WHY WE LOVE THISBarre inspired classes can be a great compliment to your run training or yoga practice and an awesome excuse to escape the cold. My favourite part of the class is feeling like a ballerina (if only for a few seconds) when I pop my leg up on the barre. We caught up with one of our accessories designers, Katie, to get some behind-the-seams details on the pieces she designed for the collection. I mean, who doesn’t like a leg up. JOANNA - Product Editor
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID
What keeps you coming back to the barre?
For awhile I was hitting up barre classes in the morning and then heading to yoga after work. I find that I am stronger and more open in my yoga practice when I’m going to barre classes too.
Where did the inspiration come from to design a barre collection?
We met with Carolyn and Ella from The Bar Method™ Vancouver and talked about what they loved (and didn’t love) about the gear they were currently using for practice. This feedback combined with feedback from our stores, inspired us to create the collection.
What were you solving for when you designed this gear?
The barre studio is generally cold. You do build up heat and fire but it is a slow build. There is a lot intense movement followed by stretching so the heat is not consistent. I wanted to design pieces that I could layer to keep me feeling warm and cozy when I needed it.
I know it’s hard to choose a favourite but do you have a favourite product or feature from the collection?
I love the detachable pouch inside the Method bag. It was originally designed so you could store your socks in an easy to find spot but it is also great for storing small things like lip gloss, hair elastics and earrings.
SET THE BARRE
1/ Mad Knit Earwarmer
The breathable knit makes these earwarmers warm and cozy. The wide cut also helps keep your hair from getting wild. One head-hug from this soft earmwarmer and we were head over heels.
2/ Infinitely Mad Scarf
Not all good things must come to an end. Exhibit A: this soft, chunky-knit infinity scarf. It's made with a wool blend so winter won't be giving you the cold shoulder. The only thing better than a happy ending? No ending at all.
3/ Method Bag
No need to cram before class – this bag sits upright and is designed to fit into your studio's locker! It's also got pockets for your phone, tablet and gear, so you can get from class to coffee - no sweat.
4/ Women's Method Sock
These socks were designed with silicone dots so you can get a grip no matter how hard you're sweating (and shaking). The tall length makes them one part sock, one part legwarmer and strategically placed terry padding puts a little cushion between you and the barre.
Turns out there's a method to our madness! This barre inspired collection will be in store and online this week.