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About Us

XXL Direct is a new company based in Rayleigh, Essex. I am the founder Mark Simonelli. I'm known to a lot of you for developing the sizing and extending ranges over the last 30 years, from when bigger clothing was rare and incorrectly sized and shaped. I was credited to helping to produce the clothes that the bigger man was craving, with a better price structure, from the early nineties onwards. I was also the first to push sizes beyond 6XL 72” Chest to 8XL 80” Chest. I realised that the lengths were falling very short of what was needed. I helped change the face of bigger men's clothing to what it is now.

Having left my old business I had nurtured over 30 years from the days of the little old Blinking Owl Shop, I found himself at a loss without you guys and decided to start again. I was determined to change the big clothing market again, with fresh inventive ideas. 

With the demise of the retail industry over the last three years, the need for competitiveness has never been greater. The plan is to give the same quality that's always been associated with his clothing, but with an overall ambition for change and the need for value. 

For now I am running this new venture on my own. So be assured you will receive personal service from myself. There will be no buck passing as what ever happens goes through me, including picking, packing and dispatching of each order.  

I hope you will enjoy my service and welcome any feedback. Lets drive this new company to where you want it. 

Thank You

Mark Simonelli

Founder and owner of
XXL Direct.