Favorite Fall Carry-All

 

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Tote, Messenger, and Backpack, there are so many great sporty bags to choose from this fall! Rugged but chic, our favorites are inspired by classic heritage designs, constructed with durable canvas and full grain leather, and pumped up with a pop of color for extra fun and style. For the gym, work, or a weekend getaway, we’ve got the ideal carry-all for all your daily extras, perfect for both guys and girls.

ROW 1: HERSCHEL STRAND DUFFLE PLUS $69.99. Fully padded and fleece lined, with a 15″ laptop and iPad Sleeve, this small duffle also features a mesh organizer with a phone sized pocket. JACK SPADE DIPPED INDUSTRIAL CANVAS SQUARE MESSENGER BAG $198. This orange rubber bottomed canvas messenger bag features an exterior slip pocket, interior organizing pockets and iPad sleeve. JUNYA WATANABE SEIL MARSCHALL LEATHER-TRIMMED QUILTED BACKPACK $625. A collaboration between Japanese designer Junya Watanabe and German heritage brand Seil Marschall, this backpack is as stylish as it is practical.

ROW 2: CHESTER WALLACE DRIVER $210. Natural canvas with a waxed grey canvas bottom, this super durable and stylish carry all features two large pockets inside and three outside, with bridle leather handles riveted for strength. DULUTH LAPTOP SCOUT PACK $140. Now with a padded laptop sleeve, this simple canvas backpack features roller buckle closures, cotton web shoulder straps, grab handle and interior zippered pocket. Available in a host of different colors too. L.L.BEAN EVERYDAY LIGHTWEIGHT TOTE $24.95. Made from durable, lightweight nylon, this camo tote is big enough to haul as much as you can carry and packs down to nothing. Makes a great weekend bag too!

ROW 3: FJALLRAVEN KANKEN BACKPACK $75-120. Originally designed in 1978 for Swedish school children, the Kånken has become a Swedish classic and a bestseller with kids and adults around the world. It is constructed with a durable moisture repellent fabric, and available in vast color palette and variety of different sizes. PORTER-YOSHIDA & CO. BEAT LEATHER-TRIMMED CANVAS TOTE BAG $345. With expert hand-construction and acute attention to detail, this minimalist red cotton-canvas tote is trimmed with flexible, rip-resistant elk leather and features a zipped exterior pouch and waterproof pocket to organize and stow your essentials.  PENFIELD® FOR J.CREW SWEETWATER BACKPACK $80. In this collaboration with heritage brand Penfield, J.Crew took their everyday backpack, added a resurrected vintage label and released it in exclusive colors for a new take on a classic bag. Read More

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Running for a Cause

 
 THE AUTHOR, MILE 12-ISH NYC MARATHON 2011

 
In 2011, I ran the NYC Marathon for UNICEF and raised $27,973. Over 150 friends and colleagues made donations ranging from $10-$1,000, which all added up to a pretty big total for one runner. Because of this amount, I was invited to a breakfast hosted by New York Road Runners the morning after the race, the theme of which was charity running programs for the NYC Marathon. It was there I was amazed to learn that the NYC Marathon had raised about $28 million dollars that year by thousands of marathoners like myself running for a cause.

The 2014 NYC Marathon is on November 2, and, according to Michael Rodgers, VP of Development and Philanthropy at New York Road Runners, it is on track to raise to raise between $25-30 million dollars for charity. About 7,000 runners are running for charity and there are almost 300 official charity partners. For runners, pledging to raise money for a cause is a way to get a coveted spot in the NYC Marathon, which this year had 134,000 entries for between 47,000-50,000 spots. For charities, the NYRR Official Charity Partner Program creates a fantastic opportunity to raise funds and awareness to support their missions and services.

Participating charities essentially buy a spot in the race for $450 to $995. The gold, silver and bronze levels that correspond to these amounts entitle the charities and runners to perks like race day transportation and tents in the starting area. The minimum amount a runner must raise may vary, but NYRR generally requires between $2500-3500 depending of the level of the charity. Read More

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Sporty Camo-Kaze!

 

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Fall Camo style has gone multi-sport crazy and is all over everything from bikes to helmets, goggles to sunglasses, sleeping bags to leggings and more. Designed to blend in, it’s hard not to stand out in this ultra cool sporty gear and apparel. Check out this mega collection of our fall favorites!

LEFT COLUMN: BURTON RAMPANT MENS SNOWBOARD BOOT $199.95. This lightweight performance boot boasts breathable warmth, a precise fit, and improved cushioning for a broken-in feel right out of the box. Thinsulate™ insulation retains warmth even when wet to keep you out on the hill styling’ no matter the conditions. NLST CAMOUFLAGE HAND-KNIT SWEATER $1395. This cozy cashmere wool blend sweater features a rolled turtle neck, ribbed hem and cuffs, and an oversized fit. POLER STUFF NAPSACK $130. Sleeping bag meets parka! Hike it, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy then crawl inside when it’s time to rest. BIRKENSTOCK ARIZONA $109.95. Work the Birkenstock all year round with this fall camo sandal. Pair with chunky socks for extra layer of warmth.

CENTER COLUMN: ALTERNATIVE APPAREL CAMO LEGGINGS $50. Working out or cruising around, these stretch jersey leggings have great all day camo style. CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL-STAR HIGH TOPS $90. The classic 70′s All Star high top has been transformed with this cool camouflage print. SCOTT OFF-GRID GOGGLE $119. Designed for maximum field of vision with an increased lens and frame size, the Off-Grid also features a patent pending custom fit system for the nose and face. OptiView Spherical Double Lens, ACS Air Flow Control System and NoFogTreatment provide undistorted clear vision in all weather conditions. CIPOLLINI RB1K $10,000+Built for speed and competition, this sexy carbon fiber sculpture is work of art camouflaged as a bicycle. The namesake of the famed champion cyclist, Mario Cipollini, known for his flamboyant style, Cipollini bicycles are all Italian from start to finish.  ITALIA INDEPENDENT I-SPORT $147. Keeping it Italian, these acid camo large aviators are made for those looking for a technical sunglass with big fashion style. Made of Superflex®, the frames are thin and lightweight but strong, and can tolerate bending up to 180°.

RIGHT COLUMN: GIRO PNEUMO BIKE HELMET now $75. Lightweight, tough, and well ventilated, the camo skinned Pneumo is perfect for road, trail, or city. It features a Micro Dial fit adjustment and top of the line safety technology with a molded polycarbonate shell designed to absorb impact and resistant abrasion in case of a spill. GRID FOAM ROLLER $39.99. Our favorite foam roller, the GRID, features a 3-dimensional surface that allows tissue to aerate while you roll through tight muscles, knots and kinks, promoting the flow of blood and oxygen for muscle repair. The hard hollow core is wrapped in EVA foam, making it firmer than traditional foam rollers. THE NORTH FACE OH-SNAP VEST $180. Perfect for crisp fall days or winter layering, this new 550-fill insulated hooded vest has a contemporary fit and urban style with a stretch hem, hood and asymmetrical front zip. The sleek taffeta exterior of this camo vest is finished with subtle metallic sheen for a luxe touch.

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Pharrell x Adidas: The Next Installment

 
 PHARRELL X ADIDAS ORIGINALS STAN SMITH TENNIS PACK

 
Scheduled to hit stores tomorrow is the second installment of the Adidas and Pharrell Williams collaboration, “Pharrell x Adidas Originals Stan Smith ‘Tennis’ Pack.” Produced in 3 color ways, eye popping neon orange and green, in addition to a more chill cream, the shoe features a felt like exterior like that of a tennis ball.

The Pharrell x Adidas Originals Stan Smith Tennis Pack are set to drop October 11 at adidas.com/originals, as well as select Adidas Originals retailers in limited quantities. We’re guessing they won’t last long, so get them while you can!

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Power to the Pink!

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and an impressive number of sport and lifestyle brands have partnered with different BCA organizations and events to raise awareness and funds. Sport gear and apparel created specifically to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund is now available on the BCRF website. In addition, brands and retailers like Ralph Lauren, Sports Authority, NFLSpeedo, Dicks Sporting Goods and Under Armour, among others are promoting their pink collections that benefit the BCRF and other non-profit programs by donating a portion of the proceeds of sales to fund breast cancer research, education, and prevention.

Show your support and shop pink this October! Check out some of our pink sporty favorites, from sneakers to sunglasses to watches, bikes, Bosu balls, and more, as well as the organizations dedicated to raising Breast Cancer Awareness.

ROW 1: ADIDAS Activ Pink Ribbon Running Tank $45. Run for the cause in this fitted pink and black color blocked tank. TREK Silque SL $3149. The all-new women’s specific Silque is named for its smooth ride, delivered with power and speed on its light OCLV carbon frame. Take it for a ride October 11-12th, when Trek Bicycle retailers around the United States host the 9th annual Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, featuring 10 and 25 mile family-friendly group rides. The event donates all proceeds directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

ROW 2: NIXON The Newton Digital $125. Nixon is partnered with B4BC (Boarding for Breast Cancer)which promotes breast cancer education and prevention among youth and the action sports community at large. It was founded in 1996 in honor of young snowboarder named Monica Steward, who was diagnosed late with breast cancer at the age of 26 and died two years laterRALPH LAUREN Pink Pony Pima Cotton Polo $9825% of the purchase price benefits the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation to support programs for screening, early diagnosis, treatment and research. BALL, BOUNCE & SPORT Bosu $119.99. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Balance Trainer is an amazing training tool that adds an extra challenge to any exercise like lunges, squats and crunches. Flipped over it can be used as a balance board to increase agility and core strength. A portion of its sales goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Read More

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The Pink Pony Rides Again

 

 

Tomorrow evening is the second annual Ralph Lauren Pink Pony charity ride at SoulCycle. It is an event organized by my fellow SoulCycle devotee and great friend Glynis Karp, Senior Vice President of Global Merchandising at Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, who started the event last year with Tricia Laird, Vice President of Brand Management at Ralph Lauren. This ride is not open to the public, but is for employees only who donate between $50-$150 for a bike in the class in support of their company’s own cause.

We are often asked to write about different charity rides and sporting events, and with so many great ones for very worthy causes it is hard to cover them all. This year, however, we have been particularly impressed with the Pink Pony initiative #PinkPonyPromise and wanted to give it some special attention. From October 1–31, 2014, for every photo posted to Instagram, Twitter and RalphLauren.com/PinkPonyPromise with the hashtag #PinkPonyPromise, the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation will donate $10 to cancer-related causes. Plus, tag up to five friends and the Pink Pony Fund will donate an additional $1 for each tag (up to a $1 million total donation).

The Ralph Lauren Pink Pony fund is one of the leading charitable organizations in the fight against breast cancer. Their mission is to reduce disparities in cancer care in medically underserved communities and ensure that treatment is available at an earlier, more curable stage. In the US, 25% of the purchase price of Pink Pony products benefits the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation to support programs for screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation. Internationally, a network of local charities benefits from the sales of Pink Pony products.

We hope you will take advantage to do some extra good this month and by supporting Breast Cancer Awareness any way you can. As for myself…

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Pret-A-Sporter: Spring 2015

 

 
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LACOSTE ~ PHILIPP PLEIN
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER ~ PREEN

 
The Spring 2015 collections have finally wrapped, and it is now time for our semi-annual round-up of the sportiest looks from the fashion runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Designers took their inspiration once again from the worlds of sport and fitness, pumping it up with an extra dose of heart pumping flex appeal. We now present the best of Spring 2015 “Pret-A-Sporter”! Read More

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Slackin? Get Trackin!

 

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Spotted on the wrist of many these days, are these colorful rubber bracelets cheerfully flashing numbers and lights. Wearable tech is the talk of the health, fitness and now fashion industry, and there are a plethora of new fitness bands and activity trackers from which to choose. The Fitbit Flex, Jawbone Up and Nike Fuelband have been joined by the Polar Loop, Samsung Gear Fit and Garmin Vivofit, among others. Slim and trim, these little bracelets track your every move, monitor your sleep, count your calories, and coach your workouts, keeping a watchful eye on your fitness 24/7. Highly functional with great sporty style, here are 9 of the top fitness bands designed to keep you on track all day and all night.

ROW 1: JAYBIRD REIGN $199.99. Coming in October 26 is a new entry into the fit band category, the Jaybird Reign, which has been getting rave reviews. Syncing with an app that monitors all your activities and rest patterns, the primary goal of the Reign is to get you in the “Go Zone”, the perfect balance of both. Too little activity is monitored as is too much, with reminders to pick it up when you’re slacking or chill out if necessary. The Reign is waterproof, can be worn swimming, and also synced with an ankle strap included to track your cycling workouts.

POLAR LOOP $109.95. The Polar Loop monitors a vast assortment of activities and sports, and displays such information as heart rate, calories, steps, and distance. Calculations are based on your individual data of weight, height, age, and gender, as well as activity intensity. The Loop is waterproof and can measure activity when swimming. With 24/7 tracking, the Loop automatically monitors your sleep time when you lie down and body movements slow.

JAWBONE UP24 $149.99. The colorful rubber Jawbone UP24 uses a precision motion sensor and powerful algorithms to track and quantify your steps, distance, calories, activity and sleep. It syncs wirelessly with your computer using Bluetooth Smart to provide real-time feedback, while the home screen serves as your daily dashboard to check overall progress. The UP app measures calories burned based on age, gender, height and weight, and can use either a picture or detailed nutrition label for its calculations. The duration and effort level of a variety of different workout types are monitored, so estimated caloric burn can be calculated for non-step-based activities as well. Read More

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