Venezuelan activewear brand, Port de Bras, has been a game changer in the athleisure space. Founded by its Creative Director Clarissa Egana in 2015, the Caracas-born company has been creating decidedly feminine pieces for active lifestyles using only sustainable materials. Ethical production and innovative designs are also part of the Port de Bras DNA.
Decision to name a brand after a classic ballet term, which is “movement of arms,” stems from Clarisa’s vision of “designing garments for a life in movement.” The founder and Latin Designer Awardee of 2022 explains, “I chose Port de Bras because it evokes the timeless elegance of dance, and most of all, because I wanted Port de Bras to be a movement: of values, inspiration, and empowerment.”
The brand is one of the first to offer a more eco-friendly alternative to synthetic polyamides typically used to make the majority of gym clothes. Using the world’s first biodegradable polyamide fiber, Port de Bras showcased the beauty of the female form through design details reminiscent of the picturesque ballerina. One of Egana’s first collections featured sheer panels, bows, ruffles and ruching that add a new dimension to how we show up—for a morning workout, brunch with friends, afternoon cocktails, or a weekend around town. From a purely style point of view, Port de Bras was a venue for wearers to live out their ballerina dreams.