Talbots to sell J. Jill brand

Talbots to sell J. Jill brand

There are 13 comments on the Bizjournals story from Nov 6, 2008, titled Talbots to sell J. Jill brand. In it, Bizjournals reports that:

Clothing retailer The Talbots Inc. plans to sell its J. Jill brand in the face of double-digit sales declines in its fiscal 2008 third quarter.

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Dottie

Bloomfield, NJ

#1 Nov 19, 2008
I love J Jill. I'm very upset they are going out of business. I hope Talbots will carry the same cloths in their stores - especially petite sizes.

I hope even more that Talbots will change their mind.
annie

United States

#3 Nov 24, 2008
Be careful of J Jill. I used to be an employee and some of the selling strategies are unethical. Their clothes are awful and don't hold up after one wash. Everything is made in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and is very overpriced. Make sure of their return policies when you purchase something, my manager use to make up her own return policies telling customers they couldn't get a refund on an item that just went on sale. She would lie to customers. What goes around comes around, I am glad they are closing stores.
Suzanne

Murrieta, CA

#4 Nov 27, 2008
Dottie, J Jill is not going out of business. Though the company is being sold, the retail stores will be unaffected until the actual sale, and from there I'm assuming that the brand image will be tweaked, as it was when we were sold to Talbots two years ago.

Annie, I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with J Jill. However, why didn't you contact HR? They have an anonymous tip line for internal corruption concerns, and it's printed on the back of our receipts that there is no return deadline, and how said money is returned. Can't fudge that to a customer.
Mimi Maryland

Annapolis, MD

#5 Jan 3, 2009
I hate that all of the retailers are having such horiffic problems...everyone needs to get out there and SHOP
Pat

Glen Burnie, MD

#6 Jan 13, 2009
J. Jill clothes generally fit me very well. Talbot's clothes are great too! They are more traditional and the quality is good. However, J. Jill is more "trendy". It is comfortable and you feel "free" when you wear it. The petite sizing cut just right for me (most of the time). I am on the larger end of the petite size. I really think that Talbot's shoud reconsider if possible. I know many people who really like J. Jill clothing.
Taylor

Glen Burnie, MD

#7 Jan 13, 2009
There seems to be an economic "frenzy"! Everyone is selling out! Yes, times are tough for all of us. Yet, it will become hard to find nice clothing at bargain prices. J. Jill offers that.
Cloe

United States

#8 Jan 13, 2009
Sell it??? Who is going to buy it in todays enviroment. Look for the stores to be liquidated starting soon.
lisa

United States

#9 Jan 17, 2009
so is there any buzz about who may want to buy it?
cindy

Sacramento, CA

#10 Jan 17, 2009
annie wrote:
Be careful of J Jill. I used to be an employee and some of the selling strategies are unethical. Their clothes are awful and don't hold up after one wash. Everything is made in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and is very overpriced. Make sure of their return policies when you purchase something, my manager use to make up her own return policies telling customers they couldn't get a refund on an item that just went on sale. She would lie to customers. What goes around comes around, I am glad they are closing stores.


I couldn't disagree more. Their clothes are so well made, I no longer shop at any other store. They have amazing sales and honor all returns at our local store. At the first of 2008 they designed clothes for younger women. Short skirts and short sleeves. They set on the shelves and didn't even sell when put "on sale" because JJills customers are primarily middle aged. Bad marketing - fire that person but keep JJill in business because they are amazing. Their spring line has returned to beautiful designs for women my age.
Jen

AOL

#11 Feb 2, 2009
annie wrote:
Be careful of J Jill. I used to be an employee and some of the selling strategies are unethical. Their clothes are awful and don't hold up after one wash. Everything is made in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and is very overpriced. Make sure of their return policies when you purchase something, my manager use to make up her own return policies telling customers they couldn't get a refund on an item that just went on sale. She would lie to customers. What goes around comes around, I am glad they are closing stores.
What total b.s.!! You sound like a disgruntled ex who must have been let go. You are certainly not J Jill material. I also work for J. Jill and have done so for the past 6 years. Our return policy is the most liberal I've ever heard of--no time limit and satisfaction guaranteed. I still have clothing that I bought when I started 6 years ago and it's held up great. We are so well known for our quality and great customer service. As far as pricing..have you shopped anywhere but Wal-Mart lately?? We are competitively priced. All the talk about us going out of business is based on rumors and hatefulness like that posted above. There are no planned wide spread closings and we are not going out of business.
person

Maurice, LA

#12 Apr 10, 2009
annie wrote:
Be careful of J Jill. I used to be an employee and some of the selling strategies are unethical. Their clothes are awful and don't hold up after one wash. Everything is made in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and is very overpriced. Make sure of their return policies when you purchase something, my manager use to make up her own return policies telling customers they couldn't get a refund on an item that just went on sale. She would lie to customers. What goes around comes around, I am glad they are closing stores.
I do not agree! I have ordered JJIll for years online and they are the only brand that actually holds up beautifully, wash after wash. Stylish, quality clothing.
Kathy

Smyrna, GA

#13 Apr 13, 2009
I think the real issue is Talbots, their letters of credits were called in the fall. Numerous store closings and a huge dismissal of season staff members from VP's down. They have discontinued both the kids and men's lines and stores. They also recently just changed thier return policy it is now 60 days. Change is not always so good. Talbots must need to raise cash and in turn is selling J Jill. I am with Cloe who will buy in this market?
Thomas P Revert

Hilliard, OH

#14 May 1, 2009
I too love and have worked for J.Jill for 5 years. Our return policy I think is too liberal
and should be changed, but I don't believe for a moment Annies post. Our managers have too much integrity to turn away the person who supports our company. We don't have any unethical selling strategies, we do show and offer additions to enhance and expand their wardrobe, which in turns does add the dollar to our day. I too believe our company has carried Talbots. Wonder what we would be doing if Talbots had let Liz go thru. It's obvious as a layperson regarding stocks that Talbots paid too much for J Jill and Liz had the good sense to walk on. Geez Talbots,you still lose!

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