We’re almost at the point of gift-giving season and if you participate, we’ve created a comprehensive list of new small-business retailers that we’ve featured here at the Tall Society.
We feel strongly about sharing this list with you because in the 2.5 years that we’ve profiled new tall and extended independent brands, a whopping 8 out of 22 have shut down their sites and ceased production. That’s 36 percent!
It’s not unusual for a fashion startup to fail. You have to see a need in the industry, dream up your own solution, develop a design, create a prototype, source materials, find a factory who will take on your small scale production but not drive up your cost, find consumers, market to these consumers, and then make the finished product available for them to purchase. We haven’t even talked about the money needed to fund this process! A large scale brand like GAP or Express has a salaried team for each of those steps, with discounts from vendors for giving them such large business.
So how do we support our Tall independent brands that have worked so hard to make us clothes that actually fit? By purchasing their stuff, by spreading the word, or by simply sharing this list on social media.
Before we get into this list, let me clarify that you should not feel pressure from me to buy anything from these brands. The holiday season is stressful enough and…does anyone else feel like it immediately follows wedding season? Our hope is that if you do have the means, consider buying from one of these independent retailers before succumbing to your usual Amazon default list. If you do not have the means or simply don’t wish to purchase, consider sharing this list on social media or by email or by word of mouth.
Overall, we want you to know that we at The Tall Society have vetted the retailers on this list. We vouch for the quality of the fabric and the workmanship of the clothing. We’ve worn these pieces. We’re sharing these brands because we genuinely like to wear them. So, without further ado…
FOR TALL CLOTHING:
Amalli Talli, created by two tall real-life sisters, is actually the first tall independent label that I discovered on the Tall Society. When I think of this brand, I think of flannel, soft sweaters, casual dresses, and the sweetest customer service you can imagine. Shop now on amallitalli.com
Use code ‘TTS10’ for 10% off your purchases off orders of $150 or more in December (Please note, this offer is not valid with any other promotions) – CLICK HERE to read our Amalli Talli post
This Australian-based label is the newest line to hit the tall women’s market and they’re quickly becoming known for their colorful, feminine offerings that blend on-trend with classic styles. From party frocks to activewear, we hope this brand serving the 5’10” and up club lasts for a long time. Shop now on height-of-fashion.com
For our tall sisters: Use code ‘THETALLSOCIETY’ for 20% off your purchases in December. Note there is no minimum spend but free shipping (internationally) will apply only on orders over $150 AUD – CLICK HERE for our HOF Post
The designer of House of LVA is a California woman after my own heart, because I left my heart in New York and find that all of her pieces can be worn effortlessly on both coasts. There is an architectural elegance to these designs, in classic shapes that are combined with a bit of sexy and lots of black-and-white. Shop now on houseoflva.com
This New York-based brand’s mantra is just as good as its edgy but comfortable downtown styles that hug your curves nicely. They empower women to “dress well because of their height, not in spite of it.” Shop now on jessequeen.com
Use code ‘THETALLSOCIETY20’ for 20% off your purchases in December – CLICK HERE for more on Jesse Queen
Created by a professional women’s basketball player turned designer, this brand creates on-trend and two-piece sets for a day at the beach or at night at the club. At Legs for Days, you can find a maxi dress that’s actually long enough for us tall women. Shop now on lfdshop.com
The site is already marked down to 30% off and with the code ‘TheTallSociety’ our readers receive free shipping – CLICK HERE for more on Legs For Days
Leota designs travel-friendly, machine-washable pieces in vibrant, statement-making prints. Their comfortable silhouettes take you from day to night and flatter every figure. Shop now on shop.leota.com
Use code ‘THETALLSOCIETY15’ for 15% off, one use per customer, cannot be combined with additional discounts
TTYA or “Taller Than Your Average” was created by a London-based stylist, featured in Vogue, and has went on to do collaborations with large brands such as Long Tall Sally and ASOS. It’s easy to see why; their enviable, elongating styles are so flattering. Shop now on ttyalondon.com
FOR MADE-TO-ORDER CLOTHING:
At Azazie, you’ll find elegant, romantic occasion dresses that are cut and sewn to order at an affordable cost: their wedding gowns run from $199-449 and bridesmaid dresses start at $50. Seek out this brand if you are participating or attending a wedding, or if you just need a sophisticated party dress. Shop now on azazie.com
Focused on professional attire, Sumissura lets you be the designer. You get to personalize your clothing by choosing from a wide range of customization options, fabrics, and styles–also at an affordable cost. Shop now on sumissura.com
Use code ‘THETALLSOCIETY15’ for 15% off your purchases in December – CLICK HERE for more on Sumissura
FOR SHOES IN EXTENDED SIZES:
New York-based label Emme Cadeau makes luxury leather footwear for women. Handmade in Brazil, the shoes are made from soft leather so they mold to your feet, with extra padded soles for comfort. Shop now on emmecadeau.com
This London-based designer specializes in luxury footwear for sizes UK 7 (US 9) to UK 11 (US 13). Their styles are feminine and playful, reminding those of us with larger feet to “strut with strength and dignity.” Shop now on rayo.co.uk
Use code ‘TheTallSociety10’ for 10% off your purchases in December – CLICK HERE for more on RAYO
Smash Shoes was created to give women who wear extended sizes the opportunity to wear consistently fashionable shoes. They provide young, contemporary, and on-trend footwear for ladies US size 10 to 14. Shop now on smashshoes.com
This label partners with African designers and artists across the continent to bring you colorfully printed footwear in sizes 6-15. We love their foldable ballet flats with pillowy soft split soles. Shop now on thandos.com
Use code ‘THETALLSOCIETY15’ for 15% off – CLICK HERE for more on Thando’s
Do you remember Bree’s iconic blue suede shoe post? This label, created by a mother daughter trio, offers sexy statement heels and flats, with sizes ranging from US 10-14. Shop now on xtendedsoles.com
One of our first interviews was with our Tall Sister Danielle DiFerdinando. Named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30, Danielle has made a name for herself in the accessories industry with a fresh twist on classic styling (check out her Harry Potter handbags!). Shop now on danielle-nicole.com
For our tall sisters: Use code ‘THETALLSOCIETYDN’ for 25% off your purchases TODAY ONLY! (excluding Disney items) – CLICK HERE for more on Danielle Nicole
Thank you for taking the time to read this list and I hope you’ll consider supporting one or more of these great independent Tall and Extended brands. I also wish you, your family, and friends a safe and healthy holiday season. Squeeze all the puppies and babies for me!
Until next time,