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  • Karen Hsieh Founder ESPALIER SPORT
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    Rosie Lau

Karen Hsieh Founder ESPALIER SPORT

Karen Hsieh          Founder ESPALIER SPORT

                                       Karen Hsieh-ESPALIER SPORT                                                                                    

(Photo courtesy of ESPALIER SPORT)

                  Why design activewear?
I was formally a slave to fashion, when I first graduated from FIT, I enjoyed dressing up and I would go everywhere in New York City in heels. Over time, I started to realize how important comfort was and what a critical component it played in women’s confidence. I wanted to create activewear that was functional and fashionable-where women could feel free to have the flexibility to wear Espalier Sport from the yoga studio to brunch with friends.

                 Why choose Taiwan as a place to manufacture ESPALIER SPORT?
ESPALIER’s first collection was made in New York City. I was pretty satisfied with the process but after a trip to my native country Taiwan, and seeing that Taiwan was emerging as a hub for developing high performance technical fabrics, (brands like Lululemon and Patagonia use mills from Taiwan) I decided to bring my entire production process “home”.

                 How do you get ESPALIER to fit different types of women so well?
There are several iterations in the design process. If I think a seam is falling one centimeter off, I will update the design. I also have different body types trying on each piece so that I know how the collection will look and fit on different women before going into production.

                What is your power suit?
I feel most powerful when I am comfortable. I think when clothes are well made and are versatile, you feel strong and empowered to accomplish whatever life throws at you.

See here for more information about ESPALIER SPORT.


 (Photo courtesy of ESPALIER SPORT)



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