Welcome to yet another beautiful Sunday. In todays spotlight, a Tall Sister that has a wonderful inspiring story and has made a great impact on the Tall Fashion world.
“People are going to look – give them something to look at! – Joanne McHarg owner TALLGIRLS”
As some of you might know, I lived in London for about 2,5 years between 2007 and 2010. London will always be a place I return to on vacation and for some shopping. This is relevant because there are some great tall retailers in the UK. TALLGIRLS being one them. With amazing tall clothing and footwear options, TALLGIRLS is a retailer every tall lady should know about. They offer international shipping, so nothing should stop you from taking a peek at the fabulous items they offer.
Exclusively for The Tall Society readers, enjoy a 15% discount on all items (except vouchers and delivery) with discount code TTS15 valid until August 15th.
From an idea that was developed and launched from her parents garage, to now 17 years down the line having a thriving online business. The story of our Tall Sister Joanne is a compelling one. Lets get to know her better!
Please introduce yourself.
My name is Joanne McHarg, I am 6ft3 and wear a UK size 10 shoe (= US 12)
What is your professional history, and how did that lead to your current occupation?
I left university with a degree in advertising, and took up a Marketing position with OK! Magazine. As part of my role I would be involved in organizing and attending celebrity parties – the biggest issue was always ‘what will I wear on my feet?’ I began to realize that there must be lots of girls out there with the same problem, so I decided to set up my own business. I moved back in with my parents and worked out of their garage. Over the next 17 years the business grew and now we have a warehouse, offices, showroom and a thriving online business.
Has your height influenced your career? Please share how.
My height is my career! I know and understand what it is like to be a tall girl so can relate to our customers. If I weren’t tall I don’t think I would have the same passion for my job.
Please explain how you source your clothing and footwear.
We source from all over the world through visiting trade fairs.
What is your favorite item from the Fall/Winter collection and why?
Just one?! Oooh – I love so many of the new styles, but if I’m forced to pick a favorite it would be the ‘big butterfly cuffed pant’ . It is a fit our girls love in a great autumnal print.
From our current range I am absolutely in love with the Vintage Sheer Kimono – it adds that carefree boho look.
What can we expect to see in the future from TALLGIRLS? (Will there be a pop-up shop in NYC)?
We would love to have a Pop Up Shop in NYC – but first we have many other counties in the UK to visit! We would like to see the Tallgirls brand stocked across Europe and the US – so if you know of any shops that should be stocking Tallgirls, please let them and us know!
How do you think the ‘Tall Retail’ industry will evolve over the next 5 years?
I expect there will continue to be a growth of tall retail online and a reduction in physical stores, which seems to be the trend across the UK. As retail rents and rates increase stores have to justify every bit of floor space, which affects ‘specialist’ sizes, these are being removed and offered online only.
If there was 1 piece of advice you would like to share with your Tall sisters, what would that be?
People are going to look – give them something to look at! Confidence is so important, if you are going to wear something – OWN IT! There is nothing worse than seeing someone slouching or hunching their shoulders, you don’t look shorter, just hunched over.
Thank you Joanne for starting a business for us tall ladies! We are forever in your debt!
Well ladies, what are you waiting for? Shop TALLGIRLS now and enjoy a 15% discount on all items (except vouchers and delivery) with discount code TTS15 valid until August 15th.