Crane & Lion is a newbie brand jumping into the high-end activewear fray. They’re based in Boston and currently offering their first collection. Their line goes back to basics, emphasizing simple but functional pieces. They use soft shades of blue and pinkish-purple that definitely has sophisticated-New-England-lady vibes to me, although maybe that’s just because I know that’s where they come from. :)
What drew me to Crane & Lion is their broad size range: their products are offered in sizes 0-12. Note that these numerical sizes aren’t necessarily the same as lululemon’s and might not be the same as your streetwear sizing either, so check their size chart. One plus is that returns and exchanges are free, so it’s ok if you don’t get sizing quite right the first time.
The racerback tank looks like a pretty solid basic racerback with no frills. Compared to lululemon’s cool racerback, the cut in the front and back of C&L’s seems to have a bit more coverage in the front and back, plus it appears to be a little shorter.
C&L’s designer previously designed for DKNY, and the wrap sweater makes that pretty obvious–it’s almost a dead ringer for DKNY’s cozy wrap. Note that C&L’s version appears longer in the front, so there’s a chance it might drag on the floor for shorties when worn open. It doesn’t appear to have thumbholes.
I’m most interested to try their sports bra, which look like it has a good amount of coverage for bigger-busted ladies while not looking too bra-like. It’s very hard to find smaller sizes in sports bras that still offer reasonable coverage and support, so this is a refreshing find. It has removable cups, plus the wide straps look comfortable and wouldn’t cut in. I also like that the cut in the back looks like it allows for good shoulder blade mobility.
The bra tank is similar to the bra, just, well, longer. It has an iPhone-sized back pocket with a hole to string your earphones, although in the photo it looks like it might not be large enough for the latest generation of XL phones like the iPhone 6/6+.
The long sleeve tee has a little bit of colorblocking and a ruched accent in the back. Although it’s listed as moisture-wicking, note that it’s a cotton/modal/spandex blend, which will have a different feel than most workout tops.
C&L makes their bottoms stand out with a signature angled seam along the back of the legs and the butt. Their tights come in 2 varieties: a basic solid version and in a lightweight, heathered version. The originals are a nylon/spandex blend while the lightweights are poly/spandex.
Their capri pants have a little more flair than most of their other pieces. They’re currently sold out but will be back in stock later in March. In the meantime, here’s another detail photo of the layered mesh accent from their lookbook.
Lastly, C&L is running a 40% off everything deal now through Thursday night with code OVERTHIS. If you’re interested in trying out their line, now is definitely a great time to do it.