We are the little sister of The Big Bloomers Company, launched by mother and daughter Diane and Laura. Intent on selling truly plus size hosiery, the duo decided that all our key products must be available in a UK size 28/30. Realising that they couldn’t source tights in the sizes that they wanted, Diane and Laura decided that they would have to try to find a way to manufacture them.
In April 2009, Laura set off to Italy, home of lingerie manufacture, to try to explain the plus size design that was required (with the aid of her English/Italian dictionary). After speaking with numerous manufacturers, Laura stumbled upon a small lingerie factory in the industrial heart of Parma. The owner, Francesca, was aware of the problem with the sizes of tights and confessed that she rarely wore them. She listened to Laura’s theory that a bigger barrel was needed, rather than extra width in the gusset. Together, they worked out how big this barrel needed to be and what size minimum order would make it worthwhile for Francesca to go to the expense of buying it.
The first of our All Woman tights were produced in 2012, and are exactly to the specifications which Laura knew were required. They are long in the leg, they won’t ride down and you won’t need to wear an extra pair of knickers to keep them up. They are wide on the hips, stretching up to 100 inches. We now have an array of tights and other products, to fit an array of body shapes and sizes, and will do our very best to help find some to fit you!