Archive for the 'Women’s athletic wear' Category

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Mar
13

Replacing Lululemon with Made in USA Athletic Wear

As I reported in my previous entry: Unwanted Exposure for Lululemon, many people are swearing off Lululemon for their too sheer Yoga pants. Now, the question becomes, who do I choose for my athletic wear? My suggestion is to try some of the “Made in the USA” brands. On the top of this list would be Clary Sage Organics. Clary Sage Organics is made in San Francisco, California, and the garments are made up of great quality materials, plus, they have a very fine manufacturing process, therefore, the garments will not be too sheer. But, what makes Clary Sage Organic a clear choice for many people is that all of their athletic wear is organic, sometimes sustainable (made of recycled material), and always chemical-free. Just last week, I was at Clary Sage Organics in Santana Row, and they had a pair of yoga pants, made out of recycled water bottles (BPA-free, of course), and it was one of the softest fabrics I have ever felt. They are amazing. Update: Clary Sage Organics is closed for good.

Sage- Slick corset top(made of recycled water bottles)

Sage- Slick corset top
(made of recycled water bottles)

Clary Sage Organic started in 2008 by founders Patti Cazzato (had been with GAP and Levis) and Daniel Kalish (a Natural Health Care Practitioner). Clary Sage Organic is an eco-chic boutique which combines organic clothing and wellness products.

Sage Slick scallop seamed legging

Sage Slick scallop seamed leggings

Clary Sage Organic has two stores, one at 2241 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA and one at Santana Row in San Jose, CA, which has been open for about a year. The clothing can, also, be purchased online, on their website.

Sage Miracle Crop

Sage Miracle Crop

Other Excellent Choices in Brick and Mortar Stores

Splits 59 is another excellent choice, sometimes found in Nieman Marcus, but, also, found in many small stores in California. Created in 2008 by Jonathon Schwartz, an ironman enthusiast and son of the co-founder of Calvin Klein, Inc. and Keith Peterson, formerly of Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana, they make all their athletic wear in Los Angeles.

Splits 59 Nova Capri Tight

Splits 59 Nova Capri Tight

Their philosophy: Innovative garments using the latest in technically advanced fabrics with sleek silhouettes and a directional attitudes.

Splits 59 Sabrina Singlette Tank

Splits 59 Sabrina Singlette Tank

Other makers: Nordstroms carries some Made in USA makers of athletic wear/yoga pants such as prAna (link is to the made in USA portion), Hard Tail (can also be found at Bloomingdales), Beyond Yoga, and Soul, Mind, Breathe, Life. And don’t forget American Apparel or my blog entry, Jennifer Lawrence Wears American Apparel.

Athletic Wear Made In The USA via the Internet

In going through my listings off of my blog entry Listing of Brands of Clothing Made in the USA via internet (subset Athletic Wear), I believe the best two of the bunch are Cana Collection and Kos USA. Cana Collection is manufactured in New York City, in the garment district. Cana specializes in activewear lifestyle brand catering to women and men, combining high-performance technology with style. KOS USA has the largest selection. They have been around since 1990 and their clothing is made in Los Angeles, CA. KOS USA specializes in making apparel in all realms of the fitness arena.
I have just been apprised of another internet only company that makes Yoga clothing from recycled bottles made in the USA. Their name is Teeki.

Happy exercising and buy American.

21
Mar
13

Unwanted Exposure For Lululemon

See-through yoga pants a pain for Lululemon – Evening Sun. Story from A.P. by Anne d’Innocenzio and Michelle Chapman. The biggest story of the day (obviously a slow news day) is Lululemon’s too sheer Black Luon yoga pants which reveals too much of their clientele. The complaints started appearing after March 1st. Lululemon, a Canadian company, which makes hardly any of its athletic wear in North America was quick too blame its Taiwanese manufacturer. However, Eclat Textile Co. Ltd (the Taiwanese Co.) is taking none of the blame. It says it followed the specifications to the letter. So, who’s right, the company that orders the garments but does no internal evaluations or the foreign manufacturer, who has to make a profit (and we have no way to know if they are cutting corners, because nobody from the parent company it there to check)?

lululemon2

The Lululemon yoga pants account for about 17% of all its women’s pants, and at $100 a pop, probably costs $5 per pair, made from slave labor, with a 2,000% mark-up, you know Lululemon is going be losing a chunk of change. Yoga pants have replaced leotards, sweatpants and shorts as today’s ladies leading athletic wear. For many women, the clingy, and, sometimes leaving-too-little-to-the-imagination-yoga pants have become every day wear, seen in grocery stores, restaurants, parking lots and businesses. Is this everyday wearing of Yoga Pants – a good thing or a bad thing? I guess it depends on who you ask.

Quality Problems Uncovered Previously

This is the not the first Lululemon product to have issues with “oversheerness”, says In The Capital. This has been the fourth problem within the past year.  First, it was the sheerness of their swimwear in the Spring of 2012. Another pair of the pants are sold with the disclaimer, “You may experience sheerness with some of our bright-colored bottoms because of the light weight material of the fabric. We recommend you do a couple of Down Dogs in your bright-colored bottoms to ensure you’re happy with the fit and coverage.” (Hopefully, in the privacy of your own home). The fourth issue has to do with problems with bright dyes bleeding.

Light colored yoga pants already have a disclaimer

Light colored yoga pants already have a disclaimer from Lululemon

Lululemon Stock Drops as Yoga Pants Expose Problems (from Reuters)

Investors usually like transparency. But not in this case. Lululemon’s stock dropped 6% or more than $250 million dollars in one day. Taken with inroads by competitors on yoga pants, Lululemon stock is down 16% since the start of the year.  The too-sheer yoga pants are a lulu of a lemon. “The company’s profits are going downward, dog.” -Robin Abaine, LA Times. “Another problem like this could leave the company with a lasting bum rap.”-Jana McGregor, Washington Post. I see London, I See France. I don’t see any underpants. This is just sheer madness and gives much unwanted exposure for Lululemon.  But all is not lost, in a Tweet from Second City Toronto: “When life hands you a lululemon, make lulu-lingerie.”

If Not Lululemon

So, if you do not want to patronize Lululemon anymore, then who? There are several makers of USA made yoga wear. See my link: Replacing Lululemon.




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