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Another Rona Casualty? Simply Be Closes Shop In the US Permanently  

and NO, you cannot just shop the UK site… :(

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Plus size fashion has been taking its fair share of beatings with The Rona. As we lost physical stores, Avenue was snatched up by City Chic and Catherines now belongs to Full Beauty. And now we have a confusing loss with Simply Be in the US.

A few years back, Simply Be launched a huge campaign with their US site. Retained new PR. And then went silent.

Over the past few weeks, you may have received a few emails about Simply Be Closing its US site. Initially, we did not worry, because they have their UK site, right?! No worries…

Or so we thought.

Simply Be Closes in the USIn a time where ASOS, River Island, and Pretty Little Things (among other UK based brands) ship to the US or have US site options, what Simply Be has done, has us scratching our heads.

We reached out to Simply Be to confirm and clarify their actions, as they suggested us to shop Walmart, Next, and ASOS.

In a world where international shipping is almost a given, we did not understand WHY they’d be inviting us to shop these other brands.

Simply Be - Spring Collection 4
Simply Be Spring 18 Collection

So, we sent out and email and received this reply:

Thank you for contacting us Marie.

You can shop the UK website but orders can only be delivered to a UK address as we’re unable to ship them outside the United Kingdom.

We have now closed our international websites.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Cue surprised eyes gif

 

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Interesting…

And disappointing.

We have watched how Simply Be has moved in the US and it has been a head scratcher. Especially when you compare the first 5+ years of TCF, Simply Be was all we talked about (or at least a lot of).

We noticed once the US Site launched, this was the start of the finish with Simply Be.

Think about it…

Simply Be Plus Size Sweaters
Image Via Simply Be Instagram

We hardly saw any online engagement or campaigns. Colleagues and I chased down information for various news and campaigns. All while various other plus size fashion brands were making a concerted effort to court the US plus size consumer.

As part of the NBrown family, this leaves us wondering where and how the parent brand sees and values the plus size market, especially with US plus size fashion poised to bring in over 24 billion a year with nearly 67% of women in the US are a size 14+.

In many ways, this feels like the closure of Eloquii 1.0 all over again.

Simply Be Plus Size Maternity Line
Simply Be Plus Size Maternity Line

But without making any sense…

This is extremely disappointing, as we now lose another plus size retailer who gives us the WIDEST selection of fashion forward wide calf boots!

So now, we have lost physical locations with Eloquii, complete store closures with Avenue and Catherines (to online only), Canada’s Addition Elle folding, Ascena closing a few some Lane Bryant locations. It is scary… 

What can we do?  

This only makes it THAT much more important to support our plus size boutiques and our indie plus size designers. This is also why we launched The Plus Directory, to better help us find where we can shop offline.

All we can do right now is shake our head…

This is disappointing and frustrating, especially when it did not have to be.

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Written by Marie Denee

I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.

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  1. So disappointed with my go-to– plus size retailers shutting down…one-by-one getting notices. Grrrr! Been shopping plus size since high school–all my mother and I had was Lane Bryant. She was ok with it. I got tired of looking like I was wearing my mother’s clothes. These retailers began to recognize that plus sized clothing was an untapped market and they responded well. Now we have returned to Woman Within/Full Beauty/Roamans/Jessica London; Walmart; Ashley Stewart (a little too urban for me), and maybe a few others that are still hanging in there. A plus size shopping directory that includes independent retailers would be a great resource.

  2. After Avenue was taken over by City Chic, it ceased shipping outside the US. My worry is that Catherines, which I found great for shells and nightdresses, will now be subject to Full Beauty’s extortionate international shipping. I could have a Catherines parcel shipped to Canada for $9.99 (plus duty and tax). I checked a couple of days ago on Full Beauty’s site and one item could be shipped for $51.00 (plus duty and tax). I had several other items in my cart but had to remove them as I was informed they could not be shipped internationally. Full Beauty is terrible in that respect.

  3. I’m honestly sooooooo angry about this. I happened upon Simply Be a few years ago by happenstance and I LOVED IT. They actually had cute clothes for younger plus-size women who didn’t just want to wear a bag. I don’t know where to shop now that has 1) actually cute clothes that fit me and don’t make me feel like an old hag, 2) have these said clothes be semi-good quality (looking at you forever and rue…..), and 3) I CAN AFFORDDDDDD.

    :((((((((((((

  4. Fashionova Curve seems to be upping its inventory and they are exclusively targeted to younger women, especially with the celebrity endorsements and collabs. It’s not expensive and the quality is good for the price. A good amount of their clothes offered in the straight sizes are also offered in extended sizes. I’ve ordered a few things and the only disappointment were the jeans..had that cheap jean smell and ill fitting. The jean purchase was a few years ago so perhaps its gotten better…

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