March 7th, 2013
I recently read a fascinating article about a very tall man from Holland who had to travel 600 miles to England to get clothes from big and tall menswear store, HIGH and MIGHTY. Honestly, someone had to leave their own country to find clothes! The Dutch are considered one of the tallest populations in the world so I found it amazing that a 7’3 Dutchman could not find clothes locally and had to leave his own country to get basic wardrobe essentials.
Tall people in general, deal with tremendous hardship when it comes to obtaining clothes that fit and are stylish. Many fruitlessly go to department stores to find clothes and come away with nothing or they go online to tediously search through big and tall catalogues for clothes that fit the slender body type not the wide waist body type. It is a mess! Some resign themselves to go to a custom tailor to get bespoke clothes, but that gets to be very expensive and many do not have the bankroll to do it. There is no perfect solution and some of the big and tall stores do try to help, but their inventory is focused on the larger overweight market than the tall and slender market.
Knowing the challenges tall people face, you can understand why some will take desperate measures to fulfill basic clothing needs. Some decide to wear their pants below their waist and risk plumbers butt or wear matching colored socks in order to prevent the appearance of floods. Another desperate measure is to purchase fabric which match their pants and sew it at the bottom of their pants so there is enough to cover all of their legs. Most purchase oversized clothes and have them tailored in, but the fit is all wrong and so you look and feel awkward the entire time. However, this is all trumped by someone that travels 600 miles to find clothes. It is great to know that HIGH and MIGHTY offers clothing solutions for the big and tall, yet this desperate act begs the question: “Why must it come to this?”
TEAL Apparel will save you from such desperate measures. We offer pants designed specifically to fit the tall slender body type and crafted from the finest materials in the world.
The 600-mile shopping trip for 7ft 2in former Somerset Teacher
From the Western Daily Press, published on August 30, 2011 and posted on www.thisissomerset.co.uk
At a towering height of 7ft 2in, Alan Herbert struggles to find clothes that fit him.
With no shops in Holland providing clothes that he can wear, Mr Herbert regularly makes a 664-mile round trip to a store in Bristol which sells clothes especially for tall people.
Mr Herbert, of Utrecht, first discovered High and Mighty in The Horsefair in 1992 when he was living in Taunton and has been back more than 50 times since.
The 39-year-old teaches English as a foreign language, so has worked in Sweden and Holland over the last few years, regularly returning to his favourite Bristol shop.
He visits about six times a year to pick up five or six items of clothing, and says trousers are the most difficult thing to find.
“I have a leg length measurement of 42 inches, and the longest trousers you can get in most shops are 36 inches,” he said.
“If I don’t buy my clothes here in Bristol, I have to buy a small pair of trousers and add material onto the bottom, which isn’t ideal.”
He gets a train from his home in Utrecht to get on a Eurostar train to London, and then gets another train to Bristol to stock up on clothes.
He said: “It’s a great store and the staff always make me feel welcome, which I really appreciate.
“Without the tall ranges that High and Mighty have carried over the last few years, I would really have been in trouble.”
The store called in their loyal customer to relaunch the branch on Friday.
Steve Randall, who has been manager of High and Mighty Bristol since Mr Herbert started going there, said: “I think it’s brilliant that Alan has agreed to come over from Holland to help us relaunch the store. “He has been such a fantastic and loyal customer over the years and we are always really happy to see him. We’ve been at this site since 1972, serving the fashion needs of the big and tall men for almost 40 years, and with this new refit we hope that the High and Mighty experience for both our current customers and new customers will continue to measure up to being the best.”
Following an acquisition by JD Williams in September 2009, High and Mighty stores are benefiting from a £1 million refurbishment programme.
Mr Randall says the new-look store offers a welcoming, comfortable shopping area, with a clear, open feel.
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