As you all know I am sweating puddles over at Tracy Anderson on a daily basis, and sitting in that sweat for about 2 hours through classes. I always thought that cotton was the most breathable material to wear during my workouts, however I was sorely mistaken. After a long and informative interview with the very inspirational, Stacey Hunter, founder of Quo Active Gear, I learned that the undergarments I’d been wearing cause bacteria which lead to infection. Although it’s not the most glamorous topic, the truth is when we sit in our sweat for extended periods of time, women are prone to yeast infections and urinary tract infections, both incredibly painful and undesirable. Quo undergarments are made with science in mind, ensuring that even if we sweat for a long time, the underwear absorbs the wetness, decreasing the chance of bacteria forming. I wear them everyday, and I can attest to them being life-changing. Quo is also coming out with a full line of athleisure in the same amazing fabric very soon!
How many years have you been in business in NYC?
My business is located in Los Angeles, but I’m born and raised in New York. Love NYC, and it feels like home.
How did you get your start and what was your initial inspiration?
I started in the textile industry 20 plus years ago.I worked in all areas of product from yarn, knitting, garment manufacturing and retail. I stayed focused in the categories of lingerie, swimwear, and activewear working for companies such as Under Armour, Victoria’s Secret, Nike, GAP Body, and more. I quickly realized there was a massive gap in the market for active underwear for women.
What do you feel differentiates you from others in your field?
I have a strong technical background in textiles, which is the foundation for building any garment. Quo is not a fad! I’m constantly searching for the latest innovation. I believe every woman would benefit fro Quo in their lives and am always going to be evolving and building on my products.
What do you feel gives you longevity in this big city with so many options?
Experience and passion!
How do you positively impact your clientele?
By offering solution based products that improve their every day lives.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Product development is so exciting to me. There is nothing as exciting as bringing your vision to life.
What is your favorite secret NYC spot?
Bessou – I try to go back every time I’m in town!
How do you benefit mamas?
Time is limited for moms thats where Quo comes in. Often, moms go straight to the gym, to running errands, to picking up their kids and Quo keeps you dry on the go. Quo is also meant to be lived in.
What is the most memorable feedback a client has given you?
"Thank you for making me re-think my underwear, that I now wear to work out and live in."
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What is the best advice anyone's ever given you? Or what is your "mantra" / words to live by?
Love what you do for a living, and it will never feel like work.
As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?
Dry shampoo. And wearing Quo after a hot yoga class! It keeps you dry enough to run an errands before you get home to shower.