Varsity Style: The Letterman Jacket

 

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It looks like we have all made the varsity squad this season, as wide range of designers and brands from Saint Laurent to J.Crew and Isabel Marant to A.P.C, have brought back the classic letterman jacket and reinterpreted it with their own unique style. Some may call them bomber jackets, but the distinctive snap front, leather sleeves, contrast wool torso, ribbed neck and cuffs, give them that classic varsity style. Check out a few of our favorites, a fun and playful look for fall!

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SAINT LAURENT WOMENS SNAP FRONT LEATHER TRIMMED JACKET $2190. Available for men as well at Mr.Porter; JUNYA WATANABE TWEED COMBO ASYMMETRIC ZIP JACKET $1490A.P.C. MENS KENICKIE TEDDY JACKET $790ISABEL MARANT CYPRESS JACKET $1100GOLDEN BEAR SPORTWEAR FOR J.CREW $390; TRUE RELIGION MENS RICHIE LETTERMAN JACKET $598

 

 

Fit For Any Occasion

 
SHINE FITNESS BAND 

 

We love when a new sport or fitness product hits the market, as remarkable for its style as its functionality. As we reported back in March in Tracking Devices, there are some very beautifully designed fitness and activity trackers currently available, like the Nike Fuel Band, Fitbit, and Jawbone. The recent addition to the genre however, SHINE from Misfit, has got to be the most gorgeous motion detector we have seen thus far. Slick black brushed aluminum, interchangeable on a clasp, sport band, leather band, or necklace, this is an elegant objet wearable for any occasion… and yes, it tells time too.

Designed to monitor your every move, whether in motion or at rest, fitness trackers are great motivators. They encourage you to set physical goals for yourself each day, attainable through a wide range of activities, which can then be downloaded onto your computer or mobile device. With Shine the syncing is done as artfully as the monitoring, both in process and graphics. The iPhone app provides a circular outline, on which the Shine is placed and radiating circles indicate the syncing is in process. The information is automatically downloaded onto the phone and from there stats, goals, trends and insights are presented with refined graphics.

If you have been looking for some fitness motivation, Shine is designed to inspire and is reasonably priced as well at $119.95.

 

The Hampton Classic

 
OPENING DAY AT THE HAMPTON CLASSIC

 

One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Hamptons summer season, The Hampton Classic Horse Show, is being held this week. First organized in the early 1900’s, The Hampton Classic is one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, and a premier destination for riders and spectators alike.  The show is open to all levels of riders, from seasoned champions to young amateurs, but the pinnacle of the show is the Grand Prix jumping, one of the highest levels of competition in the equestrian world.

 

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: STRIPED STABLE TENTS; CHILDRENS LOW EQUITATION; DEVOUCOUX FETLOCK GUARD; RJ CLASSICS SHOW COAT; THE CLASSIC HUNTER DERBY

 

There is probably no sport more chic than riding. Brands like Hermes, Parlanti, Cynthia Munro, RJ Classics, Pikeur, and Devoucoux, are just a few of the equestrian brands that define luxury and elegance. The Classic features a grassy boutique garden with over 70 shops, offering the ultimate in riding apparel and gear, as well as other fun shopping. Read More

 

Sweatin’ to the Oldies

 

 

ROW 1: JACK WILLS FRALEY WOMENS 100% COTTON HOODIE $79.50ALTERNATIVE ROCKY MENS ECO-FLEECE UNISEX FIT HOODIE $50;  A&F SHERPA LINED MENS OWLS HEAD HOODIE $140; ROW 2: JACK WILLS MAYNESTONE WOMENS SLIMFIT SWEATPANT $59.50FREECITY LARGE TRUCOLOR SWEATPANTS M/W $148A&F VINTAGE SKINNY WOMENS SWEATPANTS $48

Warm up those chilly summer nights and autumn days with these worn-in vintage inspired sweats. Whether hanging at the beach, going to the gym, or relaxing at home, this is as cozy as it gets. For both men and women, old school style sweatshirts and sweatpants, in soft fleece and cottons, relaxed and slim fit, sherpa-lined and lightweight blends, will keep you feeling toasty for whatever activity you may be enjoying.

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ROW 1: AMERICAN EAGLE HERITAGE HOODED WOMENS POP OVER SWEATSHIRT $39.95AMERICAN GIANT 100% COTTON HEAVYWEIGHT FULL ZIP HOODED SWEATSHIRT M/W $89.00HOODIEBUDDIE HIGH LOW BURNOUT WASH SLOUCHY HOODIE WITH DRAWSTRING HEADPHONES (!)$68; ROW 2: J.CREW SKINNY HEATHERED FRENCH TERRY LIGHTWEIGHT SWEATPANT $69.50KARL LAGERFELD COTTON JERSEY TRACK PANTS $150MONROW VINTAGE CROPPED SWEATPANTS $96

 

 

Fall Plaids: Checked for Style

 

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Plaid is a perennial favorite in both sport and fashion. Timeless sport brands like L.L.Bean, Woolrich and Filson have made those black, red and white checks the signature of their collections for years and this season fashion designers have taken their inspiration from the woods and campgrounds as well.

Plaid is one of the big trends for fall 2013 with designers like Phoebe Philo for Celine, Micheal Kors, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Moschino all creating chic sporty pieces for their collections. So be it city or country, at work or at play, cozy fall plaids are as stylish as ever.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: CELINE FALL 2013 GIANT JACQUARD CHECK COATMARC BY MARC JACOBS AIMEE TROMPE L’OEIL MERINO WOOL SWEATER $280; GIVENCHY MENS PLAID BACKPACK $1135; JACK WILLS CRANLEY DOWN GILET WITH SHERLING SHERPA COLLAR $178; HOT SOX ORIGINALS CLASSIC PLAID CREW SOCKS $6NUTCASE BLACK PLAID BIKE HELMET $60ALICE + OLIVIA LOLITA PLAID PLATFORM PUMPS $360WOOLRICH BRISTOL DUFFLE WOOL COAT $299BURBERRY CHECK PRINT SNEAKER $265; CENTER: GOLDEN GOOSE PLAID SLICE HI-TOP SNEAKERS $555; ETOILE ISABEL MARANT PLAID COTTON AND WOOL BLEND MINI SKIRT $280

 

Sunday Night Sports Flix: 5 Great Documentaries

 

 

With many of you taking vacation during these last official weeks of summer, and perhaps looking for some sporty entertainment for rainy days or relaxing evenings at home, we thought it was time to bring you another installment of Sunday Night Sports Flix. The genre of this round is great sport documentaries and below are some of our favorites. Click image for preview.

ON ANY SUNDAY 1971 (above)

Acclaimed filmmaker Bruce Brown of “Endless Summer” fame, turns his camera from the world of surf onto the exhilarating insanity of motocross racing, documented with his signature humor and expertise. The grueling mayhem of the sport in its early days is the focus as the film follows the tortuous Mexican 1000, an off-road race down the Baja peninsula. Never before seen camera work puts you in the motorcycle seat.

 

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DEEP WATER 2006

This riveting documentary tells the story of Donald Crowhurst and the 1969 London Times-sponsored race around the world. Nine sailors competed to become the first person to sail non-stop solo around the world, of which Crowhurst was the least experienced and ill prepared. Crowhurst was a engineer, who designed and developed navigation and safety equipment, but was in dire need of the prize money to salvage his failing business. This is not a heroic tale, but the fascinating story of a driven eccentric, whose bravado led him to desperate measures and a mysterious ending.

 

SURFWISE

 SURFWISE 2006

This is the story of legendary surfer, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, who abandoned a successful medical practice and withdrew from the lifestyle of mainstream America. Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride, all eleven of them living in the extremely close quarters 24-foot camper. The family spent their days living by Doc’s idealistic rules on health, fitness, sexuality, and of course surfing, while worrying little about income and education — an upbringing which had some positive and but more negative effects on these kids. The film includes incisive interviews with family members, still photographs, and revealing archival footage.

 

RISING SON: CHRISTIAN HOSOI

RISING SON: THE LEGEND OF CHRISTIAN HOSOI 2006

Narrated by Dennis Hopper, Rising Son documents the life of the legendary skateboarder Christian Hosoi and follows his career from a young skating prodigy to his rise to the top of the skateboard world. His notorious rockstar lifestyle led to his descent into crystal meth addiction, eventual arrest, and just over four years in prison. The film features interviews with seemingly every major skater of the last twenty years, including Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, and Jay Adams. He does come full circle, however, as a born again “Christian” and finds redemption relaunching his skating career with a signature move known as the “Christ Air”. Read More

 

Go Fly A Kite

 

 

Last week I spent two days at the NY Kite Center in Amityville, Long Island, taking my first stab at Kiteboarding, the hot new-ish board sport out on the water. I had been wanting to give it try it for a while, seeing the sport evolving and gaining in popularity. As it turns out, one of the premiere kiteboarding locations in the tri-state area and the largest schools in the Northeast, is located just an hour train ride away from Penn Station in New York City.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, it’s not parasailing, where you are pulled behind a boat while hanging from a parachute; nor is it paragliding, where you are attached to a large hanglider which you fly. I mention those because when I told people what I was doing, those were the sports they referenced. Kiteboarding is sailing a very large kite while riding what is basically a wakeboard, and using the power of the wind to pull you across the water. It’s an adrenaline sport for those who like to catch air, chill for those who just want to ride, and addictive for anyone who has gotten the hang of it!

Getting the hang of it, however, does takes some time. There is first learning to fly and control a small trainer kite on land, then moving on to the regular sized kite. The next step is flying the kite while standing in the water. After two days of 3 hour sessions, I got as far as “bodydragging”, where you let the kite pull you across the water in figure 8 formations. Except for the awful name, I have to say that was pretty fun in itself. Next step is the board, which I am ready and eager to put on.
 
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Animal Instincts

 

 

Get ready to release your inner beast with the animal kingdom covering everything from helmets to handbags and wedges to shades. Pythons, leopards, lions and more have taken over the streets, trails, runways and gyms, giving your sporty style a wild streak caged in layer of sophistication. 

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ROW 1: EQUIPMENT LEOPARD PRINT SILK BOMBER JACKET $295; HOLLANDIA SINGLE SPEED CITY LEOPARD BIKE $289; ROW 2: ADIDAS ORIGINALS PROFI UP WEDGE HI-TOPS $95; TYR WOMEN’S ZION DIAMONDFIT SWIMSUIT $69.99; REED KRAKOFF PYTHON LEATHER PENCIL SKIRT $3490; ROW 3: GIVENCHY ANTIGONA DUFFEL $3125ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY STUDIO PRINTED RUNNING TIGHTS $80SAWAKO FURUNO LEOPARD BIKE HELMET $150; ROW 4: VANS SNAKE AUTHENTIC $55; TIFOSI OPTICS DEA SUNGLASSES WITH INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES $59.95

 

Santa Monica Track Club

 
CARL LEWIS WINNING 100M 1984 OLYMPIC TRIALS (GETTY IMAGES/DAVID MADISON; NIKE SANTA MONICA TRACK CLUB TANK 

The World Track & Field Championships are currently being held in Moscow and Usain Bolt is continuing to reign supreme as the fastest man on earth. Meanwhile, Nike has produced a selection of retro-styled Santa Monica Track Club tees and tanks for both men and women. These shirts are reminders of one of the greatest sprinters and long jumpers in Track & Field history, Carl Lewis, and the club for which he ran.

The Santa Monica Track Club was founded in 1972 as a post-collegiate track club whose primary purpose was to develop athletes for the Olympics, World Championships and international Track & Field competition. By the 1980s, the team was a major player in Track & Field, with its members setting numerous World and National records. The brightly colored Santa Monica Track Club sunburst logo became the recognizable icon of these elite athletes.

Carl Lewis joined the team in 1979 and was the dominant sprinter and long jumper in the sport from 1981 to the early 1990s. He won 10 Olympic medals, including 9 gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including 8 gold. His world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984 and his 65 consecutive victories in the long jump, achieved over a span of 10 years, is one of the most impressive undefeated streaks in any sport.

The club continues today to develop world class Track & Field Athletes, still helmed by its founder Joe Douglas.

 

 

Hood-Phones

 
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This sweatshirt may look like your basic gray hoodie, but at the ends of the drawstrings are built-in headphones. The HoodieBuddie contains a standard headphone jack in the front pocket that is compatible with any mp3 player, iPhone or other mobile device. Plug it in and the audio travels through cables embedded within the sweatshirt to the headphones. Wires stay tucked away and tangle free, and you always have a set of headphones handy. Now while the sound may not be the most amazing, it’s not bad, and the convenience can’t be beat.

The HoodieBuddie comes in a wide variety of hip styles and colors, like High Low Burnout Wash and Mock Twist French Terry, for both guys and girls. Best of all it’s machine washable… headphones and all.

 

Heritage Collections

 

 

ROW 1: L.L.BEAN “SIGNATURE” WAXED CANVAS MAINE HUNTING BOOT (16″ in store November); TODD SNYDER + CHAMPION POCKET SWEATSHIRTJANSPORT SKI AND HIKE BACKPACK; ROW 2: BURTON HARDWICK DUFFLEBEST MADE SHOP, TRIBECA, NY; ROW 3: EASTLAND WOMENS YARMOUTH USA CAMP MOCAD FOR NEW G.H.BASS WEEJUNSBURTON ROVER RESTRICTED SNOWBOARD BOOT COLLABORATION WITH DIEMME FOOTWEAR 

 

For the upcoming change of season, we are seeing a return to the brands of our youth and a nostalgia for the sportswear with which we grew up. Companies like L.L.Bean, founded in 1912; Woolrich, family run since 1830; and Eastland Shoes, in business since 1955, all represent American made quality and craftsmanship which have become increasingly popular in today’s marketplace. Jansport and Burton Snowboards, among others, have created “heritage” collections, returning to the original designs and even logos of their early days.

These companies have a loyal following among the generation that was raised wearing their apparel. They have found a new generation of customers, however, by partnering with contemporary designers and updating their looks, while remaining true to the essence of the brand. Designer Todd Snyder has collaborated with Champion, established in 1919, to launch a men’s sportswear line for Fall 2013 entitled “City Gym”. The collection is inspired by archival Champion pieces and vintage photos from the New York Athletic Club. G.H.Bass is soon debuting a new campaign which pays tribute to the Weejun Penny Loafer. L.L.Bean’s “Signature” collection, consists of the tried and true classics but cut slimmer for a younger urban customer. And Sperry Topsider has been revitalized by the fun and colorful reinvention of its classic boat shoe, first released in 1935.

Finally we have new companies like Topo Designs and Best Made Company, re-creating retro sporting gear and apparel, inspired by camping, fishing, hunting and other outdoor sports in their early lo-tech days. What’s old is new again, or even better, doesn’t age. These classics, old and new, are iconic pieces of American sportswear, as stylish today as when they were when first worn.

 

Snack Crackin’

 

 

We love a snack at Style Of Sport, especially a crunchy salty one, and know our readers do too. For the last few weeks we have been combing the shelves of Whole Foods and other health food stores, on the quest for healthy cracker to quell our cravings for the savory. We have found some tasty treats that pack a satisfying and nutritious crunch. Below are a few of our favorites that we think you will enjoy as well.

MARYS GONE CRACKERS. Organic, vegan, kosher, soy and gluten-free, relatively low carb and high protein… these whole grain and seed crackers are as delicious as they are nutritious!

BLUE DIAMOND ARTISAN NUT THINS. From the folks who bring you the almonds, and available at most grocery stores, are these delicious wheat and gluten-free brown rice, almond, flax and sesame seed baked crackers.

DOCTOR KRACKER SNACKERS. Artisan bakery inspired, these hearty little crackers are rich and flavorful. Available in varieties like Pumpkin Seed Chedder and Klassic 3 Seed, they are made from organic whole seeds and whole grains, are low carb, and also contain about a serving of protein. Doctor Kracker makes delicious Crispbreads and Crisps as well.

SKINNY CRISPS. Very low carb, high fiber and gluten-free, Skinny Crisps are nutritious and satisfying little cracker chips. They are available in such tasty flavors as Toasty Onion, Say Cheese, The Whole Shebang, and even Chocolate Chip Brownie Crisp for a sweet treat.

BACK TO NATURE CRACKERS. Available in varieties like Classic Rounds, Harvest Whole Wheat and Crispy Chedder, and tasting like a Ritz, Triscuit or Cheez-It, these crackers the healthy alternative to your unhealthy favorites.

CRUNCHMASTER MULTI-SEED CRACKERS. You gotta love the name! Certified gluten-free, these thin crunchy crackers are oven baked, made with a blend of whole grains and seeds, and available in three delicious flavors.

 

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Camo-Crazy

 

We are crazy for Camo as we hit the second half of the summer and see what’s in store for fall. Bright and graphic, in acid green, fluorescent orange, and black & white, this season’s camouflage is not about blending in, but standing out from the crowd. On your skateboard or in your stilettos, get ready to draw some attention with our sportiest picks for the season’s coolest Camo!

ROW 1: NEFF DAILY SNAPBACK CAP $21.95GLOBE GRAPHIC BANTAM ST CRUISER SKATEBOARD $90; ROW 2: CHRISTOPHER KANE CAMO PRINT OVERSIZED HOODIE $495TECHNOMARINE CRUISE STEEL CAMOUFLAGE WATCH $795CYNTHIA ROWLEY BONDED LEGGING now $99; ROW 3: CONVERSE JACK PURCELL CAMO OX $75JACK SPADE CAMO CORDURA COAL BAG $295; ROW 4: VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY HUNTSMAN $34.99MATIX DOMEPIECE CAMO HEADPHONE $66.99MANOLO BLAHNIK CAMO 105MM SPECCHIO HEEL PUMP $675

 
 

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