I just love a pair of snazzy leggings.
I haven’t always been this way, but I remember walking through Sainsbury’s one Bank Holiday Monday and seeing a pair of patterned leggings that I bought in a moment of impulsiveness. I’ve never been the same since!
I do like a good pair of black gym or yoga pants. They serve the purpose of looking kind of smart if necessary, but snazzy leggings are the way forward!
So I was delighted be recommended to Raquel of Rocky Rio. She’s from Brazil but finds herself married to a chap from Wokingham and now living in Reading with her young son. She’s always wanted to be designing clothing and, after a few false starts in other careers has founded Rocky Rio since her son was born.
Inspired by her homeland Raquel uses bright patterns to represent her Brazilian roots. She also uses the styles and trends that she’s seen in Brazil with regards to gym wear which she feels is ahead of what we’re doing currently.
Let’s face it, Brazilians aren’t known for being quiet and subdued. Anyone watching the 2016 Olympic games will remember that. They love a carnival, colour, noise, dancing, drinking and showing off their bodies.
Raquel is bringing that to her ranges of clothes.
As if this wasn’t enough to design patterns, source graphic artists who can digitise and represent them on fabric for her, to sourcing the material and manufacturers she’s also got a very ethical decisions around her business too.
Raquel has formed relationships with local seamstresses to help alleviate the poverty they endure in Brazil. All unused off cuts of material are donated by Raquel and reused by the women to make headbands, scrunchies and fitness accessories, so nothing is wasted and they can sell them for their own profit. She also used a portions of he profits to support a children’s charity in Brazil. She said the poverty there is huge and knowing that she can help in some way makes her work much more fulfilling.
I have decided to take two pairs of the leggings.
I have chosen a pair of fabulously patterned leggings called Santa Teresa and love how comfy they are. I am not normally a fan of higher waisted things, but the wide waistband makes these very comfy so they don’t roll down when you’re sat in them. When I am teaching at Fit Camp in the winter I like to tuck things in too to keep the cold out. This waist design makes that way easier.
I also went for the Ipanema leggings. The fabric on these is so lovely, they hold your legs in place and I would wear these with a smarter top out and about. I think I may even go for a black pair in time.
Raquel is not the tallest lady 🙂 and she’s designed these so that short girls can have full length leggings and tall girls can have ankle biters. I like that. If I want full length leggings I tend to go for yoga pants, ankle biters mean you don’t get damp hems or muddy ankles.
So, in short, I am in love with my new gear. I wear a lot of fitness wear, so having something that is ethically sound, excellent quality and transferable between work, networking and living is a perfect combination. And I get to support a small business owner like myself. That makes me happy too.
I look forward to Raquel’s new collection in January!
If you want to see first hand what her collection looks and feels like she’ll be at the Healthiest Year Yet event on 5 January at Hilton St Anne’s Hotel in Wokingham.
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