Blog: Lululemon criticised over plus-size comments

Katie Smith | 18 November 2013

Lululemon is being urged to make clothing for plus-size women

Lululemon is being urged to make clothing for plus-size women

First Abercrombie & Fitch and now Canada's Lululemon Athletica.

Back in May, A&F's CEO Mike Jeffries came under fire over the retailer's lack of plus-sized clothing - and comments including: "We go after the attractive all-American kid."

Now the yoga wear brand's founder Chip Wilson has been criticised for his comments about women's bodies.

In a television interview last week, Wilson suggested Lululemon yoga pants do not work for some women's bodies, and that piling can occur from rubbing at the thighs. 

Wilson then issued an apology, saying he was really sad for the repercussions of his actions.

An online petition, which has over 7,000 supporters, is now calling for Lululemon to produce fitness clothing for larger women, after it pointed out the brand's products are only available up to size 12.

"If Lululemon is really a brand for women who are pursuing health and wellness, shouldn't Lululemon clothes be made in sizes larger than the average, too?" the petition asks.

Earlier this month the company faced fresh complaints about the quality of its products, eight months after it was forced to pull a line of black Luon trousers from its stores after the fabric was found to be see-through. The latest complaints related to piling on the brand's Grove Pants.

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