In the present day on TCF, we’re sharing all issues about The Plus Bus, current sponsors of the TCFStyle Brunch and the model based by fearless fats babes, Marcy & Jen (or Jen & Marcy) in 2016. Saying that The Plus Bus is a “plus measurement retailer” is form of like saying “Disneyland has some enjoyable rides” — it simply doesn’t do The Plus Bus justice!
I’m honored (actual discuss!) to share the backstory and evolution of The Plus Bus, by this interview with founders, Jen and Marcy. Whether or not you’ve been a very long time stan (and fan!) of The Plus Bus IRL in-store or throughout reside gross sales, otherwise you’re simply studying about this pillar of the plus measurement and fats neighborhood — Welcome!!
Let’s discuss all issues PLUS BUS!
All About The Plus Bus
Okay, bestie! As a result of Jen & Marcy are empire constructing babes, this interview is gonna be in-depth. (Actual discuss, can we get a Plus Bus memoir?! Or biopic?!) As a result of I’m diving in deep with Marcy and Jen, I need to provide you with a kind of desk of contents. That means, yow will discover what you’re on the lookout for, or higher but, know the place we’re occurring this glorious trip!
Right here’s the place we’re going:
- Jen & Marcy MEET: How the model got here to be!
- The Concentrate on the Fats Group: How garments are simply ONE a part of the corporate’s mission
- Plus Bus 3 Areas: A primer on the place to go to buy WHAT
- Group Occasions: Seaside events, pool events, Lizzo live shows, and so forth
- Connecting with The Plus Bus
You prepared? Let’s rock’n roll!!!
Jen & Marcy MEET: How The Plus Bus Got here to Be!
Okay, so! As a plus measurement blogger/mannequin/marketing consultant/weirdo, I’ve lengthy puzzled, “How did The Plus Bus HAPPEN?!”
I visited the flagship location pre-pandemic, and there was simply SO MUCH occurring. Shade! Clothes! Group! Cute enjoyable sun shades!!!!! Taking a look at this magical wonderland that’s The Plus Bus, I used to be truthfully like, “How tf did we get right here!?!?!”
So, after I bought on the cellphone with Marcy and Jen, that was one of many first issues I requested.
And their story did NOT disappoint!
Shares Jen: “I walked as much as Marcy at Full Figured Fashion Week in 2012, and I used to be like, ‘Oh my god you’re a “Massive Woman in a Skinny World” for Marie Claire! Come be my pal!!” Jen says with amusing. “I didn’t have any fats associates or fats liberation, so assembly all these individuals was fantastic. I used to be form of overstimulated, and it was a whirlwind. We ended up changing into Fb associates and speaking on there.”
From there, this dynamic duo discovered themselves going to London collectively!
“There was an occasion in London that we each needed to go to,” shares Marcy. “We love going to plus measurement trend occasions. As we have been strolling in direction of one another within the airport, I assumed, ‘I’ve by no means spent greater than 5 minutes in actual life with this individual. This might be a foul concept.’”
Fortuitously, their worldwide journey was a smashing success. “We have been collectively always for 3 days,” shares Marcy. “From that minute of assembly within the airport, we began guffawing and by no means stopped.”
From that minute of assembly within the airport, we began guffawing and by no means stopped.
Marcy Guevara-Prete , Co-Founder
(This theme of “Leaping in with each toes” may be very a lot the ethos of this enterprise, as you’ll see all through this interview!)
From that occasion in 2013, Marcy and Jen then went onto host plus measurement clothes swaps in Los Angeles, impressed by occasions occurring in San Diego. “Jen posted that she wanted to cease shopping for garments,” shares Marcy. “So we determined, ‘Let’s do a fats swap!’ I had been to a swap in San Diego hosted by Ashley Nell Tipton, and it was so profitable. We felt like there was a neighborhood and starvation for community in LA.“
These preliminary clothes swaps led to Jen and Marcy opening up their flagship location in 2016. The enduring pink warehouse turned their first location!
“The Plus Bus is a ONE STOP SHOP for all issues plus measurement trend,” shares Jen.
“We now have a bunch of choices for these occasions, bachelorette events or a customized gown designed by Jen,” provides Marcy.
“We’re one of the best place to reside your greatest plus measurement life.”
Jen Wilder, Co-Founding father of The Plus Bus
The Concentrate on the Fats Group: How garments are simply ONE a part of The Plus Bus mission
Speaking to Jen & Marcy, they actually made clear that whereas they LOVE and ADORE clothes (Jen is a plus measurement clothier, and Marcy is an expert producer and trend stylist), the mission of The Plus Bus goes past garments.
“The garments are a disguise for the FAT activism,” shares Jen. “So usually when new individuals come to the shop, there’s loads occurring of their minds. They gained’t present their arms, they gained’t take photos with their children, and so forth. We need to be your tour information to your fabulous fats life.”
We need to be your tour information to your fabulous fats life.
Jen Wilder, Co-Founding father of The Plus Bus
“We’re therapeutic the trauma of plus measurement procuring,” explains Jen. “Being round people who come from the identical form of expertise you’ve had, who know the way difficult procuring may be. The Plus Bus is known as a area of celebration and therapeutic.”
Plus Bus 3 Areas: A primer on the place to go to buy WHAT
As a part of their overarching activism and mission, The Plus Bus has created intentional areas for each sort of plus measurement and fats buyer.
Their three places are:
- The Plus Bus Flagship: 5031 York Blvd. LA, CA 90042
- Group by TBP: 2701 W Ave 34, LA, CA, 90065
- The Plus Bus (a literal bus!!): Travels throughout!
Thrift, Classic & New
Marcy & Jen have been form of, no, REALLY sensible when it got here to planning their two brick and mortar areas, and their precise literal BUS.
“The Plus Bus on York was designed to raise the plus measurement procuring expertise,” shares Marcy. “Wonderful classic and actually wonderful thrift items. For individuals who need extra of that thrift ‘kind by bins’ expertise for treasure hunters, they’ll love the situation on Park.”
Under, we dive into what may be discovered at every location!
The Plus Bus Boutique [York Location]
The Plus Bus on York is a boutique! It’s a mix of latest gadgets from plus measurement indie manufacturers (BAACAL, What Lo Needs, URTUMUCH, and so forth), in addition to classic and top quality resale or thrift gadgets (“Classic clothes” must be at the very least 40 years previous to qualify as “classic,” therefore the differentiation between “classic” and “thrift” right here.)
“The York Boutique is ‘Purchase Now / Put on Now!’” exclaims Marcy. “Our purpose is to raise the expertise at York to incorporate private styling. You may go browsing and do digital styling, private styling requests, occasion requests (for instance, for those who’re going to be a bridesmaid or have one other particular occasion). We now have among the greatest plus measurement fashions and stylists that work right here within the retailer, you’re styled by a professional who has been within the trade for years.”
We now have among the greatest plus measurement fashions and stylists that work right here within the retailer, you’re styled by a professional who has been within the trade for years.
Marcy Guevara-Prete , Co-Founding father of The Plus Bus
Plus measurement babes may discover in-store neighborhood occasions for brand new and established plus measurement indie manufacturers, discovering luxurious or greater finish items for his or her wardrobe.
Okay, this location is for our babes who’re hardcore thrifters! Truthfully, earlier than going to The Plus Bus, I hadn’t actually had the expertise of going to a thrift retailer and discovering one thing in my measurement!
“On the Park location, we now have extra low season gadgets which can be a bit of extra gently worn,” explains Jen. “Some items might need a harm or two. That is the place you discover treasures, and a few might have a zipper repair!”
This location additionally presents “coloration packs” which I assumed have been cool! “We now have $5, $15, $20 coloration packs right here as properly,” shares Marcy.
This location was actually pushed by Marcy & Jen’s want to serve the plus and fats neighborhood. “There’s no means we might promote all the garments we get at simply York location,” shares Jen. “This location means we will provide clothes at quite a lot of worth factors, and actually intention to serve everybody. We’re attempting to make trend accessible. Doesn’t matter your measurement or your price range. You don’t have to decorate by the principles, and The Plus Bus is exhibiting that each physique may be aspirational,” says Jen.
The Plus Bus (Precise Bus!!)
Lastly, the final “location” is definitely on wheels! “This can be a 250 sq ft boutique,” shares Marcy. “We use it to host occasions and pop ups throughout in Southern California!”
The Plus Bus (On-line)
As not everyone seems to be within the LA-area, the workforce at The Plus Bus shares day by day finds to their Instagram Story, a mix of latest, thrift and classic items! It’s like QVC or HSN, however make it fats!
The Plus Blus additionally does common “Instagram Lives” promoting items reside!
You can even arrange a private or in-person styling appointment (appears like such a enjoyable expertise!!), particulars on plus measurement private styling in LA and digital, here!
Observe: Gender Inclusion
One thing that Marcy and Jen made certain to speak originally of the interview was that The Plus Bus is for folk of all genders. Nobody goes to police who can strive on what at The Plus Bus!
Group Occasions: Seaside events, pool events, Lizzo live shows, Disneyland, and so forth
As Marcy & Jen have shared, The Plus Bus celebrates trend — however is a lot extra!
“We now have a month-to-month fats climbing membership, fats yoga on Thursdays and so many neighborhood occasions,” shares Marcy. “We love our plus measurement seashore days, and Jen is all the time attempting to get individuals to put on smaller and smaller bikinis,” she explains with amusing.
Marcy & Jen love when an occasion is community-led, and neighborhood members usually use The Plus Bus as a kind of nexus for occasions they need to see occur. “We’ve additionally organized two completely different teams round LIZZO live shows,” shares Jen.
The Plus Bus loves LIZZO, and so they have had wardrobe gross sales from gadgets from Lizzo’s closet!
To see all the particulars on The Plus Bus occasions, head here!
If you happen to’re a bit afraid to go looking for your self or present as much as a neighborhood occasion, each Marcy & Jen had encouraging phrases to share (and some glad tears):
- From Marcy: “By no means be scared to indicate as much as a fats occasion. You’re going to discover a complete neighborhood. It’s an ideal place to satisfy individuals, particularly for those who’re in LA. Meet different like minded people who need to exit and have enjoyable.”
- From Jen: “Don’t be afraid to come back alone, 50 fats associates are excited to satisfy you! I do know that discovering a fats peer neighborhood is essentially the most therapeutic a part of fats liberation. Being with individuals who seem like you. I’m crying I really feel so fortunate to have a lot of it in my life, and I’ve created a world, and I’ve created. Present up alone, and present up open. See what occurs! at neighborhood has has actually modified my life, and my kids’s lives.”
Connecting with The Plus Bus
Store the newest in plus measurement trend in LA at ThePlusBus.com!
Lastly, in fact, The Plus Bus invitations you to herald YOUR clothes! “You may carry your gently worn garments for retailer credit score,” shares Marcy. “Make an appointment via email!”