Look around the City Different and there’s a good chance you’ll lay eyes on someone in a hybrid outfit that works equally well for a lunch date, a downtown stroll, and a fitness class.
Look around any Santa Fe exercise class and you’ll see that the students often take it far beyond “utilitarian” into “You look fabulous!” Santa Fe has such a bounty of hip exercise clothing that fitness-minded travelers often plan ahead to scoop up threads that aren’t available back home or online. Here are a few shops and lines to explore.
Fit for a Queen
Nia teacher Jamie Berry Klein is known both for her slinky moves and her supportive, easy rapport with students—and Queen of Hearts, the fair-trade clothing line she brought to Santa Fe, reflects those qualities.
Astonishingly flattering for all body types, the ethereal, flirty pieces breathe, stay put, and come in a wide variety of styles (from minimalist camisoles to swingy split-leg bell bottoms) in both neutrals and jewel tones. “The pieces feel like a second skin,” says Klein. “There’s nothing to distract you as you move.” Browse at queenofheartsclothing.com; the California-based, Bali-made line is exclusively represented in New Mexico by StudioNia Santa Fe. 851 W. San Mateo Rd. (505) 989-1299; studioniasantafe.com
Just next door to StudioNia, Santa Fe–headquartered Sense Clothing beckons. The line was founded in 2005 by designer Robin Beachner, who noticed, while working as a boutique buyer, that there was a demand for fashionable “clothing that crosses over from the studio to dinner.” Sense’s signature piece is the Tunic Pant, a legging with integrated short skirt, which provides both flexibility and coverage. All of the clothing is made of softly draping Modal, with dozens of coordinating camis, skirts, cardigans, and pants, perfect for travel, fitness, and making the scene. 851 W. San Mateo Rd. #5. (505) 988-5534; senseclothing.com
Body of Santa Fe—a spa, gym, exercise studio, café, and boutique—is darn close to being an all-inclusive planet of eco-luxe goodness. Its boutique, which resembles an urbane European atelier, exemplifies owner Lorin Parrish’s values. “It’s important for us to support independent designers, small family businesses,” salesperson Jenny Gabriel says. The fair-trade, comfortable, head-spinningly beautiful garments are cherry-picked from all over the world, but also hail from Denver (Autumn Teneyl’s dance-to-office separates), Texas (Minawear’s hemp cargoes), and Los Angeles (Raw Earth Wild Sky’s hand-dyed Scout and Earth pants). 333 Cordova Rd. (505) 986-0362; bodyofsantafe.com