Zella: About the Brand
You know that pair of leggings you always reach for before a workout? The ones that make you feel amazing during intense exercise or errand-running? Or what about the beloved, comfortable top that gives you a twinge of sadness when you realize it's in the dirty clothes pile?
Zella, a Nordstrom Made brand, strives to earn those honor badges with every single garment we make. To help you get to know the brand better, we're answering FAQs and giving you a taste of what's to come.
What is Zella?
The Zella story began in 2007, just before the cusp of the athletic wear boom. We saw a need for active apparel that was as stylish as it was comfortable—and that wouldn't break the bank. Fast forward to now, and our Nordstrom-exclusive lineup—including our popular Zella Live In Leggings—has filled that gap for both our loyal customers and those who are new to the brand.
Keeping cost, style and comfort in mind, the Zella goal is to create innovative, performance-enhancing garments that make you feel strong, balanced and ready to conquer the world around you. Whether you're climbing a literal mountain, facing a mountain of personal obstacles or are simply embracing a moment of stillness, we've got you. You can also feel confident in your purchase knowing we prioritize our communities and the environment.
While Zella began as a women's active apparel line, that's just the beginning of our story. Today, Zella boasts a men's active apparel line, a kidswear collection, accessories and lingerie. We also have exciting new expansions planned for the near future.
How is Zella Made? Is Zella Ethical?
Creating ethical, high-quality clothing has been a focus for Zella since the brand launched, and there are several ways we accomplish this.
First, more than half of all our products are made in Women's Empowerment factories, where female employees are supported through numerous programs that enrich their lives. For example, these programs provide women workers with access to reproductive health education, financial literacy courses and awareness around domestic violence.
We also believe it's critical to protect our environment, and we know you feel strongly about this, too. That's why Zella has outlined a bold program that will get us to a place where we're using 100% sustainable fabrics by 2025. Yes, that's less than five years away!
Today, 12% of our Zella branded product is made of certified sustainable fabrics and that number will rise to 19% by July 2021. Our sustainable fabrics are certified OCS (organic cotton standard), GOTS (global organic textiles standard), GRS (global recycled standard) and/or they are certified branded recycled fibers such as Repreve. We also use Lenzing certified sustainable Tencel and Modal.
We want you to not just look great wearing our products, but to feel good knowing you support a brand that prioritizes women, the environment and local communities.
What Products Does Zella Make?
The core of the Zella collection is our lineup of women's Zella clothing: sports bras, shorts, tops, maternity clothing (including Zella maternity leggings), lingerie and our top-selling range of Zella leggings and joggers. Check out this helpful guide to learn more about the best Zella clothing for every activity. We also have an entire line dedicated to men's active apparel and another to kidswear, including Zella girl.
Are Zella Leggings True to Size?
Yes, you can purchase your Zella leggings with confidence knowing they typically fit true to size. If you have any questions about what size to order, you can always refer to our helpful Zella size guide, which is accessible from any Zella leggings product page on Nordstrom.com.
Is Z by Zella the Same as Zella?
Z by Zella is a subset of the Zella brand and is sold exclusively at Nordstrom Rack. With collections for women, men and kids, Z by Zella features a dynamic selection of clothing and accessories that effortlessly fuse technology, comfort and style. We design products that help you feel strong, balanced, stylish and ready for whatever life brings your way.
What's Next for Zella?
The brand has a lot to look forward to in the coming months, so get excited. In November, Zella will launch a line of athletic and lifestyle shoes for women, men and kids. These include laced and laceless sneakers that you can wear during light workouts or as you move throughout your day, along with road-running sneakers with reflective materials to keep you safe. All styles are built with comfort in mind, using Ortholite insoles and lightweight EVA rubber blend midsoles. Zella sneakers will also incorporate fibers made from recycled water bottles.
We're also debuting a Zella Boys collection, insulated winter boots for kids, and men's underwear and undershirts.