Working out is definitely a huge part of my life, and style and fashion are obviously an even bigger part of my life, Lorna Jane is the perfect marriage of everything I love! Lorna Jane is an Australian award-winning activewear label for women, they have been designing for over 20 years, and they were the first to truly incorporate fashion into the world of fitness activewear. Their three pillared philosophy of MOVE NOURISH BELIEVE is the mantra that motivates them to help fashionable women connect their health with their style. Much like I have expressed my true belief that style is a way of life, Lorna Jane knows that her clothing is “…more than just a label, it is a way of life.”
Lorna Jane started designing the line herself, after becoming frustrated with the lack of options in the realm of stylish activewear, she used an old swimsuit as a pattern and began to build, what would become a multimillion dollar business. She realized that the saying, “look good = feel good” was so true, and even more important when it came to exercise and living an active lifestyle. Lorna Jane was so confident in her line she gave it her name, she still acts as the Chief Creative Officer, designing collections, liaising with global suppliers, overseeing the company’s operations and acting as the face of her clothing.
I was lucky enough to catch up with Lorna, and pick her brain for The Style Set. I could not think of a better woman to feature! We all want to stay active and be able to look great in the process, and with the name Lorna Jane becoming a household name in the United States, I feel honored to have the opportunity to correspond with such an inspiring woman!
1. What are 3 things that are always in your handbag/ briefcase?
As I’m constantly trying to fit workout sessions into my daily schedule, I can’t live without my Move Nourish Believe diary. So that’s a must, I also like to have an iconic Pammy sports bra so that I’m ready to move at a moment’s notice and a few healthy treats for myself (think Apple, Protein powder and portions of nuts) and a bottle of water or coconut water. I also have treats and toys for Roger (my maltese-poodle cross) who goes absolutely everywhere with me.
2. What is your favorite meal of all time?
I’m obsessed with super salads! When I’m moving my body every day, it’s important to load up on nutrient-rich, fresh ingredients like kale, coriander, and grilled salmon. I do have a sweet tooth, so afterwards I’d blend a handful of berries together, adding coconut flesh and yogurt for a healthy dessert or snack.
3. If you could snap your fingers and be anywhere in the world where would it be?
That’s easy – California! Our Cali sisters are blessed with some of the best hiking trails in the world. I’d go for a long hike or walk on the beach, do some shopping and an afternoon yoga class and then finish my day with some amazing food at my favourite restaurant True Food Kitchen (right across the street from our Lorna Jane Santa Monica store).
4. Who is your style icon?
I admire Rachel Zoe’s determination to never compromise on her personal style, she is always on-trend but manages to combine the latest looks with fashion classics that work for her. Although Rachel’s style is different to mine, I would say that we both know how to put our own personal spin on the trends we like. My personal style is sportier, but with a fashion edge (think run shorts with a luxe sweater and great accessories).
5. What is your favorite pair of shoes in your closet right now?
My Isabel Marant sneakers are always on standby (I have three pairs) and I love wearing them with Amy tights or run shorts for an effortless everyday look. Comfort and style is the perfect combination when your life is as busy as mine – and that’s definitely my number one style tip.
6. Who has had the greatest influence on your life thus far?
My Husband Bill! He is the CEO of Lorna Jane and my biggest inspiration and cheerleader. Without his support, I might never have quit my full-time job to pursue my career as an activewear designer and spokesperson for Active Living.
7. Where do you find inspiration?
I believe to be a great designer you need to live an inspirational life and I find inspiration everywhere I go. From traveling to new and interesting places, to meetings with my amazing team, to reading about new workouts, new fabrics or new experiences. The desire to discover and create new things is built into my DNA and I can be inspired whilst simply running on the beach or by walking the streets of Paris … this is what I do and I will continue to do for the rest of my life.
If you don’t already know about Lorna Jane, consider yourself behind! Let’s face it, a lot of women spend a large majority of the day in their workout clothes, promising anyone who asks that they were just about to head out the door! Now, you can have an excuse to be in your activewear all day, and instead of the judgmental stares, you are bound to get compliments! Honestly, Equinox in West Hollywood has become a second alternative to speed dating, and what better way to put your best foot forward than stylish sensible activewear!
Keylee wearing Lorna Jane doing her morning yoga at her home in West Hollywood, CA.
Stay Active & Stay Stylish, xx