Moxie is the first roller derby garment that integrates shoulder protection and makes you “game-day ready.” Roller derby is an intense, physical sport. Derby athletes have grit, tenacity, and a professional ethic that remains unacknowledged by outsiders. Moxie reimagines how the roller derby uniform can create a unique silhouette for roller derby at its highest level; one that will allow it to be recognized by the rest of the world.
Designed by second-year students Rhea Bhandari, Sophie Carrillo Miranda, Hannah Rudin, and Carly Simmons, the product’s mission “is to help derby athletes continue to improve their game and play the sport they love.” To do this, the Moxie uniform incorporates both shoulder bracing and shoulder padding that complies with roller derby regulations.
Shoulder injuries are especially unique to roller derby because, by regulation, “derbiers” are not permitted hard padding outside elbow and knee gear.
“During our project process, we were fortunate to speak to 4 derbiers across the sports’ landscape, locally and internationally. They all had surprising things to share with us—how derby has impacted their lives —and it was our duty to follow the research trail that would lead to the most impact. We narrowed our focus to look at derby injuries, most specifically shoulder injuries,” the designers offered.
“It is the nature of the sport to use your shoulders to block opponents, and for protecting yourself from impact that could knock you down,” they add. “As a result, derbiers are consistently healing from shoulder dislocations and bruising. This kind of injury is especially unique to roller derby because, by regulation, derbiers are not permitted hard padding outside elbow and knee gear. Our product fits the market through a kind of loop-hole—soft padding on the shoulders that braces impact, ultimately reducing injury to shoulders.”
“Our process consisted of creating a pattern by scratch, and scouting for the correct fabrics. We settled for compression material for the top portion (to brace the shoulders), and a loose athletic material for the bottom (for sweat wicking and air flow.) Zippers are incorporated on the top area in order to loosen and tighten compression for putting on and taking off the uniform.” Padding adorns high impact areas and creates intentional bulk to the derby figure for an iconic silhouette. Finishing touches include the players’ number on each sleeve of the uniform and the Moxie logo in the bottom left corner.
The team wants to thank Five Stride Skate Shop and the wonderful derbiers they spoke with: Roxy Dallas, Booty Quake, Jagger, and Bellatrix.