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Krisabelle Ann Tan of Lanston

The celebrity favourite activewear designer on her label’s signature style, the best fabric to work with and her go-to half hour full body workout.

Krisabelle Ann Tan is one of those rare designers that continuously grows and evolves. After the successful launch of krisa, a womenswear collection marked by feminine silhouettes and dreamy fabrics, Krisabelle went on to debut Lanston in 2009 — a t-shirt based line. Then came Lanston Sport, an “organic expansion” of Lanston, inspired by the brand’s “expert construction, fit and tailoring.”

Beloved by celebrities including Taylor Swift, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lanston has enjoyed tremendous success as the activewear brand that comes to women’s minds when they want to turn heads at the gym — and when they are out and about.

Featuring pieces crafted in LA that cleverly combine materials from lycra to jersey slub, spandex to quick wicking fabrics, the result is a visually stunning range of functional activewear in beautiful, subtle colour schemes.


 

How are Lanston Sport’s pieces different from other activewear brands?

Lanston Sport differentiates itself by balancing function with fashion, creating pieces suitable from studio to street. We combine our signature modern aesthetic with functional luxe fabrics to create the ultimate off-duty style. We strive to make each silhouette unique and focus on the quality of every detail from fabric to fit to ensure that you are not only looking chic, but are comfortable and confident during your workouts.

We strive to be innovative each season, incorporating the latest trends in a meaningful way and pushing the envelope in the athleisure and activewear space.

What are some of the brand’s signature styles and design elements?

One of the brand’s signature styles would be the mesh combo leggings. We do different variations of it each season, and the mesh is a great design element that allows for interesting texture and blocking, along with having the functional aspect of breathability.

Besides Lanston, what are two of your favourite activewear brands and why?

I am a fan of Nike. Their ability to innovate and stay current while being one of the pioneers of the space is astounding. I also am a fan of APL. I like their modern and clean aesthetic. I think it’s amazing how they have broken into the footwear sector, taking on giants such as Nike and Adidas, and have been so successful at it.

Tell us about your favourite fabric to work with, and why you love it.

I love our Naked fabric. It’s a second skin fabric that literally makes you feel like you’re not wearing anything. That’s why we named it ‘Naked’. To me, the quality of the fabric is just as important as the design, so I love this one as it’s buttery soft and so comfortable.

“We strive to make each silhouette unique and focus on the quality of every detail from fabric to fit,” says Krisabelle

What are your go-to workout pieces?

 My go-to is a legging, sports bra and a third layer, whether its one of our tri-blend jersey tops or fleece sweatshirts. I’m currently obsessing over our Kass X legging in the Naked fabric. I love the ‘X’ cut-out detailing on the shin. I pair it with the Bryce cross-back bra. All our Naked bras offer minimal compression, which I love for low impact activities such as yoga or running errands. To top off the outfit, I layer on the lace-up side tank. It mimics the ‘X’ detail on the legging but has the simplicity and ease of a pullover top.

“I’m constantly thinking about what activities my customer is doing, where she is wearing the pieces to, what she is pairing them with, what she is missing in her closet and what would make her excited.”

 

What is your design process like when dressing “ladies on the go”?

My design process is always to keep our customer in mind. I’m constantly thinking about what activities she is doing, where she is wearing the pieces to, what she is pairing them with, what she is missing in her closet, what would make her excited, and how can I simplify everything to make it all seem very effortless. Everyday life inspires me, so the collection always has a sense of practicality mixed into it; but it always needs to stay fresh and exciting each season. Otherwise, I get bored myself.

“Mesh is a great design element that allows for interesting texture and blocking, along with having the functional aspect of breathability.”

 

What is your sweat routine?

I like to do very quick workouts. Something like Rise Nation is perfect for me since it’s a half hour, full body workout.

What does conscious living mean to you?

To me, conscious living means being fully present in the moment, and allowing yourself to be open and immersed.

 

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