Skinny Shirt

skinny shirtJulie Kalimian, a former magazine marketing executive, pitches Skinny Shirt, her line of slimming yet fashionable women's shirts, in Shark Tank episode 611. The Skinny Shirt is essentially a tee-shirt with a collar designed to be worn under jackets, sweaters, and other shirts while giving the appearance of wearing a full-collared shirt. Since the Skinny Shirt is sheer, it doesn't have the bulk of a “real” button down shirt. The result is a sleeker, slimmer appearance.

Kaliman started selling her Skinny Shirt line back in late 2010. She wanted a shirt with the feel of a stretchy, comfy camisole with a professional look. The first Skinny Shirt prototype was actually made specially for Julie by her tailor who sewed the top of a collared shirt onto one of her camisoles. With a little help from Alexandra Shuman, friend and designer at Michael Kors, Julie took the Skinny Shirt from concept to finished product.

The Skinny Shirt is available online and at a couple dozen boutiques nationwide. To date she's done around $500K in sales. She's likely looking for a Shark to help with manufacturing and increased retail distribution.

Will Julie give the Sharks the “skinny” on Skinny Shirts?

Skinny Shirt Shark Tank Recap

Julie enters seeking $100K for 20% of the business. She has a model with her who goes and changes into a Skinny Shirt behind a screen, much to the delight of the male Sharks. She reveals she's done a half million in sales, but only $50,000 last year due to an arrangement with an inferior manufacturer.

Mark's concerned that the pace of her sales is trending downward. Mr. Wonderful calls it logistics problems. Lori comes to her defense, but Mr. Wonderful calls her a cockroach; Julie says she's not. Mr. Wonderful doesn't think she's a good bet, he's out. Mark gives her credit, but has concerns with her management issues, he's out too. Robert thinks she doesn't have a solution today, he's out. Lori doesn't like the look of collared shirts under a sweater, she's out. Barbara thinks she did a good job standing her ground against the Sharks, but she thinks she took too long to deal with manufacturing issues, she's out.


Skinny Shirt Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Skinny Shirt and Julie Kalimian as more details become available.

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