Aside from the dramatic slide in quality over the past few years, there's another reason to stop being a Lands' End customer.
Dustin Siggins writes:
At issue is the cover of the spring issue of Lands’ End, a leading clothing retailer that was purchased by Sears for $1.9 billion in 2002, but valued last summer at $779 million, according to a Fortune profile of the newly-independent company. It is especially known for its school uniforms, and last year expanded its clothes for mothers of children who wear its brand clothing.Right.
Marchionni has been CEO for a few weeks more than a year, with a goal of turning around the company’s direction.
The spring cover features well-dressed and diverse adults and children at what appears to be an Easter egg hunt. But behind that cover hides the interview with Steinem, who has been a leading pro-abortion feminist since the 1960s.
“I felt that there was an unjust, irrational situation, and that we were just trying to say what made sense, what was rational, what was equal or what was kind,” Steinem told Marchionni, who praised her as having “courage.”
Appearing to reference how her activism began 50 years ago, Steinem explained, “I didn’t feel that I was being so brash at the time, just pointing out unfairness — as I would want someone to say to me if I was doing something unfair.”
“The other thing that I see from your experience that’s very close to my philosophy is change,” Marchionni said next. “You changed the landscape, creating Ms. magazine. What was your first step?”
“We were simply trying to create a women’s magazine that we read — one that addressed real issues in women’s lives and could also publish new fiction writers and new poets and news of women in other countries. We wanted to create something that would be like a helpful friend coming into your house once a month,” said Steinem.
According to its website, “Ms. was the first U.S. magazine to feature prominent American women demanding the repeal of laws that criminalized abortion, the first to explain and advocate for the ERA, to rate presidential candidates on women’s issues, to put domestic violence and sexual harassment on the cover of a women’s magazine, to feature feminist protest of pornography, to commission and feature a national study on date rape, and to blow the whistle on the undue influence of advertising on magazine journalism.”
Buy your Easter attire and all those Catholic school uniforms from Lands' End.
Oh, and celebrate an abortion cheerleader.
No inconsistency there.
Too late, Lands' End.
The Internet is forever.
UPDATE: Lands’ End Scrubs Steinem Interview, Apologizes to Customers
Lands’ End has pulled down an interview with radical abortion feminist Gloria Steinem, and apologized to its customers.Obviously, money talks.
“We understand that some of our customers were offended by the inclusion of an interview in a recent catalog with Gloria Steinem on her quest for women’s equality,” said the statement, which was issued to The Stream and other press outlets. “We thought it was a good idea and we heard from our customers that, for different reasons, it wasn’t. For that, we sincerely apologize. Our goal was to feature individuals with different interests and backgrounds that have made a difference for our new Legends Series, not to take any political or religious stance.”
Lands' End apologized when it became clear that profits were at risk.
Clearly, the company doesn't understand its customers. That's a real problem.