XL Featured Tribesmen Winston Ward is our weekly pick.
- There are so many fashion brands available now, what do you still think is missing in menswear?
On a macro level. I think making big and tall brands available at retail stores is so important. Prior to about 2017 finding big and tall brands in retail was like looking for a needle in a haystack. And when you did find something it was gaudy or very unappealing. Thankfully over the past few years, brands such as Goodfellow & Co, Target, DXL, The Foundry have been closing that gap of providing quality/fashionable clothing for big and tall men. I think the next iteration of this would be to integrate more of big and tall clothing into the mainstream and especially in mainstream retail stores such as H&M etc
Some of my personal 2020 goals are to continue to produce high-quality music for myself and all of the other people I work with. I also plan on delving deeper into becoming a male model. Right now, taking pictures is just something I do leisurely. I’d also like to continue to grow my personal brand by putting out quality content more consistently. Lastly, my son was born a few months ago and my goal is to be the best father that I can be to him
Some of my favorite brands are Ralph Lauren, Goodfellow & Co, The Foundry, Good Counsel, Puma & Old Navy. I appreciate the quality of their clothes and the designs they have. Nothing is gaudy and they allow me to dress comfortably in any situation. Honorable mention; I appreciate the fact that DXL has dedicated physical locations for big and tall guys. Online shopping can be a hassle especially when things don’t fit or when you have to get something at the last minute
4. What’s the biggest misconception you hear about Big & Tall Guys?
I’ve been on this Big & Tall journey for almost all of my life. I’ve been a big guy since I was smaller and always had to shop in the “husky” section for school clothes and stuff. I think the biggest misconception about big & tall guys is that we’re sloppy. I feel like most big and tall clothes aren’t made to be worn “right out of the store”. Most of the time, the arms/legs are too long. Sometimes the legs need tapering. Other times, other alterations are needed to make the outfit truly come together. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I realized this. I don’t think we’re sloppy, it’s just that some big and tall guys don’t know that sometimes an extra step is needed to complete certain wardrobe looks
I really like Michael B. Jordan’s fashion style. I know he’s not a big and tall guy but I think if I could be the Michael B. Jordan of the Big & Tall space, I’d feel accomplished lol. I just love his color selection, the cuts/tapers he uses, the varying styles etc. I feel like he’s not afraid to push the envelope but he always does It with class. That’s what I’d like to personify.
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Hola Mi Tribesmen I guess I’ll start by introducing myself. I’m Kirklan Hawes the Founder and creator of XLTribe.com. This site was birthed from an old idea I had to create a community of like-minded guys that was tired of being miss represented and wanted to be displayed in the truest form. Changing the way Big & Tall Men are perceived is the goal for XLTribe.com.