Displaysense, the UK’s leading supplier of display cases and leaflet holders has seen a marked increase in requests from customers inquiring into purchasing display products able to accommodate clothes designed for the larger frame.
These requests range from larger mannequins that represent the fuller figure, to stronger and wider coat hangers that are able to display garments that use more material and weigh more than the average wire hanger is designed for.
Displaysense has also reported more unusual product requests including larger watch displays and a wider opening for their glass jars, both designed to appeal to those with wider wrists who may have been deterred from purchasing the products on offer for fear of embarrassment. These inquiries highlight the interest from companies that want to obtain displays that compliment products made for the growing population of overweight and obese individuals.
Whilst many retailers such as sports shops will want to keep their current designs and marketing strategies, others seem to be answering the publics call for a more varied and realistic depiction of the human body. Recent calls for the media to clearly label ‘touched-up’ and airbrushed photos are another indicator that consumers are losing patience with the growing disparity between what they see on the high streets and magazines and what they see in the mirror.
Steve Whittle, marketing director for Displaysense commented: “Staying relevant to your audience is one the most vital aspects of being a successful retailer. The fact that the population’s weight increase is driving shifts in consumer demands hasn’t really surprised us. Some of the more unusual requests have raised an eyebrow or two, but Displaysense is always open for fresh ideas when it comes to displays and visual merchandising.”