Behind the Brand: Meet Varley
Designed in Los Angeles and crafted in London, Varley is a women's activewear brand that mixes Californian ease with an elegant London style. Known for iconic prints on Italian compression fabrics, especially the Varley snake printed leggings, as well as their flattering mesh inserts and tees with subtle logo prints. We know you're going to love this brand as much as we do (if you don't already). Varley ensures both performance and style, and bridges the gap between sportswear and ready-to-wear. Read on to meet Lara Mead, Varley co-founder and discover the brand’s must-have pieces.
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Get to know Varley co-founder Lara Mead
Born and bred in the Lake District
Favourite way to sweat?
How do you recover after a workout?
A nice hot shower and lots of water
What’s the last thing you Googled?
LA office space!!! We have out grown our office space in LA and looking for new premises. Very boring, I know.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
I’m a sucker for a massage. I could have one every day of the week.
How did you get into designing activewear and founding a company?
Myself and my husband Ben started Varley together. We wanted to create a contemporary lifestyle brand for the active modern women, and Varley was born on one of our many trips to California.
If Varley were a person, what would their typical weekend plans include?
A Pilates session followed by brunch with family and friends down on Malibu Pier. After brunch, a long walk along the beach. The evening would then be a night on the town with her husband or boyfriend, cocktails at Soho House West Hollywood or the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills, followed by supper at an LA eatery.
Sunday would be spent hiking, surfing, biking any outdoor activity, followed by GTA’s takeout on Abbot Kinney, and then home for a lazy movie night.
Varley's Design Philosophy:
In their aesthetic, Varley Activewear seeks to blend London's cosmopolitan elegance with L.A.'s active lifestyle. With their performance driven and timeless design, Varley creates wearable pieces that you will use again and again. They differentiate themselves through innovation, product performance and quality, but also as Lara states above, by designing for the modern athlete. In the design process, the form and function of each piece is carefully tailored to support today’s multi-tasking lifestyle. From school-runs to barre classes, the office to the boxing ring, women’s everyday has a changeable nature which demands high-performance active-wear with a high-fashion aesthetic.
Which Varley leggings should I buy?
From stylish prints to silky soft fabrics, Varley leggings are guaranteed to give you a luxurious feel. With their wide selection of leggings, it can be tricky to find the perfect one. We have picked our favourite styles, check them out before you buy!
Varley Bedford Leggings
Designed with 4-way stretch, the Varley Bedford Legging is constructed to aid agility and mobility - whether on the mat or on the track. This full coverage legging is made from their signature Letelux fabric, which gives it a soft and stretchy feel. While the laser cut hem prevents skin irritation and fraying, the wide waistband shapes and holds in all the right places.
Varley Kensington Leggings
The Varley Kensington Legging comes in a high-rise waist for ultimate comfort and they’ll see you through the most challenging classes and PT sessions. The exposed ankles that comes with this cropped length gives the illusion that your legs are much longer, which helps elongate your frame. These leggings also features hidden waistband pockets to store small essentials.
What our customers say: Beautiful sport leggings, love the design. They fit really well and look great. Best of all they are really comfy when working out.
Varley Duncan Leggings
Available in luxurious prints, the Varley Duncan Leggings are the perfect way to break up with your all-black wardrobe. The high-rise, full length style offers a sculpting fit, while the Lolux fabric makes it buttery soft (we won’t judge if you wear them to bed). These leggings are the perfect companion to any low intensity class, such as Pilates or barre.
Varley Quincy Leggings
Whether run, stretch or push is your thing, the Varley Quincy Legging keeps you cool and dry during your practice. The sculpting, yet breathable seamless knit fabric is designed to provide that locked-in sensation and snug compression around your tights, hips and waist. With a nearly sew-free construction, this style guarantees comfort.
What our customers say: They are very nice but I think I should have ordered a bigger size because are very tight and not too elastic.
Which Varley sports bra should I buy?
After choosing your favourite Varley leggings, it is a must to check out their accompanying bras. Whether matchy matchy co-ords is your thing or you prefer a contrasting style, Varley offers a wide range of medium to high impact sports bras that does not compromise on style or performance.
Varley Fay Bra
Discover Varley’s most supportive bra to date and your next trusted ally for those high-intensity workouts. With its sweat-wicking, anti-static technology and four way stretch, the Varley Fay Bra is about to become your go-to active bra. Featuring a zip for closure and open back for added breathability this bra will hold you snug, yet feel comfortable.
Varley Harper Bra
Both compressive and moisture-wicking, Varley Harper Bra keeps you dry and allows you to move freely throughout your workouts. This is a medium support bra, which features an adjustable t-strap and removable cups. Made from Varley’s letelux fabric, this bra will be a regular companion at your sweaty hot yoga sessions.
The Varley Perkins Bra is constructed from the brand’s signature seamless knit technology, which does away with traditional seams to offer wearers a totally smooth, comfortable compression fit. The sculpting cut and contrasting pattern enhances your shape, while the sweat-wicking capability guarantees a cool and comfortable workout. This bra also features removable padding.
How do I care for my Varley products?
Although the style and quality of Varley activewear will stand the test of time, it is important to take good care of your new kit. It is no problem machine washing your Varley leggings and bras, but make sure to wash cold using a delicate cycle. As with any other activewear, makes sure not to use fabric softener or bleach as these can damage the fibres and prevent the garment from being sweat-proof. For Varley sports bras, we recommend removing the cups before washing as this helps keep the original shape. You can easily hand wash the cups in cold water separately and lay flat to dry.
In regard to drying, Varley activewear should not be tumble-dried. Rather hang them up and leave to dry naturally. Due to the nature of the fabric, it should not take too long before they are dry and ready to wear.