Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Report

It pays to get the product alert emails. One of my local Lululemon stores offered a grab bag goodie to the first 50 people in the store on Black Friday. It turned out to be gift cards marked with a % off regular priced merchandise or a gift with purchase. I got a 10% off. I heard another woman say she had 15%. It worked out well for me since I was picking up another Run: Spirit Pullover for my sister, this time in Bright Blue. I also picked up a Run: Distance Hat for myself in Coal. There were no special markdowns for Black Friday other than what had already been marked down and those were pretty much the first markdown only, i.e., $39 for Deep Vs and other tanks.

Speaking of markdowns, Remix Lulu Light Hoodies are marked down to $69. I think they overstocked on these for this area. They also have a large selection of regular Remix Hoodies in stock now. We'll see how well these sell. Most of the ladies in front of me in line waiting for the store to open were in their 30s and 40s. When I am out and about, I never spot anyone wearing Lululemon hoodies. Most of the ladies in Orange County wear either surf hoodies like Roxy or Volcom or status hoodies like Da-Nang, Juicy, or Twisted Heart. I think the American Lululemon market, or at least my local Southern California market, from what I have observed is dominated by women in their 30s and 40s. Honesly, who else can afford $100 workout pants?

I did try on the Run: Hills Pullover in the photo above. I love the look of the silver stripes and white. This version is made of luxtreme with cool mesh body mapping inserts. I  love this top but I really can't justify it since I don't run. However, now I know I would like the Run: Sport Henley in the silver stripe pattern. Hopefully, the website will get it back in stock.

I Am Great Tote: Repriced at My Local Store

I did see something interesting, however. The store I went to had all their I Am Great Totes repriced at $55. They didn't have markdown stickers on them, they had new price stickers. $55 seems a much fairer price for these bags since they are so small.  I spoke to the checkout girl about them and she seemed to think they were re-priced because of the size. I see the website still has these bags at $88. It could be a local thing. I'll have to make a note to check the other Lululemon store I visit regularly.

There is also a new floral print coming - lithographed iris. I saw the Groove pants in black and white with black lithographed iris. The girl told me tanks are following soon - A Scoop Neck and something else but I can't remember what. From the tiny bit I could see on one half of the waistband of a Groove pant, the flower looked a little like this print:

The girl at the counter told me the winter line is going to be a lot of hot pink, black, and white combos. That's fine with me. I love the Good 'N Plenty color scheme.


hazelberry said...

Don't get me wrong, I like pink but I think I am kinda done with the whole "super bright, burns your retna's" colours the Lulu has been all over this year. I long for some more earth tones and pastels and funky patterns again. I do like the look of the lithograph flower though.

pilatesmom said...

Yeah, I don't really like the "neons" that they've done a lot of in the past months. I am, however really liking the pow purple which borders on glowing. I have the cozy fleece pullover, the runspirit pullover and the scoop bra in it. But then again, I love purple in general. I dashed into my store yesterday (no black friday sales or promos, lulu doesn't seem to follow conventional retail sales/promo timing) and grabbed the last swift tank they had in the white with light grey manifesto and pink top stitching - and dang it was a size 6 which always seems to be the first size to go! I really like it.

LuluAddict said...

I'm with you guys, a little neon goes a long way. I only have two glowing pieces - a Cool Racerback in Power Purple and an Alfalfa Flow Y that looks cute peeping out from under another top. From what I can tell of the winter line, it will be more black and white, manifesto prints, with a bit of hot pink here and there.

MB said...

I just bought the I am great tote online and paid $88! Darn! What store did you see it marked for $55?

Jollybean said...

I was at the Las Vegas Lululemon Friday and they also had the I am Great tote for $58. I'm from Orange County as well so I figured I'd wait to go home and grab it, but checking the site I saw that it's 88 too! I'm going to run out to one of my local stores tomorrow and try to snap one up. The price is much more reasonable given the bag's size.

LuluAddict said...

It was at the Irvine, CA store.