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This blog is about good old vintage Lululemon clothing and accessories and all things Lulu!


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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 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.


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BC Child Run for Childhood Cancer Volunteer Shirt 2013 Sponsored by the Wilson Family

BC Child Run for Childhood Cancer 2013 Sponsored by the Wilson Family

BC Child Run for Childhood Cancer 2013 Sponsored by the Wilson Family

This is the volunteer t-shirt that I got when I volunteered for the BC Child Run for Childhood Cancer 2013. This is an event that is sponsored by the Wilson family, Lululemon founder Chip and his wife Shannon. I always try to volunteer for these charities.

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This is the back of the shirt which lists all of the sponsors.

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Here is a photo from the race brochure. If you look closely, on the right hand side, you can see Chip (with his hand waving) and Shannon Wilson beside him. If you or your team raises a certain level, you get recognized on stage with the Wilsons.

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Here are some photos from the event. It is a really amazing event for families, lots of fun things for the kids to do after the race and it raises a lot of funds for a worthy charity, childhood cancer.

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If you are ever in the Vancouver area when they have next year’s race, please consider participating in this fun event and raising funds for this cause!