Her struggles led to gloves to help others

SOFT SELL: Marita Loffredo, founder of Phalang-Ease Mittens LLC, came up with the idea for the gloves due to her own challenges with rheumatoid arthritis. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
SOFT SELL: Marita Loffredo, founder of Phalang-Ease Mittens LLC, came up with the idea for the gloves due to her own challenges with rheumatoid arthritis. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
Up until recently, Marita Loffredo didn’t think of herself as a businesswoman, “but necessity is the mother of invention,” she said. With late-stage rheumatoid arthritis, the West Warwick resident struggled for years to find gloves for hands contorted by the inflammatory disease. Having sensitive joints, putting on gloves could be a chore in itself, not…

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