"According to men’s designer Peter Manning, 30 million American men are 5-foot-8-inches and under. Yet most of these shorter- to moderate-sized guys are forced to wear ill-fitting clothes designed for the taller set."
"For men who have spent a lifetime wearing ill-fitting off-the-rack clothes, the store will seem an improbable wonderland. Jeans that don’t bunch at the ankles. Suits that fit without tailoring. Dress shirts that don’t feel like dresses. Polos in a range of colors, not just the last extra-small left, in fuchsia."
"Mr. Hansen and co-founder Peter Manning launched the brand in 2012 with an online store and a shop in Brooklyn. Now, they have relocated to Manhattan’s Flatiron District, opening last week. I paid them a visit."
"We’re on the top floor of three townhouses that have been combined with wood floors, exposed-brick walls, and the remnants of old fireplaces. It’s meant to look like a private atelier, because not every guy needs us, and the shop is about education and problem-solving; that’s why people come in person."
"This Brooklyn-based company is looking to bring serious style to those shorter folk. The team at Peter Manning doesn’t just make pants that have shorter hemlines, oh no. All of Peter Manning’s clothing are not just designed for a shorter man’s height, but for a shorter body as well."
"Eliminating what he calls the 'tailor tax,' Manning's designs fit correctly right out of the gate. . . . And it all comes down to fit and proportion, concepts that are important to keep in mind whether you're 5 feet 8 inches or 6 feet 8 inches!"
Peter Manning displayed his menswear collection with a special size chart to help the "not-so-tall guys" get the right fit. NY1 Arts and Culture reporter, Stephanie Simon, has more from Men's Fashion Week.
“For Manning, the fact that this population is ignored is both ‘strange’ and ‘crazy’ and a host of other adjectives. In many ways, he sees his clothing line as a sort of mission: ‘We’re doing something special.’”
“Now, two years later, Peter Manning the brand has doubled its business from the first year and is on track to double it again. In addition, its products ship to all 50 United States and 10 foreign countries. Meanwhile, Peter Manning the person is satisfied, knowing he helps the ‘short’ guys of the world wear better fitting – and better looking – clothes.”
“PeterManningNYC.com sells everything from well-fitting pants and blazers for the office to shorts, chinos, and t-shirts for the weekend. But the truly revolutionary aspect of the brand is its size calculator. Guys can input their height and weight, and find out which of the four size categories they fall under.”
Peter Manning Five Eight/New York Founder Peter Manning discusses how he came up with a business that caters to men that are 5’8” tall or shorter with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.”
PETER MANNING WANTS to revolutionize menswear, one man-under-5-feet-8-inches at a time. "When I walk down the street, and I see these guys wearing pants hanging down around their ankles, it makes me so insane, and I think, I want to change their lives!"
The polos would nearly reach his knees. The pants had to be cuffed or hemmed. And the shirts, even the ones he liked at Steven Alan, were always too long to be worn untucked. At 5'8", Peter Manning isn't the sort of guy you'd see and think,
"At 5-foot-8, Peter Manning isn’t remarkably short. Still, he said, he has struggled to find clothes that fit him well since he was 10. 'My pants always had to be shortened,' Mr. Manning said. Over the years, he guessed that he has paid hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars in what he called a 'tailor tax.'"