About Nancy Rose
Designer Nancy Rose created her performance wear line in 2012 to fuse fashion and function. Recognizing that women were craving clothes that were versatile yet fashion-forward, the Nancy Rose Performance brand was born.
Nancy knows performance clothes better than most fashion designers. She is a former elite gymnast who grew up on balance beams and uneven bars. She trained for the U.S. Olympic team until a shoulder injury sidelined her Olympic dream. She enrolled at Pennsylvania State University after receiving a full scholarship to compete on their division-one gymnastics team.
While at Penn State, Nancy embraced her other passion – fashion. She traveled to Rome to study design and later to New York City at the Parsons School of Design. For years, she designed her own collections of women’s ready-to-wear.
When she became a working mother to three active boys, Nancy herself needed clothes that she could wear to the gym, to a work meeting, on the playground and home again. It made perfect sense to Nancy that other women would want workout clothes to wear both in and out of the gym.
When she decided to launch her performance-inspired apparel company, not just any yoga pant would do. She knew that her collection needed to perform and make a statement. And as basic as workout clothes can be, Nancy knew that her line needed to be different. Through her collections she wants women to feel beautiful and energized inside and out.
“I started out in the industry designing dresses, and I adored making gowns that made women look and feel beautiful. But some women only get to wear a gown once or twice a year. So I wanted to create products that would give women the chance to have that same feeling every day.”
Nancy believes that style is about having a presence. She takes inspiration from the runways and her own closest to make sure that each piece is designed with at least one unique element. Whether it’s a new edgy fabric such as mesh or adding a feminine flair to a tank, each design is intended to go beyond the realm of ordinary.