While everyone is congratulating Lululemon on their bravery and good business tactics on letting customers return their see-through yoga pants (as any retailer would do), I have a different opinion.
Logo taken from Lululemon.com
After reading an article in the NY Daily News on the current Lululemon fiasco, I couldn’t help but think,
Is this Lulu trying to cover up what was supposed to be a silent change in the quality of fabric?
According to the only manufacturer of Luon in the world, the company in Taiwan that has been making Lulu pants for years, the fabric that was used for these pants was a direct request from the spandex connoisseur. This wasn’t a production mistake, it was Lululemon trying to lower costs and increase margins as a result of their falling sales.
I work in the industry, and as someone who sees collections every season, I can tell when the fabric has been changed instantly. This doesn’t JUST HAPPEN, especially if the fabric is coming from the same manufacturer. You can not venture to believe that people will spend $100+ on yoga pants that are poor quality just because they are popular. It irks me that people will still spend money on Lulu pants that do not last for more than one season without pilling.
For a company that’s mantra states that friends are more important than money, the latest saga of the Lululemon brand shows otherwise. A company whose name purposely has 3 “L”s because Japanese people cannot pronounce the letter, in order to make it “innately North American.” A company who told customers their clothing was made of seaweed, when it wasn’t. A company whose founder stated that he approves of child labor so it can stimulate third world economies.
I don’t post about Lululemon for all of these reasons. I commend them for creating a feminine line of workout gear when nothing existed, and for creating the entire industry. I do not commend them for what they have become as a company, and I make it a point to post about quality brands, mostly made in the USA, who believe in their customers and treat them like queens.
So while your Lulu pants are out of stock, give these brands a whirl: ROGIANI, RESE Activewear, BodyRock Sport, HardTail Forever, LVR Fashion, DA Active, Heidi Hat, FeelFitWear, MPG Sport, Splits59, Zobha, Body Language, and so many more.
**These are my opinions and have nothing to do with any brands mentioned above. This is a personal blog that is only of my opinions on Lululemon. All claims can be backed up in this article by the Business Insider “The History of Lululemon”**