End of Bills Khakis
I suppose that this development shouldn't come as a surprise. I know a lot of old B&M retailers carried Bill's Khakis as an "add on", i,e. an item that of moderate price that could be tacked onto a larger order. This was part of a larger picture of clienteling that simply does not translate to online sales, where products have to stand on their own.
In recent years, the brand has lacked any real pop. It didn't really emphasize its heritage, nor did it embrace a younger audience, which has become increasingly saturated with pure plays like Everlane and Bonobas. With retail prices around $150, was neither luxury nor particularly accessible. Definitely stuck in no man's land.
Just looking at this page from Patrick James (http://patrickjames.com/Brands/Bills-Khakis.aspx), one of their major stockists, I wonder - is a guy who wants to look like that will to pay those prices.
I can also imagine that they were too unorganized as well, just going on what they alloweed customers to customize.
I'll be interested in seeing the new owners treat their new asset.
Well, from what @Fred G. Unn said, 50% off to get nothing is still pretty spendy. I can't imagine that the factory is very happy. But that is what happens when your revenue stream is not diversified enough. Even though you are technically autonomous. you've effectively become a subsidiary of a larger company.
I placed orders for several thousand dollars during half price sales in November/early December. Did not know why the sales were so strong and they did not ship many items. But, I received between 50 and 70% discount on what was shipped (10 items) and there have been no unexpected charges to my card.
Retailers know they have no factory support/backup warranty.
And sorry to hear @Shirtmavenabout your friend taking that hit.
I have been stocking up as wingtip and other sources are liquidating at great bargains.
i bet many orders unfulfilled and many fulfilled at 50-70% off. worth the wait gamble. My charges are on am ex so I do not fear fraud. Have been watching Daily to be sure.
Mizbb ? The regular eBay seller has been running many items @ $50 or so too.