Just before Christmas I met up with Ananda of VATA Brasil to chat and learn more about this local company that is producing some extraordinary garments.
VATA Brasil active wear can be found in Canada, US, Mexico and the Middle East however their flagship storefront on is located on Richards street between Dunsmuir and Hastings – right next door to their offices and design headquarters.
Ananda and her husband Mario (who are established freedivers) are very savvy when it comes to sports wear and since Ananda herself is the lead designer of the clothing, she is able to create pieces that work; whether you’re doing yoga, jogging or riding a bike. I personally have been living in my VATA pants over the last few weeks since they’re so comfortable.
One of the keys is that their shirts, pants and jackets are not made of lycra so they are able to stretch, move, and breathe with your body. They’re also all available in one-size, no joke. You can pick up a pair of pants in whichever of the many colours on display and try on any style to get the same great fit.
VATA OneFit is made of a micro-fibre yarn, synthetic fabric with hydrophobic (water-hating) properties versus hydrophilic (water-loving), like cotton, and the fabric has four times the filaments of average yarn.
The small Vancouver-based company is making quite the splash in the industry, having recently designed a line for Bikram Yoga Vancouver and by being the official outfitter of the Toronto Argonauts CFL cheerleaders.
VATA’scollection is bright, colourful, and contains dozens of styles to suit your sport, activity or lifestyle. Prices are comparable to the other yoga/activewear outlets in town but I believe the material and styles truly make the difference.
VATA is also in the middle of a social media makeover with a blog in their near future. For now, you can check in with them on Twitter, their main website, or feel free to swing by their boutique on Richards street.
Disclosure: I was not paid to write this review however I did walk away from VATA with the top and pants pictured above.