Universal Standard’s commitment to changing the fashion world began with friendship.
Long before they were building a size inclusive clothing empire, Alexandra Waldman and Polina Veksler were two friends unable to shop together.
A size 18, Waldman’s shopping options were limited, despite living in the fashion hub of New York City.
After a trip to a department store opened Veksler’s eyes to the disproportionate number of options for women under a size 12, the pair began brainstorming on a way to provide quality clothing to women which now serves sizes 00 to 40.
“We all know that weight fluctuates (whether you're a size 6, 16 or 26). Sometimes you go up, sometimes you go down,” Waldman told TODAY. “Not only can this be an emotional roller coaster, it also comes with the financial burden of replacing your clothes, which can have real consequences on your life.”
The brand introduced a concept called Universal Fit Liberty, which replaces clothes purchased by consumers for free up to one year after purchase due to fluctuating weight. The returned clothes are washed and donated to charities that support women in need.
“We had already been excited about what they were doing, and so when they reached out to us it was just like an amazing creative moment,” Rodarte co-founder Kate Mulleavy told Vogue of the collection. “I instantly felt when we all spoke on the phone that there was a creative spark and that we wanted to come together and do something really incredible.”
Check out some of our favourite pieces from Universal Standard.
Available in three colours, this elegant and effortless dress features adjustable ruched details in a luxe stretch georgette fabric.
SHOP IT: Universal Standard, $270 CAD
Available in five colours, these jeans fit as a “second skin.” A wardrobe staple, these best-selling jeans are engineered for comfort.
SHOP IT: Universal Standard, $121 CAD
Available in two colours, this classic trench coat features a double-breasted closure, shoulder details and is fully lined.
SHOP IT: Universal Standard, $216 CAD
This dramatic wrap top showcases the silhouette. Made from a poplin cotton, this piece elevates jeans for a more sophisticated casual look. Available in three colours.
SHOP IT: Universal Standard, $108 CAD
A sleek sexy must-have made from 100 per cent vegan leather that you can wear to work and to happy hour.
SHOP IT: Universal Standard, $135 CAD
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