Singapore is a bustling hub of fitness enthusiasts, where fitness trends such as spin, pilates, hot yoga and barre are now all the rage. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or someone who just lives in the comfort of activewear and loungewear, here are 6 homegrown brands you should definitely check out!
Cheak by Love, Bonito
A well-established local favourite, Love, Bonito has made its way into the wardrobes (and hearts) of young Singaporean women over the past ten years. Love, Bonito has recently expanded into activewear after acquiring Cheak, formerly known as Butter, a cult favourite among the local fitness community.
Cheak caters to the Asian women community, with a wide range of inclusive sizes from XXS to XXL. Their activewear pieces are available in two fabrics: BaseCore®, which is compressive and cool for high-intensity activities, and BaseFlex®, which is soft and silky smooth for low-intensity activities.
From flattering leggings to supportive sports bras, Cheak offers comfort and style, without compromising on the support and quality of their activewear apparel. What’s not to love about functional and versatile activewear that doubles up as both casual and gym wear!
Price range: $35-$80
Location(s): ION, VivoCity, Funan, Jem, Waterway Point, 313@Somerset
Another cult favourite among local fitness enthusiasts, Anya Active was founded by Melinda Sutikno during the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker in April 2020. Anya Active boasts activewear that is flattering, functional, comfortable, and accessible to diverse body shapes and sizes.
Anya Active offers a range of activewear, from classic sports bras and leggings to athleisure sweaters and flare pants, with sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. Some of their highly-raved bestsellers include their Cloud Cross-back Bra and Cloud Leggings, which, as the name suggests, are designed to be soft as clouds.
With a range of chic activewear pieces suitable for everyday wear and physical activity from low-intensity yoga to high-intensity spin, you’re sure to find a piece or two that’s up your alley!
Price range: $29-$68
Location(s): (in The Editor’s Market) Takashimaya, Tampines 1
Vivre Activewear is a local athleisure brand founded in 2014, one of the earlier local players that entered the activewear market. They offer a wide range of women’s and men’s apparel, accessories and even have active tees for fur pets! Vivre Activewear’s mainstay is functional, long-lasting, and stylish activewear.
For women’s activewear, apart from the regular activewear pieces such as sports bras, biker shorts and leggings, they even have maternity-friendly clothing such as nursing sports bras and maternity tights. For men’s activewear, the range is comparatively limited, with t-shirts, shorts, and jogger pants.
Having been around for almost ten years, you can be sure that Vivre Activewear is a reliable local brand you can trust!
Price range: $49-$98
Next, here’s one for our Muslim and hijabi friends looking for modest activewear. GLOWco was founded by Nawal Alhaddad in 2018, a hijab-wearing fitness instructor who recognized the gap in the activewear market for modest activewear. GLOWco aims to empower Muslim women to be active through modest activewear that is functional, comfortable, and affordable.
GLOWco offers a wide range of modest activewear, from comfortable and stylish sports hijabs, to workout tops that “cover the wearer’s bum”, to tights with striking and vibrant prints, and even modest swimwear!
For the modern-day Muslim woman, or anyone really, who is looking for modest yet fashionable activewear, GLOWco is the place for you!
Price range: $22-$58
Location(s): Yo:Ha Tampines
For those looking for activewear with bold designs that turn heads, Yumi Active might be the one for you. Founded by yoga-enthusiast Diana Chang in 2018, Yumi Active is inspired by haute couture, offering unique activewear pieces with Asian-themed prints such as Joaquim (also known as the Singapore orchid), peranakan tiles, cherry blossoms, and Mehndi art, to name a few.
Yumi Active boasts its in-house fabric technology: miSkin, miBreathe, miFlex, miPlush, and miChill. Some key features include the advanced moisture wicking technology, antimicrobial finish, and soft cooling comfort.
Another thing that sets Yumi Active apart from other brands is the availability of different inseam length options for their full-length leggings — short, standard, and long — catering to women of different heights and proportions.
With their creative designs, carefully curated fabric technology, and inclusive sizing, you are ensured comfort and quality for the best performance with Yumi Active activewear.
Price range: $45-$105
Location(s): Centropod@Changi; Stockists: Takashimaya, Isetan Scotts, Isetan Nex, Design Orchard, Core Collective (Dempsey); Online: LazMall, Zalora, KrisShop, OneOrchard.Store
The youngest brand in this list, Aphy Active was launched in August 2021 by co-founders and sisters Rebecca Ten and Ten Ning Zhuang. Aphy Active’s brand is grounded in sustainability, where their sports bras and leggings are made from 77% Recycled REPREVE® Nylon, a performance fibre made of recycled materials, and their activewear fabrics are certified Global Recycled Standard (GRS).
Aphy Active offers a seamless blend of style and functionality, allowing you to transition from workout sessions to casual outings effortlessly. It’s no surprise that Aphy Active’s designs are contemporary and “cute af”, catering to the younger crowd, given that both co-founders are under 30!
While their collection may not be as wide as other activewear brands as all items are curated and produced mindfully, they have a respectable range of items from regular sportswear such as sports bras and leggings, to loungewear such as sweaters, pants, and even dresses!
Price range: $33-$88
Location(s): (in The Editor’s Market) Takashimaya, Tampines 1, JEM
So, the next time you’re looking for new activewear, instead of reaching for the major global brands like Nike, Adidas, or Lululemon, why not give these humble homegrown brands a shot! Here’s to supporting local talents and entrepreneurs, and championing sustainability in the fashion industry!
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