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A2) What manufacturers make clothes/shoes/spectacles for large folks?




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This article is from the FAQ, by Stef Jones (stef@bayarea.net) with numerous contributions by others.

A2) What manufacturers make clothes/shoes/spectacles for large folks?

CLOTHING FOR WOMEN

You can find these clothing lines in various retail stores and catalogs.

Capistrano
Complaint of cheap manufacture.

Carole Little II
Carol Little's large-size collection. Beautiful fabric, flowing
cuts, nice colors. A little pricey. Well-made, and the dresses
are quite long.

Citiculture
Fancy "garden party" dresses up to 4X (sizes run large).

Danskin
Phone: (800) 87-DANSKIN
Exercise clothing in sizes 1X-4X. Their clothes are well made
and pretty and they use large-size models.

Elisabeth
Liz Claiborne's plus sizes line. Expensive, but good quality.
Sizes 14-22. Also has some petites.

Entree
Jeans that fit wonderfully and consistently across many styles
up to size 44.

Fruit of the Loom
100% cotton panties up to size 12. Also bras with large band
and cup sizes.

Gilda Marx
Phone: (800) 825-BODY
Exercise clothing in sizes 1X-3X.

Goddess Bras
Phone: (213) 629-2905 or (617) 569-3000
Well-made, large-size bras. They have cotton bras without
underwires up to about size 52DD. Good push-up bras, comfortable
merrywidows. They've been actively soliciting NAAFA to find out
what large women want in bras. They also make nursing bras
(particularly recommended is Model 510).

Hanes Her Way
Large size sweatpants and sweatshirts.

Jerzees
Good quality, heavy T-shirts up to size 6X.

Jockey for Her
All-cotton underwear in three styles up to at least size 11.

Jones New York Woman
Career wear.

Just My Size
Underwear, socks, and pantyhose. Affiliated with L'Eggs. They
also have their own catalog (see catalog section above).

Kathy Lee Plus
Carried at WalMart.

Lee Jeans
Tend to work well on figures with smaller waistlines, large
hips. Sizes up to 28 or 30.

Marina Bridal
Wedding dresses, priced reasonably ($350-$900 or so). Their
headquarters is in NYC. You should be able to get a copy of
their catalog (about 20 styles) by calling local bridal shops.

No Nonsense
Women like their plus-size pantyhose, which goes up to 4X, feels
soft against the skin, and doesn't bag because of lycra in the
fabric blend. They are getting harder to find.

Richard Simmons
Carried at WalMart.

Sharon Anthony

Two Potato


CLOTHING FOR MEN

You can find these clothing lines in various retail stores and catalogs.

Dolphin Swimwear

Levi's Jeans and Action Slacks
Large-size button-fly 501s. The Action Slacks apparently wear
like iron, wash well, and never need to be ironed.

SPECTACLES

Luxottica makes large-size frames for men. They make metal frames in XXL
sizes, and have 170mm custom temples. Also look for Zyloware frames.
Most companies do carry large-size frames; have the optical tech look in
the Frames book for listings of large frames.

COMFORTABLE AND/OR WIDE WOMEN'S SHOES

Bally
Clark's
Easy Spirit (reported very long lasting even for supersize people)
Ecco (made in Denmark)
Hush Puppies "Bounce"
Nordstrom's store brand
Rangoni
Selby
Soft Spots

COMFORTABLE AND/OR WIDE UNISEX SHOES

Avia
Birkenstock
Cuddler's (available at K-Mart)
New Balance
Puma
Red Wings
Rieker
Rockports
Romika
SAS (hiking boots)
Simple
Sorel's (winter boots -- proper mountaineering boots)
Wolverine (hiking boots)
Worishofer

 

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