For the longest time, Mo Vaughn found shopping for clothes to be a frustrating experience.
The former slugger and 1995 American League MVP has always been a big guy - he's 6-foot-1 and weighed between 225 and 275 pounds during his 13-year Major League career - and finding stylish clothes that fit his large frame was a challenge. Vaughn, 49, made millions while playing from 1991-2003, so he could afford tailored-made threads, but what about the everyday man? Vaughn was empathetic to their plight and decided to do something.
Vaughn, along fashion industry veteran Diane Cutuli, launched the MVP Collections line of big-and-tall apparel last August.
"This thing started because I was the customer for big-and-tall clothes," Vaughn said.
Vaughn was in Huntsville on Saturday for the Full Figured Fierce Fashion Show at UAH. A group of models helped him show off MVP Collections, which includes 1XL-5XL and 2XLT-5XL shirts and jackets, plus 38- to 54-inch denim jeans.
To get his brand started, Vaughn went to Cutuli, a friend of 20-plus years. Her previous experience was in women's' clothing, but she knew the ins-and-outs of the fashion world and had seen the increasing demand for big-and-tall and plus-size clothing.