Spring Training: Running Shoes

 

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Keeping on the Spring Training theme, there is nothing like running to burn off those winter layers. The fresh air, solitude and simplicity can’t be beat and what better way to get motivated than with a new pair of kicks! These six shoes have consistently been rated best is class by running and fitness publications for performance, fit and comfort. So whether you’re trying to win the race or go the distance, these are the six hot trainers for Spring 2015!

CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: NEW BALANCE FOAM ZANTE $100. The Zante is newest model in the popular Fresh Foam collection that New Balance launched last year. It is the speedy version of the also noteworthy, BORACAY, its more cushioned cousin. Great for all types of training from long progression to tempo runs, the Zante was rated Competitor magazine’s “2015 Road Shoe of the Year”. The shoe offers a quick and smooth heel to toe transition that feels fast at any speed. It’s bootie-like design wraps the foot for a sock-like fit with a seamless interior that provides superior comfort.

ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST $180. Run with super reactive spring and cushioning in the new Ultra Boost, the latest evolution in Adidas Boost technology. Fast and comfortable, they feature a seamless stretchy Primeknit upper, and the midsole, comprised entirely of Boost™ foam, offers an incredibly responsive underfoot feel.

BROOKS LAUNCH 2 $100. Lightweight, cushioned and springy, the updated Brooks Launch 2 is a quick and comfy. The new features are an improved groove under the heel designed to adapt to any footstrike. A hard rubber mid-foot offers more durability, and extra cushioning in the forefoot provides added comfort. The Launch 2 now has a seamless upper construction, with mesh in the toe and heel for maximum airflow, offering an all around great run and value for the price.
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ClassPass

 

 

Back in January we ran a monthlong fitness feature, “The 31 Days of Fitness”, taking a different class everyday and sampling all the workout options available a la carte. Our goal was to showcase the plethora of boutique fitness studios offering specialty spinning, yoga, bootcamp, pilates, boxing, rowing classes and more, on a pay-per-class basis. ClassPass unites them all into one monthly gym membership with access to the most popular boutique fitness studios — many of which we included in our 31 Days. Barry’s Bootcamp, Flywheel, AKT In Motion, Aerospace, CityRow, Exhale, Physique 57, Flex Studios, and Mile High Run Club are just a few of the hundreds of participating studios.

The average price of a class at the most popular boutique fitness studios is around $30 depending on the package purchased. If you are working out regularly, say even the prescribed minimum of 3 x per week, this can cost as much in a week as a month at a gym. A ClassPass membership runs from $79 – $99 per month depending on the city. Members have unlimited access to all participating studios, but are limited to taking 3 classes at the same studio each month. ClassPass is available in 31 U.S. cities as well as London, Toronto, and Vancouver, and users book their class reservations through the ClassPass app.

With summer on the horizon, Spring Training is now in session. It’s time to shed those winter coats… and coatings. ClassPass offers a huge variety of great workout options all for one affordable price. No more excuses!

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Superstar Supercolors

 

 

Collegiate Aqua or Lab Green… Pride Pink or Craft Pink… how does one decide? Now on sale, the 50 colors of the ADIDAS SUPERSTAR SUPERCOLOR collection by style and sneaker aesthete Pharrell offers such variety and subtle variations, they will probably be sold out before you can make up your mind! Click here to shop it nowClick here to read more about the history of this iconic shoe!

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Spring Colors

 

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The forecast for Spring is bright and sunny, and what better way to put some play in your day than with all this fun sporty gear and apparel! Spring training is now in session and we’ve got the hot stuff you need for all your sports and fitness fun.

 

LEFT COLUMN: ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST RUNNING SHOES $180. Run with super reactive spring and cushioning in the new Ultra Boost, the latest evolution in Adidas Boost technology. Fast and comfortable, they feature a seamless stretchy Primeknit upper, and the midsole, comprised entirely of Boost™ foam, offers an incredibly responsive underfoot feel. ROXY HIGH LINE RASHGUARD $78. Show off those legs with this shorty short sexy one piece rashguard designed for surfing, paddling, volleyball, and all your other beach sports. The Xtra life fabric is chlorine resistant, quick-drying and sun-blocking with UPF 50. JULBO MEGEVE SUNGLASSES $70. Now in vibrant neon colors is the vintage style Megeve by Julbo, known for its mountain-focused style and performance. Lightweight and shock resistant, the versatile Spectron polycarbonate lens blocks 88% of visible light and is ideal for all kinds of outdoor sports. A proceed from sales of the Megève benefit Des Yeux Pour le Monde (Eyes of the World), the charity Julbo founded in 2008 to promote vision health. ALEXANDER WANG JAC MESH AND SUEDE SANDAL $425. Perfect with leggings, shorts, or any sporty look, these chic and colorful slides from Alexander Wang will take you from the gym through all your day’s activities. 11’6 SURFTECH FLOWMASTER $1349. Designed for the outdoor adventurer or entry-level racer, the 11’6″ Flowmaster offers maximum glide with minimal efforts. The kayak-like hull is designed to cut through flat water and chop, and is ideal for those looking to transition to a race style touring board.

CENTER COLUMN: BEATS BY DRE LIMITED EDITION MIXR HEADPHONES $249.99. Available in a rainbow assortment of different colors, these headphones will have you groovin’ through all your workouts, and feature an in-line microphone, rotating ear cups, soft leatherette ear pads, noise isolation, and a molded, flexible headband. CASIO G-SHOCK FOR WOMEN ANA-DIGI WATCH $120. Now for women, this iconic sportwatch boasts great functionality in a vibrantly colored, street-style silhouette. Analog and digital displays combine on a 3D dial that features world time, multiple alarms, 1/100th-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, LED backlight, and more.  SMITH OVERTAKE HELMET $250. Racing or training, this revolutionary new helmet from Smith provides maximum ventilation, superior aerodynamics and improved protection. Available in a host of fun colors for all your cycling adventures, the Overtake is one of the lightest, coolest and toughest helmets out there.

RIGHT COLUMN: DSQUARED2 SPRING 2015. As we saw on the runways for Spring 2015, be it fashion or sport its all about color that pops this season! NIKE SLAM TUNIC $55. On the court or other playing fields, the bright two-tone Nike Slam Tunic Tennis Top features a strappy racerback for support and mobility in multi-sport activities. A lightweight hem offers enhanced ventilation and the scoop neck provides an airy comfortable fitRIP CURL SPECTRUM REVO PANT SWIMSUIT BOTTOMS $34.95. Pair these rainbow striped briefs with any rashguard, bikini or tank top for a look that pops in and out of the water.

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NikeLab x Sacai

 

 

Now available at Nike.com, NikeLab stores and select specialty boutiques like Dover Street Market, is the eye-popping NikeLab x sacai capsule collection. NikeLab is the most fashion forward division of Nike, recreating its iconic sport pieces as streetwear. Fashion label, sacai, has been referencing and reinterpreting traditional sportswear the last few seasons with its own unique approach. The two were brought together by a shared passion for innovation and a bold expression of style resulting in a new women’s collection that transforms classic performance icons into fashionable sport hybrids.

Nike’s design ethos celebrates the body in motion, which was very much in sync with sacai’s vision for the line. Sacai Founder, Chitose Abe, began her design journey by mining the Nike archives and pulling references from running, tennis and American football, reinterpreting Nike’s heritage sportswear silhouettes. Through Abe’s language of surprise and juxtaposition, the classic Nike Windrunner becomes a skirt featuring plissé-style pleating. A hooded sweatshirt is trimmed with a peplum detail. Panels combine with strategically placed openings and underlays to create fluidity when the garments are still or in motion, playful as the wearer turns from front to back.

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The shared appreciation for innovative materials and technology was paramount to the Nike/sacai design process. The partners explored different ways to utilize the materials at hand and also establish exciting new fabrications. A special mesh lace hem was specifically developed by Nike and Abe to adorn the trim of graphic Nike T-shirts. Read More

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March Madness: 10 Things You Need To Know

 

 

March Madness has officially begun and it’s the hot topic of conversation everywhere. Kicked off at Selection Sunday last week, the 68 teams have been named to compete in the 2015 NCAA Divison I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The “First Four” qualifying round starts March 17, 18, with 8 teams battling for 4 remaining spots, and then it gets going for real Thursday, March 19! If college basketball is not your area of expertise, here are The 10 Things You Need to Know to get in on the conversation!

1. What the heck is bracketology?

When people say they’re “filling out their bracket,” they mean that they are predicting the winner of each game. The odds of picking a perfect bracket are 1 in 9 quintillion.  In fact, it’s so improbable that last year Warren Buffet offered $1 billion dollars to the person able to pick the winner of all 64 games. This years bracket is above.

2. First is certainly not the worst.

There are 4 regions and the No.1 seeds for each are Duke, Villanova, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.

3. Kentucky is looking to make (more) history.

The Wildcats finished the regular season at 31-0 and are only the fourth team ever to go into March Madness undefeated. With 8 national titles under their belt, Kentucky is second to UCLA on the list of most NCAA Tournament Championships.

4. The Big Dance isn’t a performance at halftime. College basketball fans commonly refer to the NCAA Tournament as “The Big Dance” and when a team is selected to play in it, they are said to be “going dancing.” Impress your friends and colleagues by knowing that the term was coined in 1977 by Marquette coach Al Maguire.

5. Krzyze-what?

Duke’s head coach, Mike Kryzewski, is known as “Coach K” for short. With Duke’s bid to this year’s tourney, Coach K becomes only the 3rd coach in college basketball history to make it to 20 consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
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Pret-A-Sporter Fall 2015

 
PRIVATE DANCER AT OLYMPIA LE-TAN ~ NORDIC POP AT CARVEN ~
THE ROYAL TENNIS-BAUM AT LACOSTE ~ FLAMENCO CHIC AT LANVIN

 

The Fall 2015 Ready To Wear Collections have wrapped and it’s time for our semi-annual retrospective on the sportiest looks from the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Designers once again took their inspiration from the playing fields with a mix of varsity style and outdoor chic, along with dance influenced looks. We now present the best of Pret-A-Sporter for Fall 2015…
 

fw-15-3.1TEAM SPIRIT AT PHILIPP PLEIN ~ VERSACE ~ TOMMY HILFIGER ~ MOSCHINO

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Shaun Tomson Drops In

 
SHAUN TOMSON DROPPING IN AT PIPELINE ON HIS ZIGZAG HAWAIIAN GUN. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES CASSIMUS, 1983;
RIGHT: REPLICA OF THAT BOARD NOW ON AUCTION

 
Recently on eBay was a one of a kind replica of legendary surfer Shaun Tomson’s 7’7” 1983 Zigzag Hawaiian Gun. The proceeds of the auction went to benefit the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club for which the surfboard was created by Tomson, who lives in Santa Barbara, Ca. and serves on its board of directors. The theme of the auction was “Back To The 80′s”, and Tomson collaborated with Hawaiian shaping master Bill Barnfield, who originally shaped this and many more of his boards, to reproduce this iconic 80′s classic. The board was painstakingly recreated from recently discovered design templates by Barnfield, and featured an airbrushed design by the original artist Suzi Gillette. The neon colors and slash graphics represented the quintessential look of the surfboards from that era.

Shaun Tomson is recognized as one of the greatest surfers in the history of the sport. Born in South Africa, he came to Hawaii in the mid-70′s and made his presence known on the waves before surfing was a professional sport and you were paid to surf. “Bustin’ Down The Door”, a large format photography book and documentary he wrote and produced tells the story of his arrival on the North Shore of Oahu in the winter of 1975 with Australian legends Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Mark Richards and Ian Cairns, surfing the waves of Pipeline, Sunset, and Off the Wall. They proved their skills and prowess with a radical new approach, brazen attitude and unique style that garnered much attention, and were the pioneers of modern day surf style, culture and industry.

tomson-2SHAUN’S TUBE RIDING ON SMALLER SWELLS, LOW IN STANCE AND DEEP IN THE BARREL, DEFINED HIS STYLE, AS DID HIS GOOD LOOKS. PHOTOGRAPHS ABOVE AND BELOW BY DAN MERKEL

 
I had the opportunity to speak with Tomson earlier this week about his involvement with The Boys and Girls Club, and the board he and Barnfield created for this year’s event. The board was originally designed specifically for surfing the famed wave, Pipeline. I asked him what is it about this wave that makes it so notorious. Read More

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