As a young girl growing up in the U.K., Val Thompson dreamed of becoming a costume designer. While studying fashion in college, she discovered her passion for knitwear and became a genuine “knitwit.”
She achieved success working for several high-end designers in New York and while she loved creating beautiful clothing for women, Val found that her personal fashion options were limited. After having three wonderful daughters she began to experience firsthand how frustrating it is as a larger woman to find quality, designer plus size clothing. She was fed up having to trek down into the basement of a store for drab, dreary garments.
Thus she gave birth to one more child, cushie b; a line of luxurious knitwear for plus size women, who like Val, are healthy and confident and entitled to the same high standards and design options as everyone else.
The name comes from the chorus of a folk song from her hometown of Newcastle in northern England:
“She’s a big lass and a bonnie lass and she likes her beer.
And they call her cushie Butterfield and I wish she was here.”
cushie b: an online plus size boutique…timeless and beautiful designer plus size clothing