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Subject: Clothing for Big Folks: U.S. (FAQ) Part 1/3

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Clothing for Big Folks: U.S., Part 1 (A-K) This is the first part of a document about clothing for fat people in the U.S. It contains companies with names beginning with A-K. If you don't find what you're looking for here, try one of the related FAQs (see question B1 for a complete list). To look for stores in a particular state, try using your browser's or word-processor's search feature to search on the state name. There is a supersize-clothing subset of this FAQ available at http://www.cat-and-dragon.com/~stef/Fatfaqs/super.html ============================================================ Updated April 2001 ============================================================ Contents SECTION A: FAQ about clothing for big folks in the U.S., Part 1 A1) Where can I find clothing and shoes? Part 1: Companies beginning with letters A-K SECTION B: Information about this FAQ B1) Are there other related FAQs? B2) Posting information B3) Contributors ============================================================ ============================================================ SECTION A: FAQ about clothing for big folks in the U.S. A1) Where can I find clothing and shoes? Part 1: Companies beginning with letters A-K This question contains an alphabetized list of large-size clothing/shoes retailers beginning with the letters A-K. Each retailer is associated with various keywords: Type of store [catalog] Catalog store [internet] Web store [chain] Retail chain store [single] Retail single store. [state name] follows. [consignment] Sells some clothes on consignment [overseas] Will ship overseas [misc] Other lists of clothing resources Whom they make clothing for [women] [men] [unisex] [children] [maternity] Maternity and/or nursing clothing and/or bras. What sizes they make Note: All of the outlets make midsize clothing (1X-3X, women's sizes 16-24), except as noted in the listings. Not all outlets make clothing in all sizes in that range. [supersize] 4X or 5X or bigger, women's size 30 and up [petite] Petite women's sizes [tall] Tall women's or men's sizes [custom] Does custom work Type of clothing [accessories] Jewelry, belts, hats [casual] Slacks, nice shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses [career] Suits and other office wear [costumes] Halloween and other holiday costumes [evening] Evening dresses, evening suits [lingerie] Lingerie, including bras, underwear, sleepwear [outdoors] Jackets, coats, other cold weather gear [shoes] Shoes and boots in large sizes and/or wide widths [sportswear] T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, shorts [swimwear] Bathing suits (men or women) [uniforms] Nurses' uniforms, etc. [wedding] Wedding and wedding-party dresses A Personal Touch [catalog][women][supersize] 1411 Broadway New York, NY 10018 Phone: (212) 398-0007 Fax: (212) 398-1987 Tops to size 60, skirts to size 46, tunics to size 5X. Absolutely Beautiful by Ilva [catalog][women][maternity][evening][wedding] P.O. Box 20046 Cheyenne, WY 82003 Phone: (307) 638-6792 FAX (307) 638-6796 E-mail: ilvaspagnt@aol.com Designs specialty clothing, including evening maternity wear and bridal wear. Oct 99 Absolute Woman [catalog][women][lingerie] 15 NE 181st St Portland, OR 97230 Abundant Fashions [catalog][single][New Jersey][women][supersize][lingerie] Belmar, NJ Phone: (908) 988-0550 One of a kind fashions up to size 7X. Accent Any Size [catalog][women][supersize][casual][career][evening][lingerie] P.O. Box 1051 New York, NY 10024 Phone: (212) 283-1710 Email: AccentNY1@aol.com All stock except Danskin line in 1X-8X. Pantihose to 7X (450#). Added Dimensions [chain][women] Mall store. Adini En Plus [single][Rhode Island][women][casual] 725 Branch Ave Providence, RI 02904 Phone: (800) 556-2443 Casual wear, sizes 1X-3X Alectra [internet][women][midsize][lingerie][overseas] Laura Volkan 6433 Gloria Ave. Van Nuys CA 91406 Phone: (888) 755-9449 Email: customerservice@alectra.com Website: http://www.alectra.com Women's intimate apparel, sizes 1X-4X, moderate prices. Secure online ordering. Wholesale also welcome, call for details. Babydolls, fitted chemises and wraps all with matching thong and bikini panties. All products exclusive. "When I opened my package, everything was beautifully wrapped, even had a card on top with my name on it, telling me how to take care of it. The clothing seemed to be made especially for me." July 00 Alice's Undercover World [single][California][women][lingerie][custom][supersize] Torrence, Calif. Phone: (310) 326-6775 Bras and foundation garments. 28Ato 64Z and custom. alight.com [catalog][internet][overseas][women][casual][career][evening][accessories] [sportswear] Phone: (212) 216-9077 Fax: (212) 216-9070 Email: support@alightshopping.com Web: http://www.alight.com Site is a cross between a women's fashion magazine and a clothing catalog offering women's plus and junior plus sizes 1X to 4X (14-28) from trendy designer names such as "Good Dog Mud Pig." US currency only. "Wow! Room for my breasts! And stomach! And they drape nicely!" April 2001 All Ashore [single][Texas][women][swimwear] 7959 Broadway St #404 San Antonio, TX 78209 Phone: (210) 829-7813 Swimwear in sizes 16W-26W All of Me [single][Massachusetts][women][casual][sportswear] 7 Old South Street Northampton, MA 01060 Phone: (413) 584-3474 Natural fiber and Danskin clothing. Amazon Designs [internet][women][custom][petites][supersize][tall][shoes][career][casual] [uniforms] 1473 Old Airport Rd. Paris, Arkansas 72855 Phone: 501-963-6536 Fax: 501-963-3648. Web site: http://www.amazondesigns.com/ Clothing for big and tall women. Nurse's uniforms. Custom work and standard size chart, 1-9, to 84" hip. Jeans to blazers, broomstick skirts, turtle-necks, custom rainwear and polar-fleece coats, denim western wear, "Munro shoes" and sandals to 14ww. Embroidered t-top, pant sets, sweatshirts. Custom embroidery. One person reports: "The jeans are wonderful! Real denim (in blue or black), front pockets, zipper, belt loops ... just regular old-fashioned jeans. If they don't fit quite right when you get them, she'll fix them." America's Shirt Catalog See Hugestore.com, below Ample Annie [single][California][consignment][women] 717 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: (408) 425-3838 Large-size consignment shop. Small store, but full of clothes at great prices, both consignment and new. You need to shop there often to get the great deals on consignment since good things move very fast. Ample Boutique [single][Colorado][women] Colorado Springs, CO Ample Duds [chain][unisex][women][men][supersize][sportswear] Jeans up to size 60, T-shirts to 10X. Women's clothing to size 52 or 60. Ample Seconds [single][consignment][women][supersize][casual][career] Marcella Monbaron - Marcella Clothing and Craft Market 201 E Central, Sutherlin, Oregon 97479 Mailing address: PO Box 1400, Sutherlin, OR 97479 Phone: 541-459-8691 FAX: 541-459-5587 Email: monbaron@rosenet.net All types of clothing for large sized women; new and consignment; casual and some professional/Sunday Church dresses and suits. Sizes: 14 and up. July 00 Ana's Accoutremonts, Ruth's Custom Sewing and RK Tailoring [catalog][internet][men][women][custom][career][casual][costume] [evening][accessories][wedding] P.O. Box 1625, Slidell, LA 70445. Phone: 1-888-SEW-FITS (739-3487), 1-504-882-6958 http://www.sewfits.com Custom-made period costumes, their design or yours, their fabric or yours. Also custom-sized patterns. Custom men's wear, bridal wear, and dresses. Feb01 Andee Unlimited [catalog][women][wedding] New address (2/97): 944 SE Sellwood Blvd. Portland, OR 97202-5919 Phone: Reported not listed with phone company 03/97 (503) 292-5176 Sizes to 30. Ann Murdock's Lingerie and More [catalog][internet][single][Oregon][women][supersize][casual] [lingerie][sportswear] 8527 N. Lombard Portland, Oregon 97203 Phone (503) 289-9497 Email ann@annmurdock.com Web www.annmurdock.com "I love the shop and the people who work there. We found the perfect bra for me... I also picked up a very pretty longline corset, which she help me to fit." Some items to supersizes. Danskin sportswear and some regular clothes. "Good selection, wide range of sizes, nice people." "Great place to find large and supersize lingerie.. the plain stuff as well and lots of fancy sexy garments. Ann is a good woman to know and she will indeed special order for you." Annette's Armoire [single][Illinois][custom][women][evening][career][casual][outdoors] 27 E. Delaware Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: (312) 337-6706 Sizes 14-26. Original clothing, custom work. Special occasion dresses, casual, and work clothes, coats, jean, jackets. Mostly natural fabrics. One person complained that she had difficulty returning an item and that another expensive item she bought was sewn poorly and they gave her trouble about repairing it. Annette's Fine Fashions [single][California][women] Southern California Phone: (707) 528-8281 Sizes 14 and up The Answer/Added Dimensions [chain][women] Mall store. They carry clothes for significantly less (say, half the price) than you'd find in a department store. Owned by the same people who own Catherine's. Recently expanded their sizing to 30-32 because of customer demand. Anthony Richards [catalog][women][evening][casual][career][lingerie] 6836 Engle Rd PO Box 94503 Cleveland, OH 44101-4503 Phone: (800) 359-5933, (216) 826-3008, (216) 826-1712 Anya [catalog][women] 70 James St Worcester, MA 01603 Phone: (508) 791-8589 Fax: (508) 754-9331 Some clothes in larger sizes; the proprieter is open to carrying more large sizes. Apples and Pears [catalog][overseas][women][supersize][casual][sportswear] 20488 SW Inglis Dr. Aloha, OR 97007 Phone: Reported disconnected 03/97 (800) 475-5166, (503) 649-4601 in Oregon and overseas Casual women's clothing -- tunics, coats, sweatshirts, cardigans, knit tops and shorts. Much of the clothing has embroidered designs. Sizes 1X-8X. Pricey, and they may charge more for clothing in sizes 6X-8X. [checked 4/7/95] April Cornell [single][New York][women][career][casual] 860 Lexington Avenue, N.Y., N.Y. 10021. (212) 570-APRIL. Their large size line is called "April Too." "Their "large" in the regular clothing is most appropriate for small midsizes (e.g., medium height, about 180 lbs.). Their "April Too" stuff would probably be better for large midsizes (e.g., about 260 lbs.) Laura Ashley-style clothes, but better fabrics. On the expensive side. Arlene's [single][Massachusetts][women][supersize][swimwear][wedding][evening] [lingerie] 100 Elm St Salisbury, Ma 01952 Phone: (508) 462-6444 Best selection of everything and they will order things for you. Hundreds of bathing suits, lots of wedding dresses you can try on, party dresses, Renata B clothing, bras, etc. Armand's [catalog][women][supersize][lingerie] 219-A Elm Reading, PA 19606 Queen-size panties, hips 48"-71", sizes 13-18. Reported out of business, Oct 99 Ashanti [single][New York][women] New York City Clothes run the gamut of prices. Unique items (like hand-painting on fabric). Gorgeous fabrics. High quality. One-of-a-kind jewelry. Ashley Stewart Woman [chain][women][swimwear][lingerie][evening] Chain store with outlets in Maryland, New York, Philadelphia, and possibly elsewhere). Clothing is a little more formal than Lane Bryant's. Good service. Astarte Woman by Design [catalog][internet][women][supersize][lingerie][casual][evening] Phone: (310) 373-0638 Web site: http://www.astartewoman.com/ Video catalog $10 (applied to purchase) Family owned, clothing designed in-house. Expensive, but good quality and good service. Sizes up to 32-34W. All kinds of stuff, from casual wear to lingerie and holiday party dresses. They have a mailing list and a quarterly newsletter. Mail order and trunk sales and fashion shows. Large women in video catalog. "She realizes that not all of us are fat in the same way and cuts clothing to flatter any figure.... There are quite often multiple ways to wear the same thing. I can dress for a 2 week vacation by taking 6 pieces of her slinky knit. All washable, packs like a dream." "Almost all of her clothing is cut on the bias. This allows the fabric to drape in a flattering way for all body types." July 00 Attitudes and Lace [catalog][internet][women][lingerie] Phone: (800) 519-5568 Web site: http://shops.net/shops/SHOWCASE/ Catalog: $4.95, refundable from first purchase. Lingerie in regular sizes and sizes 1X-4X. Large models on web site. Aug 99: Reported dead. Oct 99: Reported alive. Audradella's Plus-Size Fashions [catalog][internet][overseas][women][casual][evening][lingerie] 16500 Joy Rd., Box 28264 Detroit, MI 48228 Fax: 1-888-424-PLUS(7587) Web site: http://www.audradella.com Email: info@audradella.com Various lines of lingerie and fancy dress, in various sizes. Some items up to a smallish 6X (60-inch-hips). August Max [chain][women][petite][career][casual][lingerie] Mall store. Career and casual, small but dependable selection of nightgowns/lingerie, some petites. Prices from moderate to expensive. Excellent quality and service. Sizes 14-26. The Avenue [chain][women][casual][lingerie][sportswear] Phone for finding nearby stores: 800 963 2744 Web site: http://www.avenue.com Mall store run by United Retail Incorporated. In September 1999 all stores called Sizes Unlimited, Smart Size, Sizes Woman, 14 Plus, and 16 Plus were renamed to The Avenue. Casual clothes, pantyhose (Gloria Vanderbilt in sizes up to 3 or 4X). Funky fashions and basic shorts/jeans/sweats. People disagree about what sizes they carry: some say to 24, some say to 32. It may vary from store to store. Review 2/97: "Very reasonably priced, silky little nightie things to size 32. [...] Also, they have certain outfits that I find 'younger' than LB. I like their lines of underwear lots better than LB, too. [...] I've gotten some of my best clothes there over the years." One woman likes their pants selection better than Lane Bryant because it is "height-proportional." Another person wrote about inconsistent sizing in their Avenue-brand clothing. Avon [chain][women] Web site: http://www.avon.com/map.html Carries up to size 28 and 3x in most of their clothes. B.A. Mason [catalog][women][men][shoes] 1251 First Ave. Chippewa Falls, WI 54729-9981 Phone: (800) 457-9325, M-F 7-5 Central Time Men's shoes up to 13EEE, women's shoes up to 12EE. B. Coole Designs (formerly Richman Cotton) [catalog][men][women][casual][sportswear][costumes] 2631 Piner Rd Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Phone: (707) 575-8924, 800-992-8924 Fax: 1-707-575-8924 Email: bc@bcoole.com Web site: www.bcoole.com All-cotton, dyed-on-the-premises clothing in sizes from infant to 3X. Shirts, skirts, dresses, long johns, cotton/lycra bike shorts, leggings, and Renaissance costumes. Reasonable prices. Can be slow to ship because she makes some things to order and dyes in batches. She is a "one woman outfit, just me and my sewing machines!" Very sturdy, long-lasting clothing. Some plus-size models/drawings on web site. Can order by email but no secure online ordering. Baby Becoming [catalog][women][maternity][supersize] PO Box 7238 or 10 Nate Whipple Hwy Michigan Bldg., 2d Flr. #5 Cumberland, RI 02864 Phone: 401-658-0688 Fax: 401-658-3008 Email: babybecoming@igc.apc.org or bbcatalog@babybecoming.com Web site: http://www.babybecoming.com/ Good customer service, friendly and inspirational owner -- Charlotte Bradley. Nice shirts, pants to size 8X. Some nice nursing attire. Sizes 16-48, bras 30AA-60M. Baby slings. "I bought some maternity clothes from Babybecoming when I was pregnant, and the items were wonderful--great quality and great customer service. I highly recommend them." Jan 00 Baladi Boutique [catalog][internet][women][custom][accessories][costumes] Web site: www.baladiboutique.com Custom size belly dance costumes. Site uses some large models. Banana Boat Key West [catalog][internet][women][unisex][maternity][custom][casual][sportswear] Phone/Fax 973-541-1950 Email order@bananaboatkw.com Web http://www.bananaboatkw.com Call for catalog. Manufactures and sells colorful hand printed clothing, 100% cotton. Offers custom made clothing. Web site has a detailed fit chart with suggestions for different body shapes. "Great little company I found when she did a local street fair... I have found that she carries more of the x sizes than she advertises on the page. I always email her when I like something and ask her if it comes in my size. Her stuff runs large and lasts forever." One person complained, "Their xl size fits only up to sz 14; maybe 16." July 00 Barbara Stone Designs [single][California][women] 1800 Shasta St., Suite B Redding, CA 96001 Phone: (916) 246-1927 Barb's Large & Lovely [single][Missouri][internet][catalog][women][supersize][lingerie] 4928 Woodhaven, Jefferson City, MO 65109 Phone: (573) 761-5311, (888) 761-5311 Email: Lingerfield@aol.com Web site: http://www.bll.com Catalog $5 Plus and supersize lingerie to 8X. They use large and supersize models, unlike a lot of the lingerie catalogs who use models who are barely plus size. Barely Nothings [catalog][women][supersize][lingerie][sportswear] 1514 Grand Ave. Grover Beach, CA 93433-2209 Phone orders: (800) 4-BARELY (800-422-7359) Customer service: (805) 489-5591 Fax: (805) 489-5987 Email: barelynothings@worldnet.att.net Web page: http://www.barelynothings.com Catalog $3. Regular size and mid-size lingerie -- stretch lace bustiers and teddies, garter belts and stockings, baby doll nighties and long silky gowns, faux leather bustiers and thongs, bare bosom bustiers, French maid costumes, split crotch panties, fishnet stockings. and a few other items (T-shirts, Danskin Bodywear, etc.). Sizes up to 6X in some items, 4X in others. (Note: web page seems to show only mid-size items.) They also sell bra extenders, bustier extenders, and torso extenders (which elongate the crotch section so as to better fit long waisted/round bellied folks). (These items are also not available on the web page.) Clothing is high quality and telephone operators are helpful. Web page uses large models. [checked 12/98] Beautiful Plus Boutique San Diego, California E-mail: salez@beautifulplus.com Dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts, pants to 3X. Very detailed size chart. Prices are quite low. Items are displayed on thin (virtual?) mannequins. Online ordering, but not a secure server. Bedford Fair Lifestyles [catalog][women][casual][career] 421 Landmark Dr Wilmington NC 28410 Phone (800) 964-1000 Inexpensive casual and career clothes. About 1/3 of the styles are available in women's sizes up to 28. Beloff's Women's World [catalog][women] 192 West Main St. Meriden, CT 06450 Betsy & Co. [catalog][women][maternity] PO Box 1911 Philadelphia, PA 19105-1911 Catalog $2. Sizes 1X-3X. Big At Heart Plussize and Supersize Tees [internet][women][men][unisex][supersize][sportswear] P.O. Box 1326 Truth Or Consequences, NM 87901 Phone: (505) 894-6342 Fax: (505) 894-6341 Email: bigatheart@zianet.com Web site: http://www.bigatheart.com Affordable plus- and supersize T-shirts for around $20. Large selection of designs and plain tees. Sizes 3X-10X. International shipping, US currency only. "I am very impressed. They are nice and roomy, thick material, and here's the best part: the necks are the right size!" Feb01 biggerbras.com [internet][women][lingerie] Web: http://www.biggerbras.com "I just bought 4 wonderful Goddess bras from this company--they arrived quickly, were perfect, and were much cheaper than the identical bras at Catherine's. These bras look hideous on the site, but it is amazing to finally have bras that fit--and they look nice." Big Men | Tall Men | Stout Men's Shop See Stout Men's Shop in the US clothing FAQ part 2 Big & Tall Direct [internet][men][supersize][casual][career][sportswear] Phone: US 800-214-9686 International 214-221-8255 Fax: 214-221-0254 Web site: http://www.bigtalldirect.com Discount men's clothing to supersizes. Big & Tall Outlet Store [single][California][men][supersize][evening][casual][career] 1240 W. 7th St. Upland, CA Phone: (909) 946-7234 Warehouse-type place with racks of clothes at incredible prices. Dress shirts up to size 21, sports shirts to 6X, pants to size 60 and higher. Big Bugga Sportswear [internet][catalog][unisex][supersize][sportswear] 18 Baldwin Avenue Paia, Maui HI 96779 Phone/fax: (808) 579-6216 Email: bigbugga@maui.net Web site: http://www.bigbugga.com T-shirts 2x to 10x; polo shirts 2x to 8x; nylon surf shorts, Size 40 to 60 inch waist; Aloha Fabric Cotton shorts, to 58" waist; Aloha Shirts 2x to 7x; Dorm/Sleep Shirts and Beach coverups fit up to size 6x; Beach coverups fit up to size 6x; Sweatpants and shorts to 10X, Sweatshirts to 8X. Ship anywhere. Big Clothes For Big Men [catalog][men] Freda Rosenberg, Freda's Secrets PO Box 2765 Philadelphia PA 19118 Directory of big men's catalogs. Big Daddy Boxers [catalog][women][men][supersize][custom][sportswear] Bertha P.O. Box 220-061 Brooklyn, NY 11222 Phone: 415 241 1570 info@bigdaddyboxers.net Web: www.bigdaddyboxers.net/ Boxers to 8X (78" hips) cut for big women and men. Nylon mesh, woven cotton, gauze, flannel. Flannel robes to 8X. T-shirts to 10X. Special orders for custom sizes or fabrics. Inexpensive. Mar01 Big Day at the Beach [catalog][women][supersize][swimwear] Phone: (909) 798-5228 Custom sizing. Good prices. Big Dogs [catalog][chain][unisex][men][supersize][sportswear][casual] Web site: http://www.bigdogs.com Boxers, t-shirts, shorts, pants & other up to 5XL men's sizes. High quality & relatively good prices. Big Head Caps [internet][overseas][unisex][accessories] Don T. Pearson 3441 Adams Road Murfreesboro, TN 37130 Phone: Toll free orders 888-BIGHEAD; Questions: 615-890-1018 (CST) Fax: 615-890-9932 available 24 hours Email: Bighead@Bigheadcaps.com Web: http://www.Bigheadcaps.com Extra large adjustable baseball caps. Many fabrics, colors. Can order from web site, but not a secure server. Oct 99 Big Girl Gear / BBW boutique [catalog][internet][single][women][supersize][casual][career][evening] [coats][lingerie][sportswear] 833 N. Tustin Orange, CA 92867 Phone: 714-639-7397 Fax: 714-639-7529 Email: info@biggirlgear.com Web: www.biggirlgear.com Specialize in wash and wear Georgette, Cotton, Linen, Rayon and Slinky fabrics, variety of colors and prints. Many items in sizes up to 77" waist and 90" hips. Also Ulla Popken and We Be Bop items in store. Supersize models on web site. April 2001 big grrls don't cry [catalog][internet][unisex][overseas][supersize][sportswear][accessories] P.O. Box 41836 Philadelphia, pa 19101-1836 Email: babygrrl@netaxs.com Web site: www.fattitude.com/ T-shirts to size 6X with fat-acceptance and girl power slogans. Buttons, stickers, patches. May 99 Big Guys [single][New Jersey][catalog][men][supersize][evening][casual][career] [sportswear][outdoors] Locust Grove Plaza 1692 Clements Bridge Rd. Deptford, NJ 08096 Phone: (800) 848-8255, (609) 848-8255 and 721 E. Landis Ave. Vinland, NJ 08360 Phone: (609) 848-8255, (609) 696-0955 Good selection of dress and casual men's clothes with dress suit sizes in stock up to 72, dress shirts up to 8x, jeans to 74, and dress and casual pants to 74. Also bathrobes, underwear, T-shirts, outerwear, etc. They will mail order within the U.S. Big on Batik Sarongwear [catalog][women][supersize][casual][swimwear] P.O. Box 2352 Carlsbad, CA 92018 Web site: http://www.bigonbatik.com E-mail: cathy@bigonbatik.com Email your mailing address for brochure. Partners Cathy Miller and Cathi Berchiolli make cocoon jackets and flowing tops out of washable rayon Indonesian batik sarongs. The jackets fit all sizes up to at least 50, and the tops through about size 32 or so. Also hand painted dresses and swimwear. Attractive stuff in several simple styles and gorgeous fabrics. Current brochure shows pattern and color samples. Secure online ordering and large size models on web site. Update Jan 00: Big on Batik needs help developing a new fat kids' line. Please contact them if you can give them measurements or if you know fat kids who are willing to offer feedback. Big Shots [single][New York][women][supersize][casual][career][outdoors][swimwear] [evening][lingerie][accessories] 182A merrick rd. Lynbrook, NY 11563 Phone: 516-593-2900 Lingerie catalog: $6 to Large Encounters, PO Box 364, Island Park, NY 11558-0364 Sizes to 60; all types of clothing, lingerie, accessories. Big Stitches Swimwear [catalog][custom][supersize][women][swimwear][sportswear] 2423 Douglas St. San Pablo, CA 94806 Phone: (510) 237-3978 Send long self-addressed stamped envelope for catalog (ask for free fabric swatches) Custom made large-size bathing suits. Basic suit is about $70. Special fabrics, extra features $20 more. They also make bicycle shorts and cover-ups to hip size 84 inches. Good service. One person complained the suits don't hold up well in chlorine, but that may depend on the fabric. They may also make suits out of fabric you send them. "It took me a while to get her catalog but it didn't take her too long to make my two piece suit. I wear it twice a week to the pool and it hasn't broken down or faded." The Big, the Bad & the Beautiful [single][California][custom][catalog][women][supersize][lingerie] [casual][sportswear] Main store: 19225 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356 Phone: (818) 345-3593 Fax: 818-345-1033 Outlet (discount) store: 29002 Roadside Drive Agoura Hills, CA Phone: 818-735-0706 Catalog $2 (credited to first order) Sizes 14-32+. They also do custom work. Among other things, they sell bike shorts and lingerie. Inexpensive. Big Women Shoes by Forli [catalog][internet][overseas][women][shoes] fax 818-386-1025 Web: www.bigwomenshoes.com Casual flats and sandals, to dressy pumps, to high heels. Sizes go from 10 - 15, including some narrows and wides. Shoes are medium priced, shipped in plain packages, and are mailed anywhere around the world. Birkenstock Authority [internet][unisex][shoes] Phone: (800) 597-3338 Web site: http://www.birks4u.com/ Internet catalog of Birkenstock shoes. Free shipping. Many big folks claim that Birkenstocks are good for wide feet. Currently this web site points to birkenstockcentral.com. Feb01 Birkenstock Express [catalog][internet][overseas][unisex][custom][shoes] 301 SW Madison St. Corvallis, OR 97333 Phone: (800) 451-1459 U.S. and Canada; (541) 758-7631 Other Countries Fax: (541) 752-6313 Web site: http://www.footwise.com Searchable "sale corner" for folks to find bargains in their size. Repairs on Birkenstock products and can custom fabricate footbeds for folks with very wide or narrow feet. Blair Women's Wear [catalog][women][petite][swimwear][casual][career][lingerie] 220 Hickory St Warren, PA 16366 Phone: (800) 458-2000 (orders), 800-458-6057 (customer service) Sporty, casual, and career stuff, very middle-of-the-road, mostly poly and/or cotton, to size 26 (51" bust, 45" waist, 54" hip). They use thin models. Bloomingdale's [catalog][chain][women] [career] Phone: (800) 777-0000. "I just got my first large size Bloomingdale's catalog. The clothes are FABULOUS, and they go up to a size 24. They're expensive. But they make liberal use of cool solid colors." Oct 99 Blowfish [catalog][internet][supersize][accessories] Web site: http://www.blowfish.com Sex toy store. Carries Stormy Leather dildo harnesses that fit up to a 60" hip, and they also sell a 38" extender for adapting harnesses that are smaller. Bodacious Babes, Ltd. removed July 00 (out of business) Boutique Unique: Fashions for the Unique Woman, Sizes 18 to 8X [single][Ohio][women][supersize] Colony Square Mall 3575 Maple Avenue Zanesville, OH 43701 Phone: (614) 453-1053, (614) 454-3886 Located 50 to 55 miles east of Columbus, Ohio on Interstate 7. I understand it's the only large size store out in that area. Bradlees [chain] Web: http://www.bradlees.com/ Discount department store similar to Wal-Mart and Ames. HQ'ed in Braintree, Massachusetts. They have stores in the northeast US, mostly MA, CT and NJ. Bras Custom-Fit by Maxine [single][Missouri][custom][women][lingerie][maternity][swimwear] 11104 E. Sheley, Independence, MO 64052 (near 30th & Sterling) Phone: (816) 252-1899 Bras 28A-64N & Custom (some Maternity, Prosthesis, and Strapless as well), Swimwear cup-sized. When calling, state that you found her listed on the fat-acceptance clothing list on the Internet. Bras Plus [catalog][internet][supersize][women][lingerie] 1563 South Virginia St. Reno, Nevada 89502 Phone: 800 446 1718 Fax: 775 324 2931 Web site: http://www.brasplus.com Breast forms, plus size bras and breast enhancers. Family business with mother, daughter, and two granddaughters as owners and operators. Sizes to 56 FF and 48 I. BridesMart [chain][internet][wedding] Web site: http://www.chron.com/ads/display/a/als/brides/bmpage.html BridesMart has 16 Texas locations. Brownstone Woman [catalog][women] 685 Third Ave. New York NY 10017-4024 Phone orders: (800) 221-2468 Customer service: (800) 322-2991 Sizes 14-28W. Somewhat expensive. They use thin models. One person complained their sizing is inaccurate (too small), some of their accessories are poor quality, and the colors in the catalog photos were way off. Bullock's Woman [chain][women] Nice clothes, designer labels, good quality. Burlington Coat Factory [chain][men][women][career][outdoors] Women's coats up to at least 30W. Inexpensive. Men's coats up to 4X or so. Some locations also offer career/casual wear. Bust Stop [catalog][women][maternity][lingerie] 8270 E. 71st St. Tulsa, OK 74122 Phone: (800) 858-3887 Catalog $2. Bras up to 60-OO (double-O), including sports, strapless, and maternity/nursing bras. By Ro! Designs [catalog][women][supersize][sportswear][casual][swimsuits] New address: 567 W 5th St #1 San Pedro, CA 90731 Phone: (310) 221-0059 Fax: (310) 221-0307 Email: byrodesign@aol.com For brochure send a long SASE with $.55 postage Active wear for plus- and supersize women to size 5X (36). Bike shorts, unitards, sports bras, swimsuits, lycra dresses. Several people reported extremely slow service (six to nine month delays, unreturned phone calls) on clothing promised much more quickly and paid for in advance. COY [catalog][women][accessories] 24843 Del Prado, Ste 249 Dana Point, CA 92629 Phone: (714) 496-7042 Catalog $1 (refundable with first order) Large size bangles -- 8, 9, or 10 inches around. Cabela's [catalog][unisex][tall][supersize][sportswear][outdoors] 812 13th Ave. Sidney, NE 69160 Phone: (800) 237-4444 (orders U.S. or Canada), (800) 742-4008 (catalog request) Fax: 800-496-6329 TDD: 800-695-5000 Email: cabelas@attmail.com Web site: http://www.cabelas.com/ GoreTex parkas and pants up to at least 5XL. Many other items up to 3XL in both big and tall sizes. Reasonable prices. California Rainbow Tie Dye [internet][unisex][sportswear] John Holland Email: jholland@mcn.org Web site: http://www.catalog.com/giftshop/tiedye/td.htm Tie-dye shirts up to 3X. Cameo Coutures, Inc. [catalog][custom][women][lingerie][maternity] Dallas, TX 75247 Phone: (214) 631-4860 They custom-make large-size bras. They are expensive (about $50) but are very comfortable, well-made, and long-lasting, with no underwires, so they won't poke you or stick out in funny places. One woman (size 52DDD) reports that changing to Cameo bras completely alleviated shoulder pain she experienced due to large breasts and ill-fitting bras. Carol Doda Boutique [single][California][women][lingerie] Lingerie boutique in San Francisco. Carolina Made 400 Indian Trail Road Indian Trail, NC 28079 toll-free: (800) 222-1409 phone: (704) 821-6425 FAX: (704) 821-6752 email: caromade@vnet.net web: http://www.carolinamade.com/ Wholesale distributors of activewear, including plus-sizes. Hard to tell exactly what sizes they offer, but they have 100% cotton t-shirts to at least 5X. Castles Direct [catalog][unisex][supersize][sportswear] PO Box 690002 Houston, TX 77269 Phone: (618) 675-0121, (800) 424-1008 T-shirts up to 4X (some have fat-positive designs). The sizes seem to run small. Casual Male/Big & Tall [chain][men][supersize][casual][career] Web site: http://www.thinkbig.com/ Good customer service, nice stuff, reasonable prices. Sizes up to 6X. "Not only do they know what they stock, but if they do not have what you want, they will call around to other stores in the chain to see if they have it." Catherine's [chain][women][supersize][lingerie][evening][outdoors][casual][career] Mall store. Has subsumed Modern Woman and Plus Sizes Plus Savings. Nice, good quality lingerie, bras in a wide range of sizes, nice formal wear, more business wear than Lane Bryant or The Avenue. Some folks think their clothes are a bit on the frumpy side. Sizes 14-32. Moderate prices, comparable to Sears or Penney's. Good sales. Good service. One person wrote: "They have even mailed, postage free, the item so I didn't have to drive in to get it. I am disabled and they are more accommodating then any of the other large women's stores in the area." Another wrote: "If you get a Catherine's charge card, go the extra bit and get the Catherine's Perks card too. The Perks card costs you something ($20/yr?), but you get 10% off every purchase for a year, and it gets you on the mailing lists so you get flyers for all the sales." Cato Plus [chain][women] Mall store. Chadwick's of Boston [catalog][internet][overseas][women][casual][outdoors][career][evening] [lingerie][accessories][sportswear][shoes][coats] 1 Chadwick Pl Box 1600 Brockton, MA 02403-1600 Phone: (800) 525-6650; non-US orders: (508) 583-6600 Web site: http://www.chadwicks.com/ "Off-price fashion catalog." Midsize women's clothing. One report of great swing coats. Sizes to 26 (bust 51", waist 42.5", hips 53"), clothes run mostly true to size. Customer service people are very nice. Nov 99 Cheyenne Outfitters [catalog][men][casual] Cheyenne, WY Phone: (800) 234-0432 All sizes of Levis 501s from tiny to huge. Many other "Western styles" in big sizes. Chico's [chain][women] Good quality, natural fiber clothes up to size 20/22. Chivalry Sports [catalog][internet][single][Arizona][women][men][unisex][children][sportswear] [evening][wedding][costumes] Store Street Address 7718 E. Wrightstown Rd Tucson, Arizona 85715 Phone: 1-800-730-5464 for orders, 520-722-1255 for inquiries Web site: http://renstore.com/ Period (Renaissance/SCA) clothing, feastgear, and armor. Helpful customer service. Ready to order clothing up to a generous 3X (Men's 54-56" chest, 50-52" waist, 55-57" hips, 19" neck; Women's 52-56" bust 44-49" waist 54-58" hips). Armor in standard sizing to 46-48" chest, 42-44" waist, 47-49" hips. Reasonable prices. Cloak & Dagger Creations [internet][overseas][women][men][unisex][children][custom][costumes] [evening][outdoors][wedding] Dina Flockhart Cloak & Dagger Creations 61 Gilson Road Littleton, MA 01460-1300 Phone: 978-486-4414 phone Fax: 978-486-4427 Email: info@cloakmaker.com or cloak@ziplink.net Web: http://www.cloakmaker.com Historically accurate and fantasy clothing. Our historic costumes are thoroughly researched and can be used for SCA as well as medieval and Renaissance faires, weddings, theatre, and performance. We also custom design clothing for special events and design custom outerwear for handicapped and folks who have difficulties with buttons and zippers. We make custom clothing to a person's measurements, so we can make any size or shape. We make our own patterns, so we are not limited to "what's available". Custom designed garments generally need a lead time of 8 to 10 weeks. Price ranges: $40 for a simple muslin chemise, $125 for cloak or simple gown, $350 and up for wedding gowns and more complex styles. CoCo's Intimate Apparel [single][women][lingerie] State Street New Haven, Connecticut Large size lingerie. If she doesn't have something in your size, you may be able to order it. Coldwater Creek [catalog][internet][chain][overseas][misc][women][petite][outdoors] [casual][evening][accessories][sportswear][shoes] Retail locations in Sandpoint, ID at First and Cedar Streets; Jackson Hole, WY at 10 E. Broadway; Seattle, WA at 1513 5th Ave Phone: 800-510-2808 (US) 800-510-2808 (Canada) Web site:http://www.coldwater-creek.com Casual, elegant, comfortable clothing. Most clothing to 3X. Also jewelry, shoes (neither in large sizes), housewares. Secure online ordering for U.S. customers, others can order by phone. They do not use large models. Color Me Big [catalog][custom][women][supersize] PO Box 9773 San Bernadino, CA 92427 Phone: (909) 887-8969 Catalog $3. Sizes 16-60, custom work available. The Company Store [single][California][women] Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA. Cool Clothing Company Inc [single][New York][women][casual] 36 W 14th Street New York, NY 10011 212 675 4288 Discount clothing store, sells items for $6 or $10. Has items in sizes 1x to 3x. Examples of "finds" are size 3x lace long sleeved leotard for $10 and a bright cherry red rain slicker jacket in 3x for $6. Styles change but prices remain the same. There is a large plus size section in the back of the store. Couture Fabrics [single][women][custom][wedding][formal][casual][career] Sara Roa 1111 Swann Avenue Tampa, Fl (813) 254-3112 She works out of the store. They have many fabrics to choose from, or bring your own. Sara is comfortable and skilled in working with the larger figure. "She made a perfectly fitted muslin first, and is now keeping that on file for me." Sara speaks English and Spanish. One of the seamstresses there is Chinese and bi-lingual. They also do alterations and she can work from a photo, pattern not necessary. They do everything from sportswear to bridal to original designs. One of the owners of the store, Kathy, is a woman of size. Coward Shoes [catalog][shoes] Phone: (800) 362-8410 Creative Woman: The Wizard of Bras [single][California][custom][women][lingerie][maternity][costumes] Monica Gibson, On-line Bra Wizard 1530 S Myrtle Monrovia, CA Phone: 888-564-9754 Email: cwwizard@flash.net Web site: http://www.creativewoman.com Nursing bras in sizes up to 46H, with extenders for larger band sizes. Large-size bras (including Goddess Bras) to 52HH and lingerie (including g-strings). They carry costumes around the various holidays. They do custom fitting. Daleboot USA [women][men][custom][outdoors] Phone: 801-487-3649 Fax: 810-487-3880 Customized ski boots fit large calves. Dallis Fashion [single][New York][supersize][career][casual] 34 W 37th St NY, NY 10018 Phone: 212-967-9744 Danskin Outlet [chain][women][sportswear][lingerie] Phone: (800) 288-6749 Bike shorts, leggings, sweatshirts, sweatpants, long and short-sleeved T-shirts, jackets, and sports bras in sizes to 4X. Clothes are well-made. They use large-size models. They don't have a retail catalog, but their sportswear is available in a number of other large women's clothing outlets, both retail and catalogs. Daphne [single][New York][custom][women][supersize][lingerie] 473 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10024 Phone: (212) 579-0479 Sizes 1X-5X, and custom sizes over 32. Good fabrics, nice clothes, clothes run the gamut of prices. David's Bridal [chain][women][wedding] National chain that carries large-size wedding and bridal party dresses. One person had a very good experience with them. Debs Sportswear [internet][women][swimwear][lingerie][sportswear] Deborah Noojin 3170 Ridge Rock Way Snellville, Ga 30078 Web: http://www.itsyoursize.com Plus size lingerie, workout clothing, swimwear, sports bras. Sizes to 4X. Prices 28.00-75.00. Ship within USA only. Decent Exposures [catalog][overseas][custom][supersize][women][maternity][lingerie] PO Box 27206 2202 NE 115th Seattle, WA 98125-1606 Phone: (800) 524-4949 (U.S./Canada), (206) 364-4540 (Seattle/overseas) Fax (206) 364-0488 Email: requests@decentexposures.com Web site: http://www.decentexposures.com/ Maternity/nursing bras and leisure bras in many colors of cotton, velour, or lycra (they send swatches). "Look like outerwear, have no hardware and are quite comfortable." Cup sizes AA to K and band sizes 30-58; also custom sizes. Elastic is covered. Bras are sturdy. Follow their special sizing instructions. Some women think the bras aren't supportive enough; some love them. Underwear up to size 12, sweatpants, leggings, T-shirts, tanks to 4X; cotton nightshirts to 67" hip. "They also will do just about anything you want to a basic cotton t-shirt (change neck, sleeves, length), so I think they're also a great source for inventing your own sleepwear." If you don't like how a bra fits, they will adjust it for free. They also keep a file of your preferences for the next time you order. Feb01 Dehner Company, Inc. [internet][catalog][unisex][shoes] 3614 Martha St. Omaha, NE 68105 Phone: (402) 342-7788 Fax: (402) 342-5444 Email: info@dehner.com Web site: http://www.dehner.com/ Custom boots for riding, Trooper boots, Wellingtons, chukkas, laced or strap tank boots, and oxfords. Excellent quality. Boots are all custom and can be ordered to fit any size foot or leg. Also have a nice style of riding boot with buckles down the side instead of pulling straight on --- great if you have arthritic ankles that don't flex well. Everyone I've talked to who has custom Dehner boots says that they will last forever. They aren't cheap, but are well worth the price. Delia's Web: http://www.delias.com Has recently expanded their offering of sizes. "They have all the trendy stuff my 14 yr. old niece likes." July 00 Desert Rain Mercantile Co. [catalog][women][supersize][sportswear][casual] 4705 N. Sanders Road Tucson, AZ 85743 Phone: (800) 771-9771 T-shirts and pants with glittery Native American and southwestern designs. T-shirts up to 5X, sweatshirts up to 4X. Design Graphics Unlimited [catalog][internet][unisex][custom][supersize][sportswear] 4857 Browne St. Omaha, NE 68104 Phone: (402) 455 2062 Email: swxdga@earthlink.net Web site: http://dgu.omahanet.com/ Screen print and transfer t-shirts (your design or theirs), denim vests, skirts, jackets, and jeans, sweatshirts, caps, jackets, aprons to 10X. Volume discounts. Fat models on web page. Fat-positive designs. "The owner is a single male :) who loves big wimmen by the way ;) ... he's very nice and very accommodating." Design by Batya [internet][overseas][custom][women][supersize][tall][outdoors][casual] [career][evening] 1200 Santee St. 208 Los Angeles, CA 90015 Phone: (213) 746-7844 Web page: http://www.batya.com Designs for "tall, large, big, and super" women in fabric and leather. Ships internationally. Accepts special, wholesale, and retail orders for coats, suits, blazers, skirts, pants and other fashion wear. Designershoes.com [internet][overseas][catalog][single][Massachusetts][women][shoes] inVestments, 125 Newbury St., Suite 4, Boston MA 02116 Phone: (888) 371-SHOE, (617) 247-0202 Fax: (781) 646-8840 Email: info@designershoes.com Web: www.designershoes.com Sizes 9-14 AAAA-WW. Secure online ordering. Ships internationally. Designs by Phillippe [catalog][women][supersize][evening][casual] Phone: (800-9-KAFTAN) Caftans, loungewear, and evening wear in plus and supersizes. Deva Lifewear [catalog][women][casual] Box SM4 110 1st Ave., West Westhope, ND 58793-0266 Phone: (800) 222-8024 Casual, natural-fiber clothing for men and women in unique designs and attractive colors; many styles flatter larger figures and shapes. Reasonable prices and good quality. Order tops and bottoms that you want to match at the same time and indicate that you want cloth from the same dye lot. Sizing may be more generous than the size chart indicates; the woman's L is about an 18. Nearly all unisex items (and some women's items) come in XXL. Nearly all women's items come in XL. Dharma Trading P.O. Box 150916 San Rafael, CA 94915 toll-free: (800) 542-5227 (USA and Canada) phone: (415) 456-7657 (elsewhere) FAX: (415) 456-8747 (everywhere) e-mail: catalog@dharmatrading.com Plain white/natural t-shirts, many different manufacturers and styles, three types to 4X and one type to 6X; can be prepared for dying. Volume discounts. Distinctions [catalog][internet][single][California][women][sportswear] Bob Greenstone 5500 Grossmont Center Drive La Mesa, CA 91942 Phone 610 464-6686 Fax 610 464-0158 Email: fashion@distinctionsplus.com Sportswear to 4X. Moderate to expensive. Ships to US and Canada. Visit web site or send email to sign up for daily mailing of clothing photos. Photo files sent in super-compressed format. Doc's Hang-all Hangers [catalog][internet][overseas] Dennis J. Anderson 503 RIVER TERRACE Phone 888-667-1998 Fax 607-757-0696 Email: docshangall@tier.net Web: http://www.tier.net/docshangall Large size clothes hangers with unique design that prevents clothing from falling off the hanger. Will ship anywhere. May 99 Dolphin Footwear [women][men][shoes] 941-756-8996 e-mail dolphinfootwear@yahoo.com Sandals made primarily for the marine market. Comfortable, non-slip soles. Up to size 15 for men and 10 for ladies. They will also work with you to make a sandal to fit. May 99 Dot's Off price store, reported to have teen-friendly clothing to size 26. Draper's & Damon's [catalog][single][California][career][evening][casual] 17911 Mitchell Ave S Irvine, Ca 92614-6015 Phone: 800-843-1174 Fax: 714-440-2968 Dream Big International [catalog][women][lingerie] 4427 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 Catalog $3 (credited to first order) Filmy night stuff. Dream Dresser [catalog][single][DC][California][men][women][lingerie] Stores: 1042 Washington Avenue, N.W. Georgetown, Washington, DC 20007 Phone: 202.625.0373 and 8444-50 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069 Phone: 323.848.3480 Catalog: PO Box 16158 Beverly Hills, CA 90209 Phone: 800-96-DREAM Web site: http://www.dreamdresser.com/ Catalog $10, refundable with first order. Lingerie and sexplay wear for men and women, including stuff made by Stormy Leather, in mostly regular sizes, but some items go up to women's size 22. Web site uses thin models. Dress Barn Woman [chain][women] Seconds/discount store -- the large size version of Dress Barn. Cheap to moderately priced. Dress Barn has junior and misses sizes on one side and women's sizes on the other. This is reported to work well for women who are in between junior and plus sizes. Drysdales Western Wear [catalog][internet][overseas][single][Oklahoma][men][women][casual][shoes] 1555 N 107th East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74116 Phone orders: (800) 444-6481, (617) 982-8681 (local/overseas) Customer service: (800) 608-9800 Fax: (617) 982-8766 Web site: http://www.drysdales.com Blue jeans, various styles and sizes, one style to 54-inch waist. T-shirts to 2X. Cowboy and work boots, some to men's size 14-EE. Eagleson's Outlet [chain][men] Large men's clothing. eBay [internet][consignment][overseas][women][men][unisex][children][maternity] [supersize][petite][tall][outdoors][casual][career][evening] [swimwear][lingerie][accessories][sportswear][shoes][coats][costumes] Web site: http://www.ebay.com/ This online auction site has an extensive collection of clothing (and just about everything else) May 99 Eddie Bauer [catalog][men][women][casual][tall][sportswear][swimwear][outdoors] Phone: (800) 426-8020 Web site: http://www.eddiebauer.com/ Affiliated with Spiegel. Some women's clothing up to size 22W, similar to that sold by L.L. Bean and Land's End. Women's swimwear to 20 long and D cup. Some men's items up to 3X. They don't charge extra for large sizes. May 99 Edith Lances [single][women][lingerie] 15 East 32nd Street 7th Floor NY,NY 10016 "I have worn these bra's for years now (I am a 44DDD) and have found them to be the best. These bras are pricey, but they last for years, average of about 3 years for me." Bras Plus in Lauderhill, Florida, will ship these bras anywhere in the world. EgoWear [internet][women][casual][lingerie] Phone (815)765-3419 Fax (815)765-0047 Web site: http://www.egowear.net/ Robes, shirts, and vests that come with a cotton/lycra bra (front closing or around-the-bust band) sewn in. Matching pajama style pants and leggings. Variety of styles, fabrics, and fun, bright prints. Sizes to 4X, bra sizes to DD. Inexpensive to moderate prices. No large-size models on web page as yet. 1824 [catalog][women][custom][unisex][outdoors][sportswear][shoes] Arnott Mason Corporation PO Box 293 Clifton, VA 22024 Phone: (703) 503-2916 Fax: (703) 425-1243 Women's riding clothes in big sizes -- breeches, riding sweats, stretch jeans, Kentucky jods, t-shirts, sweatshirts; semi-custom boots; half chaps and full chaps. (checked 2/97) Electric Earth Gemstone Jewelry [catalog][accessories] 1840 41st Ave., #102-149 Capitola, CA 95010 Y-necklaces of various lengths. Send SASE for brochure. Elegance at Large [single][California][custom][supersize] Jamie Fox San Diego Phone: 619-285-9265 Designer who does custom work for plus and supersizes 3/98: Reported to be out of business. Elegance Plus [single][California][supersize][lingerie] Phone: (213) 292-6283 Can order up to 6X or 8X. Elfcat Designs [internet][unisex][supersize][sportswear] PO Box 273595 Concord, CA 94527-3595 Phone: (925) 671-8024 Fax: (925) 671-6959 Email: avery@infoasis.com Web site: www.infoasis.com/people/avery/elfcat.html "Love Has A Shape" t-shirts. $15 for sizes S-2X, $27 for 3X-6X, $32 for 7X-10X. Elianna [catalog][women][supersize][tall][petite] 7758 Via Rosa Maria Burbank, Ca 91504 Phone: 213-622-8868 Fax: 213-653-5585 Supersize clothing, tall and petite. Elisabeth [chain][women][petites][career][casual][evening] Mall store. Web site: http://www.lizclaiborne.com/elisabeth/default.html Liz Claiborne's large sizes store. Sizes 14-22 (tell them you want larger sizes!), some petites. Clothes are well-made and somewhat expensive. Their service is attentive -- the saleswomen follow you around the store pointing things out that you might be interested in, holding clothes for you, helping you coordinate. Their pants seem very well-made -- the one with buttons at the waist all have two buttons so the waistband sits nicely. Most have some elastic in the waist too. Enchanted Attic [single][California][unisex][costumes] San Bernadino, CA Phone: (909) 862-1170 Halloween costumes in sizes 1X-4X. Enell Inc. [catalog][women][supersize][sportwear][lingerie] P.O. Box 808 317 Second St. Havre, MT 59501 (800) 828-7661, (406) 265-8250, Germany 49-699-798-1401 101.19145@germanynet.de, Canada 800-633-2443 Email: 7enell@3rivers.net Web site: http://www.gomontana.com/sportsbra.html Sports bras to 50DDD/52DD. $49. They look very sturdy and supportive. Front closure, back support, wide straps. Epic Menswear [catalog][internet][overseas][men][unisex][supersize][tall][outdoors] [casual][career][accessories][sportswear][coats] P.O. Box 3002 New Haven, CT 06515 Phone 203-787-6594 FAX 203-787-0354 Email sales@epicmenswear.com Web site: http://www.epicmenswear.com 5% of profits donated to charity. "Good selection of clothes at the 'bigger' end of the scale. Trousers and shirts seemed to be of good quality and fair price. The quality of customer service was beyond what I would usually expect. They even sent my order over with a member of staff who was visiting the UK to save me some postage." ER Moore Academic Apparel and Choir Robes [supersize][uniforms] 1810 West Grace St. Chicago, IL 60613 Phone: (312) 477-7277 Fax: (773) 549 4625 E-mail ermoore@ripco.com Web site: http://www.ermoore.com/ A poster reports: "All they asked was my height and weight (5'6" and 450), and they provided me with a gown (size 509) that fits beautifully. I also needed a larger cap, and they provided that as well. The best part is that they didn't charge me any more for mine than they did anyone else. (It was less than $20.)" e2u - ergonomically engineered underwear ERGO, Inc. 1372 Bennett Dr. Suite #164 Longwood, FL 32750 Phone: 800-568-5982 or 407-767-5300 Fax: 888-563-9559 or 407-767-5344 Web: http://www.e2u.com/ Underwear for men designed by an engineer to prevent problems caused by regular underwear. They come in sizes up to 56 (but the owner said if there was demand, she could make larger ones). April 2001 E.T. Wright Executive Shoes [internet][catalog][men][shoes] Phone: 800-934-1022 Web site: http://www.etwright.com Men's shoes in sizes 6 to 16 and widths from AAA to EEEEE. Also refurbish old shoes. Exceptional Shop [single][Maryland][women][wedding][evening] 529 N. Center St. Cumberland, MD 21502 Phone: (301) 724-0624 Bridal as well as dressy/elegant. Exclusive Appeal [catalog][women][lingerie][sportswear] 4809 Avenue N, Ste 306 Brooklyn, NY 11234 Phone: (718) 604-9297 Catalog $7 ($5 refunded with first order) Danskin Plus catalog (14-28), also lingerie. Extra Emphasis [catalog][women][supersize][lingerie][maternity] PO Box 1725 Tahoe City, CA 96145 Phone: (800) 539-0030, 1-916-581-0848 Fax: (916) 581-5719 Bras in sizes 32-56, cup sizes C-H. Some prenatal, maternity, and sports bras as well. Particularly recommended is the Leading Lady Nursing Bra, model LL491. One person said she received an unpleasant email from them regarding a return. Several people have experienced long delays in receiving their orders, have received no response when queried about the delay, and/or have canceled orders. May 99 FFVW [catalog][women][lingerie] PO Box 3374 R-4 Beverley Hills, Ca 90212-0374 Catalog $4. Lingerie in sizes 16-26. Fabu [single][Washington][women][supersize][career] 1st Avenue (just south of the new Safeco Stadium) Seattle, WA "Pretty nice careerwear...it goes up to very large sizes." Dec 99 Fairy Godmother at Large [single][California][catalog][consignment][women][supersize][lingerie] [casual][sportswear][maternity] 273 S. Cragmont Ave. San Jose, CA 95127 Phone: (408) 272-3147 Fax: (408) 272-9428 Email: fairygodmotheratlarge@yahoo.com Catalog $1. New and used clothing in sizes 14-super. Women's jeans to size 60. T-shirts to 72-inch hip; big shirts to 78-inch hip; panties to size 16; pettipants to 6X. Also maternity clothes. Sells consignment and discounted new clothing from manufacturers like Says Who and Plus Woman. Consignment policy: you can take your payment in cash, new clothing (15% bonus) or used clothing (30% bonus). Will also sell your clothing on eBay. Aug 99 Fashion Bug Plus [chain][women][children] Mall store. Reported to have trendy teenage clothing to size 26. Fashion Connection [casual] [catalog] [women] N410 Thunderbird Genoa City, WI 53128 Phone: (888) 251-4248 Fashionique [internet][women][casual][evening] Web site: http://www.fashionique.com/ Phone: 800-376-7180 Email: fashionique@aol.com Custom designed decorated blouses and tuxedo shirts to 3X Fat Chance Belly Dance [catalog][internet][overseas][women][supersize][petite][tall][custom] [lingerie][accessories][costumes] FCBD P.O. Box 460594 San Francisco, CA 94146 Phone: (415) 647 6035 Web site: http://www.fcbd.com For catalog send SASE with two stamps. Tribal style belly dance costumes and accessories, custom sizing. Feminine Fancies Catalog Sales [catalog][women][lingerie] PO Box 96 Walterville OR 97489-0096 Phone: (503) 484-4040 Catalog $5 (credited to first order) Plus-size leather catalog. Be sure to ask for the Plus Size catalog, as they also have a small sizes catalog. Femme Fancy [single][California][women][supersize][wedding] 217 S. Ellsworth San Mateo, CA 94401 Phone: (415) 340-8392 Plus and supersize wedding gowns. Filene's and Filene's Basement [chain][women] Web site: http://www.mayco.com/may/Stores/fi_contact.html (lists phone numbers for stores) Department store with locations throughout the US East Coast. Jones New York Woman clothing, and others. Sizes up to 24. Fine & Fancy Lingerie [women][lingerie] (415) 861-4576 Intimate apparel for sizes 1X-5X First Hand Fabric [catalog][internet][single][overseas][women][custom][accessories] [sportswear] P.O. Box 8 Westport, KY 40077 Phone: (502) 222-9439 Mail: sowsear@megsinet.net Web: http://www.firsthandfabric.com Handpainted suede garments cut from whole lambsuedes or layered from small pieces. Expensive. "Many garments are unsized and unconstructed, and suitable for generously proportioned women. We are able to provide handpainted yardage for seamstresses and pattern makers who specialize in plus-size custom clothing." July 00 Fit To Be Tried [catalog][women][sportswear] 4754 East Grant, Tuscon, AZ 85712 Phone: 520-881-6449 Catalog $2. Activewear up to 4X, including bicycle shorts. Fo' Paws [catalog][internet][unisex][supersize][casual] P. O. Box 4627 Lexington, KY 40544 Phone: 606-225-1522 E-mail: info@fopaws.com Web site: http://www.fopaws.com/ Science fiction, fantasy, and mystery theme T-shirts, long-sleeved T's, sweatshirts, and embroidered denim and polo shirts. Some items to 5X. Also kids' sizes. Forgotten Woman [chain][women][evening][lingerie] Mall store. Expensive, very dressy clothes, but good sales. Also beautiful clothes based on ethnic designs with beadwork, batik, etc. Silk nightwear. One woman complained that they sponsored a weight loss contest. Forman's [chain][New York] Moderately priced designer sportswear at discount. plus & petite plus sizes --- branches all over. good for like name brand (jones, etc) type suits and the like. Sizes to 24. Frank's Big & Tall [chain][men][supersize][casual][career] One store's info: 115 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430 Phone: (201) 529-5445 Frederick's of Hollywood [catalog][overseas][chain][internet][women][lingerie][casual] 6608 Hollywood Blvd. PO Box 229 Hollywood, CA 90078-0229 Phone: (800) 323-9525, (310) 637-7770 Customer Service Fax: (310) 764-2988 Email: custserv@fredericks.com Web site: http://www.fredericks.com/ An increasing selection of their lingerie and "trashy street clothes" is available in sizes up to 3X (50-inch bust, 44-inch waist, 52-inch hips). Some folks think the tops are too small, some think the tops are too large. Some other items run small. Good service. The clothing is not especially well-made. Most of their clothes are made for hourglass figures. They use thin models, even in the plus size section of their web site. Some things do, and some things don't. FrenchToast.com [internet][children][uniforms] Web site: http://www.frenchtoast.com Children's school uniforms in sizes up to 20. May 99 Full Bloom [catalog][women][supersize][casual][sportswear][lingerie] 2172 S. Trenton Wy 8-104 Denver Colorado 80231 Phone: (303) 733-6264 Catalog $2 (credited to first order) Sizes 2x-12x T-shirts, sweatshirts, nightshirts, tank tops, "fanny wraps". Reported "Canadian friendly." Full Figure Design [catalog][women][supersize][career] 3900 Lavista Rd. #106 Tucker, GA 30084 Phone: (770) 414 8880 Plus-size video featuring career wear, evening wear, plus- and supersize models. $19.95 + $3 s+h. Gentlemen's Corner - Online [internet][single][Arkansas][men][tall][casual][career][evening][accessories] [sportswear] 1102 Oak St. Conway, AK 72032 Phone: 501 329 6162 Web site: http://www.gentlemenscorneronline.com Has some big and tall men's clothing. Secure online ordering. Gingiss Formalwear [internet][chain][men][supersize][petite][tall][evening][wedding] Web: www.gingiss.com Chain store offering formal wear rental, primarily for men, but they are also reported to do formal gowns. They have men's coats up to 72" chest. Rental charge depends on the style, not the size. They won't do mail order for some large men because of fitting issues. The stores in Burlington and Dedham, MA reported to have excellent customer service. Mar01 girlfriends LA [catalog][internet][women][children][casual][swimwear][lingerie] [accessories][sportswear][shoes] Girlfriends LA Box 8687 Northridge, CA 91327 Phone: (800) 617-GFLA (open 24/7) Fax: (800) 720-4352 Web site: http://www.girlfriendsla.com "Typical super-trendy, TOTALLY teeny-bopper clothes." Most clothes go up to 25-27 (junior plus sizing -- 51" bust, 43" waist, 53" hip). Some women past their teens like their clothes: "I especially liked the wide variety of tank tops with spaghetti straps and the hoodie and the hooded fleece vest." Catalog usually has one or two fat models. Sizes are liberal. "Prices are fairly good. The last order we placed was right before Christmas and it came in a week. The quality of what we got is ok, seams seem to be holding up." "The only problem is that they go with the 'if you are fat you must be 6 feet tall' theory. All of the pants and arms are too long on me, and im average height(5'4)". Feb01 Glamour Puss [catalog][women][supersize][swimwear] Phone: (818) 357-7277 Goddess 2000 Project [catalog][internet][overseas][unisex][supersize][sportswear][accessories] PO Box 403 Benicia, CA 94510 USA Phone 707-745-4470 Email WillowWebs@aol.com Web www.goddess2000.org/G2000Tshirts.html Pagan oriented T-shirts to size 6X. Jewelry. Good Vibrations [catalog][unisex][supersize][casual][sportswear] 1855 Englishtown Rd. Old Bridge N.J.08857 Mail order firm that specializes in large size clothing, T-shirts and sweats to 6x and night shirts to 5x. Animal designs funny felines, dogs, or any photo. Over 170 designs and reasonable prices. Gotcha Covered [catalog][women][unisex][supersize][casual][sportswear] PO Box 40443 Downey, CA 90241 Pants, T-shirts, etc. in sizes 1X-5X. Reasonably priced. Grande Dame [single][California][women][supersize][petites][casual][career][evening] [sportswear[[lingerie][accessories] Alice Anderson 306 Lincoln Center Stockton,CA.95207 Phone: (209) 477-2508 FAX: (209) 477- 2508 Email: cbeepa@webtv.net Full-line fashion boutique. Sizes XL-6X and special orders, including shipping. May 99 Great Changes [single][California][women][supersize][sportswear][lingerie][casual] [evening][swimsuits] 12516 Riverside Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91607 Phone: 818-769-4626 "Wonderful Victorian style boutique with an equally wonderful selection of avant guard, vintage, elegant clothes plus fun stuff like leather vests, beautiful lingerie, great swimsuits and a good selection of Danskin exercise wear." Their own line of leather lingerie, as well as Stormy Leather lingerie. Sizes to 6x. Great Impressions [catalog][women] 720 Anderson Rd. St. Cloud, MN 56340 Greater Salt Lake Clothing Company [catalog][internet][women][men][unisex][supersize][tall][outdoors][sportswear] P.O. Box 171422 Salt Lake City, Utah 84117-1422 Phone: 801-273-8700 Fax: 801-273-7700 E-Mail: sales@gslcc.com Web: www.gslcc.com Ski and exercise clothes. Sizing varies -- some women's bottoms up to 62" hips and 's parkas up to 68" hip. Most men's items up to 3X and 2XT, a few to 4X. On-line sales. On-line ordering (not secure). Some mid-size models on web site. Sponsors ski and river trips for plus-size women. GroovyWare [catalog][internet][unisex][supersize][sportswear][lingerie][accessories] 2853 Snow Rd. Suite #5 Lexington, KY 40517 Email: groovyware@aol.com Web site: www.iglou.com/george/ Tie-dye T-shirts (short-sleeve to 6X, long-sleeve to 3X), dresses (one size), women's underwear (to 10), socks, sarongs, scarves, and other accessories. No on-line ordering. Gulfcoast Apparel [internet][men][supersize][tall][casual][career] 13594 Cherrytree Ct, Ft Myers, Florida 33912 Email: instantcowboy@cs.com Web: http://www.instantcowboy.com Liquidating 6xl tall dress shirts, 2xl 3xl 4xl western shirts, and size 2xl 3xl 4xl golf shirts for $10.00 each plus shipping. (Retail prices up to $50.) They also sell shirts on eBay. Email for more info. Ship to USA only. Gut Instinct (formerly Gut Reaction) E-mail: matt@gutboyz.com Website: http://www.gutboyz.net T-shirts with funny fat-male-(mostly)positive themes to size 6X and 4XLT. Also baseball caps, polos. Shorts XL - 8XL. The owner of Gut Instinct has a request/offer for female-friendly readers: "We need some female oriented slogans/designs, and I would be happy to produce them, but we haven't come up with anything very good so far. If anyone has any ideas they think would make a good t-shirt, let us know. If we use your idea we will send you an entire set of shirts (1 of every design) as a thank you. Send them to matt@gutboyz.com GynoCentric Catalog [catalog][unisex][supersize][sportswear][accessories] PO Box 934 Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0934 Phone: (408) 457-4838 Email: datkins@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (Dawn Atkins) T-shirts (two designs, sizes small-10X) and jewelry that promote body image diversity. Gypsy Moon Enchantment Collection [single][Massachusetts][internet][catalog][women][custom][evening] [casual][lingerie][accessories] 1780 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA 02140 Phone: (617) 876-7095 (store), (800) 955-GYPSY (mail order) Email: themoon@tiac.net Web site: http://www.gypsymoon.com/ Catalog $3. Velvets and chiffons, faerie tale clothes. Pricy, exciting, unusual, feminine, and available in "bountiful" and custom sizes. Bountiful size (to 48" bust, 48" waist, and 52" hips) costs a bit more. Their web site says: "Bountiful sizing varies from one design to another, and there's some leeway for adjustment.... be sure to let us know your measurements." They offer custom tailoring of their existing patterns for 20% more. In fabrics they offer a variety of velvets and tapestries. H&M [chain][misc][women][men][unisex][children][maternity][casual] [career][accessories] H&M Hennes & Mauritz Corp. 1328 Broadway, 3rd floor New York, N.Y. 10001 Phone: 212-489-8777 Web: www.hm.com Email: info.us@hm.com European chain store expanding into the US (has about 10 stores open in the US so far, several of them in New York City). Offers "cutting-edge fashion and quality at the best price" and claims to produce clothing in an environmentally conscious manner. Clothes in many sizes, including a "Big is Beautiful" line. Most of the styles are very modern & stretchy. The cuts fit a wide variety of body types. However, "their bus ads give the impression that only sticks need apply." The clothing on the web site is reported not to match the clothing available in the stores, "but it can give you an eensy idea of what their clothes look like." The New York stores are reported crowded with long lines for dressing rooms. Returns are easy. "Depending your body shape & size, you might like either their BiB line the stretchier clothes in their Hennes line. Very cheap. Easy, easy returns." "They have the most amazing fat lady clothes I have ever seen." Sizes run tall. April 2001 Haband [catalog][men][women][underwear][career] 100 Fairview Avenue Prospect Park, NJ 07530 Phone: 800-742-2263 Web: http://www.haband.com Big men's sizes, and another mailing list for women. Inexpensive. Suits, slacks, shirts, large-size socks. The Hands of Woman [catalog][internet][single][overseas][women][supersize][petite][tall][casual] [career][accessories] R. Moore 111 C. St. #b St. Augustine, Fl 32084 Phone: 904-460-0370 Fax: 904-471-8596 Prices $30-$70. Secure online ordering. Models of all sizes. Also jewelry, art, and artifacts. Ship anywhere. They custom-make to your measurements (size XXS-10X and more) a line of basic items -- several styles of dresses, a skirt, blouses, jackets, pants, jumpers, vests & dusters. They offer over 100 rayon fabric choices. "And they deliver fast too!" Harper Greer [single][California][women][casual][career][evening] 580 4th St. San Francisco, CA 94107 Phone: (415) 543-4066, (800) 578-4066 San Francisco store. Expensive. Casual career to dressy. Unique clothes, made in the store. Hartfield's Plus [single][Hawaii][women] Maui, HI Clothing similar to what Lane Bryant sells. Fashionable and low-priced. Heinz Gift Shop [catalog][women][lingerie] PO Box 18714 San Antonio, TX 78218 Phone: (210) 657-9421 Catalog $8 (refunded with first order) Lingerie 1X to 4X. Henri's Full Figure Boutique [catalog][single][Colorado][women][supersize][career][wedding][evening] 1419 Krameria St Denver, Co 80220, Phone: 303-355-1811 Web site: http://www.sni.net/~hadavis/ Lacy bridal and evening wear, suits. Some items in supersizes. They use thin models. Her Majesty's Treasures 12762 Brookhurst #222, Garden Grove, CA 92840 Web site: www.hermajestystreasures.com Web site offers jewelry, household goods, and clothing. They have inexpensive special occasion dresses and "everyday elegance" suits and dresses, most to size 2X or 3X, but a few styles of gowns to size 5X (60" bust, 52" waist, 62" hip) and dresses to 6X (67" bust, 61" waist, 68" hip). Feb01 High Places [catalog][women][lingerie][accessories] PO Box 4406 Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 Phone: (303) 791-1819 Corsets, jewelry, bustiers, lingerie, and bustiers. Sizes to 24-26. Hilo Hattie's [catalog][internet][chain][women][men][unisex][children][supersize] [casual][accessories][sportswear][shoes] Web site: http://www.hilohattie.com Phone: 888 526 0299 Chain store in Hawaii, Arizona, and Guam. Aloha wear in various fabrics. Some items to a men's 5X (67" chest, 63" waist, 21" neck) and a women's 3X (54" bust, 45.5" waist, 57" hip). Feb01 Hitchcock Wide Shoes for Men [catalog][men][shoes] 225 Beal St Hingham, MA 02043 Phone: (617) 749-3571, (800) 992-WIDE Email: hitchcock@wideshoes.com Web site: http://www.hitchcockshoes.com/ Men's shoes sizes 5-13, EEE through EEEEEE. Dress, casual, athletic, outdoor, and work shoes, boots, slippers, rubbers, sandals. Email address for free catalog. H.L.S. Belts [catalog][unisex][supersize][accessories] 4757 W. Park #106-410 Plano, TX 75093 Catalog $2 Belts in plus and super sizes. Hot Off the Tour [catalog][women][sportswear] Phone: (800) 878-8189 They specialize in golf wear, but some of their stuff may also be applicable to tennis and other sports. They are pricey (polo shirt $68, twill shorts $56). Hovis Jeans by Hoveland Mfg. Co. [catalog][men][women][supersize][custom][casual][sportswear] Box 1717 Cody, WY 82414 Phone: (307) 587-5233 Denim blue jeans (to 60" waist), vests, blazers, dusters, and jackets. 1X to 5X - up to 60" waist & custom sizing. Hovis is carried by a number of retail outlets, and catalogs, but if you can't find them, they will sell to you direct. Hugestore.com [catalog][internet][overseas][men][supersize][casual][career][sportswear] Phone: USA: 1-800-259-7283 International: (317)-321-9999 FAX: (317)-321-9988 E-mail: carl@indy.net Web site: http://www.hugestore.com/ Men's dress and sportswear shirts, pants, jeans, suits, boxers. Some items (such as dress pants) in supersizes. Hy Fishman Furs [single][New York][women][supersize][custom][outerwear] 305 7th Avenue (at 27th St. 19th Fl.) New York, NY 10001 Phone: (212) 807-8660, 800-653-8216 Fax: (212) 627-4920 E-mail: sales@hyfishman.com Web site: http://www.hyfishman.com/ Plus and supersize fur, fur-trimmed microfiber, and fur-trimmed cashmere coats. "Fur remodeling" (they will take your existing fur and use it in designing a new style and/or size of coat). Hyde Park Ink 1211 North 14th St., Boise, ID 83702 Phone: 888 950 8337 Fax: 208 342 2463 Email: hpink@micron.net Web: http://www.hydeparkink.com/ Woman owned/operated screenprinting company offers beautiful size-positive artwork on short- or long-sleeve T-shirts, coverups (sizes S-10X), and sweatshirts (M-2X). Prices $20-$50 (larger sizes more). Artwork also available on totes, notecards, and magnets. July 00 I.Y.M [catalog][women][lingerie] PO Box 1482222 Chicago, IL 60614-8222 Catalog $3 (refunded with first order) Lingerie up to size 4X. In Full Swing [single][California][women] 5937 College Ave Oakland, CA 94618 Phone: (510)654-5144 They carry nice, good quality (but somewhat pricey) women's clothes. Mostly work stuff, drapey rather than tailored. Feb01 Indulgence Lingerie [catalog][women][lingerie] Phone: (617) 893-1986 Intimate Appeal [catalog][women][lingerie] Arizona Mail Order Company, Inc. PO Box 27800 Tuscon, AZ 85726 Phone orders: (602) 747-5000 Customer service: (602) 748-8600 Connected with Regalia but better selection. Nightgowns, pajamas, loungewear in sizes small to 3X. Good selection of bras in bigger sizes, some styles up to 48G. Reasonably priced. Irene's Fashions at Large [single][California][women][supersize][casual][career][evening][lingerie] 2939 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95825 Phone: (916) 483-1065 Pam Segalman is the owner. Irene's has been serving large women for over 25 years. Sizes are 36-60. They carry everything from career wear, evening wear, slacks, jeans, sweater, lingerie & bras. Will ship. Iris Silks [catalog][internet][overseas][women][casual][career][lingerie] 110 West 40th Street, Suite 618, New York, NY 10018 Phone: 877-474-7745 or 703-764-3976 Fax: 703-764-0442 Web: http://irissilks.com Iris Silks is the website of China Silk USA. The web site includes a section of plus-sized lingerie and blouses, original designs. "Their chemises and robes are graceful and sexy." July 00 Island Shirts [internet][men][supersize][overseas][custom][casual] Jane Taylor Email: Jane@IslandShirts.com Web site: http://www.IslandShirts.com Men's hawaiian shirts to 6X. Will ship anywhere. Each shirt is made to order (to measurement or following your favorite shirt), custom sizes are no problem. "I bought a couple and am extremely pleased with the results as I am a quite hard-to-fit 'supersize' bloke. They're not cheap - but they are good and Jane has never been less than very friendly and speedy in her responses to me." Aug 99 It's A Secret Plus [catalog][women][supersize][lingerie] PO Box 5001 Englewood, CO 80155-5001 Phone: 800-390-3528 Catalog $3. Sexy lingerie, also oils, lotions, books, etc. Sizes 1X-6X. Average prices. The J [catalog][women][wedding] Western Division 507 E. 10th Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: (509) 624-4795 Bridal and bridal party gowns in sizes 2W-28W. Jaggar [internet][women][casual][maternity] Phone 888.87.JAGGAR Web site: www.maternityclothes.com Sells "Vintage Levi's" in which the top portion is removed and replaced with 2 elastic sections. Good for pregnant and plus-size women. Also offers other pants, shorts, skirts, and t-shirts. Reasonable prices. Mar 00 JC Penney's [catalog][chain][women][men][kids][supersize][maternity][casual][career] [outdoors][swimwear][lingerie][wedding][uniforms] PO Box 2021 Milwaukee, WI 53201-2021 Phone: (800) 222-6161 Web site: http://www.jcpenney.com Their regular catalog has some large-size clothing, in particular maternity clothing. They fill orders in a few days. They are good about returns. You can return catalog merchandise to their stores. Some folks have had problems ordering from JC Penney's large size and kids' catalogs (many items are sold out before the catalog even arrives). Their outlet stores have good sales on women's and men's and maternity clothing and offer clothing in women's sizes 28-30 and up. Uniforms seen at Penney's outlet store, to 5X. Whites and prints. Oct 99 CATALOGS OFFERED: Bridal catalog (their larger stores have bridal departments). Fashion Plus catalog Women's jeans, casual and career dresses and separates, suits, outerwear, swimsuits, leggings, and split slips. Sizes 14W-34W, and also women's talls and petites. Swimsuits up to size 26W. Several people say their sizes run small. Report: "I think their quality is pretty good. They have more what I would call dressey and career type clothing and their spring issue also has some ethnic prints. Their models, are a decent size, bigger than some other women's catalog's models....they also carry some of the Delta Burke Collection." JC Penney's Big & Extra Tall Catalog Basic men's clothes -- waists up to 60:, chests up to 64", necks up to 21", sizes to 4X or 5X. Dress slacks with elastic or partially elastic waists. Big Kids Catalog Two catalogs a year (spring and fall), with girl's Plus and Extra Plus sizes and boy's husky and shorter husky sizes. Levi's Dockers, Union Bay, Bugle Boy, snow pants, wind suits, denim and flannel shirts, the works. Fairly thin models. Maternity Catalog Maternity outfits up to size 26, bras to 44DD, maternity panties and pantyhose. Good quality, sized well, somewhat limited selection, somewhat pricey. J. Jill Ltd. [catalog][women][casual][career] PO Box 3006 Winterbrook Way Meredith, NH 03253-3006 Phone: (800) 642-9989 Web: www.jjill.com Style described as "New England Country." About 1/2 to 2/3 of merchandise is available in women's sizes to 28. Generous fit. Sweaters, jackets, dresses, and pants are on the expensive side, but they have good sales. Overnight shipping on in-stock items. Courteous service. High quality clothing. One woman wrote that she has worn their clothing for years. Another wrote: "Sometimes they may not 'upsize' their designs correctly--for example, a sweater will be made wider for the larger sizes, but not longer. Unfortunately, you never know when you are going to have this problem, since they never use plus-sized models." One woman wrote "What I especially liked was that most of the selections went from a size 2 to size 3-4X--not special (read: uglier) selections for larger sizes....They specialize in natural fibers and comfort--slightly funky--yet definitely appropriate for work." May 99 J. Silver [chain][women][casual][shoes][lingerie] Email: info@jsilverclothing.com Web site: http://www.jsilverclothing.com Chain of clothing stores located in RI, MA, CT, NY and FL. Plus size department in every store. Clothing, lingerie, and shoes. Inexpensive, sexy clothes. Jacobsen's [chain] [casual] [career] [women] PO Box 844 Jackson, MI 49204 Michigan department store with a plus size department. Pricey, good quality. Janette [catalog] [lingere] [supersize] [women] PO Box 26458 Tucson, AZ 85726 Phone: (520) 746-9474 Bras to 76 and cups to Z Jasco Uniform Co. [catalog][men][women][unisex][supersize][uniforms] Phone: (800) 222-4445 Fax: (708) 291-7928 Uniforms in misses' sizes up to 20, women's sizes up to 32W/52, unisex sizes up to 3XL. Women's scrubs up to 5XL (54-56). Men's scrubs up to 5XL (chest 62-64, waist 56-58). They won't sell to people in FL and five other states. UPS won't deliver for them. Jean Nicole Plus [chain][women] Mall store. JewelryWeb.com [internet][accessories] 62 W. 47th Street Suite 1611A New York, NY 10036 Phone: (800) 955-9245 Fax: (800) 955-2520 Web site: http://www.jewelryweb.com J. Lumarel Corp. [catalog][accessories] 801 So. University Drive, Suite C-110 Plantation, FL 33324 Phone: (800) 606-1816 Catalog $3 (refundable with order) Longer length Y-necklaces in gold and silver. Johansen Bros. Shoes [single][catalog][men][women][shoes] (800) 624-9079 1915 W Main Corning, AR 72422 Hard to find shoes 5-13, A-EE John Sun Silks Design Center [single][California][women][custom][supersize][career][casual] [evening][lingerie] 1600 E 29th Street, Signal Hill, CA Phone: (310) 989-1242 Handpainted silk clothing, one-of-a-kind, designer originals, shirts, separates. Expensive. Judith Couturiere [catalog][internet][custom][supersize][women][wedding][evening] S. 1314 Grand Se. 2-252; Spokane, Wa. 99202 Phone: 800-483-5598, 509-624-4795 Fax: 509-624-4795 Email: Judith@wasuper.net Web page http://www.fabrics.net/default1.htm Two lines of bride and bridesmaid gowns, to size 28-30, priced from $100: the J Line and the Alexa. Jump In [single][New York][women][supersize][lingerie] 46 W 14th St New York, NY 10011 Phone: (212) 352-1777 Supersize as well as regular sized lingerie (wholesale to the public). Example: royal blue silk camisole with beaded lace applique in 5X is $5.99. Junonia for Active Women [catalog][women][supersize][outdoors][sportswear][casual][swimwear][lingerie] The Minnesota Building, Suite 216 46 East Fourth Street St. Paul, MN 55101 Phone: (800) 671-0175 Web site: www.Junonia.com/ Sportswear (their own line, plus some Danskin and Champion). Underwear (their own hi-tech fabric, QuikWik, is good for hot weather). Swimwear (including two-piece suits) to 6X. Bike shorts, sports bras (to 50s), T-shirts, leggings, tennis skirt, ski wear, casual wear, travel wear. Good service, except that items are often backordered, sometimes for months. Catalog sometimes does not describe sizing/fabric idiosyncrasies, but telephone sales people know a lot about the clothes. Secure online ordering. Mid-size models. Most like the quality of their clothing, but one person had problems with shorts that fell apart quickly. Their line fits apple-shapes better than pear-shapes. "I ordered some Rocky Mountain Jeans from Junonia catalog. It was the first time I found jeans large enough around and long enough. The jeans were 36 inch inseam." "my experience with junonia's quickwik fabric has been very positive; my bike shorts have been going strong for three or four years now. it isn't very supportive/ compressive. it *does* wick away moisture pretty well. there isn't much shine to it, or much sound when the fabric rubs together." Just Big Sportswear [catalog][unisex][supersize][sportswear] 4700 Rozzelles Ferry Rd. Charlotte, NC 28216 T-shirts up to 10XL, 100% cotton and poly/cotton. Also sweats, dorm shirts, and hooded shirts. Radiance Magazine uses them for some of its silkscreened t-shirts. Some complaints that availability is unpredictable. Just One You [internet][women][custom][casual][career][evening][accessories] 19877 East Country Club Drive #3-201 Aventura, Fl 33180 Phone: (305) 682-8335 Email: info@justoneyou.com Web site: http://www.justoneyou.com Interactive website where women of all sizes can order unique clothing and tapestry bags. Fabric choices and custom measusrements. Specializes in one-of-a-kind and customizable limited editions. The caftan and poncho styles are especially good for big stylish women. First time buyers get a 25% discount on a style from Resurrection Collection. Just My Size [internet][catalog][women][supersize][lingerie][sportswear][casual] PO Box 748 Rural Hill, NC 27098-0748 Phone orders: (800) 522-9567, (910) 635-3447 Customer service: (800) 522-0889 Web site: www.justmysize.com They don't ship to Canada. Pantyhose to super sizes. Some say their pantyhose aren't sized right for pear shaped bodies, feel rough against the skin, and tend to bag at the knees and ankles. Bras: Bali, Playtex, JMS and other brands, up to 50DDD or so. Panties to size 14. Inexpensive casual and sports clothes to 4X. Their sweatshirts are generously sized and comfortable. Thin models. Nov 99 Just Right [catalog][women][swimwear] [midsize] 30 Tozer Rd. PO Box 1020 Beverly, MA 01915-0720 Phone: (800) 767-6666 Sizes to 26 Kaufman's Tall & Big Men's Shop [chain][Colorado][Washington][internet][men][supersize][tall][career] [casual][shoes][evening][outdoors] Two locations: 3395 South Broadway Englewood, Colorado 80110 Phone: (303) 761-6000; (888) 761-8255 Fax: (303) 761-3395 and 10707 N. E. Fourth Street Bellevue, Washington 98004 Phone: (425) 453-8255; (888) 761-8255 Fax: (425) 453-8181 Web site: http://www.kaufmans.com Email: sam@kaufmans.com No printed catalog. Men's clothing to sizes 5LT and 5X (60-inch waist). K Mart [chain][men][women] Department store. Big men's clothes, and Just My Size bras and panties. Kathleen's Full-Size Fashions and Bridal [single][Washington][women][supersize][casual][lingerie][accessories] [sportswear][outdoors][evening][wedding] NE 120th and 15th Ave NE Seattle WA.98107 (206) 784-5996 Email kathfsf@aol.com Carry over 100 bridal gowns in large sizes only. Can special order. Large size prom and special occasion. Many different styles. Also Jeans, sportswear, separates. Sizes 14-32+. Many styles in limited size range: i.e., 1x-3x, 1x-4x, or 4x-6x. No shoes or business suits. Not much variety in bras or panties. Styles range from casual to fashionable to funky to elegant to sexy. One reader buys most of her clothes there. Another praised the wedding dress she bought there and the staff. A third said she had especially good luck with dresses there. Kay Largo Custom Sized Jewelry & Accessories [internet][women][unisex][custom][supersize][accessories] [coats][costumes] PO Box 7088, Huntsville, AL 35807 Phone: 205-518-9413 Fax: 205-518-9415 Email: Kate@ro.com Web site: http://www.kaylargo.com Custom-sized jewelry (including eyeglass keepers, tummy chains, and jewelry for the feet). Key Industries [men][supersize][sportswear] Phone: (800) 835-0365 Bib overalls to about a 66" waist. King Size [catalog][men][supersize][casual][swimwear][outdoors][career] PO Box 8385 Indianapolis, IN 46283-8385 Phone orders: (800) 846-1600 Fax: (800) 682-8109 TDD: (800) 682-8095 Tall and big men's clothing: T-shirts up to 9XL for $14.95. Cotton draw-string pants, turtlenecks, overalls, shorts, swimsuits. Inexpensive. Large-size unisex rain gear, extra-large umbrellas, ties, and fanny packs. Levis up to 60" waist. "They are usually cheaper on most things than the local big men's stores (and more available)." Kiyonna Klothing [internet][women][midsize][sportswear][career][evening] Kim Camarella Address: 1471 S. Wooster St., Ste.3 Phone: 888-KIYONNA (385-0645) Email: Kiyonna@hotmail.com Web site: http://www.kiyonna.com Women's sportswear and dresses, sizes 1x-4x, moderate prices. (retail). "We design and manufacture a very contemporary and feminine line of moderately priced dresses and sportswear which we wholesale to over 80 boutiques across the country, as well as Bermuda and Mexico." Web ordering, plus size models, one-of-a-kind designer clothing auctions. ============================================================ SECTION B: Information about this FAQ B1) Are there other related FAQs? There is some overlap in the topics covered by the FAQs. If you don't find what you're looking for here, try the other FAQs. The latest version of the following FAQs can be found at: http://www.cat-and-dragon.com/~stef/Fatfaqs/ alt.support.big-folks newsgroup FAQ soc.support.fat-acceptance newsgroup FAQ soc.support.fat-acceptance.moderated newsgroup FAQ Clothing for Big Folks in Canada Clothing for Big Folks in the U.S. (parts 1 and 2) Organizations for Big Folks Online Resources for Big Folks Other Resources for Big Folks Publications for Big Folks Resources for Dealing With the Physical Aspects of Being Fat Size-acceptance The following FAQs can be found at: http://www.sover.net/~astarte/fa/faqs.html Big Folks and Fitness Big Folks and Health Big Folks and Sports Research on Big Folks The latest versions of following FAQs can be found at the following locations: Clothing for Big Folks in the U.K. at http://www.thegrapevine.co.uk/Avalanche/FAQ-UK.htm Clothing for Big Folks in Europe at http://www.thegrapevine.co.uk/Avalanche/FAQ-Europe.htm Plus-Size Pregnancy Website at http://www.teleport.com/~rvireday/plus/ You can also find (sometimes slightly older versions of) the above FAQs (except the plus-size pregnancy FAQs) at the following locations: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/fat-acceptance-faq/ (Note: The big-folks FAQ is listed separately at these locations.) You can also get FAQs from rtfm.mit.edu via anonymous FTP or via the mail archive server. For information about the mail server, send email to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the word "help" (without the quotes) in the body of the message. ============================================================ B2) Posting information This document is posted bi-weekly to alt.support.big-folks, soc.support.fat-acceptance, and soc.support.fat-acceptance.moderated. Stef Maruch (stef@cat-and-dragon.com) maintains this FAQ. ============================================================ B3) Contributors These are the people who contributed significant chunks to the FAQ: Sasha Wood (Sasha.Wood@cs.cmu.edu) Eleanor Brown (ebrown@mac.cc.macalstr.edu) Also, lots and lots of other people (too many to credit) contributed information that appears herein, some via email and some on s.s.f-a and a.s.b-f. Thanks to them all. Suggestions for additions/improvements are always welcome. 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