Stephanie Hallett
August 02, 2017 11:05 am

With the athleisure trend continuing to dominate the fashion world (and our closets), we’re always on the hunt for new activewear brands to satiate our desire for comfy clothes we can wear to the gym and then lounge/nap in after exhausting ourselves in spin class.

That’s why we were thrilled to get to know these four labels at the Active Collective trade show in Huntington Beach, California last month, a gathering of the industry’s top brands. Some make high-performance athletic apparel — for when you wake up ready to slay — while others offer gorgeous activewear and accessories that work just as well at brunch as they do at the gym.

Ahead, discover four activewear brands we think you should get to know.

12XU

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This Australia-based activewear brand builds high-performance athletic apparel using top-of-the-line compression fabrics that improve both performance and recovery (learn more here). If you’re looking for high-endurance activewear that will propel your workout to the next level, look no further.

At the Active Collective trade show, we were particularly impressed by 2XU’s forthcoming ICE X women’s pants (pictured above), which incorporate jade particles — yes, from the gorgeous stone — into the fabric to help cool the skin by up to 5 degrees Celsius. The pants are actually cool to the touch, which feels incredible against the skin; they’re part of the brand’s spring 2018 collection.

2Ayur Bottle

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably tried every water bottle under the sun — from stainless steel to glass to just a GD Mason jar because you’re not sure what’s best anymore. Well, we’re willing to bet this is the last water bottle you’ll ever buy (unless you lose it, then you’re on you’re on your own). After we spotted the Ayur Bottle in the hands of another trade show visitor last month, we immediately booked it over to the brand’s booth — because this thing is truly the most beautiful water bottle we’ve ever seen.

When we got there, we learned that the bottle is not only gorgeous, it’s also made from pure copper, which is said by practitioners of Ayuervedic medicine to beautify the skin, fight off disease and improve digestion. Plus, studies have shown that storing water in copper containers can kill illness-causing bacteria. Score!

3The Intelligent Legging

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We can’t begin to describe how much we love these Australia-made leggings. They’re on the pricey side — they retail for $129 — but they’re engineered to last basically forever without fading, pilling, or stretching out of shape. So essentially they’re the last black leggings you’ll ever need to buy. Plus, they’re designed with graduated compression — to improve performance and recovery, and also to help relieve tired legs and swollen ankles — as well as support through the stomach and lower back for when you’re feeling a little stiff and sore. Yes, please!

4Beyond Yoga

This brand not only makes the softest pants we’ve ever felt (seriously, get yourself a pair of Beyond Yoga’s “Spacedye” leggings now — they feel like a super-soft puppy is hugging your thighs), the brand was also founded on a body-positive mission to make athletic apparel accessible to everyone. Beyond Yoga is committed to publishing only Photoshop-free images of women of various sizes, colors, and shapes and offers styles in sizes from XS to XXL.

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