I started Molly Fuller Design in 2016 with a simple passion to make clothing and products that are for specific medical needs look and feel, well, less medical. Just because someone has a medical condition doesn't mean they stop caring about quality and lose all sense of style.
My grandpa has polio and I realized how frustrating his clothing could be to get on and off while in his wheelchair. So, I majored in fashion design in college with the goal of making better clothing that served a medical purpose. I was fortunate to work with Biomedical Engineering students on their senior capstones working on diabetic footwear and compression stockings for people with skin ulcers. In 2011 I observed at Cincinnati Children's Autism unit and realized how little stylish options were available to these kids. I decided to use my design skills to address this issue. I made my first prototypes and took them to the AutismOne Conference, missing my actual fashion design thesis critique!
After college, I got a job at Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation. As I learned a new set of skills in interviewing, observation, and designing healthcare experiences, my autism clothing business idea stayed swirling around in my head. I am incredibly grateful for all I learned at the Mayo Clinic and the mini medical degree I gained by observing a wide range different medical condition appointments. My work there solidified my passion that there needs to be better designed products that don't compromise on style, quality, and price that still meet the needs of different medical conditions.
I've continued to learn more about the inner workings of healthcare by designing digital, product and service experiences for a startup health insurance and primary care company and national consumer healthcare brand. For examples of my other work you can visit my portfolio.
I've combined my healthcare experience design and fashion design skills to make designs that address people's style and medical needs. My first condition focus is on autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorders. My first shirt, the Charlie shirt, was tested and tweaked multiple times with a teen in Ohio. From there I made refinements to the shirt and tested it in different sizes with ten other teens across the US. I chose a high quality power stretch super soft material that adds substantial compression while not irritating the skin. I designed the seams and stitching to feel invisible to the wearer. Elastic on the sleeve doubles as a style and fidget detail. I promise to maintain quality and style as I continue to expand and grow my clothing line and add additional medical condition offerings.