Draper James just made a statement, sending a major message to the fashion industry.
Plus sizes do sell AND plus size women should not have to pay more for their size.
The Southern inspired lifestyle brand by Reese Witherspoon announced on February 1st that they will be extending their sizing into plus sizes, offering 0 to 24 (XS to 3X) in Draper James stores and DraperJames.com.
While some brands who extend into plus sizes only offer it online, Draper James is taking it a step further and also offering plus sizes in-store.
Launching with their new spring 2019 collection, the official press release explains how this size expansion came into fruition:
“The size expansion launch was inspired by the brand’s continuous goal to make Draper James more inclusive and to continue to promote Reese’s motto, ‘make pretty easy’ with prices ranging from $38 to $175.”
We can’t help but think the brand’s past collaborations with plus size contemporary brand Eloquii is what made this move possible.
Reese Witherspoon, Founder and Creative Director of Draper James, said:
“This is a launch that is so close to my heart. We learn so much from communicating with our customers on social media, and this is something they were asking for. We were able to take the positive feedback from our shoppers and women who wanted to wear our clothes and work to create these new inclusive pieces for them.”
The brand will feature plus size styles in the same prints, patterns, fabrics and price. Draper James also wants their customer to have a “cohesive” shopping experience, where all the sizes will be on the same rack and space together in-store. On their website, they aim to make shopping seamless by having a section to showcase plus sizes.
Draper James also plans to revamp their campaign and ecommerce imagery, to feature women of diverse body types to promote the size expansion.
We think plus size model Sara Smith (below) who is signed to Bicoastal Models, who we named one of the 10 models to watch this year, would be perfect for Draper James and she’s visibly plus, which will resonate with customers. Just sayin’.
Taylor Rettig, CEO of Draper James said:
“This first spring delivery [hitting retail today] is an exciting first step in our journey to create a more inclusive brand for our existing and hopefully new customers alike. I am proud that our team developed these products entirely in house and we will continue to gather feedback from the community and evolve, with a goal of offering all styles in a full size-range in the near future.”
We hope this means more sizes above a size 24 — their collaboration with Eloquii was available up to a size 28.
However, this is a step in the right direction and sending a strong message to the retail industry that offering plus sizes is not a bad thing. Plus size women are women, period, and they shop, too.
Kudos to Draper James for not only offering plus sizes at the same price in the same styles but also offering the styles in-store and using their imagery to reflect that. We can’t wait to see what they do next.