Rachel Kacenjar was tired of plus-size fashion being an afterthought. That’s part of the reason why she acquired the shapewear brand Teggings back in 2013. Since then, she redesigned the fabric of the line’s leggings and incorporated her own designs to the brand. As she relaunches the company this year with a new logo, more colors and new items, Kacenjar talks to us about her mission and more.
Q. Why did you want to rebrand Teggings?
A. I wanted it to really show the glow-up of Teggings. We are so used to getting leftovers as plus-sized people. Even with our clothing, so many times big brands will make clothing out of the remnants of the fabric that they’ve got. So I wanted something chic and beautiful just for us.
Q. What is one piece from the collection you love?
A. Our mini dresses. You can wear it as just a mini dress, you can wear it as a tank top. Or you could even wear it as a foundational piece. I had someone tell me once that they were going into a big corporate meeting that they were really nervous about. And they wore their Tegging mini dress under their suit, and it made them feel so confident. That made me endlessly happy.
Q. Why is it important to have a clothing brand like this?
A. I want to be comfortable when I’m being active. I also want to be able to wear bright, fun colors. I feel like plus-sized fashion has gotten to the point where people are being creative and bold. Sometimes you just need a certain color or a staple piece, a tube top or a booty short. And I love being able to provide that with this product.