Given the sunny, body-conscious atmosphere of Los Angeles, it's no surprise to find a thriving field of locally based fitness-wear brands; many of the companies design and produce their lines from start to finish in the city. These new or growing collections, fashionable enough to work over time, range from high performance to high style, geared to lower-intensity, California-centric pastimes such as hiking, beach cycling and yoga.
From paint-splattered leggings inspired by artist
From $45 to $158 at www.splits59.com; see website for local retailers.
Trina Turk Recreation
Los Angeles-based designer Trina Turk, known for her eponymous brand's upbeat, Modernist prints and relaxed styles that capture the classic Palm Springs look, brings her signature aesthetic to activewear with last month's debut of Trina Turk Recreation. The line is made in Alhambra by Manhattan Beachwear, which also produces the Trina Turk Swim & Spa collection. The pieces mix readily with the label's resort-ready apparel and swimwear that includes sporty rash guard tops. Of course, cheerful prints are the centerpiece, even showing up unexpectedly on the back of bra tops. Key details include mesh insets and a textural jacquard pattern, and all styles boast high Lycra content, reinforced seams and inner construction. Look for the spring collection to land early this month.
From $58 to $154 at www.trinaturk.com and Trina Turk boutiques in Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Palm Springs.
Koral Activewear, backed by Peter Koral, who launched premium denim line Koral Los Angeles in 2012, just hit shelves this month. The collection, made in downtown Los Angeles, is designed by Brazilian-born creative director Ilana Kugel with an emphasis on high-tech materials, such as Evanesce by Koral, a compression fabric designed to reduce odor and wick away moisture, and Infinity by Koral, an Xtra Life Lycra® blend developed to "resist chlorine 10 times more than conventional fabrics," according to the company. The line blends traditional performance-wear with lounge pieces, such as French terry hoodies, jersey tanks and striped cardigans. Style signatures include strappy back detailing, braided trim and mesh insets.
Founded in 2006 by Jodi Guber Brufsky, daughter of Hollywood producer and Mandalay Entertainment Group Chief Executive Peter Guber, it's no surprise that the Beyond Yoga activewear line has an impressive star following that includes Gwyneth Paltrow,
From $58 to $176 at www.beyondyoga.com; see website for local retailers.
Another brand made entirely in Los Angeles, from fabric dyeing and sewing to marketing and distribution, is yoga-inspired line Onzie, launched in 2009 and known for its vibrant prints and affordable prices.
From $34 to $69 at www.onzie.com.
Solow's performance and gym-to-street styles are sported by the likes of Theron, Kate Bosworth, Emma Roberts and
From $31 to $154 at www.solowstyle.com and nordstrom.com; see website for local retailers.