Designer label Marc Jacobs is set to be the first luxury catwalk label to produce pieces for women in sizes upwards of a 14.
The label’s president Robert Duffy wrote on social networking site Twitter: “Want to do plus sizes, Great opportunity. Need to get the customers interested.”
It is understood that a Marc Jacobs plus-size clothing range would involve a new sub-brand rather than featuring direct reproductions of the designer’s mainline catwalk pieces in larger sizes.
Any collection is unlikely to be released for several months. Duffy said on Twitter: “We are in the very beginning stages of talking to a partner about plus sizes.”
He added that the idea came to him following his own difficulty finding clothes to fit his tall, large frame. “I’m a big guy, 6’4”, 210lbs. Not easy for me to find clothes,” he tweeted. “Of course I can have them made. I know how everyone feels. I try to diet but…”
The majority of designer labels do not make ready-to-wear pieces in sizes above a 14.