Did you hear the news? TCFStyle Expo is back and with plans to be bigger and better than ever Coming to the Cobb Galleria Center in beautiful Atlanta, GA on July 28th and 29th, the event will host hundreds of plus size women and NOW BIG AND TALL FELLAS as we welcome Portland, Oregon own, Chubstr.com to join us at this year’s expo!
Chubstr.com is the premiere site for all things big and tall men and this year they are connecting with the TCFStyle expo to bring all thing Big and Tall to the event! Exciting-Right? Chubstr.com officially launched in mid March of 2011 with a mission statement: To help men of size find, create, and share their style with the world. We do that through articles, photo shoots, interviews, our online shop, and by continuing to share reader photo submissions. There’s a lot to see at the website.
I had to chance to chat for a min with Bruce Sturgell, creator and Editor in Chief behind the site of after celebrating their sixth anniversary this past weekend at The Plus Bus Boutique in Los Angeles.
Meet Bruce Sturgell and Chubstr.com
What or who inspired you to become a big and tall fashion blogger? What led you to it?
I started blogging because I was frustrated that I couldn’t find clothes I actually wanted to wear in the sizes I needed out in the real world. I would go to the mall and leave empty-handed because nothing would fit. After having this happen repeatedly, I decided to take to the internet to complain about it. I called out brands that weren’t carrying extended sizes, or retailers that hid extended size options deep within their websites. I began sharing photos of looks I had put together, and where the pieces came from, and to my surprise, people began to respond. They shared the photos, commented on posts, and even sent in their own photos. I realized there was something bigger here, a community, and Chubstr was born from that.
What are you excited to see at the TCFStyle Expo?
So many things! Marie and I met back in 2014 at a panel with were both doing in Toronto, and we hit it off instantly. She’s so much fun, and really inspirational. I’m excited to get to hang with her again at the Expo. I’m obviously very excited to be part of the introduction of plus size men’s fashion at this year’s TCFStyle Expo. The men’s side of things is small and growing, but there are a lot of guys (and the women in their lives) out there looking for resources, and I’m excited to be able to help spread the word about the options that are currently out there.
I’m excited to be part of the discussion panels, and to be in a place where everyone is focused on body positivity and bringing people up. It’s not something that happens quite enough in the world right now.
What are the challenges, if any, you face regarding being big and tall?
The biggest challenge has been finding clothes that fit that I actually want to wear. There’s not a lot out there, but it is getting better little by little. If you’re a bigger guy, and you really want to be stylish, you have to be willing to search. You can’t settle.
What do you think about where big and tall fashion is today versus a few years back?
We’re seeing progress! People are telling brands and retailers that they want stylish clothing in extended sizes, and companies are listening. We’re seeing more growth on the women’s side of plus, and I think that the evolution of men’s is happening because of the success we’ve seen there. The next few years are going to be awesome for big guys, in terms of fashion and representation.
Who/what are your favorite designers/brands?
I’m a big fan of what Oublier (Oublier.us) is doing. The Winston Box is run by some good people who are going to do great things. I like the new ASOS Men’s Plus line.
Describe your personal style.
My style is mostly about the classics. I grew up in a working class family, so classic, durable, blue collar clothes are my thing. Cotton, flannel, leather, denim – those fabrics are my jam. I like to splurge on high quality jeans when I can find them in my size. You can’t go wrong with a few pairs that fit you well.
When I was younger, I was more interested in fast fashion, mostly because of the price point, but also because I liked the styles. As I’ve gotten older, I’m finding that having things that will last that are more my style is what’s most important. It’s worth it to take the time to figure out what you like, what you don’t and what works for you. My 20’s and early 30’s were all about that!
What inspires you?
I think it’s important to get your inspiration from the things around you, the things you’re into, and the people in your life. I’m inspired by art, music, style. Traveling energizes me, and gives me so many ideas. My wife and my kids remind me why I’m alive, and why I love what I’m doing with my life. Getting messages from Chubstr readers, and even getting to meet them in person helps reaffirm that this thing is more than just a website, it’s a community that means something to people.
As far as people out there doing great things?
I’m a big fan of what Kelvin Davis is doing with Notoriously Dapper. He’s one of the coolest guys out there, and he’s got a sense of style that just can’t be beat. I like A Bear Named Troy – he’s so much fun! Marquis Neal, and D Ghramm are both awesome. Nino Llanera is kind, funny, and he’s out there killing it. That dude works hard. All of these guys are doing great things.
Are you working on anything or have anything to share? Anything else you want The Curvy Fashionista’s readers to know?
We just launched an updated version of the Chubstr shop (https://chubstr.com/shop) – it features clothes, shoes, grooming products and more for men with sizes to 6X and 60 waist. It’s a curated selection of products from a variety of brands, and we’re going to have some fun guests curating their own shops there soon. It’s definitely worth a look!
Are you excited? We are! See fellas the TCFStyle Expo is also for you!