Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Swiftly Tech Fabric Content Changes - Less Silver Nylon and No More Spandex

The Swiftly Tech tees are being made in Sri Lanka whereas they were previously made in Israel. There has been a fabric content change. Here are photos of the tags. From the close ups you can see that the weave patterns have a changed a little too.




Update: Here is what the GEC via Facebook had to say on the new fabric content of the Swiftlys:

In the past, our seamless fabrics were manufactured in Israel. Our most recent run of the Swiftly Tech tops were produced in Sri Lanka. We source our production globally, and we choose top factories around the world that meet our h...igh quality standards. As we continue to grow, our factory relationships are evolving to suit our production needs.

As for the changes in the fabric content and feel of the fabric, it is normal for there to be some differences when we change manufacturers, as the knitting machinery and processing procedure varies from one facility to another. The new Swiftly Techs do contain X-Static, which is the silverescent fabric, so they will have the same anti-stink capabilities as the older version. Also, the current product has mechanical stretch and recovery (from yarn and knit structure) and the lack of spandex will not affect the shape retention.

As always, we appreciate all of the feedback that we receive from our guests, and we encourage you to share your opinions with us. We stand by the quality of our products, and if you ever feel as though something you purchased is not living up to our high standards, we encourage you to reach out to your local store or to the GEC.
--Morgan

26 comments:

Marci said...

More evidence of dropping lulu quality.. cheapening out IMO.

momof5 said...

Did anyone else notice the Chai time pullover in wishblue has a different neckline then thegrey and black -- it is like a boatneck in the blue and a relaxed crew in the others -- weird

Anonymous said...

I returned my run swiftly long sleeve for that very reason, no more spandex. The new tees made in Sri Lanka don't hold their shape. I will no longer by this tee until spandex is returned in the product label.

RunningOnCoffee said...

I touched the new swiftly techs in the store - and my dry hands (not even that dry!) felt like they caught on the fabric. Compared with my swiftly tech I'm wearing right now in dark classic grey from over a year ago (not having the same problem).

Anonymous said...

I knew they felt different! Thanks for posting. :)
-Angela

Anonymous said...

a nylon and polyester top? you could get the same thing at zellers for $14.99....come on, this is bogus.....

Anonymous said...

I went to my local Lululemon today to buy a wish blue long sleeve Swiftly and I had to read the tag because I thought they had mis-labeled it. It felt much different and I ended up not getting one. My older ones feel much softer. I'll just buy mine off eBay I guess.

momof5 said...

Good Detective WOrk -- luluaddict -- they were denying on facebook any change -- cheapening the brand IMO

Anonymous said...

The GEC on the facebook page are a bunch of idiots... for "educators" (bahahaha), they really don't know what the heck they are talking about.

LuluAddict said...

@momof5 - It was a reader who alerted me that the fabric content had changed although I knew the new shirts felt a little different. I just made sure to take photos today so we could know for sure.

@ anon 7:24 - I'm sure the GEC is given canned speeches about what they are allowed to say but it certainly does make them come across as very uninformed. They were denying there is a Plum Dash LS until someone posted the product alert photo.

Anonymous said...

There is canned responses and downright lies, the swifly has changed and they lied about it, or were extemely ignorant. Both are unexcusable for so called educators....

Dominique said...

Wow thank you for the information. I bought my first Swiftly Tech long sleeve in Montreal last month and it has spandex. It is perfect for cold Winter here... I wanted to buy 2 more because I think I will wear them a lot in the coming months. Now I don't think so... Where can I find old Swiftly with the spandex?

Anonymous said...

Okay... I wonder if they have changed the content more than once. I'm getting one from Israel and I asked them the content and this is what I got. The static silver is 12%.

52% Nylon, 32% Polyester, 12% X-Static Silver Nylon, 4% Spandex

LuluAddict said...

@anon 5:31- I saw that eBay listing. I think it was for a lilac colored top. I wonder if the content varies with color. The next time I go to the store I'll try to check different colors to see how they vary.

Anonymous said...

I ordered the grey ls tech.

Anonymous said...

Luluaddict - I have the LS classic sport grey, and the content is 54%Nylon, 34% Poly 8% X-static silver Nylon and 4% static. I checked my SS Senorita and it's the same. My new Wish is the same as the 12 wish in your picture. Bummer!

Why do they have to change the goodness?

houndlvr67 said...

Simple answer for change...bottom line.

I guess I'll be buying these exclusively on Ebay.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up! I went to my Lulu today in the search of an older SS Swiftly. I found some on the sale rack and in my size! There was a Senorita Pink and blue (sorry didn't look at the colour code) both in 10. Tried both on and found that the Senorita Pink shirt was tighter and more fitted than the blue. So strange, I decided to go with the pink. I checked the tags and it was made in Israel. SOLD! When I got home I compared my old (about a yr old) sz 10 Potion Purple to my new Swiftly. The Senorita Pink top is much softer and feels lighter. Also my older top is much bigger, about half an inch on all sides (maybe it bagged out?)

Also tried on the new Swiftly's and did not like it as much, it just didn't feel as nice on. Lulu please stop being so cheap! If you want me to continue playing, the quality needs to match the price you are asking!

Anonymous said...

^ meant paying...but playing works too.. =)

Anonymous said...

I used to work for lulu...they cut corners...this top has 1/2 the amount of x-static silver in it, b/c it's expensive to weave into the product. The company does not practice what they preach! They don't treat their employees like they claim to and NO one in upper mgmt has ANY sort of balance in their life!! They work 24/7 and expect you to w/o clocking in overtime!! BS company. I'll never buy another article of clothing from them.

Anonymous said...

I think lululemon is full of s%&!, the canned up from morons at GEC, what an insult, I'm done!

SV said...

If they decrease the amount of silver nylon in the regular line, they save money and the tops will be less "stink free". Then people will start taking a better look at the Silver Luon/Challenge line....

Anonymous said...

Hmm...I think I'm gonna pick up a couple of essentials and then be done with lulu for a while. The quality has definitely decreased (my light grey Cuddle Up, plum Inspire, and pique Energize all have threads fraying out of the seams) and considering the price they are asking, it's just not worth the "cute" factor to me anymore. I used to buy lulu for the quality and functionality, but the items are no longer quality items, and IMO a $100 product with fraying seams is not a "functional" product...so the only rationale left for buying lulu is that it's cute and it makes your butt look nice. We should not have to treat our ATHLETIC gear with such care - we should be able to wash and wear something a hundred times without the seams fraying or holes appearing.

Not only has the quality decreased exponentially, but they are obviously using cheaper fabrics/labor now. The GEC response above basically says so. And if the company is no longer willing to shell out the money for nice, durable fabrics...then I'm no longer willing to pay, either.

Not to mention what the "ex-employee" said above - if that stuff is true, then the company is definitely not who I thought they were. How disappointing. So much of my money has gone to them.

Becky said...

"As for the changes in the fabric content and feel of the fabric, it is normal for there to be some differences when we change manufacturers..."

OK, so how many times have customers stated on Facebook that the feel of the Luon pants has changed, the fabric has changed, it is pilling more now, etc.? How many times have the Educators on the Facebook page claimed that there has been no changes to the Luon, even though it is now manufactured in another Country/Factory? Now they state the above, that there ARE INDEED changes made when they change manufacturers? So, have they not just completely contradicted themselves??

Anonymous said...

I found your site via this article after Googling what I suspected about diminishing fabric quality. I'm so glad you have this blog! I love my older Lulu clothes and I've tried posting reviews on the retail site, and they often straight up don't post my review! Now I know there's a whole worldwide community who knows Lululemon has "cheaped-out" on us. Thanks Luluaddict!

Anonymous said...

The quality of Lululemon products is appalling. Around 8 years ago the quality of the fabric was amazing. I remember wanting to buy the clothes but at the time I was a poor student and couldn't afford them. Now I have the means, but it's all just nylon/polyester junk. It's worst with the pants. I regret all of the pairs of pants I've bought from there because they fluffed up within a few weeks and became unwearable.

I've found nicer cotton-spandex blend stuff at Walmart and Winners.