We sat down with our senior designer, Kelly, to gain a glimpse behind the creative process and how our patterns and prints come to life in our collections.
Drawing Inspiration from the World Around Us
“Personally, I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings, so I try to make sure I’m out there seeing and doing all that I can to stay creatively inspired.”
Whether that be from art galleries and museums, walks through nature, pondering the sky, or seeking out amazing architecture—inspiration is everywhere. This constant exposure to diverse influences fuels creativity and ensures Sylvia P's designs are always fresh and captivating.The Journey from Concept to Creation
The design process involves meticulous planning and artistic craftsmanship. It starts with a trend concept leading from the initial inspiration, backed by thorough research. The work continues until Kelly and her team are happy with the concept, mood—and the plan.
"Print and textile design is a is a joyously and creative process—however it does requires a well thought out idea in order to execute it well.”
Kelly and the SP design team then choose colours and begin hand-drawing or painting their creative concepts. These initial sketches are transformed into digital formats and transferred onto fabric through printing and pressing techniques, ultimately resulting in the vibrant and eye-catching prints adorning our leotards today.
“Without a good plan, your print will never turn out how you expected it to—so it’s always best to lay a great foundation.”Colours as the Foundation of Expression
At Sylvia P, colour is everything—vibrant and unique colour choices always take centre stage. By being bold, daring, and brave in our colour palettes, our leotards inspire confidence, each piece becoming a canvas of self-expression, encouraging young gymnasts to embrace their individuality.
“I believe that everyone should ‘colour their world’. Colour has everything to do with how you feel and for our audience, that’s so important. We always want to inspire confidence.”Originality is Key
“We like to make sure we’re able to cover a range of diverse and different print types to keep our community engaged and excited. Think florals, mystical prints, animal prints, geometric style prints—you name it, we can create it. If we love the print and textile design ourselves, we know it’ll excite you and our community.”Originality and creativity are at the heart of everything we do, with fresh new designs guaranteeing we stand up and out from the crowd. And while we look to fashion trends for inspiration, most times we create our own trends—you could call us game-changers in the print world.
The Signature SP Touch
Sylvia P leotards are truly like nothing else in the marketplace. Through a combination of exceptional design and meticulous attention to detail, every leotard is a labour of love, infused with a touch of magic that's hard to define.
Our commitment to quality extends beyond the prints—we ensure the overall design, from straps to fit, is perfect. Functionality and comfort go hand in hand with our vibrant and unique patterns, so every gymnast feels confident and empowered when wearing a Sylvia P leotard.
“We make sure the colours are out of this world, and that the prints are new and fresh. Each and every one of our leotards are designed with love and care, a certain je ne sais quoi magic that you can’t quite put your finger on saying why it’s so good. That’s the Sylvia P touch.”Ready to transform your gymnastics wardrobe and feed your print obsession? Let your inner creativity come alive and find your new favourite print today.
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