TOME for the CFDA's "Design and Production for the Plus-Size Market"

Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat, Ryan Lobo of TOME, Alexandra Waldman, Fashion Editor Lauren Chan, and Polina Veksler of Universal Standard (Left to Right) // Seher @rehes

Size-inclusivity is a must needed yet long overdue discussion that has become increasingly prominent in the fashion stratosphere.

TOME was honored to be invited  by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to be on panel for the “Design & Production for the Plus-Size Market” dialogue at the Universal Standard Showroom in the Garment District. Ryan Lobo went as the representative for TOME, joined by Chromat’s Becca McCharen-Tran, Universal Standard’s Alexandra Waldman and Polina Veksler, and moderated by Fashion Editor  Lauren Chan.

The panel tackled topics that focused on how they handled being increasingly size inclusive in the world of fashion, Lauren Chan kicking off it off with the question: Why is now the time for being size inclusive in fashion? The panel agreed that it is partially due to social media and partially due to the unsustainable nature of creating sizes that cater to only about 30% of the female population.   

Continuing, the panelists described their own personal experiences regarding commonly held beliefs of being size inclusive brands in regards to design, production, and manufacturing.

 Alexandra Waldman and Polina Veksler of Universal Standard,  Ryan Lobo of TOME, Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat, and Fashion Editor Lauren Chan  (Left to Right) // Seher @rehes

TOME’s Ryan Lobo explained how TOME does not experience very much of the difficulties often associated with having extended sizes available.

“I think that’s another myth about broadening the scope of sizes that you offer,” Lobo replied in regards to being asked about manufacturing issues, “The manufacturing industry relies on this 70% of women.” 

However, the work is certainly not done. Celebrating each and every woman has always been a principle inherent to TOME and always will be as the brand continues to grow. From extended sizes, as well as petite and tall sizing, TOME looks to the future for opportunities to become even more size inclusive.

Read more about the discussion at the CFDA