November 15, 2013 8:02 pm
Updated: November 15, 2013 8:07 pm

Petition asks Lululemon founder to apologize and make clothes for women of all sizes

A woman leaves the Kitsilano, B.C. Lululemon store in Vancouver Thursday, October 18, 2007.

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A petition has been launched, asking Lululemon founder to apologize for his recent comments about his pants not working for some women’s bodies.  

The petition called “Lululemon founder Chip Wilson: Stop shaming women’s bodies. Apologize and make clothes for women of all sizes!” has been signed by over 1,400 people.

In a recent interview to an American TV show, Wilson said some women’s bodies do not work for their pants after complaints from some customers that the pants are pilling after only a few months of wear.

“Even our small size will fit an extra large. It is really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, and how much they use them,” said Wilson during the interview.


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The comment sparked outrage, forcing Wilson to issue an apology.

“I’m sad, I’m really sad, I’m sad for the repercussions of my actions, I’m sad for the people of Lululemon who I care so much about, that have really had to face the brunt of my actions,” said Wilson.

But petition organizer Marci Warhaft-Nadler says she is not buying it.

“It was probably one of the worst apologies I have ever seen since Rob Ford. I watched it and I thought he apologized to himself and Lululemon.”

The petition asks that Wilson acknowledges the problem with their pants and stops blaming women.

“Instead of saying we have a problem with our pants, he is saying our pants are fine. It is your bodies that need to be fixed,” says Warhaft-Nadler.

Another fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is facing controversy after its CEO claimed they do not carry plus sizes to appeal “to cool kids.”

Warhaft-Nadler says the Lululemon incident is worse to her.

“This is a company that is supposed to be about yoga, exercise and healthy lifestyle. It is supposed to be promoting a healthy lifestyle for women when really it is promoting a healthy lifestyle for some women.”

She says they ultimately want Lululemon to start making pants that are beyond size 12.

“We really need to get out the message that fit bodies can come in different shapes and sizes, and that every woman’s body deserves to be celebrated and respected.”

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