Driven by a desire to create affordable, technical and stylish activewear options, Nimble Activewear was founded by Katia Santilli and Vera Yan in iconic Bondi Beach. The brand aims to empower women to get moving and get active in quality, long lasting activewear that looks great and doesn’t break the bank.

The brand has flourished since its launch and with Katia’s background working internationally for some of the world’s most influential retailers including fashion powerhouses Burberry and Puma and Vera’s corporate background in investment banking and law, their knowledge and expertise as well as their passion for an active lifestyle means the brand will continue to grow.

We caught up with Katia and Vera to talk about the brand and what’s happening in the world of Nimble Activewear.

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Tell us a bit about Nimble Activewear and how you started the brand/business.

We have known each other for over 15 years and started Nimble Activewear after becoming frustrated at the lack of affordable, comfortable and stylish activewear options on the market. We soon realized that this was a concern shared by many of our friends and from there, Nimble Activewear was born.


What goes into designing and making your garments?

The entire design and production process for Nimble Activewear happens right here in Sydney! We have worked hard to source the very best in technical fabrics and work closely with everyone through each step of the production process to make sure that each garment fits like a glove, is super comfortable and importantly, functions as it is supposed to.

What are your inspirations?

Being based in Bondi Beach, arguably the Australian epicentre of all things health & wellness, we are constantly inspired by the community surrounding us.

We also love trying out a range of different exercises – we have tried pretty much every workout you can think of! – to understand what women require from activewear across all different types of workouts.

And of course, we are inspired by the world of fashion – with the current athleisure trend, it is critical that our collections are not only functional but can also take our customers from their workouts straight into the rest of their day.


Do you have any tips for budding female entrepreneurs?

Believe in yourself and go for it!

In the early days, it is also important to not be too focussed on one path and not to develop tunnel vision. Often new opportunities can arise and you must be prepared to be flexible and change your path (or a part of it) if that is the right thing to do.

What’s next for Nimble Activewear?

To keep growing our range, investing in innovative technologies and continue to help women get moving, get active and get healthy.

We have some exciting developments in the pipeline both domestically and over in the US so stay tuned!

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About The Author

Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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