Discover Benelux, Issue 40, April 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Design  |  Made in Belgium

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Revolutionary bodywear for men TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS  |  PHOTOS: SIZABLE

Sizable produces unique tailored bodywear for men, with underwear that offers a perfect fit, is invisible under clothing and absorbs sweat. Founded in 2015 by Belgian Kevin Verbesselt, the idea grew out of a gap Verbesselt spotted in the market. “It came about because of personal frustration. I was working as a consultant at the time – I was always in a suit and shirt, and under my shirt I would wear cotton T-shirts. However, cotton isn’t the most absorbable material.” The other issues Verbesselt had were that he could not find T-shirts that fitted properly to suit his body type. He always found tops to be too short to tuck in and visible under shirts. After 14  |  Issue 40  |  April 2017

speaking to many people, Verbesselt discovered that others had the same issue – and he decided to create Sizable.

Ecological and absorbent Sizable makes undershirts, boxers and socks, with each item being made from 100 per cent natural fibres such as organic cotton and bamboo. The undershirts are made with Lyocell, a textile fibre originating from the eucalyptus plant which can absorb twice as much moisture as normal cotton, as well as being stronger and more durable after washing. The material is naturally sweat-wicking and offers a perfect, invisible fit under clothing. It is also extremely soft and pleasant against the skin, and has a luxurious appearance.

Lyocell is also eco-friendly and represents a milestone in the development of environmentally sustainable materials. It is a natural, man-made fibre created using nanotechnology, and is 100 per cent biodegradable. “There is hardly any loss in production because any waste generated from the production line is used to generate heat,” explains Verbesselt. This was one of the key reasons for choosing the fabric for Sizable products. Boxers and socks are made either from bamboo or organic cotton and come in a variety of colours. Bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool: super soft and luxurious-feeling. It also boasts antibacterial qualities as bacteria does not live well