Founded in 1998 in Vancouver, Canada, Lululemon is a contemporary sportswear brand that initially gained recognition for its optimal-performance yoga pants. The highly functional and comfortable tops, pants, outerwear, daily wear, and sports gear are products of extensive observation of physical movements—or “the science of feel,” as described by the brand. Lululemon is regarded as standing at the epicenter of the athleisure trend, offering garments suited not only for workouts but also for daily life and even work. The brand has grown rapidly to secure an exclusive market share that rivals long-standing global sports brand powerhouses, a success rooted in the philosophy of symbiotic brand-customer prosperity that encourages community building centered on local stores and Lululemon ambassadors.
Like Nike, Lululemon has invested heavily in building a community around a lifestyle of personal fitness and the transformational empowerment that can bring to lives. Lululemon’s brand pairs nicely with, and supports, individuals identity as fit, healthy athletes, not just consumers of high-end, state of the art athletic wear.