Leggings scandal, take two.
Over the past few years, leggings and yoga pants have increasingly become common staples in women’s wardrobes–enough so that there are memes about yoga pants that have never been to an actual yoga studio. So, it makes perfect sense that women are serious about their preferred, lived-in legwear, and passionate about the brands that make them.
Exhibit A: In 2013, yoga-pants lovers were upset to find out that their pricey Lululemon pants were see-through, which actually led to a lawsuit. Next up, though, is a legging debacle involving a different “Lu.” Rather than being see-through, LuLaRoe leggings are ripping and previously loyal customers are not happy about it.
The new twist in the legging debacle, though? The company reportedly has known about the problem for a while now, but says there’s not much they can do to remedy it, according to Business Insider, which obtained an internal company email.
Per Business Insider, the internal LuLaRoe email from Patrick Winget, head of production, is dated January 17 and reads: “The leggings may get holes, because we weaken the fibers to make them buttery soft. We have done all we can to fix them.”
For the uninitiated, LulaRoe fans rave about how “buttery” the leggings are, so this could come as a bummer that the same production technique that gives them that super-soft feel is also the reason they’re prone to rips and tears.
Customers are complaining the leggings are getting holes within just hours of wearing them. There’s a Reddit discussion about the holes, an online petition demanding better quality control at LuLaRoe and a Facebook group, which is now numbering more than 14,000, for LuLaRoe shoppers to complain about their ripped leggings.