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Got It Made

How One Brand Rocks Out Inclusive Sizing

Got It Made BY tess falotico 02/02/2017

 

When Anne Marie Maniego came onboard to create a women’s version of Peter Trainor’s loosened-up menswear line Max ‘n Chester, the Gap alum led with one main goal: to create suiting and workwear that looks and feels great on women of all shapes and sizes. Here’s how she goes about achieving that awesomeness.

 

COMMITMENT IS KEY

We sell our collection to markets all over the world, so it’s important to us to carry sizes XS to XXL. And if an additional size is needed, we're always willing to accommodate on a case-by-case basis, which we’re able to do because we’re a small company. We’re also always willing to do custom orders for larger or smaller sizes. The bottom line is that we want people to feel special in our clothing.

 

 

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MATERIALS MATTER

“Choosing textiles is the first step in our design process, and the high quality of our fabrics allows us to make pieces that fit and drape perfectly in all sizes. We meet with the mills, who often have offices in New York, and find new ones at Première Vision, which is a major fabric tradeshow. We use a lot of linens that come from a small mill that’s been in the same family for generations, so they’re in it for the long haul.”

 

THE OLD STANDARDS ARE...OLD

“I would say I bring a unique perspective to the women's market because of my background in men’s fashion, and I don't feel a need to conform to old, restrictive standards. Why should cool clothes only go up to a size 8? We grade our patterns for all sizes, which is standard—basically it just means each size has a few inches added, mostly to the width. The shapes I work with lend themselves to this process well.”

 

CONFIDENCE IS KING QUEEN

“When I first started designing this line, I really wanted to combine these beautiful Japanese textiles with a playful European aesthetic. Sometimes it’s tomboyish suiting, sometimes there’s something a bit more feminine, like a ruffle—but always with the confident woman in mind that would wear my clothes. I don't believe that that woman is always going to be one size, and we should celebrate that!”

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