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Oak Park: Open to Lane Bryant, Now

So now it's come down to contracts.

Oak Park, the Chicago suburb that said no to Lane Bryant but yes to Avenue, oddly is now saying they're open to Lane Bryant.

Village President David Pope would not say what the contractual issue was about or when a settlement likely may be signed.

If it gets worked out, I'll give both sides due credit for getting the job done.

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pani113 July 19th, 2006 | Link | You know what occured to me
You know what occured to me though? If this was just a legal technicality and Lane Bryant KNEW that was the case, I think it is pretty unethical of them to use size discrimination as an angle for media coverage and put their customers through that anxiety for nothing. Of course, we don't know that is the case, it is just a thought. As I said before, I find it personally ironic I was defending them because I hate the fact their catalogue refuses to use plus size models. Just can't make me happy I guess!
rosenleaf July 19th, 2006 | Link | Just to clarify--Lane Bryant
Just to clarify--Lane Bryant the catalog and Lane Bryant the store are unrelated. Weird, but that was my understanding last time I checked.
chouxheart July 20th, 2006 | Link | I hear a lot of people
I hear a lot of people complaining about the lack of plus size models or mannequins in stores like Lane Bryant and even Torrid...it's as if everyone has forgotten that the size 12-14-16 women are plus sized, too.
pckim July 20th, 2006 | Link | That's a good point
That's a good point chouxheart. However, I guess we would like to see some of everything 12, 14, and 16 are plus sizes but so is 22 and 24. The much larger sizes also. All inclusive would be cool, people want to be represented. Wait, 12 is a plus size? That I didn't know.
chouxheart July 20th, 2006 | Link | Well, I'm not sure. I think
Well, I'm not sure. I think it's where plus sizes start, or maybe it's size 14. It's one of the two.
EmilyH July 20th, 2006 | Link | 12 is considered a plus size
12 is considered a plus size in some stores. It depends on the store. Usually it's 14 and up.
DeeLeigh July 20th, 2006 | Link | And, a 14W is the same as a
And, a 14W is the same as a 16 misses, so plus sizes really start at 16 (usually).
chouxheart July 20th, 2006 | Link | And, a 14W is the same as a
And, a 14W is the same as a 16 misses, so plus sizes really start at 16 (usually). I would have to seriously disagree with that. There are plenty of women (you know, those "average American size" women we're always talking about) who wear a size 12-14 and are most definitely considered plus sized by most, if not all, major retailers.
afatchic July 20th, 2006 | Link | I went shopping last week at
I went shopping last week at JC Penney and was delighted to see a plus size mannequin. I felt like the mannequin was a kindred spirit and it definitely made me happier to be shopping there. :-)
Euterpist July 20th, 2006 | Link | As far as the fashion
As far as the fashion industry is concerned, an 8 is a "plus sized" model. I so wish I were making that up.
wallflower July 21st, 2006 | Link | chouxheart, I think part of
chouxheart, I think part of the problem is that clothing looks very different at a size 22 than at a size 12-16. It would be nice to see a model in the 22-28 range wearing the same outfit as a model in the 12-16 range to see just how much difference there is. It's devastating to see something cute in the catalogue or sales flier that just doesn't work once it's on me. They don't have to replace all the models, they just need a little more variety.
FatGrrl July 21st, 2006 | Link | But more than Lane Bryant
But more than Lane Bryant using the mannequins on the smaller end of the plus-size scale, they also pin back extra fabric at the back of the mannequin so the clothes look more tailored. No one walking in to their store is going to wear a garment like that, so why display it like that? It bugs me! It's as though they were saying, "Yeah, we cut the garments to flatter those who don't necessarily have a defined waistline, but we can't have our mannequins looking that shapeless. Come on, ladies!" From one fatgrrl without a defined waistline: "That sucks, Lane Bryant!"
rosenleaf July 21st, 2006 | Link | As a fat girl with a defined
As a fat girl with a defined waistline, I resent that they pin it back but make it impossible to do so with the clothing without major alteration--so it looks like it will be tailored on the mannequin but it's actually shapeless. I guess that's one of the major challenges of designing for fat women...everyone carries their weight differently.
pani113 July 22nd, 2006 | Link | This story made Chicago
This story made Chicago Tonight, a local PBS show. I must say the host handled it in a tacky way. First of all, put emphasis on the fact it was a BIG story with a giggle. Then he explained since he was a heavy person he could say that. (Not in my opinion!) He asked some reporter on the Sun Times her take on it. She really didn't have any answers, just the same speculations we had, and the fact that Oak Park denied charges of sizism. Really quite a worthless waste of airtime. Like so much else going on nowdays, I doubt we will ever know the entire truth.
sso July 23rd, 2006 | Link | "chouxheart, I think part of
"chouxheart, I think part of the problem is that clothing looks very different at a size 22 than at a size 12-16. It would be nice to see a model in the 22-28 range wearing the same outfit as a model in the 12-16 range to see just how much difference there is. It's devastating to see something cute in the catalogue or sales flier that just doesn't work once it's on me. They don't have to replace all the models, they just need a little more variety." the same could be said of the non-plus size range as well. not every woman who isnt a plus size is a size 2, and clothes do look different at a size 8 or 10 than a 0 or 2. alas, the tiniest sizes are all that is shown on mannequins and in catalogues.
paul July 23rd, 2006 | Link | Please take the mannequin
Please take the mannequin talk over to the Forums. Thanks.

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