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Emma    Saturday 17 September 2016 at 16:24

 Post #480 

Subject: End of an Era

In less than a week, I will be closing the doors of Emma Plus for the very last time.

It will be emotional for me: I've already said on this forum that I have loved working here, and that it will be sad to go. I can't believe that I have been here for 26 years!

I hope that there is still a place for European designer fashion in this country-the plus-size clothing that we get on the high street has a tendency to be of a limited choice and generally poor quality. It often comes from half a world away, where employment conditions are very different.

I am a fan of European clothing. It is generally made by skilled, adult workers, who get paid a decent living wage, and who enjoy all the benefits that we ourselves would expect from our occupation. But one doesn't have to feel virtuous to buy it: we as consumers get the benefit of a superior product which lasts for years. I would hate to think that this is the kind of fashion that may be, at this very moment, disappearing from our high streets.

 Sue Nelson    Sunday 18 September 2016 at 18:10

So sad and so sorry for myself. I hope you are all able to move on to exciting chapters in your life. I do not know where my wardrobe would be without you over the past 20 years. Where shall I go next?

All my love and deepest thanks


 Kim P    Monday 19 September 2016 at 19:34

Hi ladies
I will come in tomorrow for one last time to say good bye. So you all been so good to me over the years.


 Emma    Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 10:22

Hi Kim,

It's Kim and I in tomorrow -and it would be lovely to see you one more time!

We will be doing normal opening times until Thursday, then on Friday and Saturday we will be around and about. After Saturday, the premises will revert back to the landlord.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Kim. ...xxx


 Kim P    Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 16:58

Hi Emma, I was in today so missed you! I am so sorry. I did see Kim which I was delighted about and Lisa popped in whilst I was there too which was super. I was lucky to be able to pick up some lovely items and a couple of box files! After you selecting those denim items for me on my last trip I have the denim bug again so picked up a couple of pair of jeans. I actually wore the Brand jeans which were my very first Emma Plus purchase today as a little tribute to the great quality clothes you sold in the store. It is so sad to not be able to shop with Emma Plus anymore. Hopefully we can arrange the December cultural visit to J you mentioned last time! Take care. Kim


Emma    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:18

 Post #479 

Subject: Closing Down

This is the saddest post imaginable: we are going to close down.

The trade in European designer fashions suffered a severe shock this summer, and the resulting tsunami hit Emma Plus in such a way that it has been fatally damaged-we have had to close down.

I have owned this shop for over 22 years, and I can honestly say that I have had the very best of times. I've loved the gorgeous fashion, I've loved the camaraderie of working with such wonderful colleagues, I've loved working in the North Laine area of Brighton-surely one of the best places in the country in which to have an independent business. But most of all, I have loved my lovely, gorgeous, stylish, generous, loyal and beautiful customers.

I really do wish you all the best, and hope that you will continue to find the glamourous, stylish and beautiful fashion that you deserve.

 Mary    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:20

I am so sorry to hear this news. I have loved coming to shop with you because you always knew your stock and gave us a wonderful shopping experience which I especially appreciated as shopping for clothes is often a very depressing experience for us bigger girls! I am particularly disappointed as my eldest son is getting married next July and I was relying on you to help me find something sensational to wear....

I will not be able to come and say goodbye as we will be on holiday in Malta but I wish you all the very best

Kind regards



 Sara    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:20

This is very sad news.
I have enjoyed my visits to Brighton to see you.
All the best for the future
Thank you for all your lovely clothes


 Gladys    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:21

Hello Emma and team,
How sad am I. Emma plus closing will be such a loss. What are we non-zero sized ladies who like fashion and curves going to do now. I'm not going back to Eastex and Evans :-( I would like to thank you for bringing so many wonderful styles and fun to fashion, it has always been a pleasure shopping with you and I would like to wish you the best of luck for the future.
Best wishes Gladys


 Finola    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:22

Oh no!!!!!
Emma we are so sorry to hear this. You have changed our lives and helped us both to feel and think differently about our bodies and what we wear. You've really helped to boost confidence and a whole lot more.. We're away at the moment so can't come to see you yet- not just to see what clothes there may be left but to give you all a huge hug and to commiserate with you. We still can't believe it.

If there's anything we can do to help please let us know.


Finola and Liz xxxx (Worthing)


 Gill    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:23

Dear Emma,

Just wanted to say how much we are all going to miss coming to Emma Plus, and to say a big thank you to you and all your delightful colleagues who have provided myself and numerous customers over these years with such wonderful stylish clothes.
It was always a real pleasure to come to your shop because customers were always greeted by yourself or other members of your team with a genuine warm hearted welcome, followed by a cheery offer of a cup of tea/coffee or cold drink. It always felt as though I was popping in to friends for a cuppa and a chat while trying on some lovely clothes. Everyone was always attentive and helpful in searching something for me to wear, or suggesting I might like to try a different style or another colour other than blue, its thanks to you I now wear trousers!

I am going on holiday tomorrow returning on the 23rd, so unfortunately will not be able to come in to say goodbye.
I wish you and your colleagues good health, much happiness and joy for the future. Thank you once again for providing Brighton with such a special place to shop.

Kind regards,



 Jessamy    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:23

Such sad news. I only get to Brighton
now and again but love coming
to see your beautiful clothes.

I have a trip planned at the end of
October but I cannot get before.

Good luck with both your futures



 rosemary    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:25

Hi Emma

Well, that was a real curve ball! What an absolutely soul-destroying situation and you must be gutted at having to wind things up.

On a personal note, let me just say that you and the team have given me fantastic service and styling over the past 10 years – I really don’t know what I’m going to do without you.

I am not sure what I am doing Bank Holiday weekend, if I am going to be around, I will definitely let you know and pop in. I will try and get down before then, though, to say a proper goodbye.

Hope to see you soon.


Kind regards


 Sharon    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:28

Oh Emma, I'm so sad to hear that not just because you run an amazing shop, but because I know you're so passionate about the plus size fashion industry.


 Sue    Friday 09 September 2016 at 10:50

Dear Emma,

I am so sorry that you are closing after all this time......I can still remember when you worked there before you owned it!!! I have enjoyed very much being a customer, there was always a warm welcome at Emma Plus. You and all your staff have also always been helpful and caring, you will be sadly missed by your customers. I am in France at the moment, so I am sad that I won't be able to enjoy your closing down sale, but "c'est la vie".

I would like to wish you all the luck in the world for the future, wherever and whatever that holds for you.

All the best,

Sue x


 Alison    Friday 09 September 2016 at 17:58

So sorry to hear this, have really valued my trips to Brighton over the years. And how on earth can I be expected to buy trousers without Kim's advice?

Such a shame!

Wishing you all the best for the future



 susan    Saturday 10 September 2016 at 10:20

Dear Emma

I was so sorry to hear you are closing – but feel very fortunate that you have given us all the chance to purchase some beautiful clothes over the years – with your advice and that from your staff.

I hope to get over for one last visit before 22nd September.

With best wishes to you all for whatever the future holds from Susan


 Nicola    Saturday 10 September 2016 at 22:25


What can I say, I am likewise devastated to hear the news that you are closing down. After 20 years shopping at Emma Plus I have come to think of you all as friends and at this moment I am at a loss of what more to say.



 Kim P    Sunday 11 September 2016 at 11:45

I can only echo the sentiments already posted. Such a shame it has come to an end but I'm sure it was not a decision that would be taken lightly. I really hope everyone manages to fix themselves up a new position somewhere. Very sad times.


 Kate    Monday 12 September 2016 at 10:05

Dear Emma, I am so very sorry to hear this news.  Although my move up to Lincolnshire has prevented my regular shopping trips, I will always remember them with great fondness.  You and your staff were always so very kind and helpful and I have been complimented many times on the clothes that I purchased from you. 

I wish you well in whatever challenge you decide to tackle next.


 Janet    Monday 12 September 2016 at 13:53

Dear Emma,

I can't tell you how sad I am. You have been my favourite shop for so many years and helped me out so many times when I have been uncertain as to what to buy. Indeed, when I was living in Sussex, it was like having a personal shopping team. You and your staff, with your excellent alterations service made clothes buying a pleasure. 

Of course, it hasn't been so easy to get to you since I moved to Suffolk. I know I managed a few visits in the early days but they have become more infrequent and I confess, I haven't found anywhere I like nearly as much here.

These are uncertain times and I wish you well in whatever venture you turn your hand to.

Do keep in touch, and if you are this way ( near Bury St Edmunds, another town which would benefit from a shop like yours)look me up. It would be lovely to see you.

All good wishes for the future.


 Annie    Monday 12 September 2016 at 13:55

Dear Emma

I can't tell you how sorry I am that you are finding it necessary to close the business that I know has been very close to your heart.

You were one of the last links I have with mum so you will be missed on her account as well as for the lovely outfits you have provided for me over many years.  I have to say that I don't know where I will go now for special occasion wear that will match your flare for design and colour.

with very fond regards


 Pam    Monday 12 September 2016 at 13:57

I'm so sorry to hear the shop's closing down. Such beautiful clothes and lovely staff.

Wishing you all good luck for the future.




 Julia    Monday 12 September 2016 at 13:58

Really sorry to read your news.  Its always been such a delight coming 

into your shop and being made to feel really special.


Good luck in the future to you and your colleagues





 Jenny    Monday 12 September 2016 at 13:59

That's really sad news- been great to find those special items and be treated as completely normal and in fact spoilt- an usual experience for us plus size ladies.

Whatever you do next, wish you much happiness and success - you will be missed



 Sid    Monday 12 September 2016 at 14:00

Hi Emma,


I was shocked and then saddened to read your email. I know I haven't been in as much of late as I've not had as much work and therefore less disposable to buy lovely clothes. I'm coming to Brighton next Tuesday for several reasons, so I'll pop in then. It's the end of an era though. Very sad news.



 Kathy    Saturday 17 September 2016 at 13:23

Passed the store Saturday night after the theatre. Saw the sign...
Don't know what to make of it...but I do know you have done so much for women like me Your style,courage and good advice.
Brighton will be a lesser place with out Emma plus As for me. You folks were a large part of my life for so long...
I still have some of the pieces I bought from you...


 Ronnie    Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 14:44

Emma,  I walked to work past your shop this morning and got a dreadful shock.  I am sorry to hear this devastating news, not only for me (woe is me, what am I going to do for trousers?) but for you and your team who have always been sooo understanding and compassionate and accommodating towards those of us with non-standard body shapes!!!  This is a catastrophe for you, us and for Brighton as a whole, frankly. I am going to miss you and your team in a chronic and fundamental way.  I don't know why this closure has happened, but is there any chance of you setting up somewhere else or starting a mail service?  And if so, would the services of Denisa still be available?  I literally don't know what I'll do with myself and my big fat bum otherwise!  Are you yourself bearing up-ish?  Thinking of you lots, Ronnie. 


 Janet Taylor    Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 22:28

Emma, I did send an email to you. Not sure if you got it but I am so sorry to hear your news. I have shopped with you for many years,as you know. Although my visits are less frequent since we have moved away I miss the wonderful selection and service you provided. You and all your staff have always been so helpful and your clothes made me feel so much more confident.Your alterations service was second to none.So disappointed but always hope your links with Suffolk will encourage you to open somewhere here in time!
All the best Janetxx


Angela Brown    Thursday 01 September 2016 at 16:55

 Post #478 

Subject: Closing

So sorry to hear you are closing. Hope everyone is ok. I will miss shopping in a fantastic shop with wonderfully helpful staff.


Emma    Sunday 07 August 2016 at 10:34

 Post #477 

Subject: Stock Clearance Event

Readers of this blog who know Emma Plus well may be surprised and delighted to discover that we are about to embark on a Clearance Sale.

Surprised, because we very rarely have Clearance Sales - I think that the last one we had was at least 5 years ago -and delighted because this news reflects the fact that there will be MASSIVE discounts on all sale stock.

The minimum reduction on Sale stock is 50% (however, most is in the region of 70%!), and even our new Autumn/Winter 16 stock is enjoying an introductory offer of 25% across the board.

The Clearance starts immediately, so it's really worth calling in.

Just my usual gentle reminder - we have one of the best air conditioning units known to womankind, and even on the hottest summer days, we have the technology to keep us cool as cucumbers!

Emma    Thursday 28 July 2016 at 13:58

 Post #476 

Subject: Our Sale

Well, it's that time of year again.....the time of the Great Emma Plus Summer Sale!

This year summer has come late, meaning that many gorgeous summer clothes that may usually have been sold in June are still gracing our rails. Since last month two things have changed: we now have a summer (with more to come by all accounts), and all this season's stock is at least 50% reduced.

What hasn't changed is the beauty of the clothes. Lovely vibrant colours of blue, pink, lilac and green in gorgeous natural fabrics and softly tailored shapes nestle together on our shop floor, awaiting the lucky women who will enter our cool, air-conditioned space and buy them in our Sale.

The Sale starts tomorrow morning (Friday 29th July) and Saturday, at 10am.

We look forward to seeing you in store!

 Kim P    Tuesday 02 August 2016 at 19:11

What a fantastic sale, I was so pleased I came into the shop on Saturday. So many really beautiful clothes at half price. I can't normally run to Sallie Sahne or Persona but with the reductions I was able to buy super items from these top designers. Thanks again for the wonderful service from you Emma, Anna and Kim.


 Emma    Wednesday 03 August 2016 at 13:11

Thanks, Kim!

Yes, I have to agree with you - it really has been an amazing sale so far this year!

We've actually got loads of fantastic stock, nearly all of which is now at least half price, and many items are 70% off. It's a rare situation, and I would advise anyone thinking of coming into Brighton to pop in and pick up some amazing bargains.

I think that now may also be a good time to remember that our store is beautifully air-conditioned, making it the perfect place to spend a cool hour or two!


Julie Campbell    Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 14:25

 Post #475 

Subject: Maxi dresses

I am interested in maxi dresses in almost any colour except blue. Are there many at this point in the season?


 Emma    Monday 11 July 2016 at 01:13

Hi Julie,

Thanks for your question -and so sorry for a tardy reply. I have been on holiday (to sunny Suffolk )!

There are a number of long dresses in stock at the moment, but a maxi dress is a very particular creature -it's more than just a long dress. It's a summer favourite -a pretty summer dress -of almost an 'evening ' style, yet it is completely 'daytime '. A good maxi dress says summer, it says easy -dressing, perhaps Boho, and maybe with a 1970s ethos.

At this moment we only have one such dress left in stock -and sadly it's predominantly blue! It's a gorgeous Exelle piece -empire line with a cowl neck, in a lovely slightly ethnic print.

I will be doing my buying for next summer within the next few weeks, and I am beginning to feel the gravitational pull of the maxi dress. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I see some gorgeous ones coming through for spring /summer 2017! Watch this space!


 Stylestatement    Saturday 06 August 2016 at 12:02

A number of great looking maxi dresses are available at www.luvyourcurves.co.uk
Give it a chance. Great collection


MICHELLE HEARN    Thursday 09 June 2016 at 00:19

 Post #474 

Subject: K J Brand trousers

Hi Emma Plus, Do you have available the K J Brand Waffle trousers in navy and black please - they are great, just wash and go! Many thanks, Michelle


 Emma    Friday 10 June 2016 at 12:49

Hi Michelle,

Thank you for your enquiry. Yes, we do indeed have some of these fantastic trousers, which are fast becoming our most popular style. They come in navy, black and white (there also was a grey, which has already sold out).

You don't say which size you were looking for? Do feel free to call the shop and we will sort some out for you. As always, our number is 01273327240.

A word of warning-these trousers do go very quickly. We're had several replenishments, and there may not be many left in stock with our supplier now, so it may be worth contacting us soon.


Andrea    Sunday 22 May 2016 at 23:31

 Post #472 

Subject: Our Focus Group Invitation

Hi there! :) We are 2 students from the London College of Fashion and we are working with a plus size German brand looking to enter the UK market. We are hosting a focus group this Thursday May 26 in a Central London location (SE1) to gather opinions from potential customers. There will be complementary wine and some snacks, as well as a lovely rooftop/terrace viewing overlooking the London Eye. Your opinions would be greatly appreciated! Please reply to this post if you would be interested


Helen Sheppard    Monday 09 May 2016 at 17:21

 Post #471 

Subject: Trying to find a jacket for my mother


Does anyone know where I can order a White Label jacket in Navy, size 16

On the label it says, White Label, coat quilt 3/4 barcode 001 2038201511 retails at £119.95 we saw this jacket in The Oxford Shirt Company in Burford near Oxford but they didn't have my mothers size
thank you Helen


 Emma    Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 19:11

Hi Helen,

Hmmmmm.....White Label -I'm not familiar with the range. Or, perhaps I should say that it sounds familiar, but I just can't place it. It's not a collection that we carry, I'm afraid.

I do hope that you find what your Mum is looking for. It's frustrating when you see something that is perfect, then you see that it isn't in your size!


Emma    Friday 15 April 2016 at 15:17

 Post #470 

Subject: Our Spring Range

I love this time of year-the birds twittering (there are sky larks over the field where I walk my dog every morning), the little baby rabbits scampering about (whilst I try to distract my dog's killer instincts), the trees budding with blossom....all our lovely clothes in the shop. Yes, it is truly a joy to be alive!

This year the colours are pink, cobalt blue, denim blue, lilac, greens (of all hues!), black and white, and silver. The silhouette is soft, the fabrics light and natural. Never have we had so much cotton and silk, and never have there been such a choice of lightweight fabrics. Bamboo is making its mark, as are sports fabrics that are as cool as cucumbers!

Everyone on our mailing list is entitled to have a £20 gift voucher subtracted from their purchase of clothing (not accessories, and not in conjunction with any other offer), so it's a very good time to come into our store!

For those who cannot travel into our store(or simply have other things to do), just a reminder that we are now selling online! Just click on the large pink square on the homepage of this website, or go into our 'Mail Order' page to visit our Shoptiques shop. It's always changing, so it's worth looking at it every now and again.

 Wonderful selection of clothes    Saturday 23 April 2016 at 13:02

Hi, I really enjoyed my visit to the shop yesterday and Kin and Anna were so helpful as always picking out items for me to try on. I am so pleased with my Tomo and Q'Neel dresses and KJ Brand cut offs, I am all ready for Summer just need the sun to shine now! Kim


 Emma    Sunday 24 April 2016 at 14:34

Hi Kim,

Thank you so much for your post, & kind words! I was sorry to have missed you yesterday! I'm glad that you liked the collection, and came away with some finds.

My only one regret is that I think that you have missed the best of the waistcoats this season -you know how quick you have to be to snap them up......;)


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