Skip to comments.Women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek to close its doors
Posted on 04/12/2014 8:46:11 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublicEdited on 04/12/2014 9:57:09 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
The women’s clothing retailer failed to find a buyer or new capital. A liquidation sale is planned.
Women’s specialty clothing chain Coldwater Creek filed for bankruptcy on Friday and said it will close all of its stores around the country, including 11 in Minnesota.
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Wow. My mom wears their stuff.
The recovery continues. < /sarc>
I used to order from their catalogs, and I think that I returned everything I ever ordered, except jewelry. The fit was never right, even though the clothes were cute.
I thought that they were in trouble when they closed their Seattle store. I cannot believe that Loehman’s filed for bankruptcy, though. I used to shp there in Lansdale, Pa back in the early seventies, before they went national.
All their former customers are now shopping at consignment shops I know I do do you suppose Chico’s and J Jill ate their lunch?
One of my favorite pairs of jeans ever came from Coldwater Creek.
I knew they were in trouble because I am on their e-mail list and every day there is some sort of big special sale going on. They can’t get enough people to get in there and buy, I guess.
It’s a shame, but I don’t have any buying power to change it, and neither does anybody else I know. We are all squeezed.
I do not ever order clothes on-line or by mail, for that reason. It’s hard enough to find a good fit even when you can try on the clothes.
I like their clothes, and since I’m a grandmother, maybe they are geared to older women.
We have a store near us—I’ll check to see if they have a closing sale.
I’ll miss them.
You know? One day some entrepreneur is gonna figure out how to combine the experience of Mall Shopping for ladies with the cost efficiency and speed of on-line buying.
A Big Box Emporium that co-locates “see-touch-feel-wear” convenience of various clothing from a variety of on-line sources, coupled with the ability to transmit all the needed information to a home email address so they can order online at home..
Less competition for Chico’s.
I loved their stuff when I was still working. Very comfortable yet still stylish. But I haven’t been a customer since I had kids & stay at home and don’t need work clothes anymore.
I’m not one who follows women’s fashions, but my wife bought a lot of their stuff. I really liked their stuff, as in, I would actually notice which store she bought the outfit from.
More folks freed from evil ‘job lock’
If women are not going for that style/fashion, we're screwed.
It’s amazing how many corporations have come and gone even since I reached adulthood. Libs talk about them like they are all-powerful, invincible, immune from decline.
“The recovery continues. < /sarc>”
Even Victoria’s Secret is cutting back:
I have never understood retailers like Chicos that have their own brand and store. To me they are always expensive. I can hit the sales racks at Stores like Nordstroms Rack and get alot more choices of brands at less cost.
Have never heard of Coldwater Creek. We’re they like Chicos?
My wife has a whole closet full of Coldwater Creek...of course, she only pays a buck or two for new outfits (still with tags) at the local thrift store. It pays to be on the main drag between filthy rich SE Massachusetts and their summer covens on the lakes in central Red Hampshire. Jaded (and wealthy) democrat wives dump loads of major labels at this thrift store constantly. Lucky for my wife she is the only size six in the area. :-)
How much did the cost of Obamacare figure into this? With 6000 employees you know it had to be a huge expense
They seemed to jump the shark from conservative well-styled clothes suitable for the office to rather formless and boring stuff that cost more and didn’t last as long about 3 or 4 years ago. My wife used to shop there but hasn’t bought anything there in 4 or 5 years - she said it’s not as well made, doesn’t look as nice and costs more.
I went to the Celtics game last night. Hadn't been in years. We have cheerleaders now who wear bikinis. Besides doing gymnastics, they also do spread-legged, pelvic thrusts to ear-splitting rap music. I said to my friend, "remember when that kind of thing was reserved to 'The Pussycat Lounge?'"
I liked them better than Chicos. I thought the clothes were cute, but they never fit right. I did not have the luxury of an actual store where I might have gotten a good fit. I was ordering from their catalog.
I love their clothes but every item I bought from them either shrank or torqued or fell apart. The clothes were way over priced for the quality, which is why lost me.
Somewhere, Zero laughs. Again.
Another O’bummer jobs creation result!!!
I have a friend that wore mostly Chicos to work. She spent a fortune there on clothes. I wore nicer stuff to work at less cost off sale racks at Nordstroms Rack and Saks Off Fifth.
I’m with you. I would never order out off a catalogue because of fit difficulties then you have to ship it back.
I buy stuff from Nordstroms and Saks without trying it on but they are so simple to return stuff. Nordstroms even let’s you return stuff you buy off the Rack website to their brick and mortar stores.
It’s too bad; they made great ice cream. ;-)
“Even Victorias Secret is cutting back”
How much could they cut back? There’s so little there as it is. (Victoria has no secrets.)
Have you tried Chicos?
>>I went to the Celtics game last night. Hadn’t been in years. We have cheerleaders now who wear bikinis. Besides doing gymnastics, they also do spread-legged, pelvic thrusts to ear-splitting rap music.
Not to hijack this thread, but what is it with ear-splitting music at sporting events in general? It’s even happening at baseball games. Part of the point of going to a game is so you can talk with your friends, business guests, etc. If every bit of downtime is filled with ear-splitting obnoxiousness, it certainly reduces the desire to go for me.
In my line of work, I need to appear professional, but I am often working in rather rugged environments - like factories or shops. My go-to wardrobe is Coldwater Creek jeans and the no-iron shirts (for warm weather) and sweater sets (for cool weather). I never have to iron and I never have to worry about gapping jeans, etc. I’m going to miss them.
I’ve been shopping the Outlet and the sales forever. I guess its hard to get people to buy at full price in this economy.
I ordered from them when they first started out. Cute unique clothes, beautiful jewelry etc.
Then when the stores opened they mainstreamed their line for the mundane and the fit changed too.
I have shopped at CC...and like your wife found their quality declining in the past few years....
This granny will also miss them, although I rarely buy anything any more from anyone. I liked them because their clothing seemed more conservative and timeless than all that other clingy, mismatched, poorly made imported stuff out there.
I think it’s more of an issue of what’s available rather than what at least I would prefer. Looked in some of the store windows in the mall and I wouldn’t have been caught dead in most of their designs or mismatched offerings , regardless of my age.
I will miss them...loved their clothes and they were always helpful in calling around to other stores to get the size and or color needed. Steinmart Boutique and Nordie’s Rack will be happy to pick up their clientele.
I agree. Many years ago I used to buy from Coldwater once in awhile. I quit even looking there for the same reason as your wife.
Yet MORE EVIDENCE Of The Obongo Economic RECOVERY????????
And that is a large part of their sales and marketing problem.
Things like that have been tried. Online clothing works very well for a young demographic, but as people age and start developing odd bulges, it becomes literally impossible to buy anything without trying it on and probably having alterations done. And the bulging generation has all the money - you can go broke fast selling cheap stuff to kids.
Coldwater Creek got lazy - like many retailers they started manufacturing in Asia, then decided it was cheaper to just buy existing styles that looked pretty good and had decent material without taking the time to focus carefully on their own fit and design. As a result, things that looked good in the catalog looked terrible on the body. We'll see a whole bunch more major retailers heading out of business soon for the same reason. Their corporate parent companies forgot how they became successful and squeezed out a couple of dollars extra profit per garment for a season or two - until the public (who is never as stupid as management thinks) caught on.