I adore talking with the founders of small fashion businesses; no one knows more than they do about the construction and design of their clothing! So when Kristen Allen, founder of Exclusively Kristen, reached out to me last week, I asked her for an interview.
Exclusively Kristen is a small, made-in-America company that specializes in bust-friendly button-ups and tank tops, mostly made of natural fabrics. (They also offer some dresses.) Their sizes range from 6 to 20. I wasn’t able to try anything personally yet, but I’ve got some useful information for you about fit, sizing, and what changes are coming in the future.
I… I mean review.
When I bought my first shirt from Ureshii Design, the intention was to get a few versatile well-fitting basics to make my wardrobe more cohesive. What I ended up doing instead was entirely replacing half my wardrobe. Their clothes are so comfortable and so well-fitting that I couldn’t bring myself to wear anything else.
As I’ve gotten to know the brand, I’ve only gotten to like Ureshii Design more. The prices Emily and Amanda charge for their clothing are absurdly low for a made-to-measure service, especially one that only works with sustainable fabrics. But they do all the sewing themselves, so you can be sure no one’s getting paid unfair wages. Not only that, they do made-to-measure well: they consider measurements other companies don’t, and they use (optional!) self-submitted photographs to make sure your clothing really fits right.
They’ve got a wide range of designs, colors, fits, and fabrics. They’re constantly adding more, and they’re happy to make tweaks to their designs for you. Heck, they actually invented a design for me just because I wanted to dress like the inferior Batman. The main reason I haven’t reviewed Ureshii already is, honestly, I had no idea how to coalesce infinite fangirling and half my wardrobe into a review. This is my best effort.