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I suspect William and Kate spent the past week in London with engagements on separate days including Kate's day editing The Huffington Post and a day trip in Anglesey. Kate looked relaxed as she exited fitness-wear shop Lululemon. We know Kate is a huge fan of sports, keeping fit, and reportedly practices yoga regularly.
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The Canadian sportswear brand is fast becoming a celebrity favourite with customers including First Lady Michelle Obama and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. More on the background of the shop:
'After 20 years in the surf, skate and snowboard business, founder Chip Wilson took the first commercial yoga class offered in Vancouver and found the result exhilarating. The post-yoga feeling was so close to surfing and snowboarding that it seemed obvious that yoga was an ideology whose time had come (again).
Cotton clothing was being used for sweaty, stretchy power yoga and seemed completely inappropriate to Chip, whose passion lay in technical athletic fabrics. From this, a design studio was born that became a yoga studio at night to pay the rent. Clothing was offered for sale and an underground yoga clothing movement was born. The success of the clothing was dependent on the feedback from yoga instructors who were asked to wear the products and provide their insights.'
An interesting nugget on how the brand was named: "The Lululemon name was chosen in a survey of 100 people from a list of 20 brand names and 20 logos. The logo is actually a stylized "A" that was made for the first letter in the name 'Athletically Hip', a name which failed to make the grade."
'Canadian founder Chip Wilson based the company on clean-living credentials and staff encourage customers to ‘breathe deeply’, ‘appreciate the moments’ and ‘dance, sing, floss and travel’. It markets itself as a ‘lifestyle brand’ – encouraging clients with life-affirming mantras such as ‘creativity is maximised when you are living in the moment’ and ‘your outlook on life is a direct reflection of how much you like yourself'
The company offers a wide variety of pieces for women. Their outwerwear section includes the Daily Practice Jacket, the Radiant Long Sleeve and the Passage to Prana Sweater. All retail between $70 and $150.
The yoga section offers everything from colourful yoga pants to yoga mats and bags. The vast majority of items come in several colourways.
Kate's candid look was casual and stylish. The Duchess opted for two pieces by one of her favoured high-end designers, Temperley London. The Black Leather and Suede Gilet is a past season piece originally retailing for £1,250. It was described as "essential to your outwerwear collection" and features a cosy shearling collar and leather trims.
Underneath, Kate wore the brand's popular Honeycomb Sweater in black. It's a piece the Duchess has had for some time and was photographed wearing in 2013 following a friends wedding in Switzerland.
Kate also owns the sweater in cream as seen on Christmas eve 2011.
Kate wore an old pair of GAP leggings (with thanks to Middleton Maven) and white and pink Asics trainers. Below we see two similar pairs from the label - the $55 Asics - Gel Contend in white, hot pink and indigo. We also see the $60 Asics - Gel Acclaim. I expect Kate's pair are a past season style she's had for some time.
The Duchess accessorised with her favourite Annoushka pearls.
And carried her trusty grey Tod's D-Styling bag.
A reminder we'll be seeing Kate on Wednesday when she visits Edinburgh. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)