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Can someone please tell me what on earth happened to the Liz Claiborne brand?

Started 1281833140.483 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1282059453.417 by Stepping Stone

Liz Claiborne clothing used to be so beautiful. They carried it at Lazarus and even my Sears had a nice department. I loved the different collections, the fabrics were beautiful. Lazarus closed, Liz Claiborne left my Sears and then I started seeing clothing at JCP which has the same label, but is clearly not the same. It is very average looking clothing. I had seen another thread which mentioned something about new designers taking over, but if so, is there any hope that it will get back to the old standards? I don't have a clue what happened. I do miss that clothing. It also had a superb fit that was pretty consistent.

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gabbyh1281899880.4163 PostsRegistered 6/28/2007Delray Beach, FL

Christy, I totally agree!!!

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hulagirl1281900081.7737208 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

They used to be high quality and style.......now it's cheap and cheesy. The only thing that is the same is the use of the Liz name.........

casuallady1281900674.1571264 PostsRegistered 4/25/2007

I totally agree. They used to have different collections every season, and new beautiful colors. I looked forward to purchasing on my limited budget. Last spring I tried on one of their tops and the arms were very odd, very small. I am a size medium, and don't have large arms. Someone told me that it was a different manufacturer. We aren't fooled.

sunnybrook1281900776.3832327 PostsRegistered 8/25/2005
On 8/15/2010 hulagirl said:

They used to be high quality and style.......now it's cheap and cheesy. The only thing that is the same is the use of the Liz name.........

ITA. Only I started seeing a big difference in the LC line about ten years ago. That's when I learned that the line retained the name but that she (still alive then) sold the line to some other company. It was my fave line for years and years but no longer.

Bridgegal1281900858.3733256 PostsRegistered 3/18/2007Philly area

It got cheap, frumpy and ugly and now it's in bankruptcy.

colson1281901261.947438 PostsRegistered 10/23/2007East Coast

I agree...Liz herself would be none to happy to see her line veer so far off from her original intent. It almost seems criminal to be still allowed to use her name.

Brigitta1281902615.22376 PostsRegistered 11/22/2007

I heard that Isaac Mizrahi designs for them now. Maybe that explains it?

SoX1281903028.6038050 PostsRegistered 2/21/2009
On 8/15/2010 colson said:

I agree...Liz herself would be none to happy to see her line veer so far off from her original intent. It almost seems criminal to be still allowed to use her name.

She sold the rights to her name, though ... she should have seen this coming. I stopped buying her clothes after she sold the line and moved to Montana (or somewhere out west).

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MarilynM1281904059.9132402 PostsRegistered 4/27/2008

Liz Claiborne passed away years ago from a long bout with cancer. I think she would be very sad to see what has happened to her line. She had a foundation, the'"Liz and Arthur Ortenberg foundation" that was always very generous to many causes. This clothing line only carries her name, not her style sense. It should be put to rest.

SoX1281910614.698050 PostsRegistered 2/21/2009
On 8/15/2010 MarilynM said:

... I think she would be very sad to see what has happened to her line. ... This clothing line only carries her name, not her style sense. It should be put to rest.

I would certainly agree with you there, Marilyn.

Sox

Idacat1281910788.084707 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Idaho !!!!
On 8/15/2010 MarilynM said:

Liz Claiborne passed away years ago from a long bout with cancer. I think she would be very sad to see what has happened to her line. She had a foundation, the'"Liz and Arthur Ortenberg foundation" that was always very generous to many causes. This clothing line only carries her name, not her style sense. It should be put to rest.

She died in 2007.

Not "years ago".

IMO, the line went south in the nineties when they started using that cheesy rayon instead of all cotton and other natural fibers.

colson1281910927.9077438 PostsRegistered 10/23/2007East Coast
On 8/15/2010 Sox2 said:
On 8/15/2010 colson said:

I agree...Liz herself would be none to happy to see her line veer so far off from her original intent. It almost seems criminal to be still allowed to use her name.

She sold the rights to her name, though ... she should have seen this coming. I stopped buying her clothes after she sold the line and moved to Montana (or somewhere out west).

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Probably not this bad, though -- she was seriously ill at the end, though.

granddi1281911328.547823 PostsRegistered 9/8/2009

I always liked Liz C. for basics and traditional items. During the Q fashion day I ordered 2-tees, jeans and the seed stitch sweater. The tees are no better than D&C or Target. The sleeves were very long and fit on the large size for me compared to store size. The jeans also ran big and the crotch hung down a whole hand full at least. The cardigan is ok. I was underwhelmed and will not waste time on this brand again.

SuzyBailey1281915429.6135348 PostsRegistered 6/17/2007NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Back in the day it used to be the best line out there. I also remember when it was sold at Lazarus. It has completely gone downhill! Quality no good, design no good. I used to love the line. OMG! We were all so chic when we wore our Liz C. She struggled with her cancer for a long time.

"This Ain't Tennessee, and He Ain't You". Janie Fricke

Nanc471281917821.37461 PostsRegistered 3/15/2010PA

I too loved Liz. Her all cotton sweaters were so classic and durable. Her line was always my go to when I wanted something timeless and good quality.

Recently I checked out the Liz line at my J.C. Penney and I couldn't believe my eyes. It looked like someone bought out a bargain basement and put the Liz label on it. There was not one piece I liked.

I also heard IM was doing some designing for this label and if that is true it surely didn't improve anything. {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it

saversmom1281927133.2075667 PostsRegistered 5/10/2009

I also miss the real Claiborne look. It is simply gone and that is unfortunate. The fabric selections changed drastically.

I suppose nothing lasts forever.

jenni21281927602.732970 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007

I bought LC at Bloomie's, Macy's and at the independent stores.

I LOVED their stuff :(

jenni21281927682.4872970 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007
On 8/15/2010 Idacat said:
On 8/15/2010 MarilynM said:

Liz Claiborne passed away years ago from a long bout with cancer. I think she would be very sad to see what has happened to her line. She had a foundation, the'"Liz and Arthur Ortenberg foundation" that was always very generous to many causes. This clothing line only carries her name, not her style sense. It should be put to rest.

She died in 2007.

Not "years ago".

IMO, the line went south in the nineties when they started using that cheesy rayon instead of all cotton and other natural fibers.

yes!

loved her items

Missy12231281929191.7531614 PostsRegistered 6/26/2007

I used to buy a lot of Liz clothing. Many years ago, she had beautiful things. I passed through Penney's today and couldn't believe the Liz line. It was cheap looking and NOT appealing. It's really too bad because it used to be a good quality line of clothing.

belleandme1281930036.7638644 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009southern illinois

my girlfriend and i still talk about how we have clothes from the 80's that look better still than the new stuff does now. liz claiborne, j crew (old j crew) tweeds, you could buy stuff and actually create a wardrobe (remember that kookie idea of getting a few nice pieces and adding to them each season to build a wardrobe?)

now, clothes seem almost disposable. i got a tunic tank top from neiman marcus two sumers ago. it was a splurge. it was cut well and very flattering. i hand washed it , babied it, loved it and saved it for special occasions. all in all i probably wore it 8 times before it became trashed. 8 TIMES! that is crazy!!!{#emotions_dlg.scared}

what on earth is going on????

i have actually lost interest in getting clothes, because everything is so poorly made.

and forget about washing it, one drop of salad dressing on the bust, and the top looks like rag. heck i have clothes that were my moms, then mine, that i then i put on my dd, that i could wash for crying out loud. remember granimals from sears?? you could wash those 100 times and they would still look great.

so, poop, no more LIZ! bummer, because i was excited until i saw that tsv sweater. then i knew it was gone for good.

have a great week ladies!

belleandme

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imaclothes­hog1281930665.9322089 PostsRegistered 2/12/2006

I too think she would be upset to see what the line has become and what her name is attached to. It's really sad.

Her line used to be really great stuff, loved it. I bought a few tshirts at Penneys a few years ago and liked them a lot but they did not wear as well as previous Liz things I had purchased.

When I saw the things that have come to QVC with the Liz name on them, I just thought, wow what a departure from the original Liz line.

The pricing is lower but it looks like the style has gone south too, just really not what it was. I know Liz herself would be really mad!

"If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it". ~Erma Bombeck

bianca_hall1281934011.53418 PostsRegistered 10/1/2006

This article should clear it all up...I wrote about this on my blog last fall, but this WSJ article articulates all the information nicely.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703999304575399552246431616.html?KEYWORDS=liz+claiborne

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/09/business/09liz.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

http://ny.racked.com/archives/2009/10/08/jc_penney_likes_lizs_style.php

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SchoolPsych1281936293.57246 PostsRegistered 8/21/2007

I have to agree. I bought LC pieces many years ago that were just top notch and real finds on clearance. I tried a few tops on just recently at JCP and they are cut small, but I think a lot of JCP's tops are cut smaller now than even a couple of years ago! The pants seemed fine. I didn't buy them though, just tried them on to get ideas for fall.

ellietoo1281967166.332292 PostsRegistered 6/19/2005

It seems that fashion is taken over by people who just drape things over a model and pin them together. Throw some glitter on and you have "fashion." I agree. Another brand gone to the dogs. It is getting harder and harder to find decent clothing anymore.

BaileyBop1281971482.932561 PostsRegistered 2/20/2008

IMO this company went down the toilet. I have several items in my closet that I bought in the 90's. Gorgeous items and I still wear them. The quality and the designs are timeless. Todays stuff doesn't deserve rack space.

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