THE WORLD NEEDED A BETTER
LOOKING CANE, SO WE DESIGNED ONE.
For hundreds of years, walking canes were common fashion accessories which were made and worn with pride. But as time went on, the aesthetics were abandoned and the finely crafted artifacts were replaced with cold, clinical, and impersonal items of utility. Today, most canes and home healthcare products are ugly and do little to inspire the self-confidence of those who use them.
Our story is simple: We saw an opportunity and launched Top & Derby, with the vision of disrupting a stagnant industry that lacks innovation. We aren’t reinventing the wheel, we’re just designing beautiful home healthcare products that work, and that people can be proud to own.
In 2013, we launched our inaugural product; the Chatfield walking cane, through a successful 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The campaign allowed us to test the market before investing further in the manufacturing of our product. Since then we have shipped our walking sticks to customers in over 110 cities and 9 countries around the world. In 2014 we received an IDEA Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America. This recognition inspired us to seek out opportunities to re-imagine other poorly designed medical products. In the spring of 2015 we launched another successful crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter. This time to introduce our new line of modern compression socks.
As Top & Derby has gained further traction in the market, we have continued to receive positive feedback from people who share stories with us about the ways in which our canes and compression socks have made a positive impact in their lives. There’s an assumption that people don’t want well-designed home healthcare products. But, when we ask users what they want, they couldn’t echo our vision more. We aim to change the stigma of disability and inspire the self-confidence of people who use our products.