Finding great activewear can be a challenge, but luckily there are a bunch of local designers who are making us look extra stylish at the gym. We set out to find some of our favourite South African designers who have not only created a name for themselves, but also created their own popular brands.

Here are a few to look out for if you’re in the market to buy a new gym outfit:


Calvee is an activewear brand which was launched in October 2016 by Mariki Mentz. The brand is focussed on creating quality activewear for both men and women. These locally made items are not only super stylish and modern, but are made to fit comfortably during your workout.

They have a large selection of simplistic, modern designs as well as a few standout pieces that are sure to catch the eye.

Check them out here:


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MovePretty is an athleisure brand which was founded by Olympic South African Triathlete, Mari Rabie, and fashion designer, Annelize Kotze. They have created stylish sportswear that is perfectly feminine, with a wide selection of items to choose from, including accessories.

Not only will you look pretty wearing their outfits, but they are made to make you feel extra comfortable while you get your sweat on.

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Wildcat has become a very popular brand in South Africa since its inception three years ago. This comes as no surprise, as their clothes are high-quality and eye-catching. Despite the fashionable look of their range, their clothing is extremely comfortable and perfect for the gym.

They are all about motivating and inspiring women, and their outfits give women a fierce sense of confidence. You’ll be the most confident and stylish person at the gym whilst wearing their gear.

Check them out here:


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Spiritgirl is owned by two South Africans with a keen sense of adventure and a passion for eco-awareness. Based in Cape Town, this brand has a large collection of vibrant activewear that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Their outfits will also make your gym sesh a lot more fun and exciting. What’s even cooler than their colourful pieces, is the fact that the fabric used to make the clothes is made from recycled plastic bottles (recycled PET) and woven with spandex. It’s also made to keep you extra cool and dry by using performance fabric technology.

Check them out here:


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