February 23rd, 2015
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40″ Inseams?…Thank you, TEAL Apparel!
Beautiful packaging containing bright color pants with whopping 40” inseams!
This must be heaven.
Not only are they sturdily built but the attention to detail is amazing. The stitching, the backing, the color contrasts and comfort! Oh, the comfort. I had to talk to the creator of these awesome pants.
So, it’s 11:00am (CST). Promptly, I receive a phone call from Jenni Lallier – Co-founder and owner of TEAL Apparel.
Of course, during our exchange of pleasantries, Jenni and I briefly discussed the weather. It was currently 28-degrees in Alabama. In Massachusetts, where Jenni and her husband (of 6 feet 7 inches tall) reside, it was clear that it was much colder, comparatively.
Though the climate outside was chilly for the both of us, the conversation flowed freely and brought much warmth and laughter like a cup of hot Cocoa.
Jenni is such a pleasant person.
It was a blessing to converse with someone who understood the world that members of the XLT Community live in.
Not only could Jenni relate – she took action.
After learning more about what XLT |Clothing represented, the questions shifted toward understanding more about what TEAL Apparel exemplified – that of which, Jenni was more than happy to discuss.
XLT: Tell us about your company?
Jenni: TEAL Apparel (http://www.tealapparel.com) offers premium clothing for men 6’.
Our goal is to provide exceptional clothing that fits well, feels great, & is accessible within days that’s also affordable. In 2010, TEAL launched with a single chino and currently offers Thirty-Four (34) different products.
The TEAL brand is fun, optimistic and also a self-deprecating – playing up the inherent dark comedy in being tall. I hope that comes across in our website and social media. I think the site is relatable for tall guys and enlightening for the mass market to understand what tall guys endure!
XLT: What differentiates you from Big & Tall or the other Tall products out there?
Jenni: TEAL Apparel is different because we:
- Are Online, available 365 days, 24/7.
- Develop clothes that tall men need, which we understand firsthand because we are tall! My husband is 6 feet 7 inches tall with a 38 inch inseam. His clothing needs and tall life style, along with our tall network of friends and customers, drive the ideas behind every item.
- Design pieces with the tall body frame and height in mind. For example, our slim fit is cut to flatter the leaner Long & Tall guy and also a 40 inch length to cover his socks. Our pocket openings are angled and larger for proportionally larger hands. All designs are created by a Manhattan based designer with years of industry expertise who also designs the Marc by Marc Jacobs men’s line.
- Make our chinos and shorts from the very best materials in the world. The Italian Cotton Twill is milled in Milan, in one of a kind colors, and our zippers are durable with a fun pop of teal color.
- Offer our products at an affordable price because we sell directly to the consumer. The cost savings are passed on to our customers who in turn have clothes of higher quality that will endure the test of time.
XLT: How was your company birthed/ what are the products that you sell?
Jenni: I launched TEAL Apparel out of frustration and necessity. There were a series of events that led me to that epiphany. The first was trying to find a nice pair of jeans to give my husband for Christmas. The shopping and online searching became a huge project. I couldn’t find anything except a pair of urban/rapper style jeans that were meant to be worn super slouchy and long, but if my 38’ inseam husband wore them properly they were perfect except for the embarrassingly loud, giant gold lion patches on both back pockets.
The second “aha” moment was during a trip to Las Vegas. My husband and I decided to go shopping at the Forum Shops at Caesars. More than 270 stores should yield something for a Long & Tall guy, right? Wrong. There was not one thing we could find that would fit except for a custom shirt that cost 2x retail and would be ready in 4-6 weeks. That night the idea of TEAL Apparel was conceived. My intent was to provide Long & Tall guys with affordable clothes, designed for the tall body type that’s available in days.
We provide premium chinos and shorts. We have 2 collections: Italian and the All-American in 11 colors and 2 different fits. We also offer e-gift certificates; the one size fits every Long & Tall man.
XLT: How tall are you? How tall is your husband?
Jenni: I know what some of you may be thinking…what does a 5’9 Asian woman from Hawaii know about Long & Tall guys? To that I say A LOT! During the 13 years that I have been with my husband tall chokepoints have been at every turn. Whether it was testing car after car to be sure the seats moved back to provide enough leg room, to the trunk door that open right to temple hitting level, or the bed that wasn’t long enough for his feet. I’ve also learned and am still learning (from our customers and tall friends) new tall shopping tricks or that tidying up after my husband things means feeling around at the top of all of our shelves. And now that I’ve launched TEAL I am evolving into a height expert, leading the tall charge!
My husband is 6’7, 38” inseam and wears the TEAL Traditional Fit.
XLT: What are your current goals and future goals?
Jenni: They’re pretty much the same. I want to develop and source products that tall guys need. Right now we’re working on long sleeve button downs for work, golf shirts for weekend, jeans and undershirts.
I also want to continue to spread the word about TEAL Apparel. We are working on several PR initiatives, sales events and developing a TEAL Advocate program. TEAL Advocates are customers and tall friends who are helping us spread the word about TEAL while accumulating credit towards TEAL clothing.
XLT: How did you come in contact with XLT Clothing?
Jenni: We connected on Instagram! XLT Clothing found us and liked our Fall 2014 shoot.
XLT: Where are you located?
Jenni: TEAL Apparel is 100% bootstrapped and funded by my husband and me. We believe passionately about making premium clothes available for men 6’ and taller. We understand the underserved market because we are it. TEAL’s operations and fulfillment are run out of the spare bedroom in our home in Newton, Massachusetts.
XLT: Do you have a slogan/motto?
Jenni: We do! It’s Live Tall. And Extra Long.
XLT: What’s your website address, FB, Twitter, IG and any other points of contact?
Jenni: Shop and learn more about TEAL at: http://tealapparel.com.
Email me directly! I’d love to connect with more wives who shop for their husbands and family, send your questions, feedback about the product or to tell me what we should produce next. I want to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow TEAL here:
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For starters, TEAL Apparel is first and foremost, all about tall. And long. Verticality. North and south. Head to toe.
In short, we rock tall. East and west — horizontal — width and breadth, not so much. In fact, not at all. Our goal is to produce a line of affordable tall mens clothing that place a premium on fit, function and form. We utilize the finest materials and manufacture right here in the USA. That’s us. Who we are. What we do.
For Men 6′ and taller
Live Tall. And Extra Long.