Which former Olympian has launched an active wear label?

Leisel Jones
Leisel Jones wearing muscle tank and tights from Fighting Spirit collection

Check out Leisel Jones new active wear label.

Leisel Jones has designed a capsule collection with every Bondi woman in mind, for ft wear brand Violent Orange.

Retired Olympic gold medalist Leisel Jones may no longer grace our screens in green and gold, but she has in no way left behind her active lifestyle, training hard both in and out of the pool. Now 30 years old, Leisel still swims, trains in the gym and mixes it all up with a few yoga classes per week.

With such an active lifestyle, it’s clear she knows exactly what the everyday Australian wants out of their gym gear. Which is why when asked to design a capsule collection for fit wear brand Violent Orange she jumped at the chance.

“I had heard a lot about the brand before and once I started wearing it, fell in love with the fabric. It is incredible and as a really sweaty person was exactly what I needed in the gym.

“I was approached to do a capsule collection, including a sports crop, a muscle tank and tights, and the shorts were my idea”.

The collection, titled Fighting Spirit, reflects Leisel’s days of streamlining through the water.

“My designs were inspired by Bondi’s Icebergs, I wanted something to do with water, that was reflective of my swimming career but also really crisp. Something to make you think of holidays.”

In a day and age where we rarely wear anything but our activewear, a collection that keeps us dry throughout our workout is exactly what we need when we are heading straight from the gym, out to brunch with the girls.

“It [designing a collection] was definitely a challenge”, said Leisel.
“I was stepping out of my comfort zone. I really enjoyed the design process and utilising the creative side of my brain. I adored the whole thing and would definitely be up for doing something similar again. Perhaps a swimwear collection.”

Favourite part of the Violent Orange collection? The fabric!
“You can leave the gym feeling fresh because the fabric just licks away the sweat”.
There is no gross feeling like you often get after a really intense workout because you don’t leave feeling wet.

Fighting Spirit is available online at http://violentorange.com/, with a pop up store in the works.

Lucy Bortolazzo

Lucy is a journalism graduate who feels most at home when wandering the streets of foreign cities. She has a passion for design, travel and everything food, and uses the excuse “I’m curious” to explain just about everything.

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