FAQ

CAN THIN AND NON-FAT FOLKS BUY YOUR PRODUCTS?
Yes! Select apparel is available in a range of sizes.
However, I encourage folks to be mindful of the optics of a non-fat body wearing some of our items.
If you are not fat, I especially encourage you to shop in the Accessories, Stationary, and Apothecary sections, and to purchase gifts for fat folks you know and love!
WHY ARE THE SIZES SMALL - LARGE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE SIZES XL - 5XL?
Fat people often pay a fat tax in order to access clothing, shoes, and accessories in larger sizes. For example, the printing company that STAY FAT works with charges slightly more for extended sizes. Fat people also experience significant economic and social discrimination.
STAY FAT believes that fat people have paid enough to access goods and services that many take for granted. As such, the smaller sizes offered by STAY FAT are marked at a higher cost to absorb the fat tax applied to extended sizes.
Consider this a form of reparations!
WHY DO YOU USE THE WORD 'FAT'? ISN'T THAT OFFENSIVE?

 STAY FAT uses the word fat for two reasons:

1) It is (read: should be) a neutral descriptor, similar to adjectives such as 'short' or 'tall'.

2) It is an intentional political act to align STAY FAT with fat activist communities and fat positive ideologies

You can read more about why STAY FAT uses the word 'fat' on our blog.

WHY ARE YOU FAT POSITIVE? ISN'T BODY POSITIVITY ENOUGH?

          You can read more about some of the discrepancies between body positivity and fat positivity on our blog.

WHAT IS YOUR POSITIONALITY?

I (Layla) am a mid-fat individual, meaning that while I move in the world as a fat person, I have more privilege than those who are fatter than me. For example, I can usually find clothing that fits me in ‘plus-size’ clothing stores.

Terms like mid fat, super fat, and infinifat, are examples of words often used in fat activist spaces to categorize fat bodies along a spectrum. While difficult to define (and usually accessed through self- identification), these terms are generally used to identify fat people who experience accessibility issues (e.g., opportunities to buy clothing or use public transit) more often than small fat people, who may experience fat stigma but still generally maintain access to public spaces and services.

I am also a queer, white settler. As such, I cannot speak to the experiences of fat people whose identities intersect in other ways, such as those who are trans or who are people of colour.

I am committed to remaining open to being called-in regarding any potential issues with work that I produce.

WHY IS SHIPPING FOR YOUR APOTHECARY GOODS SO EXPENSIVE?

I wish I knew. (If someone could chat with Canada Post and get back to me, that would be great). 

To alleviate high shipping costs, STAY FAT offers free local pick up and delivery within 20 km of our studio. 

Additionally, we offer flat rates determined by weight. For example, if you order up to 2 lb worth of candles (each SMALL FAT candle is approximately 0.4 lb), you will pay a flat rate shipping cost.

If you are making a large order, please e-mail me to see if we can arrange a better shipping option for you.

DO ALL OF YOUR PRODUCTS SHIP TOGETHER?

No. To protect the integrity of our Stationary goods, all Stationary products ship in a non-bendable mailing envelope. Apothecary goods ship in either a box or poly bubble mailer. Products from both of these sections ship from our studio in Vancouver, B.C.

Our Apparel and Accessories ship directly from our suppliers, which are located around the world to cut down on the time and cost it takes to get your purchases to you!

HELP! ONE OF YOUR APPAREL GOODS DOESN'T COME IN MY SIZE!

If you wear below a size XL, the absence of your size might be intentional. Some of our designs are only meant to be worn by plus sizes.

If you wear an extended size and one of our items is not available in your size, it is because our supplier does not offer it. If this is the case, please e-mail me and I will do my absolute best to source an item for you! One of my guiding principles is that there will be No Fatty Left Behind. That includes you. 

WHAT IS YOUR RETURN/EXCHANGE POLICY?

All sales are final and there are no returns or exchanges.

If you receive your order and a product is damaged, please e-mail me so I can re-send your order.

DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM PRINTS?    

Yes!

Please send me an e-mail to see if we can work together to make something great.
ARE YOU OPEN TO PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER FAT ARTISTS AND/OR FAT-RUN BUSINESSES?
Absolutely! I would love to collaborate with you. Please e-mail me to see if we can create a Collection together. 
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
You can send an e-mail to stayfatdesignco@gmail.com.