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Promotional Fashionista

By Colleen McKenna

About Colleen

Colleen McKenna is Production Editor for Promo Marketing Magazine.
 

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Promotional Products: If It Ain’t Broke, Leave It Be
Apr 18, 2014

I wrote recently in this space about swag that went wrong for Goldman Sachs at a conference for women in...



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
A "Condemned" Supplier Shares the Truth!
Apr 17, 2014

There clearly are companies who operate in ways that are contrary to the traditional supplier/distributor model we are comfortable with....



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
Speak Now and Sell More!
Apr 15, 2014

How would you like a powerful marketing strategy that can position you as a leader in your field, put you...



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Adapting Your Style
Apr 14, 2014

Many of us have taken a behavioral style inventory at some point in our careers. While the intent of these...



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
The Anatomy of Emotional Marketing
Apr 11, 2014

You've probably heard the old adage: "It's the thought that counts." This could not be any truer, especially in business. When...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Without People, Brands Have No Meaning
Apr 10, 2014

Brands are built over time but can be destroyed in an instant. This is why is it critically important to...



The Hot Button

Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS
Even Retirees Are Doing It
Apr 9, 2014

Even older clients who grew up with the "one-size-fits-all" adult T-shirt as their world are choosing to buy FASHION TEES....



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Go Mobile or Go Home
Apr 8, 2014

I am, without a doubt, the most mobile CIO in the USA. Name one other CIO that is so committed...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
"Free Crab Tomorrow"
Apr 7, 2014

Joe's Crab Shack offers free crab tomorrow. That's because it's never tomorrow. All we have is today. I've talked to...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
6 Reasons Why Marketing Fails and How to Prevent It
Mar 31, 2014

When it comes to marketing, there are no guarantees. A great marketing idea that is poorly implemented or incorrectly presented...



Be Dazzled

Elise Hacking Carr
Go Green or Go Home
Mar 26, 2014

Earth Day is right around the corner. Need ideas for upcoming promotions? Here are three products that scream "I <3...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
5 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Land New Business
Feb 26, 2014

LinkedIn is a happening place. It is the unsung hero of social platforms and it can indeed be used to...



Mike's Blog

Michael Cornnell
Ads on NBA Jerseys: An Inevitability?
Feb 24, 2014

The NBA may be stating that they're no closer to on-uniform ads than they were in 2011, but that doesn't...



Embellished

Kyle Richardson
New Year, New Site, New Magazine
Jan 31, 2014

This week, we announced the redesign of our home page and magazine. Let us know what you think about the...



Big Picture Promo

Matt Kaspari, CAS
Meeting Clients Where They Are
Oct 24, 2013

Promotional marketing is at its best when it empowers a client’s brand, meets his or her objectives and fits within...



My Two Cents

Rick Brenner
For Promotional Product Sales, Protect Your Client's Brand
Jun 3, 2013

Whether you are selling to a global brand like Nike or to your local YMCA, no single asset is more...



Friday Sales-thought of the Week!

Dale Limes, MAS
Reverse Engineer Your Sales Success
Mar 18, 2013

Steven Covey reminds us that when setting goals ... "Start with the end in mind." That is to visualize the...



Editor's Notes

Nichole Stella
The Perfect Match
Mar 5, 2013

The Super Bowl has also become the Ad Bowl, where brands duke it out to see who has the funniest,...



The Sales Challenge

Bill Farquharson
Think and Succeed
May 29, 2012

What would happen if you woke up in the morning and your first thought was, "I am never going to...



Creating More Purposeful Sales Conversations

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Under 100 Days to Achieve 2011 Goals
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It's hard to believe, but there are fewer than 100 days left to achieve 2011 goals! Are you on track...



Work Out Your Wallet

 

Brands like Lululemon and Under Armour make gear fit for everyone from extreme athletes to workout newbies. Their garments wick away moisture, feature anti-microbial properties, and even have hidden pockets for keys, phones and MP3 players (much like the sportswear in this industry). All of these accessories help during hours of sweating at the gym. But these brands have also introduced another element to exercise gear: increased prices. With a pair of spandex running from $75 to $100, their garments are far from affordable, but people continue to purchase them. (Lululemon made over $70 million last quarter alone.)

The blog post "Are You A Lulu Lemming?" on BeWellPhilly sparked my interest in the topic. The writer, Emily Leaman, questions if the loyalty to these brands is due to brainwashing or truly superior apparel. I am torn. I own a mix of high-price and low-price workout gear and Leaman's post is making me question how much better the high-price pieces are. Like with many more costly items on the retail or promotional side, more money often means better quality and longer lifespan. But if mid-price and high-price garments boast the same performance properties, is there much of a difference?

I discussed it with a friend of mine who runs almost daily. She believes the gear is worth the extra expense. She mentioned owning one pair of good running spandex and one pair of high-end shorts. These two pieces get her through four seasons of running. Her consensus was that a few good pieces are worth it, but a whole closet is not. You wear sneakers until they are worn down and you need a new pair. Shouldn't the same be said for leggings and performance tops?

This is not a denigration of Lululemon, Under Armour or any of their contemporaries. I own and have owned garments from many of them and I love working out in them. I just wanted to pose these questions to you: Is name-brand or purported "high-quality" performance wear worth the extra expense? Also, will the new popularity of high-price retail gear encourage you to sell promotional athletic wear at a higher price point?

Let me know in the comments or email me at cmckenna@napco.com.

If you do decide to go with the more expensive gear, here are a few tips on protecting your investment (and the investment of your client):

  • Follow the care instructions. The properties do not necessarily wear off, but improper care can lead to thinning of the garment and shortening of its lifespan.
  • Suggest long-lasting imprint options. Logos need to last as long as (or longer) than the performance piece.
  • Make sure it fits. People can deal with a little bagginess here or tightness there in low-cost garments, but high prices demand ideal fits and flattering shapes.

 

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