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For too many years, men have suffered from a lack of options in the fashion realm. So, four Chicago-based business school buds sought to rectify this injustice by introducing to the world (for better or for worse) the male romper — er the RompHim.
“Turn heads and break hearts when you take your RompHim for a spin,” reads the product description. “Is it a romper specifically designed for men? Sure, but it’s also so much more.”
The look was introduced May 15 as a Kickstarter project by the startup Aced Designs, with a goal of achieving $10,000 in 30 days. In less than two days, the company has raised almost $150,000 and garnered the attention of dapper dudes, as well as trolls, nationwide.
I wholeheartedly support any initiatives that make men’s fashion as exhausting and stupid as women’s. https://t.co/07nis6pI8A
— Kelly Weill (@KELLYWEILL) May 15, 2017
please please please let this just be viral marketing for ROMPHIM, williamsburg’s hot new boy band pic.twitter.com/CiRVaSvbaM
— Kate DeBolt (@kate_debolt) May 15, 2017
In the hood, they call this the “JumpHim” #RompHim
— Artist Rafi Perez (@Rafiwashere) May 15, 2017
“We were sitting around over drinks one evening and got to talking about the men’s clothing options out there,” reads the origin story on the company’s Kickstarter page. “Everything was either too corporate … too fratty … too “runway” … or too basic. Something was missing.” Thus, the RompHim was born; the product will officially begin shipping in July, priced at $119 a pop.
In the promotional video, the RompHim prototypes were seen in a range of Easter pastels — not unlike the color selection of the reigning bro uniform, Chubbies — however, in their first run they are available in splatter print, red and blue chambray, and a Hamptons-ready Fourth of July seersucker.
For years, women have championed the “one and done” nature of a good romper; however, one of the biggest drawbacks stems from issues using the restroom. Lucky for boys, that’s not a prob with the RompHim, which features a zipper fly for maximum convenience. There’s also a front shirt pocket, a zippered back pocket and adjustable waist tabs — you know, to accentuate that shapely figure. The romper look has already garnered the approval of Panthers QB turned fashion star Cam Newton, and was even spotted out in the wild (the NYC subway system) this morning.
Like Chubbies, its short-shorts predecessor, the RompHim pairs best with Sperry slides, Wayfarer sunglasses (attached via strap to hang around the neck), a well-trimmed beard and a cheap canned beer in a colorful koozie. It was even road-tested at the Holy Grail of bro events, Coachella.
In the words of RompHim, “Go forth and #RomptheSummer.”
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