Abbei Brown

Former fashion merchant

“In my various roles in fashion merchandising over the past nine years, it’s been challenging to get straight-size retailers to invest in plus. A merchant’s job, in short, is to hand-select what products to bring into stores and online. So many retailers want to dip their toe into plus, but they only offer certain styles they deem ‘plus-appropriate.’ I’d hear things like, ‘A plus woman wouldn’t want something like this.’ No! What plus women really want is to not be limited in choice. Many companies still don’t realize our spending power.”

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