We started Of Mercer three years ago with a mission to make professional women look and feel their best in and out of the office. But as a small company we had to start...well, small - offering only 7 sizes in our line.
It has since become abundantly clear that we have many more women who we need to serve. We regularly hear from would-be customers, asking for us to increase our size range, and it has become obvious that many fashion brands are completely ignoring women over size 12, especially if you demand something better than fast-fashion (you should!).
As a data-centric company (duh, we have Wharton founders) we set out to solve the challenges facing plus-size women by well, gathering data. We spoke with 50+ would-be customers, plus-size experts, models, influencers, and even Janet, a high school principal who sat next to Dorie on a plane. We have enough notes to write a book about fit concerns on everything from arm holes to chest circumference.
With these women we chose 10 silhouettes to focus on to launch our line, and then we re-fit them through many iterations with a size 16W fit model (Elizabeth Taylor who you may recognize as Melissa McCarthy’s right-hand woman). There are so many subtle, but important, updates from our straight size fit. We are excited to continue to offer more styles and sizes.
Sleeves are restrictive
We added ease to allow for maximum movement and comfort. On the Hudson we tacked down an extra 1" that can be released for even more room.
Cheap, itchy fabrics
We use premium European and Japanese fabrics. All durable, often machine washable, and always with just enough stretch.
Styles are too boxy
Each style has been meticulously tailored to flatter and accentuate your curves. We believe in highlighting, not hiding, your figure.
Armholes are too low
or too high
We reshaped the armhole to ensure that your bra never shows and the armhole never cuts into you so you get both coverage and comfort.
You may recognize some of the faces of our line. Clémentine Desseaux founded the All Women Project, Katie Sturino is a plus-size fashion expert and founder of The 12ish Style, and Julie Henderson launched ALDA with four fellow models (including Ashley Graham) when Ford Models shut down its plus size division, despite it being extremely profitable. We are proud to join these, and so many other women in the movement towards size inclusivity and body positivity.