Starting my own clothing brand

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    Feb 19, 2016 6:30 PM GMT
    I'm frustrated with not finding things my size. I'm naturally 5'6" and very slim, usually around 116 lbs. Mens XS sizes rarely fit, even if they do, they'll require some sort of alteration.

    I usually buy boys sizes, but boys size 14 (which fits great in the chest, neck, and shoulders) is usually too short torso-wise or the sleeves are too short. Boys size 16 fits, but usually requires small alterations to the sleeves and chest. Of course, there is variation of what fits depending on the brand, production run, type of clothing, etc.

    I like things to fit well. I don't like the baggy, sloppy look. I don't like things that are too fitted and look like I'm about to bust out of them, though.

    I think there's definitely a market for a line of clothing that caters to men under 5'8", which is what size XS is geared toward.

    There's one clothing line, Peter Manning, that is geared toward that demographic, but their stuff is a little higher priced and I think that turns people off from trying their stuff. Plus, they offer just basics. My idea is to offer clothing similar to J. Crew's style, but for guys between 5'0" to 5'7".

    Am I just too concerned with the way I wear my clothes and most guys don't care? I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts on my idea. I can take criticism constructively, whether it's meant that way or not! icon_razz.gif
  • kredone

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    Feb 22, 2016 5:34 AM GMT
    I am not in the same position exactly being 6'2" and 215 lbs, however, I have always hated buying pants because they always look so weird on me. It is easier to go with someone who I trust and can tell me if they look okay because I get so discouraged with that process. I have trouble finding shirts that fit me because they are always too short. I wear a medium in most shirt sizes and sometimes a large that feels like I am being swallowed up in and even then sometimes they are on the short side. Perhaps why I prefer just wearing shorts and not going shopping for clothes in general. Perhaps I am not the right person to respond to this post.

    I do have friends who are similarly sized as you and I know one of them has mentioned to me about difficulty with finding clothes that fit. If you are able to make clothes that fit men who wear XS in a style they like at a price they can afford then I say go for it!
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    Feb 22, 2016 7:14 AM GMT
    Well, if you go for it I suggest you contact Shortman Brown's in Toronto. It's a clothing store geared to men 5'8" and under. They might make a useful retail customer.
  • Fireworkz

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    Feb 22, 2016 10:55 AM GMT
    I think in Europe clothes sizes are smaller, especially in Italy, maybe you should investigate.
  • Fireworkz

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    Feb 22, 2016 10:56 AM GMT
    Sounds like a good business idea. I would make it an online business as it is quite niche.
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    Feb 22, 2016 6:25 PM GMT
    YVRguy saidWell, if you go for it I suggest you contact Shortman Brown's in Toronto. It's a clothing store geared to men 5'8" and under. They might make a useful retail customer.

    Thanks for the lead!