I was at Safeco this past Sunday when I did a double take. Was that an actual male romper, out in the wild? At a Mariners game, no less?
Kristjan Schweizer, of Seattle, loved the baseball team ever since he was a kid, when he would make the two-hour trek from his hometown of Leavenworth to see the boys of summer play in the Emerald City. As an adult, he even met his now-fiancee in the Pen, the popular outfield beer garden beloved by singles.
So it seemed only natural for the 30-year-old to enlist a local designer to make a custom outfit to turn some heads for a Sunday game versus the Blue Jays (attendance: 41,137—one of the best-attended games for the Mariners this season, per the team’s marketing folks).
And turn heads he did, wearing a male romper—a one-piece outfit decked out in Mariners logos. (Yes… that’s a onesie for adults, and a major topic of discussion on the internet of late.)
“It was about a month ago where I was sent an article about the [male romper] craze and my friends all thought it was something I would wear,” Schweizer said. “I love wearing clothes that are out there and fun. I thought the idea of a [male romper] was hilarious.”
Enter Brittany Forney, a local designer, whom Schweizer knew from Ray’s Boathouse, where they both worked. Forney’s a graduate of New York Fashion Academy in Ballard, and created her own custom clothing design firm last year.
When Schweizer approached Forney to sew a custom romper, she was sold—immediately.
“I knew I had to do it! Male rompers have become super popular this season,” Forney said.
The process took about a month from first thought to fashion statement. The duo picked out the right fabric and did an initial measurement. Forney had a mockup in less than a week (and yes, in case you’re wondering, there’s a custom fly to make the bathroom break a breeze.)
“Less than three days [after the mockup], she came up with the gem [I wore] on Sunday,” he said. “I am blown away.”
Schweizer wore the $225 getup to Sunday’s game and was inundated with people asking him about the ensemble. (My tweet garnered an outsize amount of attention, including a retweet by the Mariners and a comment from the team’s mascot, Mariner Moose.)
Well this is awkward. #SameOutfit— Mariner Moose (@MarinerMoose) June 11, 2017
Forney said after the success of this project, she’s ready to kick the sewing machine into high gear and would make a custom team romper for any fan who asks—even for the Moose. “I’ve always been interested in men’s fashion,” she said, “and [I love] me a good romper.”
You can order a custom romper from Brittany Forney via email at Brittany@bartle-b.com and on Instagram at bartle.b.