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Lululemon Recent Controversy Over Plus Size Offerings in Stores

There have been a few controversial articles about Lululemon and their size offerings in stores in the last few days. I thought that it must be a really slow news day for these articles to get any attention.

Apparently, it all started with some so-called Lululemon insider, some person who worked for four months at a Philadelphia store in 2011, who claimed that Lululemon’s strategy is to shun plus sized shoppers. She claimed that the larger sizes, 10 and 12 (large and extra-large) were put in the back, hidden and crumpled. She also claimed that they were only past styles available, too.

So why is she speaking out two years later? And why did she only work there for four months? Was she feeling so indignant about how plus size shoppers were being shunned that she decided to quit? Really? Or was she fired?

Today, this is what I found in the store I go to most often. The larger sizes were not hidden in the back nor were they crumpled. They were all represented with the most current styles, too. All of the other stores that I have been to have the same set up. (in Canada and the US)

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Lululemon Recent Controversy Over Plus Size Offerings in Stores

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I checked the racks as well, and was able to find all styles in pretty much all sizes.

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With the jackets, I found that there were more larger sizes than the smaller ones.

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Here are the ladies and mens sizing charts.

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Here are the mens. There are plenty of L, XL and even XXL.

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After that, there were outraged people who said that they hated Lululemon because they didn’t offer plus size offerings in their stores. To tell you the truth, I was surprised that there was such anger and indignation. One in particular, was a size 18 yogi who was incensed and said that Lululemon could kiss her fat a$$. I couldn’t believe that somebody could be so angry about a company. With all the problems in the world to be outraged about, she chooses to express her anger about a clothing company! I feel really sorry for her.

Okay, I don’t know about that Philadelphia store, but I have been in the Vancouver Lululemon stores for years and I have always seen size 10 and size 12. There have sometimes even seen size 14 available. In mens sizes, there are plenty of size L, XL and XXL. If anything, my petite friends have complained that the size 2s were too big and they wished that they could get smaller clothes. (Lululemon opened an Ivivva store that carries girls sizes and I know some adults who buy from there). Will there be as many outraged bloggers complaining that Lululemon doesn’t provide enough small sizes? I doubt it.

There is probably no other city that has as many people wearing Lululemon as Vancouver does, given that this is where the headquarters is and the city of the first store. I can assure you that there are plenty of plus size people wearing Lululemon. After I read the first article, I noticed at the last nooner yoga class (the free class that Lululemon sponsors), that there were some people wearing plus size gear.

How are plus size people able to wear Lululemon? Well, as many people have commented on different forums, some styles are fairly loose-fitting. I have been able to fit into size 6 in some pants and some size 12 depending on the style. Some items are made of fabric that has more ‘give’ and others are more tightly knit.

I guess I’m obviously biased about my opinion about those articles. Would I be as outraged and angry if I couldn’t fit into Lululemon clothes? Well, I would like to think that I would accept the fact that there will always be some stores which will not offer my size and look for a store that does.

What do you think? Do these people have a valid point?


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Lululemon CEO Search Window Displays Pedro for CEO

As most people know, Lululemon’s CEO has stepped down and there is a search for a new CEO.

I was walking by the flagship store, West 4th Kitsilano Lululemon and saw their window displays proclaiming their job ad. I loved these windows!

It says, ‘and you thought see through pants were an issue…now accepting CEO applications’.

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Lululemon CEO Search Window Displays Pedro for CEO

Here is another sign that says, CEO WANTED APPLY WITHIN.

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Here is a button that’s hard to see with the window glare, but it says, PEDRO FOR CEO.

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I happened to be walking past the downtown Robson Street Lululemon store and they also have their windows with the job sign. This one says, NOW HIRING CEO.

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Here’s another sign on the other side of the window. The sign says, CEO WANTED APPLY WITHIN.

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Here is a white tank top that says, PEDRO FOR CEO. I asked an educator why they said that. She told me that it was in reference to the movie, Napoleon Dynamite. I had never seen the movie so I didn’t clue in. She said that it was a joke in the movie.

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Here is the white t-shirt version.

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Here is the label. It says that it was Designed in Vancouver and Made in Peru. The educator said that these shirts have been in the store for three days. I was surprised to hear that since the resignation announcement was not that long ago.

Did they have these white shirts and then sent them somewhere to get silk screened? Did they get the signs made quickly? Or was the resignation anticipated and all of this stuff made in advance?

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For anybody who’s interested, here is the Lululemon headquarters and the entrance to the parking lot! It is in beautiful Kitsilano and blocks from the famous Kitsilano beach! It is also blocks from the first Lululemon store that was opened by Chip Wilson.

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Maybe you’ll get an executive parking spot! lol

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In keeping with their fun job descriptions, some of the job requirements: it’s seeking a leader who can hold a headstand for at least 10 minutes, has Oprah and Chip Wilson on speed dial (among others), communicate in Sanskrit and down wheatgrass and tequila shots on Fridays for work-life balance.

I hear that they received over 160 applications already! I’m looking forward to finding out who will be the next CEO.

Added today:

I found this Workopolis job search site ad in the daily free paper today.

‘Looking for a company that isn’t afraid to be transparent?’ I’m sure that’s in reference to the recent sheer yoga pants incident.

You can also see a yoga mat, a CEO name plate and a pair of groove looking yoga pants.  Wonder who they’re making fun of?

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