There’s a lot of room in plus size men’s fashion right now to get out there and create things that you find compelling. Actor Harvey Guillen and designer Rik Villa are planning to do exactly that by working together to create a new big men’s clothing label. Their first extended size collaboration launches today with the Bandit Bomber, Villa’s unique take on the Letterman jacket, made to fit big men and available in sizes to 4XL.
There still aren’t enough options out there for big men, says Guillen. “The plus size men’s fashion movement is taking off, and the future is now. When you go online to shop, most places still stop at size L. More than half of America is plus size, so where are our options? When Rik and I talked about creating clothing with sizes to 5 or 6x, he was super excited.”
Villa is super excited about the collaboration and what it could mean for the future. “I wanted to collaborate with Harvey on a plus size men’s collection to offer more high fashion designs within this underserved men’s market. Hopefully, this will encourage other designers to take notice of this world.”
When asked about plans for the collaboration beyond the jacket, Guillen says they are actively working on more. “One of the things I love about Rik is how he plays with color and pattern, two things big guys are sometimes afraid of, but really shouldn’t be. [The goal is for the line to be a] seasonless collection of things like tees and cardigans, shorts and jeans.” He says to expect additional products and a more fleshed out line in the coming months.
Beginning today, the Bandit Bomber is available in sizes XL to 4XL for $198 at RikVillaShop.com. Chubstr readers can use the code HARVEY10 to get 10% off their purchase.