Monday 04 June 2018 at 22:27Post #499
Hi Emma - only just discovered that your lovely little shop has gone - so so sad. I think you have achieved a wonderful dream and proved that plus size quality wear is definitely wanted - but as I know only too well it is a tough old market and sometimes it can just get too tricky. It would be wonderful to hear from you after all these years and to exchange views on the market we have both been in. Much love - Sue x
How lovely to hear from you after all these years! Yes, it would be great to 'chew the fat' about everything. I'm so glad that you got in touch.
I really enjoyed the shop-which ran in my hands from 1994-2016 (after your celebrated tenure as previous owner): quite a good innings, I think. I loved the clothes, I loved trading in the North Laine of Brighton, but most of all, I loved the customers, many of whom are, and always will be, good friends.
Let's chat soon?
EmmaSue Martin Tuesday 05 June 2018 at 13:50
Quick response! Could you see my email address or not? Let me know
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Tuesday 11 July 2017 at 15:27Post #495
Subject: Dwindling choice of plus size designer specialists
I am Alice Jacob, the owner of Lady Bountiful in Manchester. We stock sizes 18-32.
I was very sorry to hear that you had closed down. Over the years I had heard of your shop from various clients who were very complimentary about the service they received from you.
It was from one such customer, recently, that I heard about you no longer trading.
I am beginning to feel rather lonely (!) as the number of designer shops available to the plus size lady is decreasing every year.
I wish you all the very best in the future. If you wish to phone me for a chat, you would be very welcome.
Mobile no: 07843569412
Thank you for your lovely words- I have indeed heard of Lady Bountiful in Manchester. I've not been lucky enough to visit your shop yet (it's a long way from Brighton), but I've heard such lovely things about it that I certainly will, if I'm ever in the vicinity!
Congratulations on being one of the very last plus-size independent boutiques- there really are very few around now. I know that every time one closes, it breaks the heart of the customers, who are like a family.
Saturday 13 May 2017 at 19:20Post #494
Subject: Designer Shop Stocking Plus Size Clothing
I have recently visited Tavistock in Devon and was pleased to find a shop selling both standard and plus size clothing including a few favourites from Emma Plus Angel Circle and Tomo.
It is Brigid Foley, 8a Paddons Row, Tavistock 01822 612048
Brigid is a lovely lady and the shop had a nice feel to it and included being offered a coffee upon arrival.
They also do mail order
Saturday 13 May 2017 at 19:08Post #493
Subject: Clothing Alterations
In case anyone is interested the wonderful Denisa who used to do Emma's alterations is still around. She has just done a superb job repairing a Tomo dress I had purchased but had managed to rip the sleeve before even wearing it! She also did a great job shortening a couple of pairs of jeans.
I posted the items to her as I am not local to Brighton and will definitely ask her to do any future alterations. Her prices are very reasonable and the quality of work first class. She is away at the moment but her number is 01273 696410
Friday 03 February 2017 at 17:07Post #491
Subject: Plus Size Swimwear
Please could anyone recommend any stores that might want to stock my plus size swimwear great plus size casual wears 2018 range? I manufacture and sell a selection of plus size swimsuits and swimdresses up to a size 26. Currently they are only available online at www.swimdressboutique.com but I would like people to be able touch, feel and try the garments on as I feel sure that they would fly out of the window.
Any advice gratefully received.
Congratulations on two counts - creating plus-size swimwear and appreciating the need for larger women to try on their clothes before buying them!
If you wanted to sell wholesale the usual method would be to engage an agent - they tend to be the people who really know about the shops. Of course, they require paying (commission of 20%, I believe), so that would be something that you'd have to think about. The main reason why suppliers use agents is to have access to the stockists. Please don't buy any lists available online - they're basically a scam. If you wanted to know of a really good agent, if you have some really good images, write back on this forum and I will send them off for you to a couple of the best.
Sadly, however, I actually think that you might be better off looking for a foreign agent - of whom I'm unlikely to be able to recommend. There are far more shops in other countries than in England.
If you really would like to market yourself - and many people do, although it's tough - I would go to the big fashion shows, like Pure in London, and have a look round. It's eye-wateringly expensive to get a stand, and I wouldn't do it straight off, but chatting with people there will prove invaluable.
If you decide that doing a fashion show is for you, I would seek out one of the specialist plus-size shows, like Curvy Is Sexy in Berlin. However, if you did sell there, you would be selling into Europe, a very tough gig at the moment!
Good luck and more power to you.
Thursday 19 January 2017 at 09:44Post #490
Subject: daughters wedding
Hi i am looking for a special outfit for my daughters wedding in April so i was going to pop in and look at your clothes is that still possible as have been told that you are no longer in Brighton is this true please
Congratulations on your great news! Yes, I'm sorry to report that Emma Plus closed down at the beginning of September last year.
I can recommend Beige Plus as the nearest walk-in shop to find designer plus-size clothes, or, if you would like to look online, both Beige and a company called Navabi provide lovely clothes.
I hope all goes well with the happy event!
Sunday 11 December 2016 at 22:26Post #489
Subject: Plus Size Clothing in Sussex
I need some help, I have got to the final of the Miss British Beauty Curve, and I will be the candidate to represent Sussex. I was so sad to see Emma plus going as it would of been an ideal store for me to get my gowns from.
I was wondering if anyone knew of any sort of companies local to Sussex that would be willing to sponsor me for this pageant. What I want to leave as a message is that Plus size is equal and that everyone should be happy in their own skin, a number on a bit of clothing shouldn't outshine you.
So if anyone could help me that would be fantastic.Emma Monday 12 December 2016 at 23:38
Congratulations in getting into the pageant! I do hope that you do really well!
There is a marvelous company that does the most fabulous desinger-eveningwear, and it's called Dynasty.
Their website is http://www.dynastyuk.co.uk/.
I can't emphasise enough how classy their clothing is: I believe that if they do lend you something, you will look a million dollars in it. Their size range is quite comprehensive, as well. I don't know what size you wear, but they are sure to have something for you.
Well, you can check
Saturday 26 November 2016 at 16:28Post #487
Subject: Re Kathy Gittins
I forget to add that the main plus size ranges appear to be Tomo and Vetono which go up to around a 26 I went into the Welshpool shop when I was in Shrewsbury and the staff were friendly and happy to select items they thought might be worth trying on. They do not sell on line but if there is a specfic item and size that you know you will definitely want to buy then they may send by post.
If anyone finds other retailers like this please share!
Lovely to hear from you - I hope that you are well. It's true: there does seem to be a tremendous dearth of plus-size shops in our area. I'm always glad to hear about more, so that we can spread the word here.
Online, a good seller of Tomo is a website called idaretobe.com. They have a certain quirky look across a number of ranges which is very popular with many people.
Saturday 26 November 2016 at 16:21Post #486
Subject: Retailers stocking plus size designer clothes
Still struggling to find a range of retailers who stock the kind of lovely items Emma did.
Aside from Beige in London, I have found Kathy Gittens to be a really nice shop. Unfortunately they are over in Wales so not convenient for most of the Emma Plus faithful!
They have a website which is not brilliant TBH but gives a flavour of what is stocked
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