Lululemon supplier says recalled yoga pants made to specs

Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:52am EDT
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* Taiwan supplier say Lululemon misjudged consumer tastes

* Lululemon lowers sales forecast for fiscal Q1

By Yimou Lee and Euan Rocha

HONG KONG/TORONTO, March 19 (Reuters) - The Taiwanese supplier behind the see-through yoga pants recalled by Lululemon Athletica Inc said on Tuesday it followed design specifications and the Canadian retailer had merely misjudged customer tastes.

Lululemon said late Monday it had recalled batches of its stretchy black signature yoga pants because of an unacceptable "level of sheerness" created during the manufacturing process.

Shares of Lululemon fell 4.6 percent to 64.38 on Tuesday as analysts trimmed their expectations on the clothing maker a day after it warned the recall would significantly affect results.

Eclat Textile Co Ltd, a supplier for Lululemon for more than 10 years, told Reuters that "a gap between Lululemon's expectations and reaction from the market" was the cause of the problem.

"We checked our orders this morning and indeed, we did follow their instructions to make the product," said Roger Lo, a spokesperson at Eclat. "Lulu has some new ideas every year, such as taking different approaches for fashion-related purposes."

"Lululemon introduced the product to the market and their customers are not comfortable with its opacity."   Continued...