Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here's a story I found today on financialpost.com
This one brings up so many issues for me as a retailer and manufacturer of "plus size" (their term, not ours) clothing. I can't help but find it annoying that it's the same old arguments being dragged out of the closet over and over. I especially find this paragraph ridiculous...
Cost is also a factor. Because they require more fabric, larger sizes are more expensive to manufacture. "The cost of clothing is disproportionately in the materials and not the labour, due to the shift in production to low-wage countries, which means that it is going to be more expensive to produce clothing for large-sized women, and more resources will be tied up in garments on the racks," notes Susan Ashdown, a professor in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design at Cornell and a leading researcher on improving apparel fit. Imagine the fury that would greet prices that went up with dress size.
First of all, what's the difference between a size 0 and a size 12 in fabric usage? Quite a lot actually. To suggest that we can only "Imagine the fury..." if prices went up with dress sizes is so insulting. The cost of clothing being manufactured does go up slightly as the amount of fabric increases in larger sizes AND in smaller sizes. Don't you think that the average price is decided upon in small sizes and a size 0 is cheaper to make than a size 12? And furthermore, let's be clear, larger women DO pay more for their clothes already. Imagine the fury!!
We are all paying the "fat tax" when we shop, being told that we have to pay more and then receive less styling so the sizing fits more people makes me feel less than special, how about you?
There's a lot of food for thought there but I still can't help wondering why, if they are trying to be respectful, the photograph accompanying the article is of a larger woman, obviously working out in work out clothes including under boob sweat stains and tight clothing and yet they cut off her head so you can't see her face.Why not show her face and give some dignity to the larger woman's image?? I think her body looks fit and strong but what is the photo trying to illustrate?
I am so sick of these type of photos that are used with every single "news" story concerning larger sized women.
Read the article for yourself and let us know what you think.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Friday, June 05, 2009
I am sure that many of you are familiar with Sarah Haskins on current.com, but in case you aren't, check her out. Sarah is the star of "Target: Women," a hilarious and savvy commentary on how the media portrays women. She challenges those stereotypes that really get under our skin. The topics of "Target: Women" vary from women's supposed love of yogurt to the depiction of women on women's television networks. There are times that watching her makes my laugh so hard that I cry. I've put the link to her latest creation below. Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
We've had the pleasure of working with Danielle several times in the last couple of years and this woman kicks ass! A very direct, wise, powerful and refreshing inspiration. Enjoy her interview and check out her website when you have a chance...
name / biz info/website, etc...
I'm Danielle LaPorte. Tho' my birth name is Veronica Danielle (long story about how it came down to Danielle). I created http://www.whitehottruth.com/ because self-realization rocks (and because I'm writing a book with the same title. BTW, my first book is Style Statement; Live By Your Own Design.) On a weekly basis I do "Fire Starter sessions" with entrepreneurs -- a bit of tough love, some intuition and a big dose of start-up and social media acumen.
favourite part of your body?
My eyes. Especially with some black liner and Voluminous Mascara.
what was the last thing that made you laugh uncontrollably?
My incredible farting child has impeccable comedic timing.
3 words/phrases your friends would use to describe you/your style?
A friend emailed me last week and described my style as: "rockstar goddess with a swanky exotic backbone." Hell yeah!
Georgia O'Keefe...her austerity is divine. I also happen to like Geishas, monks and a lot of what Donna Karan does that is NOT black.
favourite tv show/movie?
The Piano. All time fav. Close runner up is Baz Lurhman's Romeo & Juliet.
sexy jeans or a flirty dress?
How about...flirty Kimono.
heels or flats?
Shit-kicking boots. Well heeled and as pointy as possible.
gotta ask - top 5 people you'd invite to dinner (alive or dead)?
Leonard Cohen, Jesus Christ, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With The Wolves, Oprah, John O'Donahue, late amazing theologian and poet
favourite colour combination?
I adore the desert turquoise with espresso-brown flecks - but I'd never actually wear that colour combo. In terms of clothing, my favourite combo is mocha with...more mocha.
phrase/quote that inspires you/makes your heart soar?
"Mama!" Only when my five year old is saying it, running to me for a hug -- doesn't have the same effect from construction workers.
piece of clothing that makes you feel sexy?
my shawl from India.
most recent clothing purchase?
brown flouncy tee from H&M.
what's on the 'i need to have it' list for spring/summer?
cork platforms and RayBan aviators.
I'm doing Fire Starter gigs in fourteen cities between now and the fall. I am crazy. Also, launching a stationery line.
Talk is cheap. Love is a verb. Authenticity is magnetic. And while I have your attention, check out: http://www.whitehottruth.com/
Ps...I love you Bodacious ladies. Thanks for a great interview.
-- Danielle LaPorte
ENTREPRENEURS ARE HOT: "My Fire Starter Session with Danielle is the best investment I have ever made. Ever."- Sarah Bray, Web developer, Virginia Beach