Inclusive Runway Show on September 7 Features Three CreakyJoints Members
UPPER NYACK, NY (August 28, 2019) – CreakyJoints®, a Global Healthy Living Foundation digital patient community for people with all forms of arthritis, today announces it will present the Spring/Summer 2020 Tumbler and Tipsy® by Michael Kuluva collection during New York Fashion Week. As a designer with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and CreakyJoints member, Michael is an inspiration to the arthritis community. His collections are innovative and deliberately sassy yet include easy-to-wear fabrics and fasteners, allowing them to be very wearable for people with arthritis who may experience pain and limitations when it comes to putting on their clothes. The spring/summer collection is inspired by Michael’s love of the water and will feature clothes perfect for a day on the boat or a glamorous evening at sea.
The Spring/Summer 2020 Tumbler and Tipsy® runway show will feature three CreakyJoints members. Model Charis Hill, an ankylosing spondylitis advocate, will take to the runway as will CreakyJoints member Kelly Rouba-Boyd, who lives with RA and is also 2nd Vice President of the Arthritis National Research Foundation Board of Directors. Artist Jennifer Walker’s canvases, which convey the experience of living with arthritis and chronic pain, will be prominently featured during the show’s after party. Ms. Walker lives with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and axial spondyloarthritis. She’s a computer software engineer by day, but her passion is her art.
“I’m incredibly excited to join the Tumbler and Tipsy Show,” said Ms. Boyd, who utilizes a wheelchair and works in emergency management. “Fashion is meant to be enjoyed by everyone, and it’s refreshing that Michael is fostering inclusion by embracing models who have arthritis by featuring them in his show.”
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Tumbler and Tipsy’s 10-year anniversary than by presenting a fully inclusive show featuring models of all ages, stages, and abilities traversing the runway in clothing meant to be fun and fashionable,” said Michael Kuluva, designer of Tumbler and Tipsy. “But fashion is my day job and like everyone else living with chronic disease, I need support and CreakyJoints is there for me. Whether I’m seeking information about a new treatment, logging my symptoms in their ArthritisPower mobile app, or participating in their monthly #CreakyChats, I know I can find the arthritis community 24/7. In many ways, this show is a celebration of my arthritis family.”
The Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva runway show will take place at 7:30 p.m. on September 7, 2019 at White Space Chelsea at 555 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001.
CreakyJoints co-founders Seth Ginsberg and Louis Tharp said, “We’re thrilled to again present Michael’s Tumbler and Tipsy runway show and congratulate him on his ten-year anniversary. His energy and positive attitude are infectious, setting an important example of how to live with rheumatoid arthritis.”
This Tumbler and Tipsy Spring/Summer 2020 New York Fashion Week runway show is proudly presented by CreakyJoints. Other sponsors and artistic collaborators include Charles Osawa, Cherrytree Records,
Dino “Commodore” Gravato, Dominque Dior, Natalie Corrales, Stevie Boi, and Ellie Shoes.
About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of function in the joints throughout the body, but typically the small joints of the hands and feet. RA can strike at any age and, if left untreated, can cause joint damage and even permanent joint destruction or harm to the body’s organs. RA is an autoimmune disease that is treated typically by a specialist called a rheumatologist. Read more about managing RA in “Raising the Voice of Patients: A Patient’s Guide to Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis,” available for free download at http://creakyjoints.org/patientguidelines.
About Tumbler and Tipsy
Anchored by the creative mind and brilliant talents of professional figure skater turned fashion designer, Michael Kuluva, Tumbler and Tipsy is not only reworking, redefining and revamping the world of fashion but is taking it over with his sexy yet stylish brand. Tumbler and Tipsy is produced in Los Angeles, CA with colorful collections that are distinctive but never repetitive, chic and classy while being comfortable and versatile. Tumbler and Tipsy is not just a line of clothing, it’s a collection of art, it’s an embodiment of chic fashion in the modern world, and it’s a representation of a lifestyle: fun, bold, luxurious and daring. www.tumblerandtipsy.com
CreakyJoints is a digital community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers worldwide who seek education, support, advocacy, and patient-centered research. We represent patients through our popular social media channels, our website www.CreakyJoints.org, and the 50-State Network, which includes more than 1,500 trained volunteer patient, caregiver and healthcare activists. As part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, CreakyJoints also has a patient-reported outcomes registry called ArthritisPower® with more than 19,000 consented arthritis patients who track their disease while volunteering to participate in longitudinal and observational research. CreakyJoints also publishes the popular “Raising the Voice of Patients” series, which are downloadable patient-centered navigational tools for managing chronic illness. For more information and to become a member (for free), visit www.CreakyJoints.org. To participate in our patient-centered research program, visit www.ArthritisPower.org.