When I first dropped by Lolë, back in June, the plan was for it to be a “showtique”—half showroom for retail clients, half boutique. Since then—along with some redesigning—there’s been a shift, and the space is mostly boutique, with a small showroom area in back. And it’s finally open!
Launched in Canada at the end of 2002, the Lolë brand is inspired by well-being, with women’s clothing for fitness activities but also just for an active, casual lifestyle. The company entered the U.S. market in 2006, and two years ago it was bought by private equity firm Kilmer Capital, which brought opportunities to expand. “We have two stores in Montreal, and two in Toronto,” says Lolë wholesale marketing specialist Aimee Ducharme. “This is the first showtique and the first store in the U.S.” Lolë clothing is not yet sold in any other New York City stores, but it is widely available online (and it will be at the new Eastern Mountain Sports uptown and the REI opening in the Puck Building in Soho).
“We’re all about having a balanced life,” says Ducharme. “Don’t forget yourself.” To that end, Lolë will have a social, community-building aspect. Starting in November, the boutique will host free meet-ups, with a “little party” afterward. “We’ll have different speakers, such as nutritionists. If we meet some great fitness instructor, we can even hold classes here or in Hudson River Park.”
Lolë is at 24 Hubert (bet. Greenwich and Washington), 888-501-6351; lolewomen.com.