Did you know there are tights for men? “Upscale legwear specialist” Emilio Cavallini has apparently cornered the market. Male buyers account for two to three percent of the company’s annual business, thanks to the launch of a unisex collection in 2009. Cavallini tells WWD:

“When we started our online shop we noticed that a lot of tights sized medium-large were being purchased by men.…So I did a search on the Internet and discovered there is a cult following for mantyhose. All of the men at our company, including myself, wear-tested a range of tights to rate the comfort level, and we came up with the concept of creating tights that both men and women could wear. It’s a knitted fabrication [of cotton and nylon] that has greater elasticity and stretch as well as breathabilty, which is important since men perspire much more than women do.”

Cavallini claims to have seen “men on streets across Europe wearing them with shorts,” with the highest concentration of unisex tight buyers in Germany, France, Scandinavia, Canada and the U.S. Pieces retail for $27.

We don’t really care if men wear tights or not. If they can pull it off and feel good about themselves, then no one else should care. We certainly don’t think they need a silly name like “mantyhose.”

…However, we’re being a bit disingenuous because the only reason we’re even mentioning the story is the excuse to post this:

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Your day is better now.

(WWD)