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Marc Jacobs to produce plus sizes

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.

Readers' comments (2)

  • The first luxury brand to produce pieces for women in sizes above size 14 ?? What about Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren whose plus collections you can find in US department stores, or Roberto Cavalli who is launching his plus line this autumn. They all know there is good business to be made in the plus market, as we do at annascholz.com. Regards Anna Scholz

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  • A quick look on net-a-porter.com this morning shows new in pieces by DVF, Rick Owens and Miu Miu in size 18. So while Marc Jacobs most certainly are not the 1st luxury brand, to introduce size 18 (US 14 as article), as Anna points out, it is great news.
    However why they would seek to introduce a new sub brand for this I do not know. Should we read substandard for this? Brands should understand women buying size 16 and 18 do not wish to seek out clothing in specialist departments or sub brands, but be able proudly to spend their hard earned cash without there being that little down side that they were not quite good enough for main

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