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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lululemon - Athletic Apparel for Women and Men

Lululemon Scuba Hoodie - Special Edition
I have found that most Canadians are familiar with Lululemon but I have been asked so many questions by our friends down south and from international friends that I thought it necessary to provide some information about the brand.  So if you are not familiar with Lululemon, here is some information that may help you get more insight into the product.

 A bit of background on how the company was formed was obtained directly from their website:

After taking his first yoga class, Chip Wilson, the founder and creator of Lululemon found that the cotton fabric used for yoga wear was uncomfortable and decided to explore a more technical athletic fabric.


Voila! He opened a design studio that he also featured as a yoga studio at night. He started selling the clothes and having all yoga instructors wear the garments to obtain feedback and ideas on the fabric, designs, etc.

Lululemon Define Jacket
The first Lululemon store opened in Vancouver - Kitsilano in 2000. At first, the store was supposed to be a community place for people to come and learn about the physical and health benefits of yoga and exercise. But due to its popularity more locations opened.


It's All About Performance Quality


"We create components designed by athletes for athletes."

The structure of lululemon clothing provides comfort and style


* Flat Seams- for less irritation


* Gussets- to avoid being cut in half


* Pre-shrunk- to ensure a perfect fit and that zippers don't buckle


Lululemon Pranayama Tank

 * Taping around neck and back of zippers- less irritation


* Locking Zippers- To stay in place; higher quality zippers


* Reverse stitched lining- less irritation


Creating components for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives


Lululemon changes their color chart seasonally - therefore it is best to check their website for the current color scheme.


Many of the products Lululemon offers:


The ever popular Remix Hoodie and back by popular demand is the Scuba
 Hoodie , the worn by all Reverse Groove Pant and the always sought after Deep V Tank (now discontinued). Large selection of rare and discontinued Lululemon items found at my store: http://www.btipsandco.com/


Who Wears Lulu?


Lululemon Reverse Groove
Lululemon is not only worn by yoga students, or instructors but by dancers as well as all athletes, not excluding the average person! "Lululemon Athletica was formed to provide people with components to live longer, healthier, and more fun lives. If we can produce products to keep people active and stress free we believe the world will become a much better place."


The Fabric


 Lululemon uses a variety of fabrics for their clothing but their most popular one is their signature Luon.
They categorize their fabrics according to sports:

For High Impact

Luon

This is what made Lululemon famous! Moisture wicking and preshrunk. It offers great coverage, shape retention and it is 4 way stretch! It is available in Luon, Running Luon and Silver Luon.
Lululemon Tadasana Tank

Luxtreme
Fastest wicking fabric available and it is used primarily in the women's line. Lightweight and it absorbs moisture super fast, perfect to be used during high impact exercise for super high absorbtion.
Other fabrics available are Merino Wool, Coolmax, Swift, Silverescent, Circle Mesh, Power Mesh

For Low Impact

Cotton Fleece, Stretch French Terry, Pima Cotton and Vitasea

For Outdoor

Glyde and Softshell


How to Care for your Lulus

Machine wash warm and dry warm
Or hang to dry if preferred
Do not use fabric softener as this inhibits the wicking capabilities in technical fabrics.
All garments are pre-shrunk (they may shrink a maximum of 2% further)
Other care tips
It has been found that washing your Luon with fluffy cotton towels will create pilling on the garment - Avoid at all cost!
If washed in cold and hang to dry - better for the life of the garment


How to Choose the Correct Size

lululemon size charts- provided as a guide

Women's Size Chart (in inches)
                                  2       4       6        8       10      12
Sizes                          XXS   XS      S        M        L       XL
Height                                                  5'7"
Bust                           30      32     34      36      38      40
Waist                        22.5    24.5   26.5   28.5   30.5   32.5
Hip                            33       35     37     39       41      43
Regular Inseam (R)      31       31     31.5  31.5    31.5   31.5
Tall Inseam (T)           35       35      35.5  35.5     35.5

Men's Size Chart (in inches)

Sizes                                    S       M        L       XL     XXL
Chest                                   37     39       42     45     48
Waist                                   30     32       35     38     41
Regular Inseam (R)                 33     33      33     33     33
Tall Inseam (T)                      36     36      36      36    36


The Lulu Symbol

However you want to refer to it - Logo, Symbol, Emblem - showing it off has become somewhat of a cult! The lulu logo is basically a stylized letter "A" which was made for the first letter of the name "athletically hip."
The Famous Lululemon Manifesto

Lululemon Manifesto -

"Drink FRESH water and as much water as you can. Water flushes unwanted toxins from your body and keeps your brain sharp.
A daily hit of athletic-induced endorphins gives you the power to make better decisions, helps you be at peace with yourself, and offsets stress.
Do one thing a day that scares you.
Listen, listen, listen, and then ask strategic questions.
Write down your short and long-term GOALS four times a year. Two personal, two business and two health goals for the next 1, 5 and 10 years. Goal setting triggers your subconscious computer.
Life is full of setbacks. Success is determined by how you handle setbacks.
Your outlook on life is a direct reflection of how much you like yourself.
That which matters the most should never give way to that which matters the least.
Stress is related to 99% of all illness.
Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to.
The world is changing at such a rapid rate that waiting to implement changes will leave you 2 steps behind. DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW!
Friends are more important than money.
Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment. Living in the moment could be the meaning of life.
Take various vitamins. You never know what small mineral can eliminate the bottleneck to everlasting health.
Don't trust that an old age pension will be sufficient.
Visualize your eventual demise. It can have an amazing effect on how you live for the moment.
The conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Choose a positive thought.
Live near the ocean and inhale the pure salt air that flows over the water, Vancouver will do nicely.
Observe a plant before and after watering and relate these benefits to your body and brain.
Practice yoga so you can remain active in physical sports as you age.
Dance, sing, floss and travel.
Children are the orgasm of life. Just like you did not know what an orgasm was before you had one, nature does not let you know how great children are until you have them.
Successful people replace the words 'wish', 'should' and 'try', with 'I will'.
Creativity is maximized when you're living in the moment.
Nature wants us to be mediocre because we have a greater chance to survive and reproduce. Mediocre is as close to the bottom as it is to the top, and will give you a lousy life.
lululemon athletica creates components for people to live longer, healthier and more fun lives. If we can produce products to keep people active and stress-free, we believe the world will become a much better place.
Do not use cleaning chemicals on your kitchen counters. Someone will inevitably make a sandwich on your counter.
SWEAT once a day to regenerate your skin.
Communication is COMPLICATED. We are all raised in a different family with slightly different definitions of every word. An agreement is an agreement only if each party knows the conditions for satisfaction and a time is set for satisfaction to occur.
What we do to the earth we do to ourselves.
The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness."

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