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Lululemon co-founder blames pant problems on women's bodies

Thursday - 11/7/2013, 11:46am  ET

Lululemon co-founder blames women's bodies for pilling issues in yoga pant. (Screengrab via Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON - Lululemon's yoga pants just can't seem to stay out of the spotlight.

In March of this year, the Canadian athletic clothing company had to pull its popular black yoga pants -- which cost around $100 -- from the shelves after receiving complaints about the material being too sheer.

New pants have since replaced the old ones, but additional complaints have surfaced about the pants still being too sheer. Customer complaints also include pilling in the thigh area and ripping seams.

But when asked about the quality of the pants on Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart," Lululemon co-founder Chip Wilson said the problem may have less to do with the quality of the company's materials, and more to do with women's bodies.

"Quite frankly, some women's bodies just don't work for it," Wilson said while discussing the company's pants. "They don't work for some women's bodies It's really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there."

Shannon Wilson, Chip's wife and former Lululemon chief designer and company co- founder, quickly tried to offer "sitting on a cement ground" as an alternative explanation for why some women see more pilling than others.

Watch the full interview below. The conversation on the quality of the pants begins around the second minute.

(h/t: The Huffington Post)

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