Plus size fashion has come a long way from the days when it was relegated to the back of a department store where fluorescent lights are pretty much dead. Although there is still progress to be made, people are working on it. Now, Poirier, an inclusive demi-fine jewelry brandstrives to fill some of the gaps in plus size fashion.
The new Poirier jewelry line was created by designer Ashley Poirier. Ashley’s extensive design background includes projects with major brands such as Target and Urban Outfitters – and now she’s bringing those talents to fashion. According to Ashley, her dedication to creating inclusive jewelry comes from her own identity as a plus-size woman.
“As a plus-size woman, I know how hard it is to find beautiful, well-made things,” she wrote in an email to Bustle.
And she is right. A quick search for plus size jewelery will yield few results outside of big plus size brands such as Torrid or Lane Bryant. Now Ashley is changing that with Poirier.
The brand currently offers an assortment of rings, necklaces and bracelets, all of which are perfect for everyday wear and feature minimalist design elements. Thanks to Ashley’s desire to make semi-fine jewelry, all pieces are 14k gold or rhodium-plated sterling silver. If you were worried about the jewelry becoming like those bought in one at Claire’s, don’t be because it won’t be. Since the jewelry is semi-thin, the coins aren’t going to break the bank either.
If you are heading towards the Poirier website, you will see that the prices range from $38 to $68. While Poirier’s everyday designs and attainable prices are excellent, the brand’s mission and inclusive size range is what makes it truly special.
The sizing, for example, goes far beyond what you find at typical retailers. Poirier rings start at a size 7 and extend up to a size 13, and Ashley even took to Poirier’s Instagram account to explain how rare it is. In the post, Ashley explains that when looking for the perfect box for rings, the standard packaging only goes up to size 9, which presents a unique challenge for the brand.
That didn’t stop Ashley. Instead, she designed a perfectly gorgeous presentation box and explained, “If nobody was going to make the kind of jewelry I wanted for us, I was going to make it.” If no one was going to make boxes for this jewelry, I was going to create it. And that’s exactly what I did. Poirier is here to change the jewelry industry.
For Poirier, plus-size jewelry is more than just an accessible style, it’s about visibility.
“We deserve better,” she said in an email. “It’s about jewelry, but it’s about so much more than jewelry. It’s about visibility and representation. It’s about sense of self. It’s about choice. It’s about uncompromising self-expression.”
If you’re looking for the perfect plus-size jewelry and want to support a growing brand with an inclusive mission, Ashley Poirier’s new line of Poirier jewelry is for you and for everyone.