Exelle is a Dutch label whose collections are focused around being casually feminine, lightly sporty, always comfortable and definitely on-trend. Their designs have been a mainstay for plus size fashion lovers for more than 25 years, with the creative team bringing together feminine silhouettes and contemporary fashion trends with a great fit, every time. The result of their design process is a range of versatile pieces in colours and fabrics that can easily be worn together to create a variety of new outfits.
The Exelle ethos
Exelle prioritises natural fabrics such as viscose, linen and cotton. These materials make up most of each season’s range because they are crafted to create fluid lines, beautiful silhouettes and the most comfortable feeling against your skin. The collection covers everything from blouses to tunics, dresses, trousers, gilets, jackets and all kinds of basics. It transgresses boundaries of age, and are cut for women who are smart and active, and live their lives with confidence. The size range runs from 14 to 32. Fast fashion is a no-go for Exelle, who pay close attention to crafting fashion that lasts beyond that one single season. The labels core principles revolve around quality, durability and fit. It is important for the company that they respect people and environment, which is why they produce their clothing exclusively in Europe and dismiss mass production.
Exelle in its own words
The head of design at Exelle, Lies Bossink, founded the company in 1985. Her desire to start her own label began with a project she did while studying at fashion design school.
She says: “While completing the project, I realised that the selection in fashion for plus sizes was close to non-existent. As if women who wear plus sizes are not interested in fashion or beautiful clothes. I saw an opportunity to change that!“
Her goal from that point onwards became to design covetable, quality fashion in