Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cool Racerback Being Discontinued - New CRBII on the Horizon for Fall


A rumor popped up in one of the groups that the CRB was going to be discontinued and replaced with a shorter version with a narrower racerback. After another member checked with her store management the story was refined to say (and this person saw the official corporate communication about this) that the CRB was not being discontinued but rather it was going to be on-line only for the fall (and unknown whether it would come back to being sold in the stores at a later time) and a new CRBII would be sold in the stores.

It seems the store stressed to second person that the CRB was not going to be discontinued BUT being moved to on-line only. I don't know who lululemon thinks they are fooling. We've seen this happen before with Scubas and Inspire crops, not to mention other items, and the original versions have not come back again. So, for all intents and purposes the CRB is being discontinued. If lululemon has seen a slow down in CRB sales it's entirely due to poor color and print offerings, not to the style itself. The special edition tweaks, such as the Exhale and Lace, were awesome. Lululemon should play with special editions and think more carefully about coordinating colors but I almost think once it's been decided a design is stale the design staff torpedos it with poor color and print choices so sales data backs up the decision. (Thanks to Ms. K. and L.for the heads up.)

Update - also heard that the DSP, Scuba, Define, and Free to Be Bra are on their way out, too.
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72 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agreed they aren't fooling anyone. I was just writing how they did it to skinny grooves, inspires, and scuba. Pace rivals are superior to inspires but I really miss skinny grooves and the old scuba. They have messed with the CRB by offering studio, modern racerbacks (and I think others), which all failed. I think it's a stupid move, especially if part of the tweak is making it shorter. The CRB length is perfect for 5'6" me because I like longer tops, and can be hemmed for those shorter or who like them shorter.

Anonymous said...

Funny all the items i love they discontinue...... I still look and watch and wait! They are a stupid imo!!!!! The crb is one of the only tanks/tops I buy anymore. I used love the scuba II and the original version of that one hate the III. When they went w/ the swift material that is way too stretch i quite buying speed shorts as well, I don't really buy anything from lulu anymore...... Corporate world it offers crap!!!!! If you can find a good start up designer that is where you find nice unique pieces anymore!!!!! Lulu is a follower no longer the leader!

Spidermobile_Girl said...

Please say it isn't so! I was wondering whether something was up with all the recent CRBs on WMTM. I only buy Lululemon CRBs so this would be disastrous for me. I love the long length. Anything shorter would not work at all for me so I will have to look elsewhere. This is really bad news!

Anonymous said...

Oh man... do people really want the CRB to be shorter? The thing I loved most about the CRB was the length. I have tons of these tops because the back is so flattering and its actually LONG enough. Lulu should focus their efforts on things that actually need fixing rather than meddling around with what works.

Lululover said...

I'm not terribly upset about these news. I used to wear them a lot, but now much prefer Power Y's. And who knows maybe the new ones will be even better? However I know there are ots of ppl who like hem and it'll be a major fuss about it

Anonymous said...

Interesting.. I do own many CRBs and have 3.5 inches cut off them all right off.. Shorter would be.nice, but colors should be better as well..

Marie said...

I'm 5'10 and the length of the crbs are perfect on my frame. I own over 10 of them all in size 6. I really hope they don't discontinue this cut, but I have to agree that they have not been releasing them in nicer prints and colours. I also tend to avoid buying those "printed" on white fabric like the seven wonders multi.

Anonymous said...

They're going to mess it up! Nooo! CRB's are so inconsistent in fabric they need to be in stores. :[ Why is this happening? They're one of my favorite tops to wear everywhere.

Jess said...

Thank god. The crb is too long and too wide in the back. If a shorter version and a more narrow racer back replaces it praise lulu. Get with the times. Nike and adidas both sport similar revised cuts. Better for movement and more muscular frames. I've been cutting CRB shorter for five years now. Why not save the money on production for something that was unflattering and too long anyway ;)

Anonymous said...

I will never buy a CRB2 if it's shorter. I already am struggling to find longer styles due to my longer torso. I haven't bought any crb's lately simply because of colours. I might need to suck it up and stock up though....��

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the latest news, Lululemon Addict. You are so smart about how Lululemon does their business with respect to the CRB discontinued story. I still cannot fathom their new website -- it's horrid. The clothes they display have no shape to them, etc.

LuluAddict said...

@Jess: One thing I have never read on any of the myriad lululemon boards I am a member of is how the racerback part of the CRB is too wide and inhibiting movement. There are tons of other lululemon tanks to choose from that have a narrow back if that is what you need.

Anonymous said...

I am 5'7" with a long torso. The CRB is my staple! I never shortened it and it saved me with sheer pants (lulu fail)! I LOVE it! Except for the inconsistent fabric and some recent terrible colors! So annoyed I missed out on deep zin!! Why can't they keep staples and reinvent other tanks for those who don't want it. PS. I have a muscular back and it's perfect!

Anonymous said...

I agree - I haven't bought many lately due to lacking color selection or ugly prints/poly fabric. I love them though...it's a good thing I already own a ton of them. Other fun fact: I'm 4'11" and love the length. I wish the neck wasn't so low cut but I deal. ugh way to kill off a favorite lulu.

Amanda said...

Lulu just keeps messing with good things. I haven't bought much more than headbands in ages because of it. I'm greatful for the stash that I have but I've found most things very lack-luster and impractical over the last few years. I've actually been very lucky that the size 14 keep your cook racers at Ivivva fit me the way that I like and I've enjoyed those recently. If Lulu wanted to get some money from me, rather than me looking on eBay, they would bring back the Wear With All hoodies, mine had a good run but it's gotten a bit too tatty for work.

Anonymous said...

Lol I bet Lulu is "discontinuing" the CRB for a season or two and it'll come back at a higher price point...likely $48 like they tried to pull earlier this year with the heathered cranberry CRB or maybe they'll just kick it up to $52 since they couldn't up the price in the spring.

Anonymous said...

I have noticed Lulu has been skimping on quality of fabric, shorter lengths on things (I have really taken note of this because I am only 5 feet tall). I think they are trying to cut out the amount of fabric on garments to save money as well as reduce the costs of their free alterations.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update.

What a stupid move. This is the most indispensable tank and it is the only LLL tank I wear (and I hate anything with a built in bra). It is the perfect length and hemming is the option they have offered as a solution. Racer back too wide? I run, practice yoga, cycle, do weights, and walk and it does not impede me or bother me at all. Nonsense.

It is a cost saving measure they are trimming and skimping on everything. As someone pointed out, it will return in a worse iteration with a jacked up price.

I'm probably out after this, it has been the one item I continue to buy, though not the poly print ones.

Anonymous said...

I am very upset by this news. I agree that the duplication of colors and sometimes lackluster prints on less-than-ideal fabrics are to blame for sluggish CRB.sales. That being said, I recently bought a few darling CRBS. Indeed, I wear a CRB almost daily -- as an initial layer for work and as my go-to top for the gym.

I have a large CRB collection, gathered over years, and it's one of the few Lulu tanks that flatter me. I recently returned a slew of other Lulu tanks that looked matronly on me and only kept the CRBs I purchased. Sadly, I cannot wear Lulu tanks with bras built in because they pinch and I am not willing to forego comfort.. (I always go up a size in Lulu bras, despite being a B cup.)

What really concerns me about the new CRB II is the narrower racer. I will NEVER buy that. I am a woman of a certain age and I don't feel comfortable exposing a ton of skin. I sometimes like having a bit of my Lulu bra peek out, but within reason. A narrower racer will likely be a deal-breaker because it will also make the tank useless, even as a layer, for work.

For me personally, the shorter length of the CRB II will not be a problem -- I'm only 5'3" and I need to have the current version hemmed. However, I don't mind having lulu hem it since that way I can make sure the length is perfect. With that in mind, I'd be willing to bet the new length will not work either and I'll have to get the CRB II hemmed as well, though a little less. (So lulu may not save as much as they hope on hemming costs.) Moreover, I have so many friends who NEED the length and will NEVER buy the CRB if it's shorter. Why not offer a racing length (in addition to the original of course) again for shorter ladies like myself -- to see if it's even popular.

Sadly, I agree with the previous reviewer who predicted the CRB !! is a ploy used to bring back the CRB at a higher price later. It's a risky game, Lulu. I have not bought a Scuba since the transition to III. Moreover, only the most popular Defines sell at the new, higher price. Most people feel more comfortable paying the WMTM $98 -- the very price at which the jacket retailed when I first bought one.

Anonymous said...

Hi LLA - slightly OT but with regard to change/discontinuation - do you think something is happening again with the Studio Pants? A lot of them have gone to WMTM fairly quickly and they've come out with almost none of the colors in Tall? Have you heard anything at all about them? As ever, thanks ;))

Anita Leisser said...

Lame. I wish they'd focus on their quality issues (like hi-rise waists rolling over, seams unraveling after 1 wear, pilling) rather than discontinue one of their most popular items.
And lets face it, the CRB *is* one of their most popular items. However in the last year, I've noticed their colors are dull and repetitive within the same season, or they had nothing but those awful stripes.
I have no issue with the CRB length or the racerback part being too wide. It would be interesting to see how they tweak it, but if it is ugly as sin like that Studio Racerback, then they can keep it.

Anonymous said...

It was just a matter of time before the original CRB design got the axe. I believe new management's agenda from the start has been to get rid of and/or put their stamp on all the core product that were staples prior to their arrival at LLL. It's like they want to wipe the shelves clean of all that was before them and leave no signs of what was Chip Wilson et al. What management fails to realize is that these designs are at the core of what LLL long time loyal clientele love and messing with these designs or discontinuing them is messing with that loyalty. I think it is a huge miscalculation on their part not to leave well enough alone and realize these core products need a place in their inventory along with the new.

You can bet your bottom dollar that their goal is to make all product as cheaply as possible and so bye bye to the longer length of the CRB and hello skinner racerback. I bet the armholes drop a few more inches so that the new CRB design will have much less fabric and more exposure for the sports bra to be seen. It's all about showing off more of the sports bra right? So much product this past year has been all about making sure the sports bra is exposed and has had nothing to do with original creative design.

Just think about it, how many original core products have disappeared or been redesigned and not for the better under this new management?

Anonymous said...

Lulu is not too wise in getting rid of a reliable staple and a safe impulse buy. many times I haven't seen anything to buy in the store or I can't justify the price, but I could always buy a new CRB without breaking the bank or having major buyer's remorse. Headbands and gloves will be the only impulse items left. Already I feel the scarves have moved out of that category.

I loved the Define jacket, but after they discontinued it & reissued it years later at a higher price, I never got back on the band wagon. Judging by WMTM, many others didn't either. It really isn't wise to turn off a reliable pipeline. People do move on.

Was it a year or two ago when Lulu tried to stealthily discontinue the CRB by not issuing it in any of the popular prints or colors? They suddenly issued a stream of new tanks none of which ever equaled the popularity of the CRB.

IMHO a good plan would be to keep the CRB and choose better colors & prints AND release CRBs at the same time as complementary sports bras, jackets, shorts, crops, and pants. Lulu doesn't issue complete looks any more. Things are issued willy nilly without any thought to coordination. That failure alone could explain a drop in CRB sales. It's long past the time they can blame it on the dock strike.

CatepillarInTraining said...

WHAT. I love the CRB, primarily because of the length. I'm 6ft tall, and while all lulu tops are "long enough" the might not be with a lower rise wunder under and the wrong yoga pose- the CRB is ALWAYS reliable, which is why I order the CRB in the fun prints that come out. This is a TOTAL bummer. I guess I'll just have to continue to order older ones off the facebook group and poshmark, ebay etc. like I do with the studio pants.
I know it's important for brands to evolve, but when you have a few core staples that people LOVE you need to recognize that :(

Shadowy Lady said...

I echo everyone about Lulu messing with a good thing. I loved the original Scuba and hate the Scuba III. I don't care much if they make the CRB shorter (I'm 5'7" but my height is mainly in my legs). But I do not want the racer back to be narrower.

I got a couple of CRB's from the WMTM on Monday. Need to scoop out more while they last...

Maddy Wright said...

I think this is a good thing. The CRB is an old style and I see here in NYC more people wearing tanks (Bandier). I don't find the CRB very flattering either. Lululemon needs an update - look at what Michi is doing or Ala etc...The largest Lululemon is here in Flatiron surrounded by stores selling athletic wear and Lululemon looks outdated. I'm looking forward to seeing some new designs and colours.

Anonymous said...

@anon 9:57PM - probably they will come out with another 'hugged sensation' aberration like they did with the pants and streamline tank prices. all for $52. wouldn't be surprised

@anon 11:10PM - 100% agree with you!!! this was my exact thought when I read this article. cut on the fabric so you can make more items and save money on alterations. spot on!

Patty said...

This is terrible news. The CRB is the most flattering & functional tank currently available in the apparel market, IMHO. (And Lulu annoys me to no end - please don't think I unabashedly support them!). I may take breaks from buying other Lulu, but until recently, when the fabric quality of the CRB really declined (thin, not as soft, not as substantial feeling - just not the same quality of the past), I always, always bought at least 1-3 CRBs a month. Please, yes, introduce new tank styles, starting making a shorter version of the CRB if there is a demand for it, but don't stop making your BEST product!

LLA, I completly agree that they should work with the special edition type tweaks, coordinate colors, and return to the fabric quality of pre Christine Day!

Anonymous said...

I'm 5' 7'' and these are the only tanks I buy that are consistently long enough. I have over 40 of them. Also, if Adidas and Nike tops are so great...just go shop there? Also, LOL about the racerback "inhibiting movement." Yeah...right.

Anonymous said...

Michi? Even uglier and less functional than LLL. Great clothes for people that like to pretend to work out, though.

LuluAddict said...

@Maddy - I took a look at the Michi site to see what's on there now. If you check out their Chameleon tank, the back looks exactly like the CRB - very similar depth of armholes/scoop to the back and the width of the racerback looks nearly the same. I think if you want a more modern-looking racerback, with a longer armholes/scoop under the shoulder blade and a narrower racerback then you run into problems with having the bra underneath showing and a lot of people like their bra completely covered up, particularly when they wear the CRB for casual wear. I'm also not a huge fan of the higher neckline trend. An open neck keeps me cool.

I took a look at tanks on Bandier, too. I see a ton of CRB dupes.

Lululemon put out a really neat racerback, called the Front Racer Tank, three years ago in 2013 (http://www.luluaddict.com/2013/05/todays-shopping-trip-front-racer-love-i.html) that has a more modern higher front aesthetic. I don't know why they couldn't bring that one back.

I wonder if the CRBII will have a higher neckline, as that seems to be the trend these days.

@ anon 4:02 am - I haven't paid attention to the new Studio Pants but looking at the reviews it looks like people hate the fit and shorter length. I haven't bought any of the new IIIs - hated the fit - and I have four pairs of the II pants and four of the crop version.

@Anita - what kills me about the CRB is last summer they put out a bunch of oranges/coral (grapefruit/very light flare/flash light) that are nearly the same. This summer Grapefruit is back, along with Cape Red, and meanwhile it took YEARS for them to bring out a nice navy - Hero Blue, which was snapped up right away. Same with Fatigue - that sold out right away. If the CRBs come in new, unique colors they will sell out. For instance, people have been clamoring for an Alberta Lake CRB. They also would love Tofino Teal and Cool Cocoa CRB. Where are these?

@ anon 6:37 am - so true on identifying the CRB as a good impulse buy item. It's one of mine, too. Very true about abandoning the complete look, too. It's one of the things that got me into buying the brand, and I suspect a lot of other people.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps have a short version and a tall (the original) could be called the tall??? Notice accross the board in most brands and all styles the waist line is going up and the tops are getting shorter a way to make the herd buy all new clothes....... this is a coordinated effort btw the fashion industry is a very hungry one and they want more money......... peeps not spending enough...... notice all the sales...... anyhow believe it or not that is what is driving this trend!!! Look at most all the tops they are boxy shapeless and short!

Anonymous said...

@anon 5:38AM you are so right. It's been a while since I feel like the new management team is trying so hard to get rid of anything that has to do with Chip Wilson. It's like they are trying to erase his presence. well Lulu, guess what! this is the guy that created the company. he is the guy that put Lulu on the map. get over your stupid jealousy and stop this non-sense.

I don't know how you guys feel, but I almost want Chip Wilson to come back! he might have his mouth a little too loos (hello crazy interview statements) but at least he was passionate about this brand.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, dumb move. Not every Lulu customer is a petite 5'1" with no body fat, no torso, and legs for days...despite what the design team and management seem to think lately.

Anonymous said...

The CRB is one of my wardrobe staples. I'm only 5.1 but the size looks perfect on my frame. LOVE the the length and neckline, it's very flattering both on me and my buddies who are much taller than me. So upset to hear they will change the design as I buy tons every month. Don't fix something that is not broken Lululemon:(

Anonymous said...

I rarely buy lululemon anymore. They have changed so much over the years........ The CRB is the only thing I ever buy anymore! I'm 5'8" and find them a little long as I have a shorter torso, and yes, I've had them hemmed. But even the CRB's have been getting longer over the years and the length is inconsistent from tank color to other tanks colors!!!!! They changed by beloved Power Y a couple years ago so that they too are longer, which I hate! Ever since they changed their luon, nothing fits like it did before and I've had to go down a size and no, I didn't lose weight! I'm now a consistent size 6 from an 8 in a lot of things.

I'm still bummed over the fact that lulu did away with my all time favorite jacket, the "shape up" jacket!!!!! (It had the straight hem, not the baseball hem.) I know I'm in the minority when I say I don't love the "define" jacket, I've even bought a few of those because I've given up on the hopeful return of the "shape up" jacket :(((((

Lululemon, you were once such an excellent company!

Anonymous said...

Luluaddict, you are 100% right about colors, be they coordinating or unique, being the key to increasing CRB sales. Do not try to change a fabulous staple YET again.

Sara McLaughlin said...

NOOOOO. Lulu has already starting skimping on Tall pants and skirts, now this? With all the trauma and horror in this world, could Lulu not take away the one piece of clothing that fits me? I haven't purchased as many recently due to poly/weird prints, but the Lace and Luxtreme editions are great. They need to return to quality versus trying to dupe the newer brands with a "younger" aesthetic. Classic is classic for a reason, lulu.

Anonymous said...

Just counted...I have 43 CRB's. I wear then pretty much every day year round. I think I'll be ok until I die. Happy to try an new version. Change is always hard, but honestly, I found it's often for the better, so I'm going to do my best to keep an open mind. Easy for me to say with my secret stash.

Lately, I'm finding I'm gravitating back to Power Y's (altho not for running). Sometimes I don't feel like wearing a bra.

Anonymous said...

Another one of my Lulu favourites will be gone... so disappointing... There isn't much left that I like anymore... I used to buy Scuba II, Dance Studio Pants II, Groove Pants and Skinny Groove Pants (with original waistbands), Original Wunder Under Crops/and Pants all in every new colour that caught my eyes, and now they've all been discontinued/messed up so haven't been buying any... will likey end up being same thing with CRB. Still love Swiftly tops in all styles and Define Jacket (although with the price hike on the Define I tend not to buy every new colour I want now). I'm sure they'll find a way to mess these up too, or just discontinue them. And if the Swiftly tops get any more expensive I definitely won't be buying as many of those either, honestly think their regular price should be the price they are when they go to WMTM.

I think I'm finally done with Lululemon. Have been gradually turned off over the past year and half/two years or so with downhill quality and cost cutting along with price hikes, discontinuing/messing up my favourites, the way the company doesn't seem to value their customers, and the way the company seems to be in general is just a total turn off tbh. Anyway, thanks to Lulu for helping me save a lot of money. There are much better ways to be spending it anyway (travelling, etc - ashamed to admit that I do, or should I say used to, spend that much on Lulu - yikes).

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 8:42 am - lol re: Michi is clothes for people who pretend to work out. It's all so impractical, unfunctional, and the bras look like they belong in some workout-theme porno.

Anonymous said...

I have the older version of the Front Racer Tank (2 of them) and they are long and great and just different enough. They tried to change that one as well by making it shorter and it was horrible.
If you are going to get rid of everyones favourite products at least make something else thats just as good. I have yet to see anything in the last year that is new that I love as much as all my classics. To each his own I guess, I know a company can't please everybody but they are not pleasing anybody with moves like this. If they want to stream line their line up then just get rid of everything and start over, it basically looks like that now when I go to their web site, all horrible!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree anon 9:14 AM! Trends are a way to get the herd to buy more! I actually have always disliked trends, maybe I'm a black sheep, haha! I prefer classic styles for the way they look as well as they are timeless (as long as the quality holds up, and sadly these days it doesn't).

Anonymous said...

@ Luluaddict. How right you are! I would probably trip over my own feet in my race to buy CRB's in Tofino teal, Alberta Lake and Cool Cocoa!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with this, Sara McLaughlin! "They need to return to quality versus trying to dupe the newer brands with a "younger" aesthetic. Classic is classic for a reason, lulu."

We need more classic styles when everything is being taken over by the trends!

Also, I agree with LuluAddict on her 3:04 PM comment! A lot of the newer workout clothing these days looks like it belongs in "some workout-theme porno". Honestly though, classic can be and is even more sexy without showing it all off and looking like a porn star or even dare I say hooker.

Anonymous said...

LLA: you made me laugh hard this afternoon... :-))) I'm a fitness trainer and I get to see/try on many different brands but this is exactly how to describe MICHI.

Anonymous said...

LOL LLA 3:04 PM - too true!

omgosh, whoever does not think the CRB is flattering is out to lunch. It is a classic staple and works for many body types. I own MANY and wear for working out (prev. comment on run, yoga, cycle, walking, weights) and it is indispensable. I also wear it casually under t-shirts and dress shirts. Today when I cycled to work I was reminded how much I love the length because it covers my lower back as I lean forward, whether worn alone or under a t-shirt that might ride up slightly. Does the same - stays put and has the length - for other activities.

It is a cost saving measure. No extra length means no offer to hem and for those that desire it and therefore less length for those of us who need it or want it. Laurent is cheap. Cutting costs and quality everywhere and touting otherwise--what a phony in his interview with CNBC about innovation and quality focus. BS! Also agree, obliterating anything C & S Wilson had their hands and mark on. Plus he mentions the focus on looser tanks. Right, cause those are selling like hotcakes? (They all end up on wmtm and all look the same.)

Echo the comments that anything that came back in a reinvented version never got purchased by me, Scuba and Still pant.

Cutting quality and still charging high prices is for the suckers who will be new and have no clue. It's already happening.

Ah well, LLL is not special anymore and not worth my hard earned money.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm in the minority, but I don't care what LLL wants to do with the CRB. Reading the comments, it is evident that people feel strongly about the rumored demise of a favourite classic; but I also understand that the company wants to shake up the design and perhaps make it more contemporary, and/or more cost-efficient. I guess the risks are worth it, even if they have to deal with their buyers' wrath. I own about five CRBs, and wear each once a year. They are not particularly flattering on my body and not too comfortable either. I guess the price is a big factor in people's purchases - it is the cheapest tank in LLL's line up. Rest assured that will change when a new successor appears.

Lululover said...

I would LOVE those in Power Y. CRB don't do anything to me anymore. I wear one once in two months maybe. And I train 6 days a week.

Anonymous said...

I'm shorter at only 5'2" and shorter torso, but the CRB isn't too long on me, it's actually the perfect length. Maybe my curvier lower half takes up some of the length on me (I wear a size smaller on top than bottom). I wouldn't want it any shorter. I also like the width of the back the way it is too, making the back less wide than it is now won't look as nice, imo. I wouldn't mind if the front neckline was just a tiny bit higher (only a little), it's not too bad the way it is but I prefer my cleavage kept completely under cover. I hate when they mess with a good thing, they always seem to ruin it for the worst.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:34 pm - Thanks for the heads up on the CNBC interview with Laurent. (Here, for people who want to check it out: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/22/lululemon-ceo-talks-candidly-about-looming-athleisure-bubble-chip-wilson.html)

The most interesting part, to me, of the video interviews on the site was when Potdevin mentioned that a noticeable percentage of sub-3 hour marathoners in the Boston marathon were wearing lululemon. I am glad he mentioned how popular the brand is with runners. Once again the analysts dismiss lululemon as purely a "yoga" brand, as you can see in the Jan Kniffen interview. Kniffen was also super annoying when he stated that men who wear Nike all the time aren't doing it because of "athleisure" and it's not a lifestyle for them. Then why do they wear it? Because it's comfortable and functional? That is why women wear their lululemon casually, too. Sexist dolt.

I never wore my CRBs much for working out until I started an outdoor bootcamp class. I find them too hot to run in and for working out indoors at my gym. However, for an outdoor bootcamp class where we do jumping, extreme bending, moves on the mat? It's a fantastic piece when it comes to staying put and keeping my covered when I bend over . I really hope the new CRB is a very minor tweak when it comes to length and the other changes. If they are cutting length to save money, I really wish they'd just charge more and keep the length. Length is part of it's functionality and Potdevin has really been stressing how they want to be seen as a techincal product and not a fashion product.

Update - just heard news that DSPs, Scubas, and Defines are on their way out, too. Not surprising since the Define price hike went over like a lead balloon and the updates of the other items landed like lead balloons.

Anonymous said...

So I am pretty correct when I said they might as well just get rid of everything and start over!

Maddy Wright said...

As a someone who has a draw filled of Lululemon tags - I keep them so I know what I have, I have noticed, despite having the largest Lululemon in my neighbourhood, I hardly go there. I think the changes Lulu is making is due to competition in athletic wear. In an eight block area on 5th Avenue you have 10 stores selling fitness clothes, not to mention that each work out studio sells their clothes as well - Equinox, Pure Barre, Tone House etc....And the designs of Lululemon are getting old - including the CRB - and let me say that just because you see a CRB on another site, doesn't mean it's the same. Michi's tanks are great to work out in btw. I just get frustrated with the same old from Lululemon, hopefully they are stepping up their game.

Anonymous said...

If this new management could replace the classics with something better then fine but they haven't so that tells me their actions have been all about getting rid of what represents Chip Wilson's era at LLL. By taking the Dance Studio Pant out of the store that means nothing is left of the famous and iconic Dance Studio Line. Please tell me I am not alone in feeling really upset about this. It's probably just a matter of time and the DSP will be gone. Their attempt at replacing the Dance Studio Crop with the In Flux, Studio Crop ll and many others were all failures. I dare you Mr. Potdevin to bring back the Dance Studio Crop and the In Flux and lets see which you sell more of. Of course you won't though because it's a no brainer which one would sell better but you are too stubborn and fixated on ridding the Dance Studio Line that you don't care at all about the customers who love this line. It truly amazes me that under Mr. Potdevin's leadership so many classics have been decimated without any good reason. You can't tell me that their numerous new jackets, pants and crops in the last couple of years would all outperform these classics. How can their not be room for these??? In Mr. Potdevin's quest to rid LLL of these classics for all the wrong reasons, we the consumer, are the ones being penalized.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have recommendations for a good replacement for the inspire crops? Still so sad those are gone. Thanks!

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 8:50 am - Check out the Pace Rivals. They are actually a great replacement for the Inspires. The waistband is a big more relaxed so the Inspire muffin top issue has been abated.

Anonymous said...

@anon 7:36AM totally agree with you! I said it before, this guy is doing his best to get rid of anything from Chip Wilson era at all/any costs.
I like change, I am all for new fresh items. but if you are smart you keep what works! I am sure they could find a balance between old and new. but again, thhe guy is most likely having an inferiority complex he cannot get rid of. sad.

Anonymous said...

ha ha to the Michi comment LLA. In regards to the CRB I have a lot of them like 25 or more, but I started buying the athlete tank from Sweaty Betty (when on sale) and I really like the fabric.
I also really like the one that yogasmoga makes. The proble I hae with the CRB is that its low cut in the chest area and I hate cleavage when I am working out.



M

LuluAddict said...

@M - I've been wanting to try Sweaty Betty but the $200 min for free shipping is a huge turnoff for me. I also really hate mail ordering clothing. If there was a Sweaty Betty store close to me so I could return it wouldn't but such an issue but the closest store to me is in Santa Monica which is a horrific haul for me.

What is the Athlet tank made of?

Anonymous said...

Hi LuluAddict, I don't order when the minimum is $200 but they offer free shipping on your first order and free shipping every now and then (several times a year) and extra discounts off sale. All returns are free too and I think postage is paid for. I've paid shipping which is only $5 for the super saver one and it got to the states for me in a little over a week!
I think their pants are way sturdier than LLL. I've bought two athlete vests in a solid color and I forgot what they're made of but it feels more slippery and rides up whilst running and wearing my Luxtreme pants (never happened to me with Lulu CRB). Since then I haven't bought anymore. I've read in reviews that their marl and possibly space dye tanks are softer so the material could be different in those. (:

Anonymous said...

@Anon 7.36am - I'm with you - the DSP's and the whole DS collection in general were a great example of everything LLL did right. Things started to slide with the pants, - little details changed and then they made the regular version shorter and didn't bring out any colors in the tall version - of course they ended up selling less. I think the move to 'online only' is just a detour en route to complete discontinuation - it's a pity.

Anonymous said...

91%polyester and 9% elastane (I'm not 2:13 anon) :-) but I shop Sweaty Betty when they have sales in their stores.. The Atlwte tank is close to CRB cut and absorbs my sweat better during heavy sweaty workouts..

Rise and Shine said...

I think when Potdevin took over he was told that this is a great label, now milk it for all it's worth. Does anyone remember when they sold cheap Gucci watches in the 1980s? They absolutely gutted that label, but I bet they sold a lot. Lululemon is a name and mark people know and now there are stores EVERYWHERE, so they won't have trouble moving crap product.

I don't think Potdevin has any interest in retaining the things that made Lulu great, since they were expensive. (Great details, high quality fabrics, etc.) I think his mission is to use the Lulu brand to follow the Nike model of ubiquitous stores selling cheap-o product with a recognizable label. Replace everything every season because you're not keeping many loyal customers; you make your money on people who recognize the logo and wander in. From a corporate perspective, this works. It's only a comparatively small group of people who loved the brand who will be disappointed and their word of mouth is not very important when you have a store in every mall. So we are the malcontents, but we are powerless. All we can do is move on.

Anonymous said...

The argument that the classics are old designs and need to go in place of newer designs doesn't fly with me because at any given time there are 15-25 other tanks to choose from. I highly doubt that every last one of the newer tanks are better sellers than the CRB or dare I say the discontinued 105F Singlet? The same goes for the Dance Studio Line, I highly doubt that all the non compressive crops for sale since the demise of the DSC were and currently are better sellers. Every last one of the non-compressive crops land on WMTM, not one have been a hit. There absolutely is room for these classics but this management does not want them around competing with their newer designs. This is why I feel as a long-time loyal customer that Lululemon just doesn't care about me and all the othesr who love the classics as well.

Anonymous said...

Just had to weigh in re: Michi. Some of their sports bras are a bit odd, and I don't buy those, but I have to say that their crops are AMAZING. I'm a pretty hardcore athlete- competitive crossfit, half marathons, triathlete.... and I have to say that the Michi crops are incredibly comfortable, wick like a dream, and do not BUDGE.
I wear them for running and spin class. (Not for crossfit) Normally my Lulu Luxtreme run crops tend to creep down a bit in the crotch when I run, but Michi stays put. They also just started adding side pockets to some of their bottoms. The fabric is just so soft and light. I wore them once on a whim about a year ago, and I haven't looked back since.
So... don't hate until you try!

Anonymous said...

I saw the new CRBII in store today! There was a black, white and what I can best describe as a purple camo like print. As I suspected, the price did go up....to $52!!! I should have taken pictures but I was in a rush. I personally didn't like the looks of it.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 4:40 pm - what store was that?

Anonymous said...

I would love to see photos of the new CRB II!! I'm not really interested in purchasing one, but very curious to see it after all this talk about it. I am not surprised at all that the price has been jacked up $10, from $42 to $52.

Anonymous said...

Hi LLA, it was the Robson St store in Vancouver.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:18 pm - thanks!

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10:33 pm - that is good to hear they have good fabric. It's their styling I can't stand. Too much mesh and color blocking. The Vyper Crop is about the only bottom I could see ordering and even then, the fishnet-stype mesh is not that appealing to me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anon 7:33a.m. I don't believe we are powerless especially in the age of social media not to mention the ones in control of our wallets but you are right about what their plan is. Produce cheaper product under the LLL brand and hope it sells. Absolutely the older better designed and detailed product would have been more expensive to produce and they would not add as much to their bottom line as they would like so they scrapped those. LLL will never be the same with this management and vision and it's really sad but it's reality. I for one will not spend my money on cheaply made, boring designed product just because it's LLL. Mr. Potdevin has taken a great company and made it ho hum.