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Chip Wilson to Step Down as Lululemon Chairman

I have to admit that I was very sad to read the Lululemon press release that announced that Lululemon co-founder, Chip Wilson, will be stepping down as Chairman in the coming year.

This is an end to an era that I do not want to face. So much of Lululemon’s success can be attributed to Chip and Shannon Wilson, so what will happen when they are gone?

I was there when this store opened in my neighborhood of Kitsilano in Vancouver. I was there in the early days when Chip himself was in the store and tried to sell me product. I was there years later after Lululemon had much success and he still tried to educate me when I was looking at mens pants one day. I was so impressed with his enthusiasm and down to earth manner both at the beginning and in later years.

This is someone who had the vision to foresee the popularity of yoga and provided the most comfortable and stylish clothing for it. Years ago, few people did yoga and now, yoga classes are as prolific as Sushi restaurants in Kitsilano. Now, Lululemon is so much more than being a yoga clothing store. There is dance wear, running apparel and much more.

Controversy? Yes. In the end, any comment or action could be misconstrued or exaggerated. In my opinion, most of the criticism was totally unfounded. But once somebody becomes the target of late night talk shows and angry people who can’t fit into yoga pants, there’s not much you can do.

So thank you Chip Wilson for your vision. I can honestly say that my lifestyle has changed for the better because of Lululemon. I regret that you are leaving Lululemon. I wonder what will become of the company. I do not have much confidence. I fear the future.

Oh yeah, there was something else in the news release about Christine Day finally getting her successor. Watch the movement of the stock to see what stockholders think of the decision.


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Lululemon Earlier Version Black Groove Pants 459

Here is a pair of Lululemon’s black groove pant. This is one of the earlier pants.

Here is the full view of the front. It is made of black luon fabric.

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Lululemon Earlier Version Black Groove Pants 459

Here is a close up view of the front top. Some of my other groove pants have patterns in the middle band but this one is solid.

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This is a full view of the side of the pants. It shows a nice fit.

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Here is a close up of the side.

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Here is a close up of the side of the leg. You can see a small close up of the silver omega Lululemon symbol in the middle. Other versions have the small silver omega Lululemon symbol in the middle of the top of the back.

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This is a full view of the back of the pants.

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Here is a close up of the top of the back.

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Here is a close up of the tag. It says Designed in Vancouver . It is a size 8 regular.

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I’ve owned a lot of the groove pants and this is one of my earlier pants.  Lululemon founder, Shannon Wilson is famous for designing these in particular. How many pairs of groove pants do you have?


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In Defense of Honesty, Let’s Be Honest Here

Living in Vancouver, land of the Lululemon birthplace, I couldn’t help but notice the barrage of Lululemon news lately.

A couple of days ago, I spotted an online article commenting on the increase of Lululemon complaints on Facebook. It mentioned the quality issues that had been brought up a few month ago. I was surprised to hear this because I had not heard anything myself from anybody. When I looked myself, all I could see was the odd complaint, which was in line with what every retailer would receive.

I was really surprised that any of the media would even pick up on this story. There wasn’t any real proof of any continued quality issue. This reminded me of when some journalist interviewed a so-called insider (somebody who worked briefly at a Lululemon store) who claimed that the store did not display the larger sizes. I, myself visited several stores after reading that and saw absolutely no evidence of the larger sizes being hidden in the back. Was somebody saying that there was a real increase in complaints?

I was truly puzzled. What I first suspected was that somebody was trying to influence the Lululemon stock prices by planting sensitive nuggets and hoping that somebody would be outraged and fan the flames. From my years of working in the stock market, I saw lots of evidence of this-people trying to manipulate stock prices for different stocks.

Or, could be that some people are simply jealous of the company, of the success, of the lifestyle that they could never have? This reminded me of the backlash against the yuppies in the 1980s.  Could some people resent the higher prices maybe? I just don’t know.

Sure enough, there were a few so-called journalists who wrote pieces pouncing on the big plus-size debate again. Some people lectured Lululemon on what their marketing strategy should be (such as bag design criticism). Some people would criticize them for anything and everything. But in my opinion, this is not at all fair.

Can anybody buy Lululemon?

Yes, of course. Anybody who wants to buy something from Lululemon, can. But should they?

Should everybody buy Lululemon?

Uh, probably not absolutely everybody. Let’s be honest here. There are some styles that are more flattering to some body types and not so much to others.

Can anybody wear Lululemon?

Yes, everybody can wear Lululemon. But, let’s be honest here. Some people look absolutely terrible in some pants. But there are some styles that welcome most body types with a looser fit.

Can the educator try to persuade a customer to try a different style which might be more flattering and be a better fit? Yes, but let’s be honest here, some people will not listen and buy whatever they want.

Can the educator try to persuade a customer to buy the right size? Let’s be honest here, probably not. If a customer is absolutely convinced that she is a size 6 when she is a size 12, that is what she is going to buy. But it’s also the same if a size 6 person insists on wearing a size 2, too.

So now, the customer goes out and wears the hopelessly ill-fitting pants. She can’t understand why the inner thigh area is pilling. Let’s be honest here, it’s not the fabric, it’s the customer stubbornly wearing the wrong sized pants.

Why do I think this? Because this has happened to me. What person hasn’t flattered themselves into thinking that they can fit into a smaller size than they really are? I have some pants that I know that I should not have bought too small which are straining at the seams and do pill because they are not large enough. Do I blame Lululemon for that? Let’s be honest here, I should have bought the right size, my vanity be damned.

Here in Vancouver, there are probably more people wearing Lululemon than anywhere. Let me assure you, there are some people who look absolutely great in their clothing and some people who do not do themselves any favors by wearing them. Let’s be honest here.

Should Chip Wilson be criticized for being honest? I think that he had absolutely valid points about Lululemon not necessarily being available to everyone. As a designer, I can imagine that Shannon Wilson did not design thinking that her pieces would fit everybody, that’s not realistic.

Did Lululemon ever say that they would be the mega super market of active wear? I don’t think so. I still believe that they are very successful in providing great active wear in a special niche, for yogis and runners for example. That’s what attracted me. That’s why I am willing to pay a premium for these clothes.

So come on people, let’s be honest here, there are other issues we should look at here, not the quality of the Lululemon clothing.


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Lululemon Small Black Groove Pants 436

Here is another pair of Lululemon’s black groove pant, just a smaller size. This is probably one of the most famous and popular Lululemon pieces.

Here is a close up view of the front top. Some of my other groove pants have patterns in the middle band but this one is solid.

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Lululemon Small Black Groove Pants 436

This is a full view of the side of the pants. It shows a nice fit.

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Here is a close up of the side.

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This is a full view of the back of the pants.

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Here is a close up of the top of the back. You can see a small close up of the silver omega Lululemon symbol in the middle.

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Here is a close up of the slit pocket. Inside is a size sticker that says 8.

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Here is a close up of the name tag. It says lululemon, I belong to and mobile.

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I’ve owned a lot of the groove pants and this one is just a smaller size than the previous pair. Lululemon founder, Shannon Wilson is famous for designing these in particular. How many pairs of groove pants do you have?


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Lululemon Large Black Groove Pants 435

Here is a pair of Lululemon’s black groove pant. This is probably one of the most famous and popular Lululemon pieces.

Here is the full view of the front. It is made of black luon fabric.

Lululemon Large Black Groove Pants 435

Lululemon Large Black Groove Pants 435

Here is a close up view of the front top. Some of my other groove pants have patterns in the middle band but this one is solid.

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This is a full view of the side of the pants. It shows a nice fit.

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Here is a close up of the side.

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This is a full view of the back of the pants.

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Here is a close up of the top of the back. You can see a small close up of the silver omega Lululemon symbol in the middle.

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Here is a close up of the slit pocket. Inside is a size sticker that says 12.

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Here is a close up of the tag. It says Designed in Vancouver Made in China. It is a size 12 tall.

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I’ve owned a lot of the groove pants but I liked this one for being basic black. Lululemon founder, Shannon Wilson is famous for designing these in particular. How many pairs of groove pants do you have?


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Lululemon Founders Chip and Shannon Wilson Commission Graffiti Artists for Beach Wall Mural UPDATE

BC Global TV news reported today that a graffiti mural on a large wall facing the beach has been commissioned by Lululemon founders, Shannon and Chip Wilson.

Lululemon Founders Chip and Shannon Wilson Commission Graffiti Artists for Beach Wall Mural

Lululemon Founders Chip and Shannon Wilson Commission Graffiti Artists for Beach Wall Mural

The article: Lululemon founders commission graffiti mural on Kits Beach to stop problem tagging by Amy Judd. (with files from Darlene Heidemann)

Kitsilano beach is in Vancouver. Kitsilano is the neighborhood where the first Lululemon store opened and where the head office is now. On a wall facing the beach, people used to tag it with inappropriate pictures and words.

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Shannon and Chip Wilson, who live close to the wall, got the idea to commission graffiti artists to paint a mural when they visited Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia which had the same problem.

Scott Sueme is one of the graffiti artists who helped to create the art.

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Seven artists worked on this project.

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Graeme Bergland, local artist was the project organizer.

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Lots of color was used by the artists. It’s thought that people would not likely paint over the mural, especially since it was done by graffiti artists.

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Shannon and Chip Wilson

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The mural will be much appreciated by the public.

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The mural is very close to the beach.

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I was very interested to see this news report. I live very close to this beach and look forward to checking this mural out!

Lululemon has appreciated this kind of colorful art before. Here is the front and side of the flagship West 4th Lululemon store that shows colorful art. You can see this in the collage of my blog.

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I love the art that Chip and Shannon Wilson has donated to the city. In addition to this mural, they also donated a group of laughing statues (previous blog post), too.

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UPDATE: In the news today, September 23, 2014, it was revealed that because of a neighbor’s complaint, the City of Vancouver checked and determined that this mural did not have a permit.

Because of this, the beautiful mural was painted over. There is a now a message on the wall that reads, ‘The City of Vancouver.  Consistently opposing the arts.’

As a Vancouverite, I am so ashamed that the City has done this. There are so many other pressing problems that they could tend to instead. I don’t know why anybody would complain about this amazing mural. Obviously, this complaining ‘neighbor’ is a total jerk who does not appreciate art or the efforts to fight graffiti as his neighbors have.