Designers

May 22

Here’s an interesting piece of news and how innovative today’s fashion design students are! We hope that these students take their careers into designing for plus size women once they graduate!

Apparel design students in a Product Development Class at Cornell University, wanted to create clothing for plus size women.  But first, they had to find a plus size mannequin.

As we know, there are very few “true” plus size mannequins on the market.  Most are a Size 14.  At Black Cat Plus, we are very fortunate to have one plus size mannequin who is a size 18.

Sophomores Brandon Wen and Laura Zwanziger decided to build their own plus size dress form with the help of a professor in the fiber science and apparel design.

They did not want to size up their clothes from a regular size mannequin so that the garment would fit appropriately.

Laura Zwanziger said, “A lot of the clothes for plus-size women are really just sized up from smaller proportions, which fit really strangely.  Plus-size women feel alienated from the fashion industry.”

Image: Cornell.edu

Their collection named Rubens’ Women,  features four jackets and a skirt and pants all tailored to complement the curves of larger women.

We applaud these innovative students and hope that they enter the plus size market.

 

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash at Prime Beauty Blog.

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Aug 8

Good news!  We can add  Toula to the esteemed list of Sakes Fifth Avenue plus size designers.

Perhaps it signals that times are a changing?

Oh, how I wish we could add them to the list of plus size boutiques as well.  What do you think? Maybe in time?

Following other luxury labels, women’s apparel manufacturer Toula will debut its  plus size Fall 2010 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York Flagship store.   The collection is made up of  mix and match pieces in women’s sizes 14W-24W.


“We’re excited to expand our reach through this partnership and reach a much larger, cosmopolitan audience,” explained Steven Wang, co-owner of the label. “Toula has been available for decades at smaller boutiques, but this distinctive line sold at Saks will reachan entirely new market.”

The collection features forgiving wool and rayon fiber blends which lends itself  to curvier women’s shapes and can be blocked up or down a size to accommodate body fluctuations.  The pieces enhance a woman’s natural silhouette with flattering cuts and elegant, understated detailing.  The wrinkle-resistant fabrics are ideal for the traveling professional woman with refined taste.

Complete outfits from Toula will retail from $1200-$1600.


Toula joins the luxury labels which previously sold items up to a size 10.  This season, size 14′s will hit the shelves from a myriad of designer labels including: Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Akris, Armani, Carolina Herrera, Escada, Donna Karan, St. John, Oscar de la Renta, Max Mara, Valentino, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli.  It has been reported that some designers will even go up to a size 20W, with Toula going up to a size 24W.


Toula started in 1986 in a a one-room factory in the home of owners Eddie and Ming Wang and has grown into a successful family business, now run by their son Steven Wang.

Toula has stayed true to its original mission of creating practical and sophisticated clothing.  Classic, timeless and well-made describes this fashion forward designer.  With the majority of fashion designers not making clothes for everyday people, Toula focuses on mature, professional women and has prospered as a result.

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Apr 13
Comfy USA
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Seasonless, timeless separates from Comfy USA feature trend-appropriate styles at affordable prices. Comfy USA is tailor-made for the plus size fashion conscious woman who wants to strike the balance between casual and career dressing and effortlessly take a look from daytime to nighttime. Designed and manufactured in the USA using natural materials, Comfy USA is reknown for an unmatched sophistication featuring wearable fabrics and flattering silhouettes in gorgeous colors. You’ll want to mix and match Comfy USA pieces into your all-seasons wardrobe for both work and play.

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Oct 31
Nina Nguyen Jewelry
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Exclusively for Black Cat Plus, we are pleased to offer Nina Nguyen Jewerly created especially for our customers in extra long lengths. Plus size bracelets, plus size necklaces and earrings in extra long lengths using semi-precious stones and materials that flatter the plus size woman and puts the finishing touches on any outfit. Nina says, “I want my jewelry to be unique, feminine, stylish, maintain an elegant simplicity and, at the same time, be filled with expression to empower the wearer. It gives me much pleasure to contribute to the beauty of women. My hope is that every woman will enjoy wearing my jewelry as much as I enjoy designing each and every piece” .

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Oct 31
Kristine Accessories
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The latest styles from Kristine Davis of Kristine Accessories. Renown for its famous flat wallets, Black Cat Plus is pleased to offer the latest designs from Kristine Accessories for the plus size woman. Voted the Best Accessory of the Year, from wallets to flat wallet clutches to handbags to jewelry–this is one item you won’t be able that will take you from career to casual with style and convenience.

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Oct 31
P.K. Maks Slimfitters
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As a designer and boutique owner, Phyllis Maks created her Slimfitters™ line to make women think, look and feel thinner, youngish and stylish. Phyllis was troubled by how many women were unhappy with their bodies. She observed that women wanted clothes that made them feel better about their bodies and that were stylish and fashionable. Black Cat Plus is pleased to offer Slimfitter plus size tops, plus size jeans, and plus size pants. Each P.K. Maks Slimfitter™ garment has its own built in body shaper to minimize bulges in the tummy, waistline and hips and give a smoother, slimmer and firmer figure. Take pounds off with PK Maks

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Oct 30
Pure & Co.
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Since its first hand-knit collection in 1998, Pure & Co has celebrated the craft of knitting. Black Cat Plus is pleased to feature this unique company. Each of their plus size hand-knit wraps and plus size sweaters are made by hand by over 3500 women knitters. Like its sister company Neon Buddha, Pure & Co is one organization that has it all– a company that is first class with best of the best practices in employing women around the globe, committed to the environment, and is dedicated to providing the plus size woman with a truly one-of-a-kind item that is a work of art.

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Oct 30
Neon Buddha
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A lifestyle clothing collection for travel, work, yoga, and you! Clothing that can be worn as you embark on life’s adventures and that designed with a conscience–keeping our commitment to the environment front and center. Neon Buddha offers clothing that fits your life and gives you elegance and style in casual dressing! Neon Buddha is an international effort. The line is Canadian designed and produced and managed in Thailand employing a team of over 200 women. Featuring plus size jackets, plus size yoga pants and plus size tees, Neon Buddha’s separates can be mixed and matched for effortless casual, lifestyle dressing. A high quality casual-wear line that allows the plus size woman to be right in step in fashion wherever she goes.

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Oct 30
Saint Joval
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Saint Joval is Black Cat Plus’s made-to-order manufacturer of fine women’s plus size couture apparel. Our featured plus size occasion-wear sets are created by Lisia Paquette, Saint Joval’s owner and designer. With over 35 years of experience, and renown for her private couture designs in the Michigan area, Lisia’s business evolved from a local operation into a world-wide manufacturing empire that provides premium retailers with couture clothing. Black Cat Plus is excited to be included in with this exclusive group of retailers. Lisia’s talents in designing classic and updated silhouettes in modern fabrics for the plus size woman are unparallel. Black Cat Plus is pleased to have this unique relationship with Saint Joval and to provide you with made-to-order occasion wear that is sophisticated and elegant. Saint Joval—creating the perfect balance between fabric and form.

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Oct 30
Body Works Apparel
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Black Cat Plus has found the answer to active wear that is comfortable and flattering to the plus size woman with selections from Body Works Apparel. From taking a yoga class to working out at the gym or running errands, Body Works Apparel’s clothes are designed exclusively for the curvy, active woman. Body Works Apparel’s plus size workout tees and plus size yoga pants gives you a flattering fit in current styles in eco-friendly fabrics that give you room to breathe. Designer Renae Hartson is passionate about giving women quality choices in active wear! All of the Body Works Apparel items are manufactured in the U.S.A. Black Cat Plus is pleased to offer these quality active wear separates. As Body Works Apparel says, Because every body is somebody! We couldn’t agree more!

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