Who are you?
We are Gemma Henry and Lauren Barnett, the founders of Gem&i
How did Gem&i come about?
We are best friends from London, who met whilst working in New York. We fell in love with the laid-back style of the women there, which inspired us to start our own leisurewear company. We both used our expertise to create Gem&i; Gemma, a fashion designer and Lauren an MBA graduate.
What inspires you?
We are obsessed with leisurewear! We wanted to create a brand, for women like us, that could be worn throughout our busy days. We are inspired by the idea that you can throw on a Gem&i sweater on top of your yoga kit, go straight to a lunch date, and then on to an afternoon meeting. Our inspiration for our slogans comes from our day to day conversations! Likewise our ideas for our colours and prints can come from anything around us from flowers to cup cakes!
Who is the Gem&i girl?
The Gem&i girl is active, fun loving with a great sense of humour and a love of leisurewear!
Where do you see yourself/brand in 5 years’ time?
We want to be constantly creating new styles, slogans and prints, as well as growing our product ranges. So in 5 years time we will be on our 10th collection, with a devoted following.
What’s the one item every woman should have in her wardrobe?
A great fitting T-shirt; super soft to wear all day but smart enough to match with jeans and heels for the evening.
What are your style tips for dressing to the gym?
Wear gym clothes that are well fitting and comfortable, so you feel gorgeous and confident while working out. We love to pair our Gem&i Celery or Brunch sweater with our leggings to wear before and after a work out session.
What’s your favourite healthy snack?
We are both peanut butter crazy! Our favourite snack is medijool dates with peanut butter in the middle.
What do you indulge in on a cheat day?
Gemma is a real pasta lover, so definitely a big bowl of spaghetti with tomato sauce. Lauren is a pic’ and mix fiend – especially extra sour cola bottles!
What’s your workout of choice?
Barrecore and Psycle are our favourites! Barre is amazing for toning and sculpting and Pscyle is such a great cardio workout with inspiring instructors, which really leaves you buzzing!
Do you have any fitness goals you would love to achieve?
To keep getting stronger and maintain a healthy routine.
What do you do to relax?
A nice dinner with friends; good food and great company is always the best way to relax at the end of a working day!
If there was a soundtrack to your life, what song would be playing right now?
We are always dancing round our office listening to Carol King. ‘I feel the earth move’ is our favourite!