The 25-year-old Cole belongs to a growing cadre of amputees who are building businesses that address common challenges within the limb-loss nation. Throughout the month of November, Amplitude will share stories from amputee entrepreneurs on “Take Back Tuesdays,” an interactive talk show on Instagram Live that’s hosted by The Liner Wand. Every week you’ll hear from a limb-different business owner who’s meeting the demand for niche products that amputees eagerly want but can’t find elsewhere.
“Take Back Tuesdays” is hosted by Melissa DeChellis, who’s shown plenty of entrepreneurial initiative herself as a CrossFit trainer and founder of Adaptively Abled Amputees. Tune in at 7 p.m. Eastern time each week on Instagram @thelinerwand to meet Cole (November 23) and these other talented business people.
November 2—Joan MacDonald
Owner of Socket Socks, which sells affordable, decorative fabrics for your prosthesis.
November 9—John Robinson
Founder of Jobs Ability, a job-hunting portal for people with limb difference and other disabilities.
November 16—Damian Kevitt
Founder and executive director of LA nonprofit Streets Are For Everyone.
November 23—Erica Cole
Founder of No Limbits, which makes jeans for amputees.
November 30—Jerris Madison
Founder and editor of Obvious Magazine, a bi-monthly fashion and culture publication.