a glimpse at new gear: set the barre

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


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.


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. 

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Digging the socks!

Comment by Stefanie — October 28, 2012 @ 10:24 am

I would love to see additional tops and bottoms for this discipline! We all know that Barre babes wear the yoga lines, but some tops and bottoms that draw inspiration from traditional dancewear would be top sellers! Especially pieces that highlight the beautiful lines and carriage of ballerinas and Method students alike! So excited to see this, thanks Lulu!

Comment by Katie — October 28, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

Look forward to seeing the site and interested in a cooperation.

Comment by Donna Danton — October 28, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

Is there a new method called Ice Barre? Are people taking class outside in Canada? I can’t imagine wearing a thick wooly ear band and giant scarf to take class. Cute to-and-from winter accessories, sure, but I do not understand why this collection is branded as functional barre clothing.

My method socks from lulu looked completely worn and ragged after one wear to class and wash on delicate in a mesh laundry bag.

Comment by Kate — October 29, 2012 @ 9:11 am

Not a barre girl, but I love that fluffy infinity scarf (and will be snagging one for when it cools in Los Angeles!).

Comment by erin @WELLinLA — October 29, 2012 @ 9:30 am

I am in love with the Infinitely Mad Scarf. The knitting and the pattern are a winning combo! It looks warm and has such lofty looking shape around the model!

I just may give The Bar Method™ Vancouver a try! It does sound complimentary to one’s yoga practice.

Comment by Yoga Life Van — October 29, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

I would love additional dance inspired pieces for the barre. This workout requires easy moving clothes that are not baggy. My yoga pants (groove and astro) are a bit too loose for my passes.

Can’t wait to see what Lu cooks up next!!

Comment by Amy — October 30, 2012 @ 11:28 am

Definetly more dance insprised items are a must. Love it!

Comment by Kay — October 30, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

Those socks are so cute, definitely going to pick up a pair!

Comment by Ashley — October 31, 2012 @ 7:21 am

Totally agree with Kate. I did figure 4 and classes were never that cold. Actually only my feet would be cold so socks that don’t slip sound great. Hopefully the socks have good arch support. I had to give up barre classes due to strain in arches & plantar fasciitis.

Comment by Jenny — November 2, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

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