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Clothes for short men? (under 5'8")

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Hi Everyone,

 

**This is not an advertisement-- I'm looking for your honest feedback** So I'm launching a company called Shortwear (www.shortwear.com), which will aggregate clothing brands globally and sell them online to the US and potentially European markets. I've had pushback from some brands-- they aren't willing to create one-off sizes for us (shorter sleeves, shorter pant legs and rises, etc.) without quite large order commitments-- especially since we're in the early stages. What we've begun to do is reach out to smaller designers who areinterested in reaching a large, new customer base yet willing to produce sizes in small quantities specifically for us. There's clearly a lot of knowledge in this forum, and so I'd like to ask people for their thoughts on the most fruitful avenues we may be able to pursue. Are there specific designers or small brands you know of that might be willing to create one-off short sizes for us? Any feedback or suggestions you have on sourcing clothes at this point? Any and all feedback would be extremely appreciated!

 

Thank you,

Benjamin David

post #2 of 25
Damn. 5'8" is short nowadays?
post #3 of 25
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Very good point actually...I'm finding that those between say, 5'6" and 5'8," don't really "appreciate" the term "short." Do you guys think the name will be off-putting?
post #4 of 25

I'm 5' 8.5" but I always round up to 5'9" because one inch less, and you risk being in the category of short. Actually I think the proper term is "manlet" but the point stands.
 

 

Not serious.

 

EDIT: I want to add that while I'm not sure how this project will turn out, I do like the idea. Too often is it the case that my shirts fit fine but the sleeves are too long. I can't give much advice other than yes, the name might be off-putting to some because they'd rather not be associated with having to buy something that is for "short" people. I.e. they don't like the idea that they are short and are likely a bit insecure about their height.

post #5 of 25
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Thanks for your insights, Anakin. Really helpful. Anyone else have thoughts about where to source clothes or maybe independent designers who would appreciate the additional revenue yet be willing to adjust measurements on a couple items?
post #6 of 25
Um... I guess I am on the shorter end of the curve: 5'6", but still quite common to see eye to eye with a large number of men. So... I guess I have no trouble finding merchants that cater to me. I'm probably not going to seek out anyone specializing in sub 5'8"-wear.
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Very good point actually...I'm finding that those between say, 5'6" and 5'8," don't really "appreciate" the term "short." Do you guys think the name will be off-putting?

 

What would happen if Rochester Big and Tall rename themselves as Rochester Obese and Giant?

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What would happen if Rochester Big and Tall rename themselves as Rochester Obese and Giant?

How about 'Rochester Corpulent'. Most people will think it says 'Rochester Corporate' anyway, so it's all good.
Store slogan can be 'Round and round we go' or, possibly 'The centre of gravity'.
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note; I myself am overwight so no offence to our other larger members.
post #9 of 25
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What would happen if Rochester Big and Tall rename themselves as Rochester Obese and Giant?

Well, first off, "short" is the antonym of "tall" so I imagine you'd need to take similar issue with Rochester Big & Tall. Of course, we know that there's more of a negative connotation with the word "short" rather than "tall" and that's really the crux of the issue. Getting past the naming issue, though, does anyone know of specific designers/brands that may be a good fit?

post #10 of 25

5'8" is short to me (for a guy), but the average and median male heights in the U.S (and probably most countries) are less than that.Technically, that's not short at all. Even so, 5'8" is usually considered to be "short" simply because women's ideal male height is generally taller than that.

 

Guys round up (or lie about) their height in the same way that women lie about their weight/clothing size. It's a touchy subject for guys who are 5'8" or less. It stings like the "does size matter" discussion. For that reason, I'd predict that the name "shortwear" is going to cause some problems....lol

 

Still, I think that this could be a good idea. I stopped buying most off-the-rack clothing because of the opposite reason; the sleeves are either too short or the body is too big. It makes sense that short guys would have the same issue in reverse.

post #11 of 25
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Damn. 5'8" is short nowadays?

I am 6ft and only find myself slightly above average in Hong Kong.
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I am 6ft and only find myself slightly above average in Hong Kong.

Eh, HK male average height is probably 5'6" or 5'7". Younger people tends to be taller with better nutrition/protein, but still, 6" is not just slightly above average.
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Eh, HK male average height is probably 5'6" or 5'7". Younger people tends to be taller with better nutrition/protein, but still, 6" is not just slightly above average.
I see you point, I am young myself so I am comparing with the young generation (under 25). However, even the older ones are still very tall , must be just my social circle then.
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I see you point, I am young myself so I am comparing with the young generation (under 25). However, even the older ones are still very tall , must be just my social circle then.

...must be. When I was in Hong Kong, I don't remember being eye to eye with many people.

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I am 6ft and only find myself slightly above average in Hong Kong.

Eh, HK male average height is probably 5'6" or 5'7". Younger people tend to be taller as a result if eating Genetically Modified 'Frankenfoods'. Even 6 feet will be considered short when 7 foot tall giants soon out-number everyone.

FTFY
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