meet our men’s designer



mens workout clothes designer
Meet MelEesa, our men's designer. She designs some of the coolest mens workout clothes and plays a wicked game of dodgeball. Get a sneak peek into her role at lululemon and what she does for fun!

What is your role at lululemon?

My role is to elevate the men’s product to be best in the world by being the new Men’s designer. And also to win the conference championship for the lululemon dodgeball team.

What has your biggest career achievement, to date, been?

I’ve been pretty blessed with the opportunities that have been given to me and have learned under some incredible directors from amazing companies that continue to be my role models. However, recently one of my first designs from RLX Polo Ralph Lauren was put on the runway and featured in Vogue. So check that one off the goal list.

How do you think your co-workers would describe you?

Well Chip once referred to me as a walking art show, and my technical designer described me as Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. The rest say that I am a very open, loud (thanks to my bad hearing) person that works hard, laughs a lot and makes up descriptive words. I might also be slightly competitive (go lemonballers).

What's your favourite yoga class? Why?

Kundalini. It’s amazing how it unblocks channels in your body, and I always leave feeling centered and tingly. It's also really fun, and I openly admit that I have no idea what I am chanting though.

What designs are you working on right now?

I am currently designing Fall 2010. We have some great outerwear and tech mens tops coming!!!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

I love to read romantic vampire novels, and none of that Twilight stuff -- trust me -- there’s much better. :) Oh, and National Geographic!!!

If you could trade places with someone in the company who would it be and why?

Allison Forsyth. She has this amazing relationship with our elite athletes that allow us to have them test our product and give feedback. And who better then athletes wanting to wear our product, not ones we pay to wear them! Plus she organizes events for us to support them, and I can wear face paint and hold obnoxious signs like the rest of them... P.S. She shares my competitive edge -- you don’t want us throwing a dodgeball at you....we take it seriously. :)

What are your future career goals?

I am going to be a comic book cover illustrator and have my own gallery show.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

I don’t know if I’d qualify this as a piece of advice or more as a lifelong example, but I had two amazing women in my life that sacrificed so many things and worked so hard to give me what they didn’t have. So it's always been shown to me that hard work actually does pay off.

What would be your theme song for your life story?

Miss Fat Booty... just kidding, kind of. I would pick, “What a Beautiful World”, by Louis Armstrong.

What's your Big Hairy Audacious Goal!?

Grow super powers, and save the world... I might even have a cape.

Inspired to design technical product? We are hiring a lead yoga designer in Vancouver!

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12 Comments »


Just bought the mountain sweater, great stuff. I was wondering if a fall-winter jacker is in the works ? Really enjoy the kunf fu pants and t-shirts for my yoga. Keep up the good work!!!

Eric

Comment by Eric — October 13, 2009 @ 5:38 pm


I live in San Francisco and visit the store on Union Street quite often until recently. For some reason…why I don’t know there are no sizes to fit men my size. I am 6’1″ 235lbs and former football player. I need XL and XXL depending on the cut. Do you not like our money as well and the folks that wear the smaller sizes.(smile) Please start sharing the LOVE! Make more XL ad XXL!!

Warm Regards,

MEC

Comment by Michael Carr — October 14, 2009 @ 9:57 am


My husband is always wanting longer shorts from you guys. He’s over 6′ and likes shorts to fall long. Please make more so we don’t have to keep taking out the seams!

Comment by Chibo — October 14, 2009 @ 10:46 am


I love all of your products & color selections. It only inspires me to work out more! I do have one suggestion for your Sport Wideleg pant, or any pant that have a higher waist-please add a zipper!

Comment by Mana — October 21, 2009 @ 9:39 am


Thanks for all the great feedback everyone! Bigger sizes, longer shorts and zippers on higher rise pants; I will make sure to pass this on to MelEesa!!

And Eric, I’m not sure if we will be seeing any winter coats for men this season… but anything’s possible, so keep an eye out! :)
- Lauren

Comment by lululemon — October 23, 2009 @ 11:44 am


The mountain sweater was a great looking piece, but I didn’t act quick enough to get one. What are the chances a wool blend sweater or jacket will be making a comeback in the fall?
Cheers
Kwabby

Comment by Kwabby — May 2, 2010 @ 11:26 am


I’m not sure if a sweater similar to our Mountain Sweater will make an appearance in the fall, but we tend to see the use of heavier fabrics in general for our fall and winter lines. A great tool for getting a head’s up on new product is our product notifications which you can sign up for here: http://bit.ly/azrnPE (or click the “email sign up” at the bottom of this page).

Comment by Laura - GEC Online Community — May 4, 2010 @ 10:03 am


Please bring back the Mountain Sweater! Please Please Please!

Comment by Kevin — June 1, 2010 @ 11:55 am


Give us men some good collections this year!

Comment by Robert — August 26, 2010 @ 6:25 pm


Please do your technical running shirts in grey and ivy. My boyfriend is in the military, and he wants to wear your stuff during his physical training, but he’s limited by the colours.

Comment by Cassie — September 29, 2010 @ 3:40 pm


Any SUPER Men’s winter coats coming out this year? Waiting patiently :)

Comment by Grant — October 4, 2010 @ 11:09 am


I am sorry but you totally lost my business about 8 months ago when you went to all these pastel fruity colors.
I love your fabrics and the quality of your gear is unparalled but I am a heterosexual male (not a homosexual) who is a VP level professional. I am very fit (run tris, kiteboard and race mountain and road bikes) and well respected in my community and I could not begin to wear the soft pinks and actually very obtuse shades on blue that all of your men’s line is composed of without causing waves.
Have you every heard of red? How about green that is not lime green or a shade of chartreuse that does not exist in nature. I have pink/rose shirts but you don’t wear somethign like that to a gym unless it is breast cancer month.
Have you every made anything for men out of yellow or orange? And if you do please not some milky-washed out pastel yellow or dreamsicle orange like all of your blues and greens are.
I love your clothes and Lulu is all my girlfriend wears (the girls colors are more masculine then the men’s). I own tons of lulu shorts and and pants in various shades of black and grey but colors are in at the gym and the colors you use in your men’s line are only suited for exercise class with Richard Simmons.
Sorry but what you are doing is not working and there are many others out there like me that share the same opinion.

Comment by George — March 27, 2013 @ 1:14 pm


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