The fashion industry still has a long way to go when it comes to size inclusivity, and few people understand this better than Lauren Chan. The former Glamour editor turned model, and newly minted CEO was inspired by the noticeable lack of clothing options in fashion closets and on set throughout her career, and in turn decided to design her own line, Henning, to cater to women sizes 12 and up.
“I just wanted one thing that I could walk in and be like, ‘I own this room,’” she explains when we stop by the bright Brooklyn apartment she shares with her husband and their dog, Pepper. “And it’s not to say that clothes make somebody own a room. It’s not a make-or-break thing, but it’s that little extra oomph that carries you through the finish line.”
As we comb through the brightly colored maxi dresses, oversize vintage blazers, and embellished velvet flats of her wardrobe, it’s not hard to see that Chan has cultivated quite the eye for good style. That’s carried over to the Henning line, which is filled with comfortable, sophisticated workwear, each piece showcasing an attention to detail that's rarely found in plus-size clothing. As she begins to describe the struggle with concealing expandable waists in her brand’s trousers (she, like most women, wasn’t a fan of pants that had that feature exposed in the back), it’s clear just how passionate she is about creating elegant clothing for a demographic of women who have often been ignored by the majority of designers. If the rest of her career is any indication, this is just the beginning of the founder’s quest to disrupt the fashion status quo.
See what else we found in her closet below, and learn about how she made the transition from model to editor to designer. Shop pieces inspired by Chan’s closet here, and mark your calendars for tomorrow, when Henning officially launches online.