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Railroad Engineer’s Wife Paved the Way for Plus-Sized Clothing

August 1, 2010

Fact: I’m Lithuanian, and I love Lane Bryant clothing.
Turns out, Lane Bryant began as a mail-order catalog for the “stout figured woman” after Lithuanian immigrant Lena Bryant (whose name was misspelled on the business application) created a maternity dress for a friend, and requests for larger, daytime-worthy dresses came in. Says the New York Times:

So Bryant, with her second husband, Albert Malsin, developed a mail-order catalog. When that proved a success, they decided to tackle ready-to-wear for the “stout figured” woman.
To establish just how larger women differed from average women, Malsin, an engineer with experience plotting curves on railroad tracks, devised a malleable yardstick to measure the figures of 4,500 Lane Bryant customers.

Irrelevant? Perhaps. But fat chicks ride the rails every day, and it’s kinda cool to know that in our history of getting dressed, there’s a transit engineer.

One Comment leave one →
  1. CCTgirl permalink*
    August 2, 2010 2:56 pm

    I am truly impressed. Where do you get all this crap?

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