Meet the Experts: Marion Rabate Ernest Leoty Founder

Marion Rebate, Ernest Leoty founder

Marion Rebate, Ernest Leoty founder

Inspired by the late-1800s French heritage brand of the same name, Ernest Leoty’s technical activewear incorporates elements of French tailoring, smart fabrics and couture colours to create what founder Marion Rabate describes as the first couture-for-leisure brand. Paris-designed Ernest Leoty immediately became a press and insider favourite in France and is quickly becoming a must-have for those in the know in the UK.  

We caught up with founder Marion Rabate to discover more. “Every piece in Ernest Leoty’s collection takes time and the objective is to craft the perfect product,” she says. “The team considers every silhouette, seam and stitch – each piece is meticulously tested with the help of experts who’ve created performance-wear for Olympic athletes.” Ernest Leoty dyes its own fabrics to ensure they achieve just the right hue and the products are made in the very best European factories, which include a traditional French corset-maker.

The original Ernest Leoty, son of a famous Parisian corset-maker, created the first modern corset. Light and supple, it gave the wearer total freedom of movement. The revolutionary design is now housed in the permanent textile collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum.

Marion’s inspiration came from thinking about the way Ernest Leoty might fuse fashion and technology today. This is how Ernest Leoty was (re)born: cutting-edge techniques combined with smart fabrics ­– without losing any French elegance – to create a groundbreaking collection.

Ernest Leoty will be at Gazelli House South Kensington this February

Ernest Leoty will be at Gazelli House South Kensington this February

How do you make time for self-care in your busy schedule?

It’s so important to take care of your health for the long term and to boost resilience. I recommend scheduling workouts in advance – mornings tend to be better. I really saw a difference to my wellbeing from eating a more balanced, healthy diet. When I travel a lot I also schedule regular massages and stretch / yoga sessions.

Tell us about your typical day before 9am?

I wake up at 7 and head to a spin class at 7.30. I then grab a coffee at Wulf & Lamb before walking to work on the King’s Road. I usually don’t have breakfast – just coffee. While I drink my coffee I take the time to relax and go through emails as the rest of the day tends to be hectic.

What mantra do you live by?


Be nice to people. Nothing else is as important – and people are very grateful and go the extra mile for you if they can.  

We’re pleased to welcome Ernest Leoty, which will be popping up at Gazelli House, our South Kensington wellbeing space and spa, throughout February. Gazelli House is a short walk from King’s Road, Chelsea, South Kensington station and Knightsbridge. You can browse and buy the new Ernest Leoty collection and enjoy a cup of tea in our new wellbeing tearoom. You can find us at 174 Walton Street, SW3 2JL. Click here for opening hours or you can email us at mailto:bookings@gazelli.co.uk

Ernest Leoty’s new collection

Ernest Leoty’s new collection