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Cory Vines Long Sleeve Essential

New Athletic Brand Promises To Be “The Warby Parker Of Gym Clothes”

That was the headline of the Refinery29 article that introduced me to Cory Vines. I’m a big fan of Warby Parker, so I was eager to find out the connection. Cory Vines is a Canadian activewear company that focuses on high quality, low price, and versatile products. It’s similar to Warby Parker in that it cuts the middleman. Products are sold online in limited quantities and are kept to the basics–tanks, short sleeves, long sleeves, shorts, crops, and socks in jewel tones.

Cory_Vines_Long_Sleeve1Top Cory Vines Essential Long Sleeve Crops Old Navy Printed Compression Capris
Shoes Asics GT-2000 / Water Bottle CamelBak Groove Fresh Filtered Water Bottle
Photography by Carly Heitlinger

In a Forbes article from earlier this year, Founder Daniel Lieberman said, “I decided to develop my concept by creating a fitness brand that catered to a digitally-connected ‘Gen Y’ consumer that was interested in quality over quantity.” That’s me. After connecting with Daniel, he kindly sent me The Essential Long Sleeve in Amethyst to put to the test in one of my classes.


First, I want to note that Cory Vines shopping is fast. I believe that it took less than a week. After getting excited about the branded stickers and notecard in the package, I unwrapped the shirt and was immediately sold. Cory Vines describes wearing its apparel as a Sensory Experience: “We use fabrics that are soft, light and extremely breathable. Their moisture-wicking encourages perspiration to quickly evaporate. But our subtle stretch makes it extraordinarily comfortable to move in.” At 48% nylon, 40% polyester, and 12% spandex, this is some seriously soft and comfortable fabric. But how would the shirt hold up to a workout?


I wore The Essential Long Sleeve to a FlyBarre class yesterday morning. I didn’t previously own any sweat-wicking tops with long sleeves, so I was nervous that I would get overheated during my barre workout. Somehow, I didn’t. I kept the sleeves pushed up to my elbows, but the fabric didn’t show sweat at all. In fact, I felt cool for the entire hour. The fit was also very flattering, and the hem didn’t ride up during any squats or overhead presses. (TIP: The founder suggested that I go a size down from my normal size. I’m wearing an XS here.) Overall, I was seriously impressed. The top even looked great commuting to and from my class. I plan on trying the Essential Leggings next.

NOTE: Cory Vines provided me with this product, but I was in no way compensated to review it on my blog. These are honest opinions.

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  • Reply J. Parker

    I’m always on the lookout for cute new work out gear so I’ll definitely have to check out Cory Vines ASAP! That really is a cute little top! :)

    j. parker

    September 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    • Reply evannclingan

      You definitely should! They also just launched a line for apparel to wear after working out, called the Neighborhood Collection. Let me know what you think!

      September 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Jen W

    Thanks for reviewing this company! Let us know what you think of the leggings!!!!!

    September 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm
    • Reply evannclingan

      You’re welcome, Jen! I definitely will. Thank you for reading.

      September 18, 2013 at 12:06 am
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