Fashion & Shopping

Our New Fave One-Stop Athleisure Shop (Win!)

October 26, 2021

There’s a new clothing boutique (and website) in Toronto that curates a selection of fresh, modern and functional active and loungewear for the contemporary, fashion-forward woman (read: us!). relevé was founded by former dancer (and mom of two) Gillian Medina to offer women clothing and accessories that don’t just complement their lives but gear them up for whatever it is that their day may bring. Whether it’s a workout, a school drop-off/pick-up, your work from home uniform or a patio dinner, the store’s brands and curation are designed to complement the modern woman’s daily life and everything that she fits into it! And they ship worldwide! We chatted with Gillian to find out more. —Noa Nichol

Hi Gillian! Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background to start!

Dance and fitness have been an integral part of my life since I was a young girl and as a result, long before it became mainstream, athleisure has always been my go-to wardrobe preference. Now as a busy mom and entrepreneur, there’s nothing that suits my lifestyle better. I want to look stylish but I also want my clothing to be functional. I was always on the hunt for brands and pieces that could take me through my day—from a morning workout, to work, to school pick-ups, to dinner out!

When and why did you launch relevé (and please, fill us in on the meaning behind the name!)? What niche were/are you aiming to fill in the fashion space (and, when it comes to your website, the online shopping space)? What is your business philosophy?

I always had the ambition to open my own clothing business and the concept of a boutique designed to make women’s fashion choices and lives easier, made the most sense to me. I chose the name relevé (which means to rise up in dance) because I thought of myself as rising to the challenge of becoming an entrepreneur and starting my business from the ground up. Many people (myself included) love to shop in person but I’ve discovered that busy customers are equally happy to have the convenience of a reliable online shopping experience. The online store offers that option to our customers who are either too busy to shop in person or who live too far away to come into the store. As for my business philosophy, I want our customers shopping experience to always be time well spent and as such, I strive to provide relevé customers with a high standard of customer service that will make their shopping experience seamless, whether it be in-store or online.

We are so impressed by not only the number but the quality of brands and clothing, accessories and self-care items you offer; how do you choose what to carry, and who to partner with? Is every item a personal pick (by you/your team)?!

Over the years, I have had favourite brands that I felt relevé customers would love, too. I decided to combine as many of my own go-to active wear and lounge wear fashion choices in a one-stop shop where (as I said earlier) our customers will feel confident that a visit to relevé is time well spent. Our clothing is made from luxurious fabrics like bamboo, cotton blends and some with recycled material to create ultimate breathability and comfort. I am constantly building relevé’s selections to have something for everyone whether they are doing personal shopping or looking for a special gift for someone else.

What’s your personal style mantra, and how does it inform your business?

My style mantra is definitely fitness and fashion. My preference for athleisure clothing over more restrictive wardrobe choices of the past informs my business because I feel so many other women also want to look great and feel comfortable in beautiful on-trend fashions that can carry them throughout their busy days.

Any insights as to what is currently hot on the relevé roster for fall/winter? Top current bestsellers as we head into the colder months?

Some of the top current bestsellers as we move into the colder months are definitely our bestselling Alo Airlift and Airbrush Leggings and our super cozy Aviator Nation pieces. Donni’s newest Sweater Bra Top, Sweater Button Down and Sweater Henley sweatpants are killer transitional pieces. Stay tuned for the arrival of our The Upside, Alo, and Michael Lauren Sherpa’s and all the cosy socks from Stance!

Win! A $250 relevé Gift Card!

Congrats Catherine C. of Sainte-Sophie QC, who will receive a $250 relevé gift card! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Tracey

    October 27th, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Joggers and a sweatshirt. @just._.tracey

  2. M Liz Beisel

    October 27th, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Love my sweats!

  3. Amber olak

    October 27th, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Leggings and a sweater


  4. Thérèse De Bellefeuille

    October 27th, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Leggings and a sweater

  5. Rachel C.

    October 27th, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    leggings and an oversized tee!

    @seafoodmwg on ig

  6. Alicia A

    October 27th, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    My favourite comfy outfit is a pair of Yoga pants and a bra top!! I always walk around the house like this! Whenever I go out for groceries or on a walk, I simply add a comfy hoodie!! Would definitely love to try some new brands 🎉 my IG is @pianist_alicia

  7. Marilyn

    October 27th, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Leggings and a long tee

  8. MaryM

    October 27th, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Love leggings and a long sleeve crew neck. Thanks @maryandcedar

  9. Melissa Nagle

    October 27th, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    As a fitness instructor comfort is actually part of my job. I’m always looking for breathable comfortable clothes

  10. Tammy Klym-Wolfe

    October 27th, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    shorts, and oversized cozy hoodie. @tklymwolfe

  11. Lorena

    October 27th, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Sweater and leggings

  12. Vanessa Ripley

    October 27th, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Leggings and a sweater

  13. Carolyn M

    October 28th, 2021 at 6:15 am

    I love an easy fit with super soft fabric – something warm and cosy!

  14. Tabby72

    October 28th, 2021 at 6:45 am

    I like sweat pants and a t shirt! @tabby_1972

  15. Kerry

    October 28th, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Hoodie and joggers

  16. Janet M

    October 28th, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I like loose fitting pants and a tunic. @asherares

  17. Sarah

    October 28th, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Matching knit set!!!

  18. Cynthia Moreau

    October 28th, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Favourite comfy outfit is leggings with a tunic.

  19. Kirsten Lyon

    October 28th, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Cozy sweatsuit! @lyonkirstennn

  20. Diana

    October 28th, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Soft and warm @lil_dreame

  21. Mia Cooper-Graham

    October 28th, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Big baggy layers on top and leggings!

  22. Lisa

    October 29th, 2021 at 12:33 am

    I live in leggings and an oversized sweatshirt!

  23. Alana LeSueur

    October 29th, 2021 at 4:33 am

    My favourite comfy outfit would have to be capris length leggings, a sleeveless top and a hoodie or some sort of a jacket. My IG is #Diamondchick60

  24. Sandra

    October 29th, 2021 at 4:36 am

    Wearing a toque in the house is my comfiest thing!

  25. Deim Lee

    October 29th, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Yoga pants & a zip up hoodie!


    North Vancouver, BC

  26. Lillian. Brown

    October 29th, 2021 at 9:29 am

    I like a T-shirt with yoga pants

  27. Monique L.S.

    October 29th, 2021 at 10:08 am

    I like clothing that is warm and soft.

    IG @minty_mo2020

  28. Sara Gagarin

    October 29th, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Wide leg sweats and long sleeve under shirt

  29. Florence Cochrane

    October 29th, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Leggings, sports bra and T-shirt @fossie55

  30. Roula

    October 29th, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Yoga pants and a soft cozy sweater on top


  31. Elaine G

    October 29th, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    My favorite comfy fit is leggings and a tshirt


  32. Michelle

    October 29th, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Fav cozy outfit is leggings, cropped hoodie, denim jacket, walking sneakers. 😍 @chellesmithyoga

  33. Karalyn

    October 29th, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Leggings and a pullover

  34. Janice Balboa

    October 31st, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Yoga pants and a hoodie


  35. Krista

    November 1st, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    My favourite comfy fit while working out would be leggings and sweater!

  36. Nokan S

    November 1st, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Joggers and a hoodie @Ewokns18

  37. Melanie

    November 2nd, 2021 at 12:51 am

    I answer question #2 with @melcamirand3

  38. Melanie

    November 2nd, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Short pants and t-shirt. @melcamirand3

  39. Kimberley C

    November 2nd, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Leggings and a comfy hoodie! @kimmiecapp

  40. Alexandra Clayton

    November 2nd, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Some cute joggers and an oversized sweater!

  41. Alice Smith

    November 2nd, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Leggings and an oversized sweatshirt.

  42. Sarah F

    November 2nd, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    I like comfy leggings that to up to my belly button and don’t slide down in the back. @momma.of.b

  43. Xu Liang Li

    November 2nd, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Yoga pants! @liangliangcanada

  44. Lianne

    November 2nd, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Jogging pants and a hoodie


  45. Mesha T

    November 2nd, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Comfy sweater and leggings!

  46. Louise Lormestoir

    November 2nd, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Leggings and t-shirt @bella_loulou1

  47. Paula

    November 3rd, 2021 at 12:30 am

    lounge wear !

  48. Michelle Cox

    November 3rd, 2021 at 5:33 am



  49. Tiesha Dorleans

    November 3rd, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Sweat pants and hoodies @SweetTD93

  50. Anna Ngo

    November 3rd, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Sweatshirt and short !

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