Why doesn’t anyone make yoga pants for men? This was the question that Matador Meggings founder Valentine Aseyo needed an answer to while he was in yoga teacher training five years ago.
Aseyo didn’t like wearing shorts over his leggings but he also wanted to leave some things to the imagination. He also wanted options like women had, with so many different colors and patterns.
Recently, Aseyo left the corporate world for fashion and to answer this question. Meggings officially launched as a company last January, and since then, there have been 10 months of research and development, perfecting the style and fit. After all the iterations, Meggings had a soft launch and did beta testing for more feedback.
Matador Meggings are leggings re-engineered with the male anatomy in mind. Using the same foam padding that is found in women’s sports bras for the crotch area, these leggings have a built-in cup to help leave some things to the imagination.
Meggings also have places to hold keys and a wallet. The right pocket fits a cell phone, while the left pocket can carry other valuables. The back of the leggings have a loop that can hold a t-shirt or towel.
The name Matador Meggings comes from Aseyo’s Spanish heritage. A matador is a bullfighter and can be seen as both hypermasculine and sophisticated, qualities that Aseyo channeled in his leggings. The matador inspiration can be seen in the stripes on the sides of the Meggings, which form bull horns.
The colors and prints are very bold, such as Ocean and Gray Camo. Future collections will include more classic colors as well as a Festival collection with even brighter and bolder styles. Aseyo says that his Meggings are “festival clothing meets high-performance workout clothing” and they are meant to take someone from “IronMan to Burning Man.”
There are still many things coming for Matador Meggings. Thanks to the feedback they have already received, they will be launching a full-length style of leggings soon. They are also expanding their general fitness apparel, including shirts, joggers, and other accessories.
With his yoga experience, Aseyo also gives back to the community as the founder of CAYA (Come As You Are), a volunteer program designed to empower underserved communities by transforming their lives and well-being through yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness techniques. His target communities include homeless youth, victims of abuse, foster children, refugees, underprivileged LGBT, formerly incarcerated individuals, people with special abilities, and senior citizens.
Matador Meggings can be purchased online at www.MatadorMeggings.com where you will get free shipping and free returns. Use the promo code StayFit305 at checkout to get a 15% discount.