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BarryBasics to suspend operations

In the coming weeks, we will be contacting all who provided support - or buisness services - during the past eight years.  BarryBasics and the Al Barry Foundation will suspend the manufacturing of modular apparel no later than June 2016.  We will be distributing our very limited inventory through the Al Barry Foundation in the coming weeks.  To our customers - thank you for trying something "new" during recovery!  We will be in touch again!

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COMMERCIAL ORDERS for BARRYBASICS

We are taking commercial orders for 2016 deliveries.  If you want to offer BarryBasics to your customers or patients, please contact us.  We offer fabric and color selections to retail shops and hospital gift shops. 

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NEW INVENTORY AVAILABLE IN 2016

BarryBasics is currently out of stock.  New production begins in January 2016.  Please visit our web site again soon. 

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New Nightshirt for Women

Samples are being tested for a Nightshirt for Women in Polyester Pique and French Terry fabrics.  The style will have the features of snap fasteners and a Reversible (snaps on left or right side) option.   The style is designed as an alternative to the hospital gown following surgery and during recovery.  Once tested and made available to patients, the Nightshirt will be produced for women and men.  Another Made in America Product by BarryBasics.

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New Sleeveless T-Shirt in Production

A Sleeveless T-Shirt is in production.  The Sleeveless Shirt has snap fasteners at the shoulder seam and one side, from the underarm to botton hem.  The Shirt will be first offered in a Reversible style to accommodate treatment and medical devices on the left or right side of the body.  The Polyester Pique fabric is by Alamac of North Carolina.  Made in the USA using USA products and vendors. 

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BarryBasics Apparel to be offered through Al Barry Foundation

Until further notice, online sales will not be offered through the BarryBasics web site shopping cart.  We are underway with opportunities to offer the apparel through the Al Barry Foundation (www.albarryfoundation.org), hospital gift shops and other new distribution opportunities.  We are currently in production to re-stock inventory that was destroyed in a fire last year.  If you have an urgent need for the modular apparel, please contact us through the contact page until further notice.  At present time, we have a very limited inventory.  Hopefully by September 2014, we will be back in full operation.  Thank you for visiting BarryBasics.  

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Operations temporarily closed due to Fire damage

As reported on October 14, 2013, by local media outlets, "A fire that caused an estimated $1 million worth of damages at a Northeast Richland shopping center was intentionally set.  The fire started inside a self-storage business, located in the center of the complex, according to Richalnd County Fire Marshal's Office.  The arson case has been turned over to the Richalnd County Sheriff's Office."   (jmonk@thestate.com; http://www.thestate.com/2013/10/14/3038191/columbia-blaze-1-million.html).

BarryBasics has had a climate controlled storage unit at the reported location for several years.  The final assessment of damage to apparel and supplies has not been determined.  Notification of business operations will be announced as soon as possible. 

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Changes are coming for BarryBasics…. Styles & Brand Name

We have spent the last year listening to our customers and working with caregivers & patients who have worn our apparel.   Lots of good feedback.  To operate within this economy, new production for 2013 and 2014 will be limited to the most popular apparel pieces with snap fasteners for men and women. Colors and fabrics will also be limited to ensure the best price for customers.  After successful testing, new denim fabric will be introduced for shorts.  Current inventory will be offered at a reduced price in September.  The basic design feature will be the same - slip across the body and snap shirts and pants.

The retail trade name of BarryBasics will be changed to "MedCareWear."  Research indicates that the brand name change may make it easier for our customers to find us.  We are excited!  More changes will come on both web sites - BarryBasics/MedCareWear and the Al Barry Foundation. 

BarryBasics will remain as the apparel label for the Al Barry Foundation.  The Foundation will take a new step by moving forward with selling BarryBasics apparel in order to fund the Gift Program for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and Cancer Patients.  Raising funds is becoming more difficult but we will work within the Foundation's 501(c)(3) mission to accomplish our goals.  All current Foundation inventory will be gifted before year's end.

We want to continue to serve recovering patients with mobility challenges so please contact us and we will work with you to respond to your apparel needs.   We will be keeping our friends, customers and supporters advised of the progress we make over the next few months.  We sincerely thank you for your support and encouragement the past five years.

Liz Taylor-Barry, MedCareWear BarryBasics Al Barry Foundation

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New BarryBasics Sizing for Athletes

BarryBasics is working with Clemson Apparel Research to create special sizes for athletes and military men and women.  These sizes may be available in summer/fall apparel productions.  BarryBasics is currently manufactured to comply with USA Size Standards.

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Al Barry Foundation Gift Program

Donors to the Al Barry Foundation made possible the delivery of 300 apparel gifts in September of 2012.  BarryBasics modular apparel designs are manufactured by the Al Barry Foundation and Lizbeth, Inc., dba BarryBasics - www.barrybasics.com.   To learn more, please visit www.albarryfoundation - or follow the Foundation on Facebook. 

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Wounded Warrior Gifts

Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 4th Floor Ward, were gifted BarryBasics modular apparel by the Al Barry Foundation on May 17, 2012.  Modular shirts, boxer shorts and gym shorts in moisture management fabrics were well received.  Most patients wanted to try the shirts and shorts immediately.  All gifts were greatly appreciated by patients and their families.  Our hearts were full after spending time with these unbelievable young men.  During the next few weeks, we will be coordinating with the military wounded warrior programs in order to distribute more gifts.  To all who supported the Al Barry Foundation Wounded Warrior Gift Program, we send our thanks.  Just know that you helped make a hero comfortable while in recovery from injuries.  To learn more, visit www.albarryfoundation.org or visit us on Facebook at the Al Barry Foundation page.   

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Patient satisfaction!

Patient (The Villages in Florida) likes the men's apparel fabrics.  The shirts are currently available in Pique and French Terry Polyester by Alamac of North Carolina.  The weight of the fabric allows wearing in bed or in public places.  The apparel was sewn by Clemson Apparel Research and Hagins Industries in the Carolinas.  The men's shirts and shorts are available in modular (snap) styles and no-snap styles.  See apparel for men and women at barrybasics.com web site and follow the Al Barry Foundation (albarryfoundation.org) to see how we serve Wounded Warriors, Cancer Patients and Patients with mobility issues.  

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Knee Surgery?  Try BarryBasics!

Men and women who have worn BarryBasics Modular Apparel know the great utility of the boxers, shorts, and long pants.  Manufactured in a variety of fabrics and colors, patients have the appearance of sportswear while offering easy access for medical treastment and rehabilitation activities. 

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After surgery, BarryBasics is the way to go!

"I don't know what I would have done without BarryBasics.  Both arms and one leg were badly hurt in a car accident.  I had surgery that left pins sticking out.  BarryBasics gave me dignity because I could cover myself and do my rehabilitation.  They look like sportswear and feel great.  I love these clothes!"

Jen, Cleveland, Ohio, February 2012

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BarryBasics worn during rehab in Cleveland Ohio

"Thank God someone created BarryBasics.  My daughter wore BarryBasics following major surgery on both arms and one leg.  The snaps made it possible for her to wear clothes that let the nurses do what they had to do -- and kept my daughter covered and warm.  She could not have doner her rehabilitation without these clothes.  THANK YOU BarryBasics!" 

Marianne, Cleveland, Ohio

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BarryBasics article posted at military.com

Article posted by Sgt. Shaft (John Fales) at www.military.com/opinion.  Please read and share with friends.  John Fales is President of Blinded American Veterans Foundation.  His decorations include Purple Heart, Vietnam Services Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, New York State Conspicuous Medal, Presidentail Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, and South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.  John Fales was a friend of Al Barry. 

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This special patient is courageously fighting brain cancer.  Even though the BarryBasics teens & children's line is not yet available, we are discovering that the small and medium sizes seem to work for teens. 

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12 Year Old Patient in Yonkers NY wears BarryBasics!

A severely broken upper arm of a 12-year old at a basketball game led a Mother to find a solution at BarryBasics.  Although the apparel is made for adult men and women - the sizes small and mediums proved to solve the urgent need.  The Reversible Modular Shirt with plastic snap fasteners along the shoulder, under arm and side accommodated the cast and offered some comfort to the athelete -- and relief for the Mother.

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New inventory in Khaki and soft Pink fabrics includes Modular and no-snap apparel for men and women.  The sizes are small, medium, large & Xlarge.  The fabrics Polyester Pique and Polyester French Terry.  The easy to wash & dry fabric was manufactured by Alamac of North Carolina and the cut & sew was by Hagins Industries of North Carolina. 

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New shipment arrived!

A new shipment has been received from Clemson Apparel Research (CAR).  Packaging is in process.  The Modular Apparel with snap openings include gym shorts, long pants and the Reversible Modular Shirt.  Also included are capri pants and tops for women with and without snap openings.  The color is light gray.  The easy to wash & dry fabric is antimicrobial and moisture management manufactured by Domestic Fabrics of North Carolina. 

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News Release October 27, 2011

 

SOUTH CAROLINA ENTREPRENEUR INTRODUCES APPAREL TO RETAIL MARKET

The apparel, made in the USA, is designed for patients with temporary or permanent limited mobility.

 October 24, 2011 Columbia, S.C.—Modular medical apparel (patent pending), being manufactured in the Carolinas under the trade name of BarryBasics™,is now available online at www.barrybasics.com.  The apparel is designed for patients recovering from injury or surgery, and accommodates medical devices and the challenges of a patient’s temporary or permanent limited mobility.

 The entrepreneur behind the product line is Liz Taylor-Barry.  Liz lost her husband to brain cancer in 2007 and one of his last wishes was that she find a way to help others because so many had helped them during his cancer treatments.  In March of 2008, Liz met with Clemson Apparel Research and the process began.  In late 2008, Liz founded the Al Barry Foundation, a 501(c)(3), to serve Wounded Warriors and Veterans recovering from injuries.  Since that time, the Foundation has gifted 2,000 pieces of the apparel to Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed, Bethesda, and Landstuhl, Germany military hospitals; and to Veterans across the US.   In 2012, the Foundation will expand its reach to serve cancer patients and patients with severe mobility issues in the general population.

 The apparel is being Made in the USA using US textiles, products and services. Professional South Carolina resources used during the apparel business development process has included Clemson Apparel Research, the SEAMS organization, Ken D Photography, American Speedy Printing, and DuBose Web Group.   Pattern making and manufacturing has been provided by Clemson Apparel Research (Clemson University) in Pendleton, SC; Hemingway Apparel, SC; and Creative Outlet, NC.  Fabrics are produced by Alamac American Knits (NC), Hamrick Mills (SC), and Domestic Fabrics (NC).   

 The shirts and pants for men are constructed with and without plastic snap fasteners to accommodate a patient’s needs and medical devices (casts, braces, tubing, medical equipment and other devices).  The design with hidden snap fasteners provides dignity for patients in recovery and offers easy access to the body during medical treatment.  The apparel slips across the body avoiding the need to pull pants up the body and shirts overhead.  The product line may be viewed at www.barrybasics.com and at www.albarryfoundation.org.   For commercial sales, please go to barrybasics.com and click on “Contact.”

 Men’s apparel includes:  t-shirts, critical care shirts, boxers, shorts and long pants.  Tops and pants in several styles for women have the same utility as the men’s apparel.   Women’s apparel includes:  tops; t-shirts, boxers, Capri pants, and long pants. 

 Liz Taylor-Barry, worked for the SC District Office of the Small Business Administration (1994-2003).  The last position she held in the U.S. Senate (2004) was as Senior Policy Advisory to the Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Entrepreneurship.  Liz’s career also included positions on Capitol Hill and with the McNair Firm in Washington, D.C.  Born in Cheraw, she grew up in Charleston and now resides in Columbia, South Carolina.

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