The founder of lululemon athletica is back-peddling on statements he made during a recent interview on Bloomberg TV. In a video posted on the Vancouver-based yoga apparel company’s YouTube channel today (November 8), Chip Wilson says that he’s sorry—but not to his customers.
“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. I take responsibility for all that has occurred and the impact that it has had on you. I’m sorry to have put you all through this,” Wilson says to the camera. “For all of you who have made lululemon what it is today, I ask you to stay in the conversation that is above the fray. I ask you to prove that the culture that you have built cannot be chipped away.”
Not sure if that last sentence was pun intended.
On November 5, Wilson stated that in cases of see-through fabric and pilling, lululemon pants don't work for some women's bodies.
“It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time,” he told Bloomberg TV host Trish Regan.
Since the interview, Wilson has faced a firestorm of criticism.