“The lives of women have changed. We want it all and do it all: go to business meetings, take the kids to school, walk the dog and squeeze in that workout session,” says Amelie Jennen-Freier, who founded the Bavaria-based luxe athleisure label KCA Lab in 2017 with her sisters Kathrin Freier and Charlotte Tambue. “We wanted to create clothes in which you can do all of that – clothes that are stylish and comfortable and capable of carrying you through your busy day.”
This concept was, fittingly, dreamt up by the trio while at an Ashram yoga retreat in California. Fusing their collective fashion-industry experience while employing designers who have worked for Adidas by Stella McCartney, they have crafted a clean, minimal range rich in clever details – voluminous silhouettes, clashing textures and surprising touches. Take the sumptuous velvet Fire puffa jacket (€250) with its unexpected cutout back – it’s the sort of piece that will take you from gym to dinner with friends. The sharp black Water blazer (€180) pairs seamlessly with both smart takes on track trousers – the cropped wide-leg Easy pants (€130), which are more chic culottes than trackie bottoms, and the pleated Chic track pants (€140), which have a gently flared leg and surprisingly elegant drawstring waist.
There are more dedicated sportswear pieces too. The running tights (from €80) have performance and comfort at the fore. Constructed with “seamless knit technology” in wicking materials, they also win sartorial points with their mesh segments, bold “floral camouflage” prints and matching crop tops (€60) and cotton tank T-shirts (from €60), in coral, petrol blue and black. A simple black T-shirt (€70) features a reflective logo on the back, while jersey hoodies (€119) come with trumpet sleeves, a cashmere-blend knitted version (€200) is more fitted, and fleece running sweaters (€120) get the cropped treatment, unzipping to reveal a mesh collar. This is the way to take on the new year.