Fall Layers: 9 Perfect Pieces

 

With crisp fall temperatures in the air, it’s time to start layering for outdoor activities. For running, cycling, hiking or even just walking the dog, there are great technical pieces available to keep you warm and dry regardless of weather conditions. From moisture wicking base layers to toasty mid layers to wind and water resistant top layers, here are nine of our favorite most functional and stylish pieces. Unless indicated all are available for both men and women.

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ROW 1:PEARL IZUMI P.R.O. BARRIER LITE JACKET. Designed and constructed to pack easily into a jersey pocket, the P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket is ultralite, wind and water resistant, and is a perfect extra layer for unpredictable weather conditions; WOMENS ADIDAS SUPERNOVA SHORT SLEEVE TEE. This womens short sleeve v-neck womens running shirt features ventilated Climacool side panels and a body contoured fit designed for comfort and mobility; PATAGONIA MERINO 3 MIDWEIGHT ZIP NECK. Made of soft Merino wool, this lightweight, breathable and odor resistant baselayer will keep you warm and dry during all your active pursuits in cold conditions.

ROW 2: CRAFT ACTIVE EXTREME CONCEPT.  This baselayer is soft, lightweight and extremely elastic for optimal comfort. The combination of mesh and stretch panels provide extra ventilation in addition to a muscle supporting fit; SUGOI FIREWALL 220 ZIP JACKET. This midweight softshell jacket features a water and wind resistant outer layer, with a soft brushed inner side that expedites moisture wicking, while trapping body warmth next to skin. Stretch knit sleeves provide maximum stretch and comfort and 3M Scotchlite reflective accents add visibility; NIKE RUNNING FILAMENT TIGHTS. Compression fit for performance comfort, the Filament Tights offer Dri-FIT technology that wicks away sweat while keeping muscles warm and supported.

ROW 3: MARMOT POWER STRETCH 1/2 ZIP FLEECE. This versatile fleece piece functions as a base, mid or outer-layer. Made with Polartec Power Stretch fabric, the body-hugging 4-way stretch is very breathable worn on its own or with other layers. Zip sleeve arm pocket features stylish contrast colors; WOMENS ADIDAS SUPERNOVA THREE-QUARTER TIGHTS. These women’s three-quarter tights feature Climacool ventilation and Formotion fit for ultra comfort in motion; MARMOT VARIENT VEST. Weather-resistant warmth and mobility is the Variant Vest’s mantra. It features a nylon ripstop insulated shell in front and Polartec® Power Stretch in back.

 

Sports Illustrated: The Early Covers

 

AUGUST 16, 1954 (PREMIER ISSUE)/AUG.8, 1955

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 MAY 28, 1973/AUG.23, 1971

SI3

DEC.9, 1968 / AUG.9,1965

I discovered the SI VAULT a few months ago, where the cover of every Sports Illustrated issue ever published is on display. Sports Illustrated was first published in 1959 and founded by Time magazine patriarch Henry Luce. Prior to that there was no general sports magazine with a national following. At the time, many believed sports were not worthy of serious journalism, much less a magazine of their own. Read More

 

A River Runs Through It

 

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: YVON CHOUINARD; FENCE ALONG THE FALL RIVER; INSIDE CHOUINARD’S FLY BOX; CHOUINARD AND YOUNG FRIEND FISHING; VIEW OF THE TETONS FROM GOAT MOUNTAIN RANCH, ASHTON, IDAHO

 

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Patagonia on a trip to Idaho for a couple of days to learn how to flyfish. I jumped at the opportunity, having wanted to try the sport ever since seeing Brad Pitt in “A River Runs Through It”, and guessing a major swag bag was in store. I was told the founder of the company, Yvon Chouinard, who was writing a book called “Simple Fly Fishing”, would be there and that we would be learning a new technique of flyfishing called Tenkara. What I didn’t know was that “YC”, as he is called, would be hanging out with us the entire time and be our teacher.

Yvon Chouinard is a legend in the outdoor industry and sport world, and a noted environmentalist. His accomplishments as a rock climber, surfer, kayaker, falconer and fly fisherman are impressive, and his contributions to those sports are recognized worldwide. Patagonia is considered one of, if not the, most successful outdoor brands. Their integration and promotion of environmentalism as essential component of good business practice is a founding tenet of the company and of particular focus at present. A recent Patagonia ad in the New York Times read “It’s Fashion Week, when the design world turns its attention to what’s new. We’d like to point out something better: what lasts. While we’re proud of the quality and performance of Patagonia clothes, every new thing we make – everything anyone makes – costs nature more than we now know how to repay.”  This ad launched their “Worn Wear” blog, featuring vintage Patagonia clothes, their owners and adventures, in addition to used-clothing sections in several of their stores. The campaign is part of their Common Threads Partnership to reduce consumption and encourage repair and recycling. Ironcially, the more Patagonia tells people not to buy new products, the more people buy.  Read More

 

Lumber Jack… And Jills

 

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Fall has officially begun and with a little chill in the air it is the perfect time to bring out those cozy flannel shirts. From Scottish to buffalo plaids, soft, warm and in a great array of colors, there are so many stylish options from which to choose.  Check out our favorites for the season, available for both men and women!

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ROW 1: ALEX MILL MENS OMBRE BUFFALO PLAID SHIRT $165ABERCROMBIE & FITCH WOMENS MAYA FLANNEL SHIRT $68JACK WILLS WOMENS HIGHMOOR SHIRT $79.50; ROW 2: ABERCROMBIE & FITCH MENS AMERICAN MADE FLANNEL SHIRT $120PATAGONIA LONG SLEEVED FJORD FLANNEL SHIRT $89WOOLRICH WOMENS BUFFALO CHECK FLANNEL SHIRT $59; ROW 3: RALPH LAUREN DENIM & SUPPLY FLANNEL MENS COWBOY SHIRT $69.50LANDS END MENS PATCH & FLAP FLANNEL SHIRT $49PENFIELD WOMENS CHATHAM BUFFALO PLAID FLANNEL SHIRT $80

 

The Watch To Sport

 
SUUNTO AMBIT2 S

 

When we hear the words “womens model” we usually think smaller, pink and teal, and not nearly as cool looking as the mens, but the new Suunto Ambit2 S defies those preconceptions. Designed with the same large size face as the mens but proportioned for smaller wrists, this sleek white sportwatch is chic as its gets, while still offering the impressive range of functions which has made the Ambit one of the most popular sport watches on the market.

With an intergrated GPS and heart rate monitor, the Ambit2 S tracks the such basics as pace, distance, elapsed and split times, but also monitors host of other customizable data with a sport by sport setting. Switch functions from running to biking, for example, and the watch becomes your bike computer. Switch again to swimming and the watch becomes an interval timer and lap counter. For the outdoor adventurer, routes, navigation and a compass are just some of the functions available. Click HERE for a demo. All data monitored can then be transferred and stored on Movescount, Suunto’s online sport and fitness community.

Available this October, the Suunto Ambit Ambit2 S is the sportwatch we are loving for our outdoor activities this fall. Hey… even the guys might want to sport it as well!

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The Skater Eight: Hot Fall Slip-Ons

 

VANS CHECKERBOARD VINCE GIVENCHY COMMON PROJECTS VANS CLASSIC MICHAEL KORS

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: VANS AUTHENTICS CHECKERBOARD SLIP-ONS $47; CELINE SNAKESKIN SNEAKERS (sold in store only); VINCE BLAIR 3 CALF HAIR SLIP-ONS $295; GIVENCHY FLORAL LACE SLIP-ONS $650; VANS CLASSIC CANVAS SLIP-ONS $45; MICHAEL BY MICHEAL KORS CANVAS SLIP-ONS $99; COMMON PROJECTS SUEDE SNEAKERS $380; CELINE SILK SKATECHECK SNEAKER (sold in store only).

 

Summer’s slip-ons are livin’ on in a whole new collection for fall. Vans Authentics sneakers, made popular in the 1970′s by skateboarders in Southern California, have inspired designers as chic as Celine and Givenchy to create their own interpretation of this iconic sport shoe. Canvas has been replaced by pony hair, snakeskin and lace, making them the perfect sneaker to go with any outfit, dressed up or dressed down, with or without skateboard.

 

Down By the Schoolyard

 

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: PLAYDATE BIKE CLUB “CHERRY DARLIN” $649.99; SAINT LAURENT LEATHER BIKER JACKET $4990; MOSCHINO PAID WOOL TWILL KILT $1050; VFILES NYC T-SHIRT $35; PF FLYERS CENTER HI RE-ISSUE $44; RAG & BONE FLIGHT RAGLAN SLEEVED QUILTED SWEATSHIRT $595; JIMMY CHOO YOUTH ACID WASH BIKER BOOT $950; PAIGE EDGEMONT STRETCH SKINNY JEANS $239; CENTER: CHURCH’S SALLY POLISHED PENNY LOAFERS $480 

School is back in session. The playgrounds and schoolyards are packed with kids running around, exhilarated to be out of the classroom. In the mad dash to get outside, gym clothes are thrown on over school clothes, and this fashion mix is in style for us grown-ups too. More sophisticated but with the same spirit, the look is playground punk, and blends sport with street style. Leather jackets and biker boots are mixed with schoolgirl classics like tartan kilts and penny loafers. Reissues of standards like the gym class t-shirt and old school canvas high tops are paired with tight candy striped jeans and quilted sweatshirts. Even the bike is a mix of chopper and traditional english style. It’s a look that’s playful and chic, a mix of naughty and nice, ready for action and perhaps a little bit of trouble.

 

Pret-A-Sporter: Spring 2014

 

 

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TENNIS ANYONE?

RAG & BONE ~ LISA PERRY 
VICTORIA BECKHAM ~ J.MENDEL 

 

It was a very sporty fashion week here in NYC and the runways were filled with lots of athletic inspired looks for Spring 2014. From the tennis court to the running track and the skate park to the pool deck, designers showed a body baring interpretation of haute sport style that was playful and hot.

So here we present the sportiest looks from NYC Fashion Week Spring 2014, click to see the best of Pret-A-Sporter!

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Shades of Fall

 
SMITH PIVLOCK OVERDRIVE

 

Recently debuted by Smith Optics is the Pivlock Overdrive, the full-frame version of their popular rimless Pivlock sunglasses. For those seeking a slimmer and more stylish high performance sport sunglass, the Overdrive is available in great duel toned color combos (we love the orange and slate gray!), mixing matte and gloss finishes.

Some of the key features of the Overdrive are the adjustable rubberized 2 position nose fit and 3 sets of lenses, easily changeable with an easy-open temple hinge system. The polycarbonate lenses offer sharp distortion free vision, are anti-fogging and block 100% of UV rays. The glasses are ergonomically designed to optimize integration with bike helmets and running hats, a trend we are seeing overall with sport sunglasses and goggles.

Running, biking, paddling… on the the road, trail or water… the Pivlock Overdrive is a formidable new player in the sport shade game.

 

Fall Classics: The 9 Essentials

 

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ROW 1: BARBOUR FERNDOWN JACKET $375; FILSON TWILL BACKPACK $348; THE ROW HUNSTON CHUNKY KNIT SWEATER $1150; ROW 2: PROENZA SCHOULER STRIPED SLUB COTTON JERSEY TOP $280; JACK WILLS AUSTERBERRY BLAZER $288; J BRAND AIDEN BOYFRIEND JEANS $255; ROW 3: FIORENTINI & BAKER CRUNA BRUSHED SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS $465; A.P.C. WOOL STOLE $195; PATAGONIA KULA CHUKKA BOOTS $120

Fall is the season when chic country style takes over the city streets. As the weather gets chilly, layering is the way to adjust to changing temperatures, and there a number of basic pieces essential to staying warm with style. The barn and hacking jacket, chukka and desert boots, chunky sweaters, scarves and more… many of our favorites come from outdoor brands like Barbour, Filson and Patagonia, rich in sporting tradition and recognized for their timeless style. Others are from designers like Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler and The Row, inspired by those classics. Check out our picks for the must haves of the season, the nine perfect pieces for fall 2013.

THE  BARN JACKET

BARBOUR FERNDOWN JACKET. Barbour’s classic wax jackets, made by hand since 1894, set the standard for both quality and style. The equestrian-inspired Ferndown jacket is water and wind repellent to keep you warm and dry in intemperate conditions. It features a two-way front zip with snap-closure storm flap, stand-up collar, roomy front pockets with snap-close flaps, and signature Barbour tartan lining. More great barn jackets are available at L.L.BEAN, FILSON, and J.CREW.

THE BACKPACK

FILSON TWILL BACKPACK. A rugged but stylish backpack is the perfect bag to tote the day’s essentials and store those extra layers. Filson is another reputed outdoor brand with a long tradition of quality and craftsmanship. This new tan and orange cotton twill oil finish backpack features a back-hugging design for exceptional comfort and genuine bridle leather padded straps. Its roomy interior has a padded computer pocket plus 3 additional pockets, and a large outer pocket with a 3 slot pocket inside. Other backpacks we love are from JACK SPADE, ARCHIVAL, and BURTON SNOWBOARDS.

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Go Team

 

 

Football season is upon us. NFL apparel and its oversized team jerseys are not something that usually earn style points, but all over the September issues are chic ads featuring models such as Karolina Kurkova and Hilary Rhoda supporting their favorite teams. In an effort to appeal more to its style conscious female fan base, the NFL hired famed fashion lensman Patrick Demarchelier to shoot this campaign promoting the NFL Shop and line of women’s apparel available at Target as well.

So for all you football fans out there rooting for the home team, now you can do it with some style. V-necks, burnouts, sparkles, hoodies and more, matched with the right accessories, this sporty look need not be reserved for game day only.

 

Hang 100,000

 
MARC NEWSON NICKEL SURFBOARD 2006

 

Now available through private sale at Paddle8 is this limited edition Marc Newson nickel surfboard. It is one of an edition of 22 produced in 2006, which Newson originally priced at $100,000. Most recently one sold at auction at Sothebys for $220,000.

The renowned industrial designer created the board in collaboration with veteran surfboard shaper and legend Dick Brewer, designed with the demands of big wave surfer Garrett McNamara in mind. His name might be familiar as he was in the news last January for having ridden a 100 ft. wave, the largest ever surfed, off the coast of Nazare, Portugal.

This silvery projectile is a work of art and a typically exquisite Newson creation. As an industrial designer, however, Newson’s objective was to create the perfect board for McNamara. Nickel was a optimal choice of material because of its strength and rigidity, critical in big wave surfing. In fact the board is really only good in extreme surf. This bodes well for the rest of us, who would happily own this board as the ultimate showpiece, an object of desire most anyone would covet whether they surf or not.

To watch a video on the process and creation of the board, click here. 

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GARRETT MCNAMARA RIDES 100 FT WAVE OFF PRAIA DO NORTE BEACH, NAZARE, PORTUGAL (Landov/Barcroft Media)

 

 

 

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ADIDAS SPRINGBLADE

 

Earlier this year, Adidas launched the Energy Boost, a lightweight running shoe with a sole constructed of tiny microcapsules fused together to provide great cushioning and responsiveness. The Boost foam is temperature-resistant, keeping the spring in your step regardless of weather conditions. I’ve been running in them all summer and loving them. Thus, I was intrigued to check out Adidas’s newest running shoe, the Springblade.

Upon first glance, there is no doubt the Adidas Springblade is a revolutionary design. Instead of a traditional midsole, the sole features 16 forward-angled blades positioned to propel the runner forward. Looking very much like miniature versions of those high-tech carbon fiber running prosthetics, each blade is individually tuned in geometry and position to accommodate the entire phase of the running stride. One’s discerning nature might question whether this is a bit of a gimmick, but after taking them for a spin, I have to say the shoes provided a cushioned and responsive ride, delivering on their promise of maximum spring and energy return.

The shoe is optimally suited for more of a heel striker than a forefoot runner, making them a nice choice for the recreational runner whose gait tends to be more the former and those looking for a more cushioned ride.

I am more of a purist, personally preferring a more traditional looking shoe for running and will be sticking with my Boosts for now. For those looking to make more of a fashion statement on the road however, the Springblade offers excellent performance along with its attention grabbing high-tech design.

 
 

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