Lululemon’s Lunar New Year Gear, Plus 9 More Travel-Friendly Collections Worth Shopping

Lululemon’s Lunar New Year Gear, Plus 9 More Travel-Friendly Collections Worth Shopping

From dragon dancers to red envelopes, Lunar New Year is filled with symbolic customs to usher in good luck, fortune, and health for more than one billion people across the Asian diaspora. Some of the most popular traditions include starting fresh with new clothes, as well as wearing the color red, which is believed to bring luck and prosperity. 

Sunday marked the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit (or the Year of the Cat for the Vietnamese) and the start of a 15-day celebration focused on family homecomings, resulting in the biggest travel period in China as celebrants rush to go home in what’s been called the largest annual human migration. To honor the festivities, Canada–based athleisure brand Lululemon launched its Lunar New Year 2023 collection—the fifth year that it has created specially-themed products to honor the biggest Asian holiday of the year.

Limited-edition apparel and accessories are available in select US and Canadian stores and online. And with the introduction of the brand’s own shoes last year, this also marks the first time Lululemon has Lunar New Year footwear.

The collection is rooted in two major design traits—products that feature a fierce shade of red to attract those auspicious new year vibes, as well as those honoring this year’s Zodiac sign of the rabbit, whether it’s with hare outlines hidden in its designs, or going full-on bunny with cottontail-like fuzzy bags and hats with rabbits on them. 

Lululemon’s Lunar New Year items have been selling out quickly since the collection went on sale earlier this month, but may still be available in certain stores. (I spotted a display full of rare hare items that are sold out online at the New York City’s Fifth Avenue store Saturday night, including the rabbit belt bag, one of Lululemon’s most popular bags of late.)

Here are some of our favorites from the Lunar New Year capsule. If you like any, definitely hop to it, since the one-time collection won’t be replenished once the stock sells out. 

New Year Wunder Puff

This water-repellent down vest is perfect for winter travels. It has a relaxed fit with a cinchable hem. You can customize the hood to suit any situation by using the removable hood. The striking bunny pattern in pinks and whites is just a bonus.

New Year Chargefeel mid workout shoe

There is no better way to motivate yourself to reach your full potential than looking at these made-for-women sneakers and seeing the subtle rabbit pattern on you feet. Slow and steady may win some races, but when it comes to running and training—which is what this neutral shoe with a heel drop of 9 millimeters is made for—speed is everything. 

New Year quilted light insulation vest

Level up your travel wardrobe with this men’s vest that adds a dose of warmth to your look, whether it’s worn on chilly plane rides or early morning hikes to see the sun rise. This vest is made with PrimaLoft insulation and is water- and wind-resistant. In addition to its outer zipped pockets, there’s one on the inside to stash essential travel documents. 

Define jacket in a hooded design for the New Year

Channel that good fortune wherever in the world you go with a silky-smooth zipped jacket made of the brand’s trademark Nulu fabric, designed to feel like practically nothing. The jacket’s slim fit and hip length make it an ideal outer layer for morning runs. It can also be used as an inner layer for snowy days. 

New Year Align bra

One popular belief is that wearing red underwear can help bring good luck any time of year (I remember my cousins making sure they had theirs during school exams), and these three special edition patterns of Lululemon’s Align Bra can do the trick. Whether it’s a solid dark red, a multi-hued rabbit design, or a more subtle pattern called Lunar Phase, this reversible Nulu fabric bra just might be the key to good fortune. 

New Year Pacebreaker linerless short

These lightweight polyester athletic shorts for men can be proudly worn by men. Available in bright red and a more subtle black-and-white rabbit all-over print, The four-way stretch fabric moves with you, and the zippered pocket makes sure nothing is left behind.

New Year Feeling Ready pouch

Perfectly sized at 8.7″ x 3.9″ x 5.9″, this water-repellent pouch is ideal for carrying items while running around at home, or helping you stay organized on your travels; use it as a toiletry bag, medication pouch, or to store cords and chargers.

New Year, The Mat

There’s something immediately calming about the shade of this milky merlot yoga mat. You can flip the 5mm thick padding to choose between a cushioned or grippy side.  

Shop more Lunar New Year collections

Lululemon isn’t the only travel-friendly brand with a special collection for Lunar New Year. These brands are just a few of the many you can find:

These collections make it easy for the Asian community celebrate their most joyful period. But the businesses behind them may not be all owned by the community. You can shop for travel gear made from brands owned by Asian Americans. Traveler-favorite businesses.

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