Countdown to Rio: The Watch

 
OMEGA SEAMASTER BULLHEAD “RIO 2016”

 
Continuing our COUNTDOWN TO RIO series, a preview of the sports, athletes and gear we will be seeing next August at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, take a look at the Omega Seamaster Bullhead “RIO 2016” watch. This commemorative timepiece celebrates the Olympic games, highlighting the colors of the Olympic rings with its blue leather strap, and yellow, green, red and black stitching. This color theme is continued on the 60-minute rotating inner bezel, designed to reflect the unity and harmony the Olympic rings signify. There is a 30-minute recorder at 12 o’clock, a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock and a date window at 3 o’clock.

Omega is the “Official Timekeeper” of the Olympic Games and has been since Los Angeles 1932 when 30 stopwatches were used to time the events to 1/10th of a second. From the evolution to photoelectric timing to 1/1000th of a second, automatic start gates, photo finishes, swimming touch pads, and on screen television time clocks — what athletes are accustomed to when competing and spectators when watching the Olympics, have all been a part of the Omega history of sport timekeeping.

Reflecting a piece of this history, Omega first released this particular style in 1969. Only 316 of the Seamaster Bullhead “RIO 2016” pieces are being produced. Stamped with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo on the caseback, this commemorative watch is sure to become a collector’s item.
 
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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: ONE OF 30 ORIGINAL STOPWATCHES USED IN 1932 LOS ANGELES OLYMPIC GAMES; 1960 ROME, PHOTO FINISH 400M FINAL. FILM IS USED AS TIME STRIP AND INTEGRATES PHOTOGRAPHY WITH TIMEKEEPING; 1956 CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, FIRST TIME STARTING GATES WERE USED IN ALPINE SKIING AND START TIME WAS AUTOMATICALLY TRIGGERED; BEIJING 2008, FAMOUS 1/100TH SECOND VICTORY BY MICHAEL PHELPS OVER MILORAD CAVIC IN 100M BUTTERFLY FINAL; 1956 MELBOURNE, THE SWIM EIGHT-O-MATIC, THE FIRST SEMI-AUTOMATIC TIMING DEVICE WITH DIGITAL DISPLAY; 2012 LONDON, ELCTRONIC STARTING BLOCKS.

 

 

Sporty Fall Boot Kickoff

 

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Fall has officially arrived and so has boot season! Classic sport styles like the duck boot, desert boot, hiking boot, rain boot and work boot are the hot boots for fall but reinterpreted with some fashion flair. A wedge and platform heel, exaggerated lug soles, and streamlined shapes have given these old favorites a whole new look. 

ROW 1MIU MIU SHEARLING-LINED NUBUCK AND RUBBER BOOTS $1200; PRADA LUG SOLE LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS $790; STELLA MCCARTNEY FAUX SUEDE WEDGE BOOTS $810; ROW 2RALPH LAUREN HELENE BOOT $495; TORY BURCH ARGYLL LACE-UP BOOT $395; BALENCIAGA SUEDE WEDGE ANKLE BOOTS $965; ROW 3: HUNTER ORIGINAL GALOSH HIGH HEEL ANKLE BOOT $280; MANOLO BLAHNIK CLARRETT DESERT BOOTS $865. CHECK OUT THE ORIGINALS TOO! CLARKS DESERT CHUKKA BOOT $139.95; TIMBERLAND EARTHKEEPERS AMSTON BOOT $129

 

Archiv-E

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: TOM BAIRD; THOMAS CAMPBELL; UNKNOWN; JIM DRIVER; CRAIG STEYCK; DAVID HOMCY

 
Anyone with a passion for surf culture and phototograhy is familiar with the name Tom Adler. Known for his publishing imprint, T.Adler Books, Adler is distinguished by the exquisite art books he publishes on surf, and recently, climbing photography. He has just launched a new venture, Archiv-E, an online print sale gallery, offering an intimate selection of sport and lifestyle photographs, many of which have been published in his books. Surfing, Climbing, Ocean, Western, and “Other Nice Photos” are a few of the categories featured, with vintage and contemporary images from such eminent niche sport photographers as Craig Stecyk, Don James, Ed Templeton, Glen Denny, Jeremy Koreski, Morgan Maassen, Ron Church and Thomas Campbell, among a curated group of about 40+ others. There are also photographs available from Adler’s newest book, An Uncommon Archive, a collection images on varying topics from such notable photographers as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Edward Curtis.

All prints on the site are open edition, museum quality fine art prints, available in a range of sizes, and offered framed in white, black or natural wood. They are not numbered, nor signed by the artist, but as such are very reasonably priced. Archiv-E offers a wonderful selection of art and photography, sure to appeal to both sport enthusiasts and photography lovers alike.

 

Best of The Box

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: AEROSPACE; OVERTHROW; GOTHAM GYM; SHADOWBOX; CHURCH STREET BOXING; PUNCH FITNESS

 
Walking around New York City these days it’s not unusal to see a pair of boxing gloves draped over the shoulder of a fashionably dressed woman. Check out Instagram and you’ll see many a fashion model punching it out with her trainer in sweaty style. Boxing has become the hottest workout in town. A slew of new boxing fitness studios opened their doors in 2015, from the spa-like Shadowbox to the nightclub grungy Overthrow. Long established boxing gyms like Gleasons in Brooklyn, which opened it’s doors in 1937, has more new members than ever, particuarly among women.

Fighters are known for their fitness and ripped physiques. Not only does boxing tone muscles and build full body strength, but it’s a major cardio workout, as anyone who has jump roped or hit the heavy bag for 3 minutes straight can attest.  Just one boxing class can burn up to a thousand calories. It’s a sport that requires not just physical but mental discipline as well. Putting together a series of jab-hook-cross-upper cut combinations while bobbing and weaving requires intense focus and concentration, in addition to muscular and cardiovascular strength.

We spent the summer checking out New York City’s hottest boxing gyms, both old and new. Boxing classes in general feature a mix of calisthenics like squats, lunges, jumping jacks and other plyometrics; good old fashioned sit-ups and other ab work; jump rope, shadowboxing, mitt and heavy bag work. Choosing a boxing gym can come down to location. Do you want designer chic or a “Rocky” style gym? Do you want to actually fight or just train like you do? Whether you’re looking to rule the ring or just blow off some steam, we’ve got your guide to all the hot fight clubs in town.

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OVERTHROW

9 BLEEKER STREET

 
“Home of Underground Boxing”, the recently opened Overthrow feels more fightclub than fitness studio, and in fact the space is a former afterhours club and meeting spot for radical activists. Dimly lit with red hues, class at 7:30 am had a been-up-all-night vibe, but packed a punch. Classes are taught by pro and top amateur fighters, who put an emphasis on proper form. The 45 minute Boxing Burnout Class incorporates basic boxing technique, shadowboxing, heavy bag work, set to club thumping, heart pumping music.

 
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SHADOWBOX

28 WEST 20 ST.

 
Whereas many boxing gyms train you like a real fighter, Shadowbox takes a fitness only approach, and the design of the space is like a boxing spa. Opened last spring, this street level studio offers daily heavy bag classes in a cool dim blue room hung with 40 bags. There is private training as well in a vintage whitewashed ring flooded with natural light. Workouts consist of intense shadowboxing and guided heavy bag work, interval training and body weight exercises, paired with high-energy music for a grueling full body workout. A ringside café serves Intelligentsia Coffee and Kilogram Tea, as well as fresh designer juices. The locker rooms feature full-service amenities and complimentary toiletries by C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries.
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Horsing Around

 

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There is no sport with style more chic than riding, and that equestrian inspired look is one of the big fashion trends this fall. For great everyday style, a tailored blazer, riding or jodhpur boot, and crisp button down shirt can’t be topped. For you equestrians, featured here are the premier luxury sport brands, but with a look so polished the rest of might want to wear these elegant pieces whether we ride or not. With the 2nd annual Central Park Horse Show in NYC this weekend, it’s the perfect time for the stylish New Yorker to horse around!

LEFT COLUMN: CHARLES ANCONA SHOW JACKET. Charles Ancona sponsors many of the top equestrians. Each jacket is made to order and fully customizable with a template that offers over 1500 possible designs. Made with the finest Italian stretch fabrics for both style and performance, these jackets are machine washable, water repellant and lightweight, to keep you cool on the hottest days. DER DAU JODHPUR BOOTS. Der Dau was established over 50 years ago, and has built its reputation as one of the top boot companies using the traditional techniques of master leather artisans. Dedicated to the design needs of modern equestrians, these boots are as beautiful as they are functional. Shown here are their gorgeous alligator jodhpurs. HERMES STRETCH BREECHES. For the ultimate in equestrian style, it’s the Hermes jodhpur. Strong and breathable, these stretch breeches feature a tailored low rise fit, wide belt and elastic ankle hem — perfect on the horse and off.

CENTER COLUMN: MONCLER GAMME ROUGE FW15. The Moncler Gamme Rouge Fall-Winter 2015/16 collection takes its inspiration from the horse ring for a posh and sporty look. Giambattista Valli has envisioned an aristocratic woman ready for a weekend of riding on her vast estate with a touch of humor and fun. FRATELLI FABBRI BOOTS. Established in 1924, Fabbri boots are beautifully handcrafted and designed for the sophisticated equestrian. With their ultimately chic and timeless style, these boots look just as fabulous outside of the ring as in.
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Tory Sport

 
TORY SPORT POP-UP SHOP

 
Arguably the most anticipated new player in the surging  “Athleisure” market takes the field today. Tory Sport is the new line of athletic wear from Tory Burch, a stand alone brand that is making its debut with a big statement. The line covers a wide range of sport and fitness pursuits, that include running, yoga, tennis, golf, swim and surf, as well as casual pieces for going to and from the gym. Launching with a pop-up shop in Manhattan’s Nolita district, taking over the original Tory Burch boutique on Elizabeth Street, Tory Sport takes the distinctive Tory Burch aesthetic and puts the focus on performance.

Featuring both apparel and accessories, Tory Sport is a chic and elegant take on the sporting life. A lifelong athlete herself, Tory Burch told Style Of Sport, “I was very much a jock growing up. I rode horses, played tennis, lacrosse, and played whatever my brothers did.” Burch still plays a lot of tennis, runs, paddleboards, enjoys hot yoga and spinning. For Tory Sport, functionality has been of the utmost importance from the get go. Said Burch, “We wanted the function to be a given — not necessarily obvious. We spent a lot of time with the inside of the fabric, like taking a running jacket and making it bonded and seam sealed. Quality is super important for us. It’s real function meets style.”

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: MESH BACK BRA; FRONT ZIP RASHGUARD & BIKINI BRIEF; ALL WEATHER RUN JACKET; NEOPRENE TOTE FEATURES AERATED SHOE COMPARTMENT; COLOR BLOCK TRACK JACKET & PANTS; STRETCH POPLIN SHIRT WITH RIB KNIT CUFFS AND MESH SIDE PANELS; PLAID KNIT RUBBER SOLED BALLET FLAT; V-NECK TENNIS DRESS & WARM UP JACKET

 
Tory Sport draws from the 70’s sport references with which Burch grew up. “I found I was wearing things from high school that had this retro vibe. “The Royal Tennenbaums” was inspiration, but we wanted to make it modern and do a cool take on that.” A classic pleated pique v-neck tennis dress is crafted from lightweight performance jersey. A running jacket takes vintage varsity style and makes it wind and waterproof, with a hood that zips into the collar. The swimsuits take that graphic swim team style and blend it with quick drying UPF 50 Eurojersey. Patterned and color blocked leggings, tanks and sport bras integrate such technical features as compression, mesh, and reflective detailing — functional details more typical for a sport brand than a fashion line —  infusing classic style with modern performance.

At the same time, what Tory Sport calls “Coming & Going” features casual sporty pieces meant for that transition time pre and post workout. A classic 70’s track suit, pearl covered slip-on sneakers, a merino turtleneck sweater, and a tech knit striped skirt, among other styles, are looks designed to be worn all day.

Paying the same attention to details as the line, the Tory Sport pop up is an integral part of the launch, with a look that is a new take on old country club style. The clean white interior is highlighted by bright canvas cushioned latticework furniture, a graphic surfboard and vintage sport photography. Wainscoting and wide-plank floors create a relaxed and easy setting. There is a monogramming station and vinyl letter press where customers can have select styles—from 70s-inspired track jackets and leggings to wristbands and T-shirts—personalized with their initials. A custom vending machine is filled with vintage sport magazines as well as golf tees, tennis balls, frisbees, water bottles and grip tape.

Tory Sport is available exclusively at torysport.com and at the Tory Sport pop-up shop at 257 Elizabeth St. A permanent Flatiron-district store is set to open in March of 2016.

 

Fall Plaids

 

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On boots, pumps, sneakers, bags, sweaters, and more, woodsy fall plaids are city chic. We’ve got you covered from head to toe in this season’s hottest picks!

LEFT COLUMN: MADEWELL FLANNEL COURIER SHIRT $74. Oversized and slightly boxy, this short sleeve button down is effortlessly cool in cozy buffalo check flannel. PRADA PLAID PLATFORM PUMPS $750. These multicolored tapered-toe pumps are all plaid with a covered platform and sky-high heel. WOOLRICH GIANT BUFFALO WOOL VEST $129. A modern take on a legendary pattern, this buffalo plaid short insulated wool vest is warm and cozy, with a shawl collar and snap-closure front.

MIDDLE COLUMN: DSQUARED2 DUCK ANKLE BOOTS $975. Lug soled with a checked plaid upper, these ruggedly cute boots will take you from the back woods to city streets. DORFMAN PACIFIC PLAID TROOPER HAT $32. Keep out the cold with this faux fur lined buffalo plaid trooper hat. FARIBAULT NOKOMIS PAK-A-ROBE $190. First introduced in 1949, the Pak-A-Robe is a plaid stadium throw (also known as a “robe”) and is paired with a matching carrying case, which doubles as a seat cushion. BURBERRY GAUDEN SNEAKER $295. With a Burberry plaid canvas upper, these cool slip-on sneakers are one of our favorites this fall!

RIGHT COLUMN: SAINT LAURENT BABY PUNK QUILTED TARTAN WOOL SHOULDER BAG $1190. This multicolored wool, leather trimmed bag is accessorized with dangling matte silver chains and YSL signature logos. ETOILE ISABEL MARANT GABRIE PLAID WOOL BLEND COAT $530. Étoile Isabel Marant’s plaid wool-blend coat has a cool grunge aesthetic, and puts a French spin on an American classic. DEISEL TURTLENECK PLAID SWEATER $187.50. This black and plaid mohair sweater adds a little punk twist for a cool urban look with great country style.

 

This Is Not A Basketball Shoe

 

IT IS MICHELLE WIE’S NEW GOLF SHOE

 
When champion golfer Michelle Wie hits the links this weekend at the Evian Championship in France, she will be bringing a new look to the course. This self-professed sneakerhead has long been a fan of the Nike Blazer, the iconic high top basketball shoe which first debuted in 1972. Looking for a golf shoe that would reflect her distinct sense of style and shake it up a bit on the fairway, Wie asked Nike to design a variation for golf.

Produced in hot pink with a camouflage Swoosh, and paired with a performance outsole engineered for traction, the Nike Blazer Golf serves both the style and functionality requisites of the athlete. Wie, who wanted to feel more support on her her swing and greater connection to the ground, saw the high top as the solution. As an additional style detail, inside the tongue are the scores from each round of Wie’s unforgettable 2014 US Open victory, her first major win.
 

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Over the past four decades, the Nike Blazer has evolved to include silhouettes designed for skate, sportswear and, now, golf. The Women’s Nike Blazer from Nike Golf will be available in early 2016 at nike.com and select retailers.

 

NFL 2015: The 10 Things You Need To Know!

 

 

Tonight we kick off the 2015 NFL season with Thursday Night Football! The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Superbowl winning New England Patriots, with Tom Brady’s suspension overturned just in time to have him back in the game. Now you may be asking yourself, “Didn’t I see an NFL game last weekend?” That was just a “pre-season” warm-up. Week 1 of the 16 game regular season is finally here and it’s time for the starting lineup to take the field. Here are the 10 things you need to know to sound sassy, sexy and smart should you find yourself in the middle of an NFL conversation…

1. TOM BRADY AND “DEFLATEGATE… 

On the field or on the bench? You may have heard that during last year’s AFC playoff game versus the Indianapolis Colts, Tom Brady may have deflated the footballs so that he and his teammates would have a better grip in the poor weather conditions. Originally suspended four games for “general awareness of ball deflation by others”, that decision was recently nullified on the argument it was unfair. A federal judge criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing “his own brand of industrial justice.” The union had planned to call Goodell as a witness, but was denied that opportunity when Goodell appointed himself as the appeal officer. Which brings us to number 2…

2. NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL

Once again the center of football news, for nine years Roger Goodell has sat at the helm of the most popular sport in America. As NFL Commissioner, Goodell is judge, jury and executioner on all things league related. He even gets to hear appeals of his own rulings, and is often is the hot seat as a result of his decisions. You may recall last year’s Ray Rice scandal, when then Baltimore Ravens’ running back knocked out his fiance and dragged her unconscious body out of the elevator of the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. He was originally only suspended for two games (which makes Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension really bizarre), which was later overturned to an “indefinite suspension.” If you really want to “break the ice” at an NFL viewing party, just ask someone, “Who does Roger Goodell think he is?”

3. RG3 & THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Robert Griffin, III or “RG3” as he is known, was the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins up until a few days ago. Entering his third year in the league, to say his tenure has been polarizing is an understatement. He’s gone from offensive rookie of the year, to fans clamoring for his backup to take the job, to getting injured this preseason, and finally losing his starting job. If you want to sound like you’re “in the know” you might ask “Can RG3 be a starting quarterback again?” Read More

 

Derek Lam 10 Crosby x Athleta

 
DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY AT ATHLETA SOHO

 
Last night the much anticipated collaboration between Derek Lam 10 Crosby and Athleta made its debut at the new Athleta Soho store in NYC. With the booming “athleisure” trend and explosive growth of women’s activewear, Athleta and Derek Lam 10 Crosby saw the opportunity to create a collection that incorporates Lam’s design aesthetic with Athleta’s technical fabrics and fitness expertise. Combining fashion with performance, the result is a minimal but fun, stylish but functional collection of athletic apparel that easily makes the transition from the gym to all day wear.

This is the first designer collaboration for Athleta who saw Derek Lam as the perfect partner to create a lifestyle collection that transcends the gym. Color blocked leggings and tops, oversized striped cashmere sweaters, leather hoodies and track pants, and layered sweatshirts are few of the signature pieces. Said Athleta President Nancy Green to Style Of Sport, “I wanted to do a collaboration with a designer as extremely talented as Derek, and create something that didn’t exist out there.”

“Our customer leads a very active lifestyle,” said Derek Lam. “Fitness is very much a part of it and we always strive to create clothing which works in her life. Athleta’s expertise in performance fabrics and fibers has offered us a really exciting opportunity to create a collection which complements perfectly what we do for Derek Lam 10 Crosby.”

The Derek Lam 10c Athleta collection is available now in select stores and online.
 
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Favorite Fall Layers

 

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Though sad to say our farewell to summer this Labor Day weekend, we are excited for the season ahead! While there is still plenty of warm weather left, a bit of chill in the air means it’s time for those fall layers. From designers like Calvin Klein and Alexander McQueen, to sport brands like Patagonia and Marmot, mix and match a shearling vest, fisherman’s sweater, fleece pullover, wool poncho, or cashmere turtleneck for all warmth you need with that sporty fall style.

TOP ROW: RAQUEL ALLEGRA STRIPED ALPACA PONCHO $620. This split neck oversize poncho in slate and natural stripes, features a toggle fasten neckline and bottom hem deconstruction for a cool casual layer of warmth. MADEWELL COLORBLOCK HOODIE SWEATER $110. Keeping a little surf vibe into fall, this cozy color block hoodie has a swingy fit with high side vents, and closes with a drawstring tipped in handmade tassels. CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION LEATHER TRIMMED SHEARLING VEST $2650. One of this fall’s biggest trends is shearling, and this chic and sporty aviator-style vest is sumptuously soft and warm, trimmed in chocolate and dark-brown leather, and finished with a buckled tab at the neck.

MIDDLE ROW: PATAGONIA COTTON QUILT SNAP-T PULLOVER $149. Patagonia has recreated the iconic Snap-T pullover in six different styles for an exclusive Fall 2015 Snap-T capsule collection. First conceived as a technical fleece in 1985, Patagonia’s Snap-T has remained a classic and is shown here in the new diamond quilted style. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN STRIPED CREW NECK JUMPER $1345. Keeping that nautical theme going for fall, this striped merino wool sweater has a contrasting cozy ribbed funnel neck, a short front/long tail design, and adjustable buttoned sides. HUNTER ORIGINAL CLEAR PONCHO $195. Available in multiple transparent colors, this soft and lightweight oversized poncho is completely waterproof. It features a protective hood with a draw cord fastening, press-stud closures at the sides, and large pocket at the front to keep fall showers from dampening your day.

BOTTOM ROW: MARMOT NORHEIM JACKET $135. This technical sweater knit fleece jacket delivers warmth and comfort in a subtle and flattering profile. A wind flap tucked behind the front zipper keeps chilly drafts out too. J.CREW EXCURSION QUILTED DOWN VEST $120. A lightweight down vest is a must have fall layer. We love this sporty slim silhouette that’s compact but warm, with diamond quilts and gold hardware details that add some extra flair. LANDS END CASHMERE ARAN TURTLENECK SWEATER $369. There is nothing like cashmere for cozy warmth. This lush turtleneck is crafted from 100% Mongolian luxe cashmere yarns and features a modern cropped fit.

 

Shopping Birdwell Beach Britches

 
BIRDWELL BEACH BRITCHES OPENS NEW MANHATTAN BEACH SHOP

 
In 1961, Carrie Birdwell Mann transformed her small southern California home into a sewing room and store, launching Birdwell Beach Britches. It was one of the first businesses specializing in surf wear, making her living room one of the first surf shops. Her first employees were her husband and son, and her first customers were lifeguards in Newport Beach. These simple nylon board shorts with their quirky “Birdie” mascot would become the staple of Southern California lifeguards and surfers, and establish Birdwell as their iconic heritage brand.

54 years since its founding, Birdwell has just opened its first ever standalone shop in Manhattan Beach, California. Designed by Birdwell’s creative director Natas Kaupas, legendary skateboarder and surf influencer, the Manhattan Beach store is the embodiment of his vision for the brand. The interior’s displays and walls are decorated with art and artifacts from Birdwell’s rich Southern California history and the structural elements used in the space evoke the strength and utility of Birdwell’s purpose built apparel. The shop features a vast selection of Birdwell product, including custom designs and limited-edition styles not available anywhere else.

The calendar may say summer is winding down, but there are still plenty of beach days left for a new pair of Birdwells. The store is located at 1300 Highland Street, Unit 106, Manhattan Beach, CA.

 
 

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