It ain’t no Tupper-wear party, it’s a pop-up boutique

Please see disclaimer at bottom of post.

Okay, I must admit that when my friend invited me to come to a LuLaRoe Clothing pop-up boutique at her friend’s house, I didn’t know what to expect. A boutique at someone’s house, at a specific time, made me think of the Tupper-wear parties my mom was invited to back in the 80’s. You know, a bunch of ladies sitting around, getting information about a product and feeling obligated to buy something since the hostess was serving tartlets, and the worst part; free samples no one needed.

Knowing my friend, who supports my blog and sustainable lifestyle, I figured it would be ok. She had already told me about LuLaRoe and the fact that most of their clothes are made in USA, so I wanted to support her party and her friend’s newly started business.

As soon as I got there it was kind of obvious, that this was not a “tupper style” gathering. Colorful, soft clothes, in every single pattern you can think of, were hanging on racks in a (great smelling!) living room. The shop owner and homeowner, Martine, greeted me, was super friendly, introduced the brand and basically said “look around, if you like something let me know, no obligation”. NO samples. NO snack foods. NO demonstration. Yes!

On left: Excited about my skirt! On right: Rack of LuLaRoe goodies.
On left: Excited about my skirt! On right: Rack of LuLaRoe goodies.

Of course, there was some chatting and socializing, as we all tried on different dresses, skirts and tops. Miraculously, no matter the body shape, the clothes seemed to flatter everyone, including yours truly. I looked pretty good in a tight dress I tried on, but being an inside-of-the-box-pattern person, who’s scared of figure hugging dresses, I backed out from looking like the Little Mermaid (that’s what the pattern reminded me of! Forth from the left in the second picture), and went with a black and white pinstriped pencil skirt (see, not very pattern-adventurous am I?) instead. Only $32!

Mommy & Me, the stylish way
Mommy & Me, the stylish way

I did ask, and found out that the tights by LuLaRoe are made in China, while the rest is made in California of domestic or imported fabrics. That’s fortunate for me, since I don’t wear tights!! They have women’s and girls’ fashion, and yes, there are mommy-and-me outfit opportunities here, if that’s your thing.

I’ll make sure l show you how I styled the pencil skirt in another post (Coming soon!). For now, I hope I’ve clarified the concept of a pop-up boutique… it’s a small, calm, temporary shopping haven, inside of someone’s home.

If I’m invited; I will definitely go again. Maybe next time I’ll find another color combination of stripes. There is hoping.

Made right here in sunny California!
Made right here in sunny California!

[Official LuLaRoe pictures are from Instagram @lularoe_martine]

NOTE: After this post was published, LuLaRoe have started to produce more garments at international production sites (Mexico, China, Vietnam). If invited to a pop-up, check the labels.  I wouldn’t purchase any LulaRoe goods online without first checking where made. This is one of my most read posts, unfortunately the once Made in USA company seem to have deserted their original patriotism.

6 thoughts on “It ain’t no Tupper-wear party, it’s a pop-up boutique

  1. Hi! First off, I love that you have a socially and environmentally conscious shopping blog to help guide us in supporting great businesses that provide quality items. I have been having difficulty finding any third party proof confirming LuLaRoe’s claims to pay factory workers fair trade wages. I know it is only within this year that they recently expanded to partner with factories in other countries, but as I love their clothing and am interested in becoming a consultant myself, I want to have solid proof of what I would be selling to others – not just hearsay from those of whom it benefits. Do you know how or where I could find an independent third party evaluator of LuLaRoe’s claims of being fair trade and one of the “fastest growing companies in the USA”?
    Much appreciated!

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    1. Hi Ashley! Thanks for stopping by.
      After I wrote this post they’ve started outsourcing more, just like you say, and as an advocate for buying American-made, I don’t like that LuLaRoe are going in that direction. To me, if a factory is fair trade, you tell everyone you know, right? They don’t mention anything on their page about that or a commitment to made in USA. I too am having difficulties proving that things are done fairly within LuLaRoe. If you were to become a consultant, I’m sure you’d get access to much more information before you sign the dotted line! Hopefully if things are done right, they can prove it to their potential consultants.
      Good Luck, sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
      Anna

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  2. Hi Anna, do you know if they use sustainable fabrics and dye techniques? Can’t find info anywhere and have some friends starting to sell and I just cannot support the brand without knowing more. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Liz! You should ask your friends about the sourcing at lularoe when you go see the clothes. If they don’t know, they should ask their employer.
      I asked my contact (the lady who had this pop up) about the clothes not being made in USA anymore and she did not respond (not a good sign!)
      I am pretty sure the fabrics are sourced as cheaply as possible to keep up with demand. To me, it seems lularoe grew a lot, abandoned the made in USA commitment for profit and I doubt they’ve put much effort into finding sustainable fabrics (unfortunately!).
      Would love a comment if you find out more!
      Thanks, Anna

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