Our Company Story
Live Tall. And Extra Long.
Our story. (And we’re sticking to it.)
It was during a short visit to Las Vegas a few years back that Ed and I were finally pushed off the ledge and into the business of filling the void for men of greater-than-average verticality. You see, Ed had either forgotten or failed to remember (not the first time I’m gonna say) to pack an extra pair of chinos in his suitcase when rushing out the door of our Massachusetts home on our typically harried dash to the airport.
Now to be perfectly fair here, his little lapse would hardly qualify as an issue for most people. Especially when you factor in we were going to that sleepy little hamlet called Las Vegas, which as you may or may not know, is not short on places to shop, spend money or both. Most men could simply walk a few doors down in any direction and buy a nice new pair of pants in whatever style and color of their choosing — from any number of clothiers up and down nearly every street.
What we soon discovered is that Las Vegas was no different than anywhere else when packing an extra pair of pants had inadvertently veered wide left of Ed’s radar. Las Vegas, as it turned out, was also short of places to shop for a slender and occasionally forgetful but lovable man who stands a hair above 6’7” in his bare feet. Our only other option (which had never proven to be much of one) was to part with yet another minor fortune and bankroll an unknown tailor who could quickly turn around a custom pair. Over my dead body.
That was it. Having cut my teeth in the garment industry for several years with Banana Republic, I’d finally had enough of way short pants on my way tall man. Ed and I talked it over and decided, once and for all, that we needed to right this obvious wrong and make length, fit, affordability and premium finish available to tall and long men everywhere — come hell or high waters.
And so it was we launched TEAL Apparel, Inc. In 2010.
About Teal Apparel.
For starters, Teal Apparel is first and foremost, all about tall. All over 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.
Tall is our wheelhouse. And why we now work in close conjunction with our New York-based design team to eliminate the compromise that has always been the rock in every tall man’s shoe when it comes to shopping for clothes. Our goal is to produce a line of affordable tall and long men offerings that place a premium on fit, function and form — along with a keen adherence to how each works in cahoots with one another. And then for good measure, we make absolutely certain to utilize only the finest materials and manufacture all of our offerings right here in the USA. That’s us. Who we are. What we do.
Our name and the Lallier lineage.
Ed’s family knows all too well the challenges of finding clothing that is both long enough and not super-wide, given both Ed’s father and younger brother stand slightly north of the 6-foot-3 inch mark. The Lallier lineage of tall is represented in the company name and logo, one that has stood as a source of family pride, humility and reverence for four generations. TEAL is an acronym for Thornton Edward Arthur Lallier, the first of four generations of men in the family with the name, Thornton. He had a signet ring designed overseas in France while lying very low in the trenches as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces in “The Great One,” WWI. The design, which includes the overlapping initials, remains the family’s longstanding and much-cherished signature symbol that is proudly displayed on every piece of lovingly crafted Teal Apparel we sell.