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Ernest Leoty x Maison Assouline

Ernest Leoty hosted an intimate ballet class with Maison Assouline at the publisher’s store in the heart of Mayfair, London.

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Known chiefly as a fashion publisher and feted cultural authority on luxury lifestyles, we were incredibly excited to partner with Maison Assouline given the synergy between our two brands. The class was held against the fittingly elegant backdrop of the Evening Room, a decadent space beautifully adorned with books (naturally), antiques and refined furniture.


We were thrilled to be joined by Royal Ballet soloist Olivia Cowley who led the class wearing a signature Ernest Leoty Corset Bodysuit which takes its design cue from both, couture and ballet. Demonstrating how the breathable fabric we use in our Ernest Leoty activewear is perfectly suited to the strong, fluid movements required in ballet and other dance activities, Olivia started gently with some simple steps to warm up the class, and concluded the session with a few routines set to music

Olivia Cowley in L-R: Ilona Bodysuit, £250; Corset Shortie, £150;

Watching and learning from her were an enthusiastic group of amateur ballet dancers including our founder and CEO, Marion Rabate, as well as: Tatler’s Beauty Director Francesca White, stylist Julia Brenard, model Yasmin Salmon and her sister Natalie Salmon of ES Magazine, Lindsey Holland of Ropes of Holland, Women’s Health’s Polly Bartlett, and model Anna-Sophie Mungenast, all beautifully outfitted in Ernest Leoty clothing.

Tatler’s Francesca White in the Ilona Bodysuit, £250

L-R: Anna Sophie Mungenast in the Ilona Bodysuit, £250; Yasmin Salmon wears the Romy Corset, £220, and Mara Legging, £150;

Lindsey Holland is super-chic in the Romy Corset, £220, and Corset Legging, £130

After the ballet workout, the group relaxed and chatted over a delicious breakfast, and when it was time to leave guests were treated to a special gift from Ernest Leoty: Visionary Women, published by Maison Assouline. The subject matter of the book—a celebration of twenty innovative and forward-thinking women from Malala Yousafzai (the youngest Nobel Prize laureate) to poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou—is close to the heart of the Ernest Leoty brand and its mission to inspire and empower women.

Polly Bartlett from Women’s Health looking graceful at the barre in the Mara Legging, £150

CAPTION FOR THIS GROUP: Our guests relax after the workout over breakfast at Maison Assouline

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