A former fashion editor who could not find the type of stylish workwear that her colleagues in the sampling industry could easily find, was inspired to create her own plus-size line.
Lauren Chan, born in Ontario, formerly from the Glamor magazine, recently revealed Henning; a crafted collection of smart, custom-made staples, including a trench coat, a silk dress and the perfectly fitting blazer with useful details added with the large body in mind.
Lauren announced the brand on Instagram and said: “I have spent my career as a fashion editor and a plus-large model, advocating recording sizes. But despite everything possible to make the industry inclusive, I have never had it easy to get dressed. & # 39;
Do it yourself: When Lauren Chan in the photo couldn't find anything to wear to her fashion job – she decided to stop and make the pieces she needed herself
Launch: Henning, Lauren's big brand, was unveiled this fall and fans are delighted that they can invest in quality, thoughtful custom-made staples for the office
Thanks to its own self-financed high-end line of thoughtful divorces, that daily struggle is a thing of the past for many.
Lauren also said on Instagram that her goal was to give women who felt limited by what was available to them the feeling that they could finally buy something that was halfway between a quick fashion piece that they could afford but not necessarily liked , and something of an unreachable luxury brand.
Beauty: Lauren has modeled on people like Mango, Kohl & # 39; s and is a regular customer on the catwalks at New York Fashion Wee
Henning is carefully made with the body of large sizes in mind. The oxford shirts contain hidden buttons to prevent the button from opening. Meanwhile, pants come with concealed elastic and built-in gel tape linings in the seams to prevent damage and tears along the side of the thigh.
Similarly, there is a self-attaching button on the trench coat to secure the belt loop.
In one of the social media brand posts, Lauren said: & # 39; I have worn everything from size 12 to size 20 – and it has all been pretty pretty when it comes to clothing. & # 39;
& # 39; If you are like me, you have had a cupboard full of cheap, fast-fashion pieces and whether your thighs are cracking on the inside or your best blazer has shot irreparable pit spots, you have had to deal with discomfort every day. Sometimes I let myself go completely to it and other times I had it in full tears. & # 39;
She added Refinery29 that she understands firsthand that the & # 39; wrinkle effect & # 39; from sitting in office meetings in a shirt that doesn't fit & # 39; tangible & # 39; is.
& # 39; It influences the work you do and the work you get the chance to do. & # 39;
Dream: Lauren said she was inspired to make the kind of minimalist, high-quality pieces that she couldn't find in the plus-size clothing market
Strategic: Lauren & # 39; s clothing at Henning is designed with the large body in mind, so pants are equipped with gel-tape linings to prevent damage from abrasion
The fashion maven had told about self-destructive moments like her pants that tore open on the way to an interview, and sitting in meetings with key editors who felt diminished by what she was wearing because it wasn't true to her personal style.
& # 39; While my sample-dependent colleagues & # 39; s were always decked out in designer clothing, I was stuck in cheap fast fashion, & # 39; Lauren said The cut. & # 39; I always wanted an impeccable suit to wear to my most important meetings and a knock-out dress to wear during dinners. I couldn't find them, so I made them. & # 39;
That custom-made black suit is the piece that Lauren herself most desired, and in an effort to give Henning fans the option to make their own dream outfits come true, she has turned the brand's Instagram into what she's a & # 39; virtual focus group & # 39; calls.
She also held brainstorming sessions with up to 30 women who expressed concern about where large-size fashion failed them.
& # 39; We talked about the biggest problems they faced when shopping for clothes for work. Some things they said: button downs never fit well over the chest and pants never have the right length & # 39 ;, she said on Instagram.
& # 39; Since then, we have been working with our pattern makers to address those fit issues and to devise pieces that will make you look your best. & # 39;
City girl: Lauren, born in Canada, said it was important to her that her clothes were made in New York City, home of her decade-long fashion career
Speaker: Lauren, pictured on Instagram & # 39; s notorious small conference room, recently spoke at the social media platform summer school
Pieces are priced from $ 250 to $ 995, due to the quality of the pieces that are all designed in New York and made from fabrics with & # 39; natural content & # 39; (something they said is & # 39; incredibly hard to find & # 39; in large sizes of clothing).
Lauren previously designed the line for the Glamor x Lane Bryant collections.
In a viral version for Attraction, she said: & # 39; Two in three American women wear size 12, but we account for only 17 percent of spending in the ladies' store. And let me tell you, it's not because we don't like shopping! & # 39;
& # 39; I became so obsessed with the idea that millions of women like me experienced a similar disadvantage at work because they were extra large, that I quit my job to help them. & # 39;
Nowadays, Lauren is still modeling – but now for her own assortment instead of the major Ford divisions, where she was in the books alongside Ashley Graham and JAG Models.
She does this while balancing her new creative venture: she designs, as she says herself: & # 39; The pieces … inspired by the ones I needed during my time at Glamor & # 39 ;.
Custom: Henning & # 39; s fall collection, pictured, has smart office alignment in the foreground
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