Lululemon Founder Puts Company in Spotlight—Again

Lululemon founder Chip Wilson stirs up more controversy when he comments on the size of the women who should wear the company's yoga pants.

If your thighs touch, you probably shouldn’t wear Lululemon yoga pants, according to founder Chip Wilson.


Chip Wilson, the controversial founder of women’s yoga-clothing brand Lululemon Athletica, stirred up more negative press (is that even possible?) for when he seemed to blame wear-and-tear issues with Lulu pants on the size thighs of the wearer.

According to a post on Yahoo! Shine,

“Asked Tuesday on Bloomberg TV’s ‘Street Smart’ show about recent complaints that Lululemon’s yoga pants are prone to pilling, Wilson said, ‘Frankly some women’s bodies just actually don’t work for it.’ …

‘They don’t work for some women’s bodies,’ he continued. ‘It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how much they use it.'”

Wilson stepped down from Lulu leadership in 2012, but remains on the company’s board of directors. The company, which has sales of roughly $1 billion and more than 218 stores worldwide, and has recently made moves into the men’s fitness market, remains one of the most popular yoga-wear companies.