Now Kirkintilloch-based Able2 Wear, which is targeting sales of £250,000 this year, is looking to join forces with a larger organisation to reach a bigger audience in the UK and abroad.
The rapid growth now being seen at the company comes more than 15 years since its formation by Patricia Watson, a former small business adviser, and textile cutter Harry Gillespie.
Ms Watson, the managing director who was awarded an OBE for services to business and disabled people earlier this year, said Able2 Wear's progress comes after the firm faced a series of challenges, including a fire next door to its former premises in Glasgow that destroyed stock and interrupted trade. Ms Watson also had to contend with serious illness, having received treatment for cancer in 2009.
Ms Watson said: "It is such a difficult business to depend on. Some people would have said we should have packed it in, that we were off our heads going through all these problems of fire, ill-health, all the rest of it.
"But we never gave up because we always knew that the business was there."
Able2 Wear's garments are designed to cater for varying physical needs, from people with spinal injuries and wheelchair users to stroke survivors and dementia sufferers.
It has also designed a fire-retardant smokers' apron, which a fire authority in England is looking to test. The product has helped the company become a finalist in the innovation category in the Scottish Business Awards.
Able2 Wear's products, made by small manufacturers across the UK, are now sold in 26 countries, but Ms Watson wants to widen distribution even further.
She said: "We recognise that this is potentially an extremely profitable business. But to develop its true potential it would benefit by becoming part of a larger group, possibly a mail order company or a healthcare group. Come the New Year, we are actively going to be seeking interest from an appropriate organisation that can see the opportunity.
"We are not wanting to sell up and leave. We want to develop the products we have in the pipeline and to market them, and let someone do the day-to-day nuts and bolts - the warehousing, the distribution, all the things that distract us from our core skill of ideas generation."