No need to shell out for a fitness class tomorrow, KOP-area Be Wellers: Lululemon at the King of Prussia mall is hosting a free in-store barre-less barre class at 9 a.m. Instructor Jennifer Anello, who owns Limerick’s BodyRide cycling and barre studio, will lead the 45-minute class. This is a bring-your-own-mat event.
Note from editor Emily Leaman: Earlier this month, we ran a piece by Diana Vitarelli, owner of Philly’s Dhyana Yoga studios, explaining why she opted out of the Lululemon Ambassador program. The piece made the rounds, far and wide, online, and I heard from lots of readers, yogis and other studio owners about why they agreed or disagreed with Diana’s position. One such person in the latter camp is Jesse Frank, co-owner of Center City’s Unite Fitness studio, who has been a happy Lulu ambassador since 2012. Below, his take on the ambassador drama, reprinted from his blog post “Lululemon Ambassadors, Unite!” with permission from Unite Fitness. The views and opinions are the author’s own.
I pride myself on generally staying out of other peoples business, gossip, and private conversations.
But last week, when my co-worker forwarded a recent blog-post from “one-disgruntled-former-ambassador”, I knew it was time to sit down and write a letter in response to show my support and appreciation to the Lululemon Ambassador program.
Yogawear company Lululemon is having a rough week. On Tuesday the company announced that co-founder and chairman, Chip Wilson, would be stepping down. And yesterday, according to the New York Times, despite announcing relatively decent third-quarter sales, which were up slightly compared to last year, the company predicted a less-than-stellar yearly-earnings forecast, causing the company’s stock to take a 12 percent tumble.
So why such lackluster fourth-quarter sales predictions? Because with all of the negative publicity surrounding the infamous see-through Luon pants scandal paired with Wilson’s alienating comments (you know, where he claimed that some women’s bodies “just actually don’t work” in yoga pants), the company doubts they’ll be seeing too many holiday shoppers this year.
Well, dang. Vancouver-based yoga giant Lululemon announced this morning that its co-founder and chairman, Chip Wilson, is stepping down from his post and will be out by next June. The announcement comes on the heels of yet another Lulu brouhaha last month, when Wilson made a now infamous gaffe, stating on Bloomberg TV that his company’s pants “don’t work for some women’s bodies” and that the sheerness of the fabric is less of a product defect and more an issue when there’s “rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how much they use it.” And then the collective brain of the Internet exploded.