Meet Stefanï Grosse, founder and designer of luxury sportswear label Monreal London. A keen tennis player herself, Stefanï found there was a real lack of stylish tennis wear available on the market, so she decided to design her own. The collection is packed with great pieces which will make you stand out both on and off court.
Who are you?
Stefanï Grosse, founder and designer of Monreal London, a luxury sportswear label with its roots in tennis.
What inspires you?
Standing on the tennis court, golf course or working out in the gym often makes me think of functional details and pieces that I would like to have and wear but cannot find anywhere. I sometimes take inspiration from fashion brands, which take their inspiration from the sports industry, creating versatile and interesting sporty looking clothes. A good example is Celine where you can find a lot of sportswear influences.
Who is the Monreal London woman?
Our core customers share their sense of style, confidence and personality. They all have busy lifestyles and are interested in current issues – sports, cultural as well as financial and political, and of course, fashion! This group of girlfriends tends to be confident, style conscious and have a big-city mind-set. They also appreciate exceptional quality and value in every element of their lives, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
How did you get into designing sportswear? I am a fashion designer and have been into sports all my life. I was never fond of the clothes that I played tennis in- so I launched Monreal in 2013. My upbringing allowed me to pursue both – my father worked in the sports industry and my mother in the fashion industry.
Where do you see your brand in 5 years’ time?
Monreal’s mission is to be the preeminent luxury sportswear brand, aiming at women who care as much about style as they do about scoring. One of my goals is to open a Monreal flagship store in London and/ or New York in 5 years’ time.
What’s the one item every woman should have in her wardrobe?
Our ball shorts. They are practical, comfortable, stylish, sexy and versatile. The patented pocket feature can not only hold tennis balls but also give the wearer’s behind extra support, so that the shorts can be worn for yoga pilates or a run on the beach.
What are your style tips for dressing to the gym?
Wear clothes that flatter your body and make you feel good about yourself, so that one can focus on working out rather than the outfit.
What’s your favourite healthy snack?
I LOVE berries and Brazil nuts
What do you indulge in on a cheat day?
What’s your workout of choice?
Cardio-Tennis (fitness drills on the tennis court)
Do you have any fitness goals you would love to achieve?
I’d love to find the time to work out or engage in some kind of sports activity 5 times a week.
What do you do to relax?
I go for a walk – ideally on a golf course while playing a round!
If there was a soundtrack to your life, what song would be playing right now?
‘Time of my life’ Dirty Dancing