Nimble Insider | Meet the founders
Nimble Insider | Meet the founders
In this blog post, we introduce Nimble Activewear co-founders, Vera Yan and Katia Santilli. Read on for a glimpse into the inspiration behind Nimble Activewear and their tips for maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Why did you create Nimble Activewear?
We founded Nimble Activewear as we believe that leading an active and healthy life should be neither complicated nor expensive – our pieces are just one part of the journey to a healthier being and have been designed to empower women to get moving and get active in quality, long-lasting activewear that looks great and doesn’t break the bank.
Our broader vision with Nimble Activewear is to build a supportive community where we can share our experiences and knowledge and empower one another to lead healthier, and importantly, more balanced lives.
You come from very different backgrounds, how did you come together and how do you find working together?
Katia: I have a fashion and sportswear background – my roles have included managing Puma’s women’s fitness business for the Southern hemisphere market and working in London managing Burberry’s women’s outerwear business for the global market.
Vera: I have a legal and finance background and worked in investment banking before moving into law. We have known each other for over 15 years and find that our skills are really complementary and allow us to tackle different aspects of the business. We are also constantly learning from each other and building on our own skill sets. Despite having such different backgrounds and skills, we both share the same vision for Nimble Activewear which is very important in ensuring a harmonious office!
What does healthy living mean to you?
Katia: For me, healthy living is all about balance. I am a big believer of everything in moderation and making choices that are realistic and sustainable.
When it comes to food – eat real / wholesome food. I like my food to be as close to its natural form as possible and try to stick to whole foods. However, in saying that I do love to treat myself to a glass or two of red wine and the odd scoop of Messina every now and then!
It is important to nourish your body by eating well, hydrating and sleeping well. Another critical factor is moving your body (of course!) – I try to do something every day to get moving, whether it be yoga, a gym class or simply going for a walk.
Vera: Coming from a corporate background, I definitely found that my health and wellbeing could be neglected – when you are sitting down all day long with snack jars everywhere you look, it can be very difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle!
I think a great way for the time-poor to approach healthy living is to incorporate small, healthier choices in your day-to-day routine – for example, walking rather than catching the bus, getting moving on your lunch break or simply choosing a healthier option for lunch. By making incremental changes, before you know it, these will become part of your standard day-to-day routine and you no longer even need to think twice about making those choices.
How do you find balance in your life?
Katia: Listen to your body and be organised. During the week, I tend to stick to a pretty rigid routine. During my time-off and when I am catching up with family and friends I always make sure that it is quality time – it can be hard to switch off but I always make an effort to put my phone away (which helps immensely in switching off!) and just enjoy the company of the people I love to be around.
It’s also important to laugh and have fun doing what you are doing – although there is definitely a time and place for being serious in the workplace, Vera and I try not to take ourselves too seriously…we are lucky in that we love what we do and have a lot of fun doing it!
Vera: I try to make sure that I set aside a few mornings a week for myself – things can often come up during the day and on the weekends so the mornings are a perfect time to set aside for exercise, catching up on reading or anything else that will help you tackle the day / week ahead. Of course, things can still come up in the mornings but it is important to have a routine to aim towards where you can.