Sena Yang spent years relying on caffeine to get her through long days designing her own line of womenswear, Sena NYC, before she realized fitness was the real answer. She started working out a lot—and accumulating new workout gear to do so—and discovered some major shortcomings in the activewear that was out there. “I thought there should be understated, everyday pieces made way more functional with performance fabrics,” says Sena, who got her start at Alexander McQueen and Catherine Malandrino. It was 2013, when athleisure was just starting to become a thing, so Sena shifted her focus to Asteria Active, a line of workout wear that that’s ready for a whole lot more than spin class—think minimalist bodysuits and leggings with strategically placed sheer panels.
On top of looking fly, Sena’s super versatile, workout-then-go-out collection (which is handmade in NYC) can hold up to serious sweat sessions, thanks to details like extra-smooth and flexible seams that will never, ever chafe. “Eventually, people are going to only want to have clothing that works with them, not against them,” says Sena. That’s a bet we’re pretty comfortable getting on board with. — christina pellegrini