Students turn inspiration into innovation, launch company


Image courtesy of AdaptaFit.

By Lauren Crawford

A couple of TCU graduates created a company to make getting dressed easier for people with disabilities.

Charlie McKee and Peter Nagel began running the business, called Adaptafit, together in June.

Adaptafit is clothing magnetic technology that eliminates frustration and reduces time while getting dressed. The company is built from Nagel’s personal experience and inspiration after McKee’s grandfather died.

McKee saw a need for the product after he visited his grandfather, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. He noticed how much his grandfather struggled to get dressed and the amount of time it took, a process that is easy to most people.

Nagel, the other co-founder of the company, brings personal insight and inspiration from his experience. He was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy.

Nagel heard McKee’s business plan and instantly wanted to be a part of it.

“I was kind of floored because I didn’t know him too well,” Nagel said. “I said to him, ‘Hey man, this would have saved me hours as a kid.’”

Nagel now runs the sales of the company.

The product modifies clothing for those who have disabilities, joint damage, movement restriction or any pain that may come with buttoning and zipping clothes.

Adaptafit modifies clothes that customers already own and patent the specific wardrobe piece with magnetic technology within 14 days.

The patented magnetic technology will replace the buttons or zippers on the piece of clothing using a specific modification process. The process includes shirts, pants, denim, cuff links and more.

The ordering process begins by visiting their website to place the order. The customer will select the type of product needing customization. Once the order is placed, customers will receive an email with the shipping address to print and place on the box. The customized order will be sent back to the customer within seven to 10 days.