Zanna van Dijk has been a friend of Active in Style’s for well over 2 years now, and in that time we have watched her go from an incredibly in-demand personal trainer who manages a nut butter addiction, to a household name in the UK fitness scene.
But don’t be fooled to think this all happened over night. Here is a girl who moved to London after graduating with a first class degree from The University of Sheffield to work 12-hour days training clients back to back – mainly other girl’s wanting to learn to love their bodies through mindfulness, and surprisingly, strength training (the very thing that jolted Zanna into the spotlight: a girl who had rarely exercised in uni, to a proud female lifter who wasn’t afraid to gain muscle).
Zanna then gained a following via Instagram and shortly after so too did her blog-come-lifestyle-website. Now she is working with the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, and busy being a Co-Founder of the incredibly popular #GirlsGains movement with her two best friends, Tally and Vic.
Yet when you strip it all away, Zanna is still the same girl who’s determined to inspire others to chase their dreams and maintain a balanced lifestyle. So, when we first caught wind of a potential Zanna van Dijk x Sports Philosophy collaboration, we instantly put our hands up to be one of the first stockists. Not only are we excited to support her on this venture, we are equally excited to support the ethos of Sports Philosophy, and their vision to manufacture and produce activewear ethically. Additionally, their Freedom of Children Foundation shares a percentage of profits from each garment sold to raise awareness as well as research and implement projects in communities affected by child labour.
Just before the launch of the collection, I was lucky enough to catch up with Founder of Sports Philosophy, Stella Heng, as well as Zanna, to get the 4-1-1 on the collaboration, how it all came about, and what to expect from the exclusively Limited Edition ZVD X SP range.
Yay, congratulations on the amazing collaboration and the official launch of the Zanna van Dijk for Sports Philosophy. It’s official, the ZVD x SP capsule collection is about to be worn by amazingly inspirational women all of the country. Can you believe it?
When did you start the thought process around the collaboration? How did the partnership with Zanna come about?
What was your reaction when you got the call from Stella saying, “you could have your own activewear collection coming out?”
Who did you design the collection for? Was it more from a perspective of what you wanted to wear, or did you have a ZVD x SP wearer in mind?
In 3 words, can you describe the process in Portugal, and then maybe elaborate a bit on it… I can imagine a few unplanned things happened?
Stella: Fun. Stressful. Exciting. We had a great time in Portugal but production is never a smooth process, with many hiccups along the way. As Zanna will agree, we spent days and nights in the factory working on the fit and cut of the pieces, so unfortunately for her, no sightseeing whatsoever. Maybe except for the owner’s farm and his humongous pig! But finally seeing the pieces slowly taking shape was extremely exciting.
What’s the biggest thing you can take away from this experience as an activewear designer?
Tell us more about the Freedom for Children Programme and how Sports Philosophy are doing their bit to fight child labour and raise awareness of these hazardous conditions in the manufacturing industry around the globe?
Where to from here for Sports Philosophy…