I take measurements, you mail me clothes
September 22, 2016 7:25 PM   Subscribe

On NPR's On Point show today, the topic was plus-size fashion. The main guest was Tim Gunn, and another guest was a Time reporter. The Time reporter talked about several startups, including a few where you could send in your measurements and they would send you clothes to try on that were calculated to fit based on you measurements rather than on standard sizing.

The startups weren't named, nor do I know if they are up and running yet. But I'd like to find out who they are. Does anyone know what companies these could be? I've had no luck Googling.
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posted by Huffy Puffy at 7:26 PM on September 22, 2016 [7 favorites]

Indochino does this for menswear.
posted by brentajones at 7:45 PM on September 22, 2016

I took measurements when I signed up for Le Tote. And maybe when I did StitchFix?
posted by Medieval Maven at 7:48 PM on September 22, 2016

Proper Cloth does it for menswear as well.
posted by holgate at 7:49 PM on September 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

Qcut does this for jeans.
posted by jessamyn at 7:55 PM on September 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

Here is a review of 3
posted by bunderful at 7:56 PM on September 22, 2016

Stitch Fix does something a bit like this. The sizes are physically on the clothes, but it eliminates trying things on for size. They have your measurements on file and just send stuff that will fit you. I find that, without having to carry a full size run from 6-12 into the dressing room, I don't think about what size I am anymore or worry about the number on the clothes.

I'm not sure how high their sizes go, but I know that there's also Gwynnie Bee, a similar service geared towards plus sizes.
posted by Sara C. at 7:59 PM on September 22, 2016 [2 favorites]

Stitch Fix goes up to XL, I just checked.

MM La Fleur goes up to 16.
posted by bunderful at 8:02 PM on September 22, 2016

Gwynnie Bee goes up to size 32 and they have some very fancy algorithms to learn your preferences and shape etc.
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:09 PM on September 22, 2016

Gunn mentions Eloquii in a WaPo article.

Eliana Dockterman is the Times writer. She published an article about vanity sizing and in that article she mentions some online retailers.
posted by bunderful at 8:32 PM on September 22, 2016

Ureshii, too.
posted by Iris Gambol at 10:46 PM on September 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

posted by guy72277 at 12:58 AM on September 23, 2016

2nd'ing Proper Cloth. I took my initial measurements and ordered a shirt, we needed to re-adjust a couple of times (no extra cost for 2 new shirts in the adjust size) and now it fits like a DREAM. The fabric is awesome, plenty of choices and colors - and the customer service is Incredible. I had 1 agent looking at my fit photos and working with me to get everything dialed in just right. Highly recommended.
posted by alchemist at 5:39 AM on September 23, 2016

eshakti.com. I've used them a couple of times. I like that you can also alter the length of some things, add sleeves etc as a plus sized person sleeves are big problem for me. They also have base versions that aren't personalized that are a set price then if you want to alter it you pay one a set price to alter it however you want.
posted by wwax at 8:17 AM on September 23, 2016

Seconding Ureshii -- they're awesome. I have skirts from them that are basically my entire wardrobe in the Fall and Winter. They're also lovely to work with.
posted by holborne at 9:50 AM on September 23, 2016 [1 favorite]

Dia&Co and PLVSH are two more subscription-box style services for plus-sizes. They're more in line with the Stitch Fix model than Gwynnie Bee is, which I appreciate.
posted by PearlRose at 1:20 PM on September 23, 2016 [1 favorite]

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