If You’ll Be In L.A. This Weekend…

sample of items available at Fisher Found pop-up

It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of Eileen Fisher for some time. Her clothes are the basis of much of my day-to-day wardrobe, and are some of my favorite pieces for travel. But I also like the ethos of the company, especially the commitment to the environment and sustainable manufacturing processes. Those of you who are familiar with the brand may have been aware of the GREEN EILEEN program, where used Eileen Fisher clothing can be returned to be resold or otherwise re-used. It’s an innovative step to help reduce clothing waste.

Fisher Found

The GREEN EILEEN program has recently been relaunched as Fisher Found, and to introduce customers to the program and products, they’re having a Pop-Up Event in the Eileen Fisher store on Robertson Boulevard, including a launch party on Saturday, April 22.

I was invited to have a sneak peek at pieces available and took some photos to share with you. Each item is one of a kind, and falls into one of three categories:

  • ReWorn – these pieces were in almost-new condition, and have been cleaned.
  • ReNewed – these pieces have been repaired, and refreshed, and sometimes dyed.
  • ReMade – these are new designs, unique pieces that have been re-fashioned by felting or sewing.

Fisher Found remade top

Above: an example of a “ReMade” item, fabric from two different pieces used to create this top.

They’ll have dozens of pieces available, but each is one-of-a-kind. This is a great opportunity to find Eileen Fisher pieces at often very reduced prices (ReWorn and ReNewed). I saw items in all sizes from XS to XL (and they may have some Plus items as well, but I didn’t look at every tag).

textured silk jacket with knot buttons

Above: this textured ivory silk jacket with tiny knot buttons is a gorgeous piece and would be a good fit for someone on the slender side.

You can still “recycle” your worn Eileen Fisher clothing at their stores, for a store credit of $5 per item; that part of the program hasn’t changed.

Of course I saw a few things I had to try on…

gauzy linen cover up

Above: this gauzy linen top would be such a great warm weather piece! It’s gossamer-light.

sheer silk long top with mullet hem

Above: I was quite tempted by this sheer top in black silk. I may go back for this one…

I hope you have the opportunity to check out this event!

Pop-Up Event Info:

April 20-25 11am-6pm

EILEEN FISHER
113 S. Robertson Blvd. (Between 3rd and Beverly)
Los Angeles, CA  90048
(424) 302-0467

Launch Party: Saturday, April 22 2pm-5pm

Disclosure: I was given an Eileen Fisher gift card in consideration for this post.

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31 Comments

  1. April 18, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Oh, do go back and get that sheer black piece. So versatile!

  2. Susan D.
    April 18, 2017 / 4:39 am

    I have returned some of my items for this program, but was told that they would be given to women in need of appropriate clothing for job interviews and work. I was not aware that the pieces were being resold. Thank you for the heads up. It’s not exactly the same program that was described to me.

    I also love Eileen Fisher and have many many pieces. I DO wish the company would consider making MORE pieces that are more fitted and less voluminous. I find myself not buying much in the last few seasons because the styles were so flowing–not the best shape for me. I think the flowing/voluminous styles work well for the very slim, but not for those of us who have some weight to lose. While the styles are comfortable, they are not flattering for my body type!

    And i agree with Ann—I think you should go back for the sheer black long jacket.

    • Susan B
      April 18, 2017 / 6:08 am

      Susan, it was my understanding that the money generated by selling the donated clothing was given to groups helping women, not the clothing themselves.

      • April 18, 2017 / 8:50 am

        I have to say – I, too, thought the products were being remade, cleaned fixed and going to women directly – and it’s good to know it’s changed. But I also would like to know what percentage of the clothing that is being – in essence – resold is going to women in need. It bothers me that pieces that made the company money are being sold AGAIN to make the company money. That just really bothers me and may make me think twice about selling my older pieces back – and might donate them directly to Dress For Success – I need more information about this new way of doing things.

        And like Madamedummy – I have seen the quality of clothing drop. I have very old linen tees that are still perfect – and yet have tees bought in the last three years that have developed holes beneath the armpits – and sweaters that pill horribly etc.

        Even so – I love the EF aesthetic – and I REALLY love the way you style all Eileen Fisher – Susan. It’s the reason I still go to the stores in hopes of finding something unique and lovely.

        I too think you should purchase the black sheer top – I own it and wear it all the time in a variety of ways and really love it.

        Katherine

  3. April 18, 2017 / 4:45 am

    I love those tops you’re modeling. The idea of repurposing/remaking clothes is just brilliant.

  4. madamedummy
    April 18, 2017 / 4:50 am

    i have been a very loyal customer of eileen for decades ….
    most of my wardrobe is EF ….
    i own many of the same pieces as you & it’s always inspiring & alot of fun to see how you put them together …

    the last few years however have been a great disappointment …
    i remember back when ,
    eileen was very proud of manufacturing ALL clothing in the USA …
    at one time THAT was her philosophy …

    the last 3 woolen items which were very expensive have fallen apart ,
    were not cut on the grain of the fabric …
    seams were uneven & sloppy ( as if sewn by a 5 year old )..
    the cut of the clothing has become incredibly sloppy
    & frankly insulting to my intelligence …

    i wrote a letter to a few years ago ,
    imploring eileen to bring back manufacturing to the USA ….

    i still order the silk knit tees ( lesser quality than years ago )…
    & a few pair of pants are still decent ( though waaaay overpriced )…

    i am disappointed in eileen fisher ,
    sadly she was my ‘rock’ for many many years ,
    & i miss her original philosophy & high standards …
    she is NOTHING like she was 30 years ago …
    she sold out & all the fancy schmancy word salad cuts no ice with me …..

    thanks so much for this opportunity to ‘vent’ …
    love your blog , your style & all your adventures ….

  5. Patrish
    April 18, 2017 / 5:02 am

    EF has lost me as a customer. Box shaped. Unflattering neck lines. Poor quality. Too bad; they had a good thing going for a while. Oh, and I might add, ugly colors. The tops you show here are cheese-cloth quality with no structure. No longer worth the money and they are definitely not investment pieces.

    • Susan D.
      April 18, 2017 / 5:47 am

      I tend to agree with you Patrish. I do have some older EF pieces (a wool boucle coat) that are fabulous, but I do think their prices have gotten way too high considering the simplicity of the pieces and their very casual nature. I think the prices do reflect some of the measures they have taken to be green. Green is wonderful, but if it is not affordable to most…. Like you I don’t care for the boxiness and some of the fabrics do not hold up well. I wish the company would listen to those of us who WANT to buy EF but just can’t wear the styles. And yes, please give us some options that are not black or very dull colors.

    • madamedummy
      April 18, 2017 / 9:50 am

      wow !
      i am so pleasantly surprised that others agree with me ….
      thought it was because i remembered the previous quality …
      feel bad complaining but geeezuz
      2 of the sweaters purchased were not even worn …
      the fabric itself was defective ….

      that’s when she lost me , must say i was furious …

      also , the complaints from others about the ” shapeless” clothes are on point .
      it’s one thing to cut a fabulous geometric oversized pattern
      & quite another to do a generic shapeless ‘one size fits all’
      to save money …..

  6. SuD
    April 18, 2017 / 5:21 am

    I like some of the styles, but I’m petite and a lot of the clothes (especially tops) swim on my body. Plus, there’s not much by way of color and black near my face is not my friend.

  7. April 18, 2017 / 5:24 am

    I’ve been an Eileen Fisher fan for years, almost from the start. I still have a couple of my first EF pieces, and wear many items that I’ve had for nearly 10 years — including a couple of jackets that are my go-to pieces. Her clothing is always flattering on me, and I love the timeless quality of the line.

    EF aside, can you tell about the cute shoes you’re wearing in these photos? They look like sneakers with sequins, and I love them!

    • Susan B
      April 18, 2017 / 6:18 am

      Cindy, I’m going to post more about them later this week, but they’re from Paul Green, so fun and comfortable: http://bit.ly/2pdql2L

  8. April 18, 2017 / 5:32 am

    Great program!

    You’ll have to go back for the sheer black top! It’s like made for you!

  9. April 18, 2017 / 6:02 am

    What a fun event to attend. I wish I lived closer. Do go back for that black duster!

  10. Susan L
    April 18, 2017 / 6:56 am

    I have been wearing EF since the 90’s. I have multiple totes in the basement that I want to recycle with the store. The closest store is 4 hours away. I just need to get it done!

  11. April 18, 2017 / 8:29 am

    How I do wish I could be in LA! I love EF too and have a few of her pieces and love wearing them…
    thank you for sharing I hope you’ll enjoy the event and perhaps you will find a few new things.

  12. roxannesteed
    April 18, 2017 / 11:07 am

    How COOL is that?!?! I love seeing these pieces re-done – that is so imaginative, and they still have that great EF look. I’ve been buying some of her pieces ever since discovering your blog a few years ago….and they are my favorite pieces. Now I love this company even more!!! Have fun! I am indeed envious of you getting to lay hands on these one-of-a-kinds!!!!

  13. Nicole K
    April 18, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I feel like I’m in the minority here. I was never a fan of EF until you reintroduced me to them Susan. I had written them off as dowdy. Your styling, and their EF Project and other updates, brought me back. I’ve invested in some basics & while I’m not in love with every piece I still find the quality/price ratio (especially on sale) to be worth it. I love the idea of this pop up and was eagerly awaiting to see if it will appear in Northern California.

    Honestly, I don’t care if my donation gets reworked and resold. At least it’s not in a landfill where many of the clothes we “donate” end up. I’ve worked for orgs that receive donated clothes. And while we may think the items we are donating are “fine” because we know how much we paid, many end up being too worn, stretched out, smells, or simply out of style. In other words, not very valuable for resale. Many donations end up costing orgs money to get rid of them. So, while I still donate directly to Dress for Success, I am aware that the items need be almost new looking and current. I’m sure your followers are like me in this, but unfortunately, many are not.

    I love all the items you featured! And am glad you reintroduced me to EF. It’s become a reliable staple.

  14. April 18, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    It’s because of you Susan –that I own a few of her pieces. They are timeless and I can style them differently, depending on the style I’m ‘going for’. Thank you for showing EF items in many different outfits, and giving me ideas!!

  15. April 18, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    This comment is twofold. First of all I want to THANK YOU SUSAN For NEVER posing pigeon-toed!!! Seriously. You have NO idea how the sight of grown women (yes, I’ve seen quite a few “older” women blogs this past week where the blogger is posing pigeon toed) grates on my last nerve. We are not three years old. We are not toddlers and we are not little girls–we are adults. For cryin’ out loud, my aunt and uncle spent a fortune years back to get my cousin’s feet to straighten out. She had to wear oxford shoes with a bar connecting both shoes to keep her feet straight–she actually slept like this–it was also in the early 1960’s. So yeah. I thank you so much for classic and womanly poses.

    Secondly–that white gauzy top is epic greatness. It is so out-of-the comfort zone for me, but, boy, I would wear that in a second. It is beautiful. I hope you purchased it!!

    • April 19, 2017 / 8:05 am

      Thank you for articulating what had been annoying me — that awful pose used by bloggers. I was also one of those kids who had their legs straightened; perhaps that is why it bugs me so much. That said, I think it’s supposed to help them achieve that “thigh gap” that we’re supposed to concern ourselves with.

      Susan’s blog is classy from top to bottom. It’s a nice place to visit.

      Go back and get that black duster. It’s gorgeous!

      • April 21, 2017 / 6:23 pm

        Thank you for validating that I am not the only one who cannot stand that pose but also for validating that for kids who had their legs straightened–that pose is even more annoying!!!!

  16. Cathy D.
    April 18, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    The black silk top is cute, but the white gauzy top is really exceptional. You should buy both of them, but especially the white one.
    I love Eileen Fisher and thank you for introducing me to her when I discovered your blog about three years ago. Yes, some of her clothes are too boxy for me, but they probably flatter some women. I love the necklines and the cut of the shoulders. They make my aging bust look good, and often the tops skim perfectly over my less-than-perfect middle. One wool sweater did split at a seam, but fortunately my tailor was able to repair it so it doesn’t show. It is my favorite sweater. I used to think that Eileen Fisher was only for older, overweight women, but how wrong I was. Her linen knits are divine, and I live in her slim crepe ankle pants during the summer. I don’t know what I would wear without Eileen Fisher clothes.

  17. Mary Perez
    April 19, 2017 / 6:38 am

    You look great in the white and black tunics….If only one, maybe the black…when I wear anything white, immediately sit in something that stains or spill coffee on the front. It’s probably on black tops, but I can’t see it 🙂

  18. Peggy
    April 19, 2017 / 9:17 am

    This is a great program. With the clothing industry the second most polluting industry on the planet, anything companies and consumers can do to reduce the amount of clothing produced, thrown away, and purchased is good news for our planet.

  19. Ellen
    April 19, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    JUst FYI for those of you who wish you were in LA this weekend to participate in this sale. There is a similar event at the Minneapolis store this weekend, and that leads me to believe that it iwill occur in many of the stand alone stores..

    Count me in as one who has stopped buying. And why would one want to keep buying if the merchandise no longer suits? The fit has changed, the silhouette has changed, and the fabric is not what it once was; yet all the while the price has gone up. I am quite interested in repurposing by remaking my already owned clothing, so I may stop in to see what they have done here. A friend who lives quite near their lab store in New York has tales of interesting purchases there, so I’m curious…but I probably won’t buy. Not shopping is the only way to send the message.

  20. Priscilla Bumbaca
    April 20, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I love the look of EF, but do these clothes hold up for travel, being rolled and packed? I am planning a trip to France next March (Bordeaux to Nice) and would like to invest in some classic styles.

    • Susan B
      April 20, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Hi Priscilla, actually I find Eileen Fisher pieces excellent for travel.

      • Priscilla Bumbaca
        April 20, 2017 / 4:43 pm

        Thank you so much! Your site is an inspiration to us all who are of a certain age.

  21. Rita
    April 22, 2017 / 4:58 am

    I am a big fan of EF, and find the pieces interchangeable and mix well with the rest of my wardrobe. Very travelable. My one comment about the product is the waistband. I am not a younger person with a waist, though far from heavy I have no waist. I love the elasticity in the waistband, but notice that it gets stretched out quicker then it should. I did mention it to one of the store managers. Can something be done to use a better quality elastic product.
    As far as refurbishing the clothing for future sales, personally I would like to see the clothing refurbished and given to dress for success or available in a secondary store and sold at a moderate price in needy neighborhoods.
    Still ur clothes and still high on my shopping list.
    Thanks for the opportunity to vent.

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