Marc Jacobs to launch in Plus Size!

04 August 2010

Marc by Marc Jacobs A/W '10 collection

Huzzah! and hooray! we say this morning because it seems Marc Jacobs may develop a Plus Size range! First the avalanche of plus sized girls featuring in editorials, then Crystal Renn on the catwalk for Mark Fast, the Chanel resort collection and as the face of the Jean Paul Gaultier campaign. Now we feel that this really could be a permanent shift rather than a faddy fashion phase as the designers catch up to extending sizes as well as changing their imagery.

Marc Jacobs’ business partner Robert Duffy has admitted to MJ fans on twitter that he would like Marc Jacobs to sell plus sized clothes! Duffy says that he feels strongly about the subject because

“I’m a big guy 6'4" 210 lbs. Not easy for me to find clothes. Of course I can have them made. I know how everyone feels. I try to diet but....” Ah bless.

Not surprisingly the twitterverse jumped in with much enthusiasm. The upshot of the discussion was;

 "Your [sic] right. We gotta do larger sizes. I'm with you. As soon as I get back to NY. I'm on it! It will take me about a year. But stay with us." 

And then a bit later -

 “we are in the very beginning stages of talking to a partner about plus sizes. Relax. It won't be based on the collection line.”

So, we should all watch out for another Marc Jacobs range. Duffy did argue that the main line does come in sizes up to a US 16 (this a 20 in the UK) but that the larger sizes never tend to sell, partly because their stockists don’t put them out on the shop floor (!), so he urged any customers who take a big size to always ask in store for 14s and 16s. And he may well be toying with a name for the range already, seeing as he doesn't like the phrase 'plus size' and appealed to fellow twitterers for suggestions, his favourite being 'Above Average' - ha ha. Judging by the pair's previous skill at naming things (like his soon to be opened bookshop 'Book Marc') we think they can do MUCH better than that.


Naomi Attwood


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