Monday, March 18, 2013


What to do, what to do? I really like that lululemon changed the bottom of the Tame Me Tank to circle mesh instead of using silverescent again. I always felt like the silverescent trapped heat. If you used the Tame Me outside it probably wasn't noticeable but I used to use it for spin class and running indoors and it felt a little hot. Also, the circle mesh doesn't show sweat nearly as badly as the dark silverescent colors they used last year (concord, black). I like both the Fresh Teal and Pop Orange version but I think I will wait to see which I like better in the store. Last week I ordered the Liberate Tank but I am going to return that. I liked it ok, but it didn't really excite me. The seams over the breast are very stiff and gave me an unnatural shape. The support is very minimal and the general cut is on the boxy side. So, it will go back to be exchanged for a new Tame Me, I believe.

Cute new french terry Throw Me Over hoodie. I wish wasn't so short but I like the shape.

I love the new Wee Space Inspire Crops. It looks like they have no circle mesh in them. I bought the Wee Space Pace crops a couple of weeks ago so don't need these but I still want to try them on.

New mystery tank revealed in the Yoga On the Run Duffel photo.

New Karma pant uploaded in Bleached Coral only. I wonder whether the black ones were pulled. I like the shape of these.

New yoga mat color - Peacock blue. There is also a water bottle with this color so I think Peacock Blue clothing will be coming. I was told that we were getting an aqua color so I am thinking this is it. Also, I forgot to mention this but v-neck Swiftly tops are coming back.

Nothing for me tonight - what did you order?

NEW! Turn It Up LS, SS & New Speed and Groovy Run Short Colors

Pretty new Inspire Crop waistband
New Run: Turn It Up LS and Short Sleeve made of silverescent sheer luon. These are pretty sheer so not sure why they are being marketed for run rather than a cover up. I wouldn't mind the longsleeve but only at a markdown price. The bottom photo shows a new waistband for Inspire crops. I'm not sure if they have a colored arch at the bottom or not.

New Speed and Groovy Run short colors in Faded Zap (4-way stretch), Pop Orange Stripe (2-way stretch), Dune Petite Dot, and Black Petite Dot.

NEW! Very Green Pace Crops and Tights and More

New Very Green Pace Crops - totally wild. Shown in the top photo with the Rise and Shine Pullover (I need to put this top on my markdown rack watch list) and in the bottom photo with the new Turn It Up Tee and Very Green (or is it Fresh Teal?) Speed Demon hat. I may need to get that hat.

Very wild Pace Tights in Very Green, Fresh Teal, and Black. Shown with a Fresh Teal Swiftly tank.

Arm Warmers in Faded Zap and Pop Orange.

New Impact Shorts for Men. They look a bit long to be run shorts.

More Stash and Dash Pullover Photos

Shown with Pace crops

Shown with the Turn It Up LS in Pop Orange

Shown with Pace Tights and Pace Skirt
More Stash and Dash pullover photos. Shown in Faded Zap and Dune/Pop Orange. The price is $128. I might like this is the price were more around $70.

Tame Me Tank Photos

Tame Me Tanks in Faded Zap, Pop Orange, and Fresh Teal (I think). I don't have a super close up of the new colors of this tank but it looks like the bottom portion is now made of circle mesh instead of silverescent like the old version of the tank.

 Older version of the Tame Me tank in Concord Grape. You can see the bottom portion is made of silverescent.

NEW! Out and About Pant

Shown with the new Turn It Up LS

Shown with the Stash and Dash Pullover
New $128 Out and About Pant made of Commuter Power Stretch. I suspect that's the thicker material they make the men's pants out of.  Shown in Dune and Black. They look interesting but I doubt I'll be getting a pair.

Lululemon Pulls Black Pants for Sheerness (Now?!?)

Lululemon posted a letter on their blog (see italics below) about pulling black pants from store shelves. The Wall Street Journal has an article about this, too (though the presumably male commenters don't seem to have a problem with sheer pants on women (typical pearl: "Signing up for a yoga class tomorrow" ).

Some people have said they've notice black Coast to Class pants missing from the website which I don't get since I thought the luon in these felt thicker than the new normal and not see through. I've been wearing mine tons since I got them and love them.  I'm not sure whether that style is affected, I think people have said mostly Wunder Under crops and pants and some Grooves are missing from their stores. Anyway, it's very odd that lulu chose to pull pants now when they've been having sheerness issues for well over a year, in many different fabrics besides luon (cotton, luxtreme, luon, seamless) and in colors other than black. I have to assume these pants were really crappy.  It's also weird they would do a recall right before their quarterly conference call on Thursday. Maybe they are trying to seem proactice. Anyone try the missing styles on before they got pulled and can give us a report as to how bad they were? (Thanks to my readers who pointed out the recall.)

At lululemon, our most important relationship is with our communities and our guests. We recently learned some information about some product that arrived in our stores and we wanted you to know right away.
At the beginning of March, our stores and ecommerce site received some black luon women's bottoms that didn't meet our high standards. The materials used in construction were the same but the coverage was not, resulting in increased sheerness. We want you to Down Dog and Crow with confidence and we felt these pants didn't measure up.

We keenly listen to your feedback and it is paramount to us that you know we're listening. We are 100% committed to doing the right thing for our guests and living our standards. It is with these intentions in mind that we've pulled the affected product from our floors and website.

We are working with our supplier to replace this fabric and other manufacturers to replenish the affected core items as fast as we can. What that means is there will be a shortage of these styles in our stores and online until our new stock arrives. We are also in conversation with our manufacturing partner to understand what happened during the period this fabric was made.

We are committed to making things right so if you purchased product from our store or on our website and you think it is too sheer, we welcome you to return it for a full refund or exchange. If you have any questions please click here for more information, visit any of our stores or contact our Guest Education Centre at 1.877.263.9300.

Update - Lululemon issued a press release that had a little more detail:

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

lululemon athletica inc. [NASDAQ: LULU; TSX: LLL] today notified guests that we expect a shortage in our supply of black Luon pants and crops.

We have determined that certain shipments of product received from our factories and available in store from March 1, 2013 do not meet our technical specifications. The items affected are certain styles of women’s bottoms in our signature black Luon fabric. The ingredients, weight and longevity qualities of the pants remain the same but the coverage does not, resulting in a level of sheerness in some of our women’s black Luon bottoms that falls short of our very high standards.

Over the past weekend we pulled all of the affected black Luon women’s bottoms from our stores, showrooms and e-commerce site and are working with our supplier to replace the fabric and our other manufacturers to replace these key items as quickly as possible. We believe the affected items represented approximately 17% of all women’s bottoms in our stores and for the near term there will be a shortage of these styles available to our guests.

“We regret any inconvenience this has caused for our guests. It is always our first priority to protect the quality of our fabrics that keep our guest so loyal to our products. We will accept nothing less than the very highest quality we are known for,” said lululemon CEO Christine Day.

We have used the same manufacturing partner on key fabrics since 2004. This event is not the result of changing manufacturers or quality of ingredients. We are working closely with them to understand what happened during the period this fabric was made.

Guests who purchased black Luon pants after March 1st, either online or in stores, and believe they have affected product are welcome to return the product for a full refund or exchange. Please contact our Guest Education Center at 1-877-263-9300 with questions as to how to return items purchased through our e-commerce site.

We expect this issue will have a significant impact on our financial results. Up to March 17, 2013, we were tracking to a comparable-store sales percentage increase of 11% on a constant dollar basis and expected revenue guidance to be in a range of $350 million to $355 million for the first quarter of 2013. We now expect a comparable-store sales percentage increase in the range of 5% to 8% for the first quarter of 2013, resulting in an expected revenue range of $333 million to $343 million. We are working to determine the impact on our earnings in the first quarter as well as expected impact for the balance of 2013. We will provide further information during our regularly scheduled earnings call Thursday March 21st.

The company has posted a FAQ document on its Investor Relations website under the webcasts, events & presentations link. Please refer to this document for all questions regarding today’s press release, as the company remains in its quiet period until fourth quarter, 2012 earnings are reported on March 21, 2013.

NEW! Stash & Dash Pullover

New Stash and Dash Pullover in Pop Orange/Dune. It also comes in Faded Zap (nice!) and black.

*Lightweight layer designed to keep you dry if it starts to sprinkle.
*Swift fabric is lightweight and finished with DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
*Loose fit for easy layering and 4-way stretch for unrestricted movement
*Secure pockets to store your essentials
*Vents added for airflow