A few weeks ago I was invited to join Doutzen Kroes and the Hunkemöller team in Antwerp (Belgium) for the launch of Doutzen's sport collection. Having upped my sports game by - probably - 300% in the last months, and sharing the same love for (kick)boxing as Doutzen does, I was excited to see the pieces and... of course.. meet this fellow Dutchie in person.
Amidst press and influencers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden, Denmark and Germany, we got to enjoy healthy treats while learning more about the motivation and inspiration behind the collection from Hunkemoller's CEO Philipp Mountford, Director of Design Zoë Price-Smith and Doutzen Kroes personally.
Not knowing what to expect, I really was pleasantly surprised by the pieces. Lots of cool cuts in black & white with sheer paneling and mesh details... definitely also suitable for outside the gym (as shown by Doutzen in her denim look above). I especially loved the white bomber, the black mesh top and the comfy cut "sweatpants" with the mesh detailing on the sides (the one piece I have practically been living in ever since). The collection holds over 20 pieces ranging from tops, bottoms, underwear, swimwear and accessories... basically all you could ever need for various activities inside (and outside of) the gym.
Taking place in a fitness studio (with on-point interior design), the setting was just perfect for the event and we even got to test some of the pieces and join in on a piloxing class: a combination of pilates and boxing - one of Doutzen's favourite work-outs. I had jokingly announced that it would be right up my alley since I have been taking a lot of kickboxing and boxing yoga classes, but let me tell you... I can't remember the last time I had such a muscle ache for 3 days straight. And this piloxing intro class was only 20 minutes... Yikes. Now we know how Doutzen got those abs ;-)
The Doutzen's Stories Sport Collection is hitting stores & online on January 2, 2017.