Sport is at the heart of Sportive Plus. The two founders André Claude and Ginette Leduc turned their love of sports in technical and comfortable clothing for different kind of sports. These two former physical education teachers at the Cégep André Laurendau chose to engage in apparel design to address the lack of technical clothing problem in sports at a reasonable price for their students.
The need is real; demand is soaring and the company has moved into a larger environment. That's when they decided to move the company to the St-Clet’s old 1900’s school.
After suffering several refusals from manufacturers, Ginette decided to retire from teaching to start designing clothes at home. The following year, Andre followed her in this great adventure. The two discovered their profession by practice but especially with their knowledge of sports. In 1979, they created Quebec anoraks.
Each product line was designed from size 0 to 18, but their distribrutor did not see the importance of the plus size customer. Yet the demand was indeed present. Plus size women have grown tired of seeing lifeless models, baggy clothes and having to run to several shops to find a semblance of choice. So the evidence was there... Sportive Plus was born.
Sport, outdoors and well-being are at the heart of the company's DNA. At the age of 22, André was in the top 20 best javelin throwers in the world and was chosen athlete of the year in Quebec. The same year as his participation in the Olympic Games in Munich. For her part, Ginette began the trek on the way to Everest leading to Gokyo (4750m) twice.
Sportive Plus is much more than shops and a clothing line. Sportive Plus wants to be an inspiration and an alternative to plus size women who are already or aspire to play sports. Farewell fear of judgment! Here, we do not sell clothes, but a cause. Sportive Plus wants to give to all of those who have forgotten the pleasure of sports like jumping in the snow, walking in the woods, skiing, running, riding, skating… And that feels good!
Sportive Plus is inspired by trends, but mainly aims at quality in the choice of textiles and manufacturing processes for a pledge of weather resistant clothing to wear while being comfortable and ease of care maintenance. This work is on-going as the company continues its research and development efforts to offer a unique product, well suited to your needs and fashion.
Sportive Plus is proud to support the local economy: 60% of products are made here in Canada. Sportive Plus brand products are made largely in our Workshop in St-Clet : making patterns,cutting,assembly and distribution...
Besides the house brand, there are plenty of popular brands like Columbia, Brooks, Loko, Message Factory, Lopez...
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1993 : Ginette Leduc, Femina winner for the company by the Association of the Quebec Business Women's Vaudreuil-Soulanges
1993 : Manufacturing Company at the Gala of Businesspeople
1994 : Performas Catérogie for Training and Employment by the association of Vaudreuil Business people
2014 : Ovations Price for our internet platform ( www.sportiveplus.com )