Start-up of the week: Soar’s switch from high fashion to high-end sportswear

Tim Soar wearing his sports clothing brand

Tim Soar wearing his sports clothing brand - Credit: Tim Soar

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting and unusual new businesses in Hackney. This week we speak to Tim Soar about his high-end sports brand.

Like a true entrepreneur, designer Tim Soar decided to make the switch from high fashion to high-end sportswear when he spotted a gap in the market.

Called Soar – a play on his own name – he started out designing premium technical men’s running clothing from his studio in Dunston Street, Haggerston, and has now branched into women’s.

“I’ve been a runner for many years so having been through the high fashion treadmill it felt like there was an interesting space to be developed in running clothing,” said Tim, who used to have a show at London Fashion Week for his eponymous brand.

“Fitness in all its forms is so embedded in everyone’s psyche if you are an urban dweller. I think if people buy designer clothes, why wouldn’t they wear that to do sport?”

They’re not cheap: a classic t-shirt starts at £54. “By high fashion standards that’s bargain basement but for running clothing standards it is the premium end of the market,” said Tim – who uses Italian fabrics.

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