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Designing Women

Based out of a Crown Point home office, four women rethink sportswear



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Photo by Josh Bartel

Shopping for workout apparel can feel as daunting as bikini shopping. That’s why one San Diego family—three sisters and their mom, all athletic—founded FABB Activewear last year. “I’m a size small; I should not be feeling fat when I try on workout clothes,” recalls cofounder Catherine Clishem after one disappointing session in a Lululemon dressing room. She and her sisters had also begun feeling frustrated with megabrands charging a high price without the quality and fit to back it up. They set out to design a line of flattering pieces, which includes items made with compression fabrics as well as flowy top options.

Try the bestseller Ballet Bombshell Tank; the new Revelation Bra, which looks like a regular bra made with “sport properties” (sweating okay); or That’s My Shorty slimming running shorts that are longer in the back for coverage. They also feature a built-in cell phone pocket, plus two separate pockets for keys and credit cards. Pictured above is the Core Sister Sports Bra, $58, made with a fabric that dries faster than cotton and has mesh in the back for ventilation.

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