Last year, physical therapist, part-time yoga teacher and New Orleans native Mariesa Strangos had an idea. As a yoga enthusiast, she wanted to develop a line of high-quality yoga pants that reflect what she loves about New Orleans. In January, Strangos launched (www.neworleansyogaapparel.com).
"I wanted to create something fun and different that showed my love of New Orleans," she says.
Although Strangos feels it "took a while" to get her line up and running, it really only took about eight months, most of which was spent looking for a manufacturer and locating graphic artists to come up with the perfect New Orleans- themed designs. The company is young, but word of Strangos' gear is spreading.
"I love it when friends send me pictures of people on the streets wearing my yoga pants," she says.
Strangos has focused on designing ankle length, high-waisted yoga pants in several designs and colors. Crawfish, macarons, magnolias and watermelon are a few of Strangos' favorite New Orleans icons that have made their way onto her athletic apparel. Her most popular designs are a snowball print, a leafy green French Quarter courtyard print, and Mardi Gras stripes.
Currently, New Orleans Yoga Apparel is available through Strangos' website and at Hemline and Babe New Orleans boutiques. Prices start at $35.
Strangos' creations are in demand. She recently rearranged her work schedule to accommodate the increasing responsibilities of her nascent apparel line. Currently the line offers six styles of yoga pants. Next up are capri-length pants, shorts and crop tops.