Monreal 24-7 // activewear without boundaries

Learn how to take your activewear look from gym to street with Monreal London's Founder and Stylist

 

Monreal's mission

Monreal’s mission is to blur the boundaries of high-end activewear by empowering women with confidence 24/7. Founder and Creative Director Stefanï Grosse fuses stylish aesthetics with cutting-edge innovation and designs collections for women who care as much about the way they look as they do about winning.  

“At Monreal, style is never compromised for performance or vice versa. It is very important for me that our clothes are versatile and multi-functional. Fitness is a key part in many women’s fast-paced lifestyles and they don’t want to be short-changed on either fashion or performance when it comes to exercise.  They desire luxurious, versatile athletic wear that crosses over into their everyday lives, looking cool during and after sport.” (Stefanï Grosse)

Stefanï creates performance garments that can be incorporated into everyday wardrobes by mixing and matching them with other ready-to-wear labels or vintage fashion to create a whole new look which goes beyond ‘athleisure’. Working closely with the brand’s stylist Susan Bender, the designer shares outfit inspirations in Monreal London’s Instagram campaign called #Monreal247.

Meet the duo and discover styling tips from them in the Q&A below.

Meet the duo

How do you two know each other?

Susan: We were introduced by a close friend when Stefani was the head designer for Nicole Farhi.

How long have you worked together?”

Susan: I initially worked with Stefanï on the very first campaign for Monreal and have continued to ever since- on and off.

What is your daily routine?

Stefanï:  I get up early, around 5.30am. Depending on my workload, I try to fit in a cardio class at the gym or hit some balls at the Campden Hill Lawn Tennis Club. Breakfast is an important meal for me- usually Muesli or yogurt with berries and some green tea. My day at work starts at 8am.

Susan: First thing I do when I wake up is change into my workout clothing and do a session of either yoga, weights or kick boxing for 1-1.5 hours, then I check my emails whilst drinking a green smoothie made with Alchemy Superblends and plan my day.

What is your favourite part of London?”

Stefani: I love the neighbourhood of Notting Hill – this is where I first landed when I moved to London from New York in 2003. It reminded me a lot of Greenwich Village in Manhattan which was my home for 11 years. This time of year? It’s got to be Wimbledon though!

Susan: West London where I spent my formative years, The Serpentine and Gallery and South Kensington where the golden triangle of museums are – The V&A, Natural History Museum and Science Museum.

Styling tips

How would you each describe your own personal style?”

Stefanï: I am a sporty type and like comfortable clothes that look effortless and cool, which I find sexy and attractive. I enjoy a bit of an unexpected contrast, like wearing a great sports bra underneath a silk chiffon blouse.

Susan: My style is quite eclectic, I like to dress up. My creativity and emotions are channelled into how I style myself. I like to create complete characters (I think that comes from my drama school training).

What Monreal pieces do you tend to wear the most?”

Stefanï: Leggings and track pants are the easiest pieces to integrate into your wardrobe.

Susan: The windbreaker, bra tops and leggings.

What are your top tips for styling Monreal into your wardrobe?”

Stefanï: Be creative and a bit bold. Don’t get too stuck on the idea of it being ‘activewear’ that should only be worn in matching sets or with trainers.

Susan: Use each piece as a separate and incorporate it into your look. I love to wear the bra tops with a denim jacket and skirt.

 

What labels do you love to pair with Monreal?”

Stefanï: Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang, .. more contemporary designers’ separates are probably the easiest to combine Monreal with. But I also own some YSL styles that work really well.

Susan: I wouldn’t say that there’s a particular label I prefer for me it’s more about the look.

What are your favourite pieces from Monreal’s latest collection?”

Stefanï: The Energy Leggings in Black/ Cocoa and our new seamless collection. I am also obsessed with the Boyfriend Sweatpants in Soft Black, a Cupro fabric.

Susan: The Athlete Leggings with matching bra and also the Wave Windbreakers – especially the new one with stripes.

Look ahead

Going forward, we will be continuing the Monreal 24-7 series and feature real Monreal London women and how they integrate Monreal pieces into their own wardrobes. Stay tuned for the next feature and subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when it's up.

Look ahead

Going forward, we will be continuing the Monreal 24-7 series and feature real Monreal London women and how they integrate Monreal pieces into their own wardrobes. Stay tuned for the next feature and subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when it's up.
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