Culture: The Impossible Dream
design + dream + set sail
you’d never think that boats need wheels. But, then again, you’ve never been on The Impossible Dream. This completely wheelchair accessible 60’ long catamaran is sailing up and down the East coast this summer showing anyone using a wheelchair that they can find their sea legs.
Deborah Mellen is Mareiclaire, DRESSHIRT’s Creative Director’s Aunt. She’s also a New York native, successful businesswoman, passionate sailor and volunteer at Shake-a-Leg Miami, and has had paraplegia for more than two decades. She is this boat’s fearless captain!
Deborah’s love of sailing led her to buy the Impossible Dream in the winter of 2013 and show the world how passion and design can overcome mainstream conceptions of disabilities. Each inch was designed by Nicky Baily, the designer of the famed London Eye carriages, and every handle, every ledge, every compartment has a purpose--not to mention a minimalist carbonfiber sheen and a fully stocked bar--(Bacardi is their summer sponsor.)
The design of the boat pushed limitations. Deborah told us that “When i was on the boat for the first time, it was the first time I was ever able to be on the bow of a boat since I was in a wheelchair. And I thought that everyone in my situation should learn to expect more from their life, should learn that society can give us more through universal design.”
The boat has sailed from Miami to Maine, from the Bahamas to Cuba, from Baltimore to Brooklyn. Along the way it has stopped at charity organizations and rehab centers and taught children and adults alike that limitations are self-conceived.
Deborah’s drive, refusal to settle, and unfailing positivity is what makes her a DRESSHIRT muse.
Hear from Deborah herself in an upcoming questionnaire.
Find out more here: http://impossibledream.us/about-us/