It all began here with Lululemon yoga pants popularizing the luxury athletic wear trend in such an impactful way that is has been described as a cult craze. Designer workout gear didn’t use to be a category until body-conscious and yoga devotees started looking for high-quality, and cute, exercise apparel. Lululemon opened its first US store in Santa Monica in 2003, and the rest is history.
Following the trend, celebrity and fitness fanatic Kate Hudson also started a personal brand that explicitly promises to overthrow the high prices of boutiques like Lululemon for the same quality apparel. Fabletics used to be online only, but recently, the company opened up a brick-and-mortar location in the Valley. They offer fashionable separates that pair to form envy-worthy outfits that will make you look like you just stepped out of a trendy barre class.
One of the biggest Nike flagship stores in the country is on the Third Street Promenade, and the two-story warehouse is certainly a sight to behold. They have everything imaginable from every version of their customizable running shoes for men and women to hoodies and sports bras. They even offer free running workshops to the community that partner with Nike+ Running Club to help you become faster and improve your form.
Lucy offers super clean cut and basic casual wear for all body types and activity levels – perfect for looking chic while hiking in a black baseball hat, a bright sports bra, and an elongating, form-fitting cropped pant. They are also known to have great sales, which sometimes can be tough to find in the fitness realm. Their yoga pants are extremely versatile in style and very durable, as each item will last through many sweat sessions.
Lucy Activewear, 12178 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, USA, +1 818 761 0146
Beyond Yoga is worshiped by the likes of fitness devotees and celebrity yogis Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. There’s a store in Culver City to serve its high-class clientele, and it’s a great alternative to buying mass-produced products and replacing them with items that are made right here in LA. Beyond Yoga also recently partnered with Kate Spade to put out a new designer leisurewear line. They’ve also partnered with Paltrow’s Goop website to promote their brand, so customers know it has the ultimate stamp of approval.
Beyond Yoga, 10559 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA, +1 310 665 9773
This retailer is located in the Grove and is owned by Gap. Like their sister store, Athleta offers great basics but for a variety of activities – from yoga to hiking and more. Their items are also available in sizes larger than a 12, unlike some other brands. They also offer free fitness classes on the weekends to local enthusiasts, including yoga classes with instructors from the acclaimed studio, CorePower Yoga.
Athleta, 1318 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 393 3040