The Old Ball Game


All-Star Baseball series (R401-1), issued by Leaf Gum Company, 1948

With the teams now set for the 2016 World Series, the Chicago Cubs will face off against the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 this Tuesday, October 25th for the grand finale of the MLB baseball season. In another baseball finale, The Old Ball Game: New York Baseball, 1887–1977, a wonderful exhibit of historical baseball cards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is on view for the last two weeks of its run.

Baseball cards were originally produced by tobacco companies, and starting in the 1880’s included in cigarette packs as a marketing gimmick. It wasn’t until the 1930s that they were included in packs of gum to appeal to the youth market. The exhibit showcases these artistic little gems, some of the earliest baseball cards ever produced, celebrating many of the game’s greatest players in the the prime of their careers. Read More

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This Smartwatch Goes To Extremes



Watch and accessory brand Nixon has just released The Mission, the world’s first ultra-rugged smartwatch made for action sports. Designed to handle the elements in the environments a surfer or snowboarder calls home, The Mission features the toughest hardware of any smartwatch and is fully customizable too. More than splash-proof, its water resistant capabilities are groundbreaking, rated to 10-ATM (100 meters; 330 feet), and the highest waterproof rating of any smartwatch on the market.

Built on the latest technology from Google’s Android Wear™ smartwatch platform, The Mission features a suite of custom applications tailored to action sports and introduces Nixon’s custom Mission app. Powered in partnership with Surfline and Snocountry, The Mission app keeps surfers and snowboarders updated in real time on surf and snow conditions worldwide, and features a custom activity-tracking application developed in partnership with Trace, the leader in action sports activity tracking.

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The Mission is available in more than 44,000 possible custom combinations, and the watch face can be chosen to mirror top selling Nixon models or to display the new Mission face. Developed in tandem with world-class surf and snow athletes who require a watch that can handle their rigorous lifestyle, it’s got the style required by the fashionable athlete as well.

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Beach Bodies



Whether or not you have actually bought the DVDs, chances are you’ve heard of Shaun T and “Insanity” or Tony Horton and “P90X”. The high energy infomercials on which they’ve been sold are undeniably captivating and have dominated the airwaves at those hours we all seem to be flipping around looking for something to watch. The infomercials and these workouts, as well as the before and after body transformations, have made superstars, or “Super Trainers”, out of these fitness personalities and earned the company that produces these workouts over $1 billion in sales.

Beachbody is the company behind these DVDs and many more, and producer of the most popular at home fitness and weight loss programming that also includes FOCUS T2521 Day FixBrazil Butt Lift, Fixate, and Hip Hop ABS, among others. P90X alone has sold approximately 7 million DVD copies since its inception. Beachbody On Demand launched in March of 2015, giving consumers unlimited streaming access to the entire library of workouts via their computers. Now available online is a wide variety of programs designed for those who want to lose weight, build muscle, learn to dance, start yoga, or simply eat healthier.

Included in the Beachbody On Demand programming there is also a reality show called The 20’s: The Search for the Next Beachbody Super Trainer. Hosted by one of the original reality TV stars, Dan Cortese, who many will remember from MTV Sports, a bunch of trainers are “picked to live in a house…work out together and have their lives taped…” Well, you know how the “Real World” tagline goes. The show pits a group of 10 hot bodied trainers against each other in competition to see who has what it takes to be the next fitness superstar. Viewers will decide the winner via online voting. At stake is a guaranteed product development contract, the chance to be the next Beachbody Super Trainer, and the opportunity to earn millions of dollars in royalties, bonuses and appearance fees.
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Robin Williams: Good Will Cycling



Now on auction through October 25th at Paddle8, is a phenomenal collection of bicycles owned by none other than the late great actor and comedian Robin Williams. Williams was known as an avid cyclist, as well as a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. 87 of his favorite bicycles have been donated by the Williams family to honor these passions. Titled “The Collector: Robin Williams”, the auction is expected to generate over $200,000, with all proceeds to benefit two of the nonprofits to which he was dedicated: the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which supports athletes with disabilities through physical fitness and competitive athletics; and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury.

Williams’ expansive and eccentric collection is considered legendary by cycling enthusiasts, containing many groundbreaking designs, and ranging from road to mountain, time trial to single speed, as well as one-of-a-kind choppers, unicycles, and scooters. Williams was known for his flamboyant style and these bicycles are no exception. Many of them were custom made, and tricked out with loudest graphics and the hottest components.


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“Though bright, skin-tight spandex still remains one of the more embarrassing outfits to regularly witness your Dad wearing growing up”, the Williams family was quoted saying, “the sport of biking and the people Dad helped through his love of it will always hold a special place in the hearts of our family. Causes like the Reeve Foundation, championed by his longtime friends Chris and Dana Reeve, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, in whose triathlons he often biked, were both deeply important to him and we’re honored to be able to continue to support them both in Dad’s name. And though not required, may we suggest wearing the loudest, most vibrant and brightly-patterned, skintight biking gear possible when riding them?”
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Pret-A-Sporter: Spring 2017 Collections




The Spring 2017 Collections are officially a wrap, and once again it’s time for our semi-annual “PRET-A-SPORTER” review of the sportiest looks from the ready-to-wear collections! In the fashion capitals of New York, London, Milan and Paris, designers found inspiration in the arenas of track & field, fencing, baseball, tennis, rugby, surfing and more — taking athletic style to whole new level and reinterpreting it with their own inimitable fashion flair.
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New Balance x J.Crew



Finally jumping into the activewear market — and with a sports performance partner to add some credibility — is J.Crew in collaboration with New Balance. Designed for running, spinning, yoga, boxing and more, and styled with that quintessential J.Crew chic preppy style, the New Balance x J. Crew women’s active collection seeks to be activewear you can actually be active in, besides running errands and wearing to lunch with friends.

Many have wondered what took J.Crew so long to get in the game.  J.Crew CEO, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, had been quoted saying they planned to sit out the athletic trend, realizing they did not have the expertise to create sports apparel. Partnering with one of the pre-eminent sport brands, New Balance, whose sneakers J.Crew has been selling since 2005, has solved that problem. As Drexler explained in WWD, “We did not have the expertise to do this alone. We have style sense and quality sense. But we didn’t have the technical sense in getting it done. It’s really important for us to do it — and to do it right.”

To show this is performance activewear, the collection is being modeled on real athletes and fitness personalities that include Gracie Cavalho, Muay Thai Boxer; Taryn Toomey, founder of “The Class”; Taye Johnson, a SoulCycle instructor; and Rachael Wang, an editor and runner. The New Balance x J. Crew collection goes on sale Tuesday, October 11 with 20 styles that include women’s sneakers, leggings, shorts, sports bras, tanks, short and long sleeved tops, jackets and pullovers, with plans to expand into men’s this spring. The collection will be sold both online and in 35 J.Crew stores in the U.S., as well as London and Toronto.

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Mad For Moto


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For Fall 2016 fashion designers like Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Courreges,

and Rag & Bone took their inspiration from the speedways of motorcycle racing for a look that’s moto madness. Bold graphics, bright colors, and high sheen define the style, and athletic wear is right on trend. From the gym to the streets, mix and match to work out and walk out in souped-up all day style.


LEFT COLUMN: COURREGES VINYL CROPPED JACKET $1325. It’s moto modness with this shiny cropped biker jacket from the french house of Courreges. ALO MOTO LEGGINGS $110. Keep your workouts on trend and stay all day in these moto inspired leggings that feature ribbed stitching, mixed matte and shine fabric, and mesh detail. RAG & BONE OPTICAL MOTO PRINT LONG SLEEVE TEE $295. Taking its inspiration from the logo covered jerseys of motocross, this Rag & Bone oversized tee brings the X-factor to Moto-X style.

CENTER COLUMN: SHOEI QWEST MOTORCYCLE HELMET $349. Available in 7 colors, the Shoei Qwest is a full-face helmet designed for touring and cruising. Noise reduction, long-distance comfort, advanced ventilation and a lightweight, balanced fit give the Qwest all you need to enjoy the ride in safety and style. P.E.NATION PIT STOP CROP TOP $104. Stripes zoom up and down and all around this asymmetric sportbra, enhanced with bold race graphics. PUMA WOMENS FIERCE $90-100. Referencing a motocross boot, this aptly named hi-top training shoe is ready to take on the competition in style and performance. With 22 colors available, the Fierce features an Ariaprene upper for breathability, and slip-on bootie construction with mesh and caging overlays for optimal stability and support.  TEAM DUCATI 2017 BIKE. The Ducati Desmosedici is a powerfully fast and sexy racing machine, boasting over 245hp and speeds over 340 km/h (211mph).

RIGHT COLUMN: LOUIS VUITTON F/W 2016. Strutting down the Louis Vuitton runway for fall 2016, it’s designer Nicolas Ghesquiere’s high fashion take on the motocross style.

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The “Big Papi” of Totes



In celebration of the retirement of “Big Papi” and his contributions to the Red Sox, L.L.Bean has created the limited edition David Ortiz Commemorative Boat and Tote Bag, made from upcycled rain delay tarps used on the field at Fenway Park. The bag features Ortiz’s nickname “Big Papi” in gold lettering, and an interior pocket that reads “LEG3ND4RY,” a nod to his number 34 jersey — along with a graphic of Ortiz’s signature post-home run stance, pointing to the sky in tribute to his mother who died in a car crash in 2002.


Because the tote is made from repurposed materials, each one is unique, and a collector’s item for baseball and L.L.Bean fans alike. It’s a chance for Red Sox fans to own a piece of history representing two of their beloved icons, Fenway Park and David Ortiz, and this swan song season has been one of Big Papi’s biggest. Ortiz has hit 36 homers so far this year, the most for any player in their final season.


Available at select L.L.Bean stores and online beginning Friday, September 30th, the tote retails for $99.95. Due to anticipated demand, sales will be limited to one per customer. 34% of the net proceeds from the sale of these bags will be donated to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization committed to helping children in New England and the Dominican Republic who do not have access to the critical pediatric services they need. A big heart goes with that big bat… and that big bag.

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