Hi. I’m Chip. I’m first a husband and father of 5 boys. I’m second the founder of Lululemon, Hold It All, and the Wilson 5 Foundation. I was a competitive swimmer and now I like salsa, reading, and doing the grouse grind. I was born in California, raised in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) and now I live in Kitsilano, Vancouver. I’m committed to being a lifelong learner and over the past 60 years (23 thousand something days), I learned some things. I like to think of how the world is changing, how retail is evolving, and how technical apparel is altering how we think about clothes. I wanted a platform to share my learnings, thoughts, ideas, and creative expressions.
If you want to know more about me, it’s all in my book, Little Black Stretchy Pants.CONTACT ME
I had no way of knowing just how huge yoga would be – and how lululemon would explode like nothing else. That little company that I founded in Kitsilano, Vancouver would go on to redefine how a generation of people dressed and lived. The financial rewards for me and my family would be enormous, but at the time I was rolling the dice. I could’ve just as easily lost everything multiple times.READ MY BOOK
By Chip Wilson
In the 1990’s, athletic competitors were Nike, Adidas, Puma and Reebok and the focus was all on shoes. Reebok owned the women’s “step up” market and could have become the dominant player, but they bet the farm on the competitive men’s sponsorship model and failed. They were then bought by Adidas, which had world dominance in soccer (especially as their younger German brother, Puma, fell behind). Adidas used Reebok as a vehicle to win the American non-soccer market.Read More
I’ve always believed that savvy consumers see through the bought loyalty of sponsorships. Indeed, the more sophisticated the buyer is, the more likely they are to appreciate true garment technology rather than celebrity endorsements. At the end of the day, these consumers are after a product with better quality and a smaller logo. The athletic companies are fortunate because consumers give them permission to use their logos on clothing a person can wear anyplace, anytime.READ MY ARTICLE