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1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate sizing - same old story, October 2, 2013
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This review is from: Gloria Vanderbilt Women's Amanda Straight Leg Jean In Chelsea Wash (Apparel)
GV jeans are great, if you can find the right size. This is the same old song sung by so many people here, and it's been sung a long time, and GV jeans company just keeps on experimenting with cheaper and cheaper manufacturers, most of whom don't have a clue about hiring employees who can run machines or teaching those who don't. Quality control is non existent. These jeans, this year, the light denim, were manufactured somewhere in southeast Africa and they were laughably small, the completely wrong size, not even a child's size 12 - just wrong. I don't think consumers ought to have to check the "made in" tag or even be concerned about where an item is made, the company that makes them ought to be involved enough to be proactive in the quest for quality products, but GV hasn't and I don't expect they ever will be. since their jeans are still very popular. Women get disgusted with sizing and quality, then they find a pair that fits, and they love the brand again. And they continue to buy. That's what GV counts on. So... that's the way it goes with this brand. As for these jeans in particular, as I said, they didn't even try to hit any measurements, or to check for quality, so they went back to Amazon, who thankfully has a good return policy. I haven't bought any more GV jeans since this experience, I just don't love the jeans enough to put up with the never-ending hassle.
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Initial post: Dec 18, 2013 6:17:38 AM PST
M. McCranor says:
This review was fabulous and clear up many questions in my mind. I have a pair of GV Amanda Jeans that I bought in Lord and Taylor at least 5 years ago and they are still great. Now I buy them (so cheap in Kohl's, etc) and they are not the same. Y
ou have cleared up in my mind why it is so difficult to purchase something that will last. Please manufactureers bring back the good stufff. I don't like to buy new things every year. I like quality not quantity!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2014 11:07:21 AM PDT
ANN W. says:
I couldn't agree with you more. I bought Amanda jeans, size 12 and lived in them until they started to fall apart. I loved
them so much, I went back to the mega store and got the same exact kind. When I got home, I was disappointed that
they didn't fit and this is before washing them. Now, I am on the search again. Why can't they bring the good stuff
out again? (Made in Lanka)

Thanks, AGW

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 1:30:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2014 1:43:17 PM PST
You speak truth, Ebbes Bruk! I have GV Amandas in several colors, all 10 Regular. They are manufactured in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, and one S. American country I cannot recall (they're in the washing machine, so I can't check). It used to be that all countries made a uniform size, and they all fit; NOW there are different fits between countries and even within countries. The sizing and fit of the ones I've tried recently at Kohl's and Shopko are all over the map, regardless of the country. The ones from Costco used to fit perfectly, but I haven't bought any there for a year. I share your frustration to the point that I have tried numerous other brands. As GV Amandas are the ONLY jeans that in the past fit me perfectly in the waist, hips, thighs and legs, I reluctantly pursue my quest for a fit.
I might have to install a punching bag at home to relieve the frustration, but I live in jeans 16/7 and need them. I am going to try purchasing from Beall's through Amazon because the picture APPEARS to be the original fit. Thanks for expressing the problem so cogently and allowing me to vent.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2014 3:57:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2014 3:59:21 PM PST
ebbes bruk says:
Since I wrote that first review, I confess: I tried again, and I ordered 2 pair of the medium denim whatever it's called (phoenix I think), and 2 in the dark rinse, all in size 10 regular, and they fit. They were well made. And both colors were the same cut and size. I had to go lie down in a dark room for a half hour just to get over my shock. ... Anyhow, here's the list of where they were made, sounds like roll call in the united nations, but here we go: 1 size 10 (color: phoenix) was made in Sri Lanka, they were fine. The other, same fabric, phoenix rinse, etc: made in Indonesia. Good jeans, too. Now, the dark rinse are also well fitting and good quality and I like them, and they were made in Lesotho. I had to google Lesotho, I admit, and it turns out it's a very small country at the southwester tip of Africa, the capital is Maseru, and that's enough geography. But it's in Lesotho that the dark rinse Amanda jeans size 10 were manufactured, so the manufacturing facility that GV uses really knows how to turn out a good pair of jeans. ... I'm still looking for the chelsea wash (light blue) in size 10 regular - the problem with that color is wherever it's made, the manufacturing process is sub-par and GV needs to find another to produce this popular wash. I really want light wash Amanda jeans for spring, I've been looking for a long time, but everything out there that I've found are too big, too small, none of them just right. So woe is me. Even this website where I bought the others through Amazon, the Chelsea didn't fit, several tries, no luck. One last thing: my experience with Bealls in Florida through Amazon was abismal, they sent the wrong jeans, wrong sizes - just couldn't get any worse. While they're probably a decent brick and mortar store, they're not real good at this internet thing, the last time they just didn't send the item at all - it wasn't Amazon Prime, and after an hour of getting nowhere with customer service at Beall's phone bank, wherever it is, I just let it drop. Also, Beall's does charge return shipping - even if it's not the customer's doing. Anyhow, that's me and Beall's and I hope you have better luck. JCPenney once again sells GV jeans and pants - they sold out very quickly online, but I imagine JCP will restock, and I've found thems to be reliable in shipping, and their GV products seem to be good quality. So - off I go now, I wore out everyone's eyes, good luck with the jeans search, seems to me like GV is coming back with better quality which will be wonderful for those of us who'd love to live in her jeans, if we could rely on consistent quality. And then S. Jones can take down the punching bag she's got hanging in her living room, and we can all live happily ever after. In our Amanda jeans. ; )

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2014 10:38:13 PM PST
S. Jones here. I ordered GV Amanda light denim straight legs from Beall's and they sent tapered legs. The cuff width is different on different Amandas; I don't look good in tapered due to my leg shape, but straight leg is fine. Maybe there is no such thing as Amanda "straight leg" and the differences in the several that I have are due to the country of manufacture. But retailers still describe some Amandas as straight leg. Am hanging on to the punching bag for now; will decorate it for the holidays, while waiting to see if I can get a grant to study the permutations and combinations of Amandas' measurements from country to country.
Loved your comments; oh, BTW I've known of Lesotho, but didn't know the capitol. Thanks for the education.
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