Lululemon Athletica, the trendy yoga apparel chain, is having growing pains. The chain, which has admitted it faced out-of-stocks during the holiday selling season as a result of high demand and an intentional decision to limit inventory, now finds itself, quite literally, without pants as a the result of a manufacturing mistake.
The company issued a statement that its most popular black yoga pant made with Luon arrived in stores revealing too much of what was underneath. The pants, which arrived in stores on March 1, were pulled from shelves this past weekend. The recalled items represent 17 percent of the chain's pants sales.
"The ingredients, weight and longevity qualities of the women's black luon bottoms remain the same but the coverage does not, resulting in a level of sheerness in some of our women's black luon bottoms that fall short of our very high standards," read a company statement.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Lululemon's March 2012 Annual Report cautioned the company could be hurt by its reliance on a small number of suppliers to manufacture its goods.
What grade would you give Lululemon for managing the chain's growth to date?