Orange Is The New Black

 

With Halloween here, and the NYC Marathon being run this Sunday, we wanted to celebrate these events by featuring the coolest sporty goods drenched in their shared signature color. It’s bright, it’s cheerful, it’s fun… it’s ORANGE!

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ROW 1: ATOMIC WAYMAKER TOUR 110 $699. The Waymaker Tour 110 is the new premium touring boot from Atomic. Its lightweight and offers top-of-line downhill performance, along with a cuff design that provides comfort and flexibility on hikes. Y-3 RIB-KNIT ROLLNECK $280. Apres-ski or in any chilly location, this sleek ribbed neon orange and black turtleneck looks hot and feels toasty. SAMSUNG GALAXY GEAR SMARTWATCH $299. Receive calls, emails and texts all from your wrist with the latest in wearable technology. Currently compatible only with Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

ROW 2: JEREMY TARIAN SHARK TANK SUNGLASSES $445. Wayfarer style, with gradient black and orange frames, what perfect shades for Halloween!  GHURKA FOOTBALL NO.219 $195. Not your ordinary pigskin, this handcrafted supple leather orange football is a beautiful objet from the artisans at Ghurka.

ROW 3: MARMOT DENA JACKET $190. Warn on its own or under a shell, this light and durable jacket will keep you insulated from winter’s elements. It’s tough ripstop nylon is made from recycled materials too. DIRTY LAUNDRY RODWELL RUBBER BOOT $39.99. Keep it bright on dreary days with these cheery orange cushioned rain boots. ASICS GEL-KAYANO 20 NYC. Official sponsor of the ING NYC Marathon, this is a limited edition design of Asic’s long popular Gel-Kayano series, celebrating its 20th anniversary, and featuring the NYC Marathon logo and colors.

ROW 4: ULTIMATE SURVIVAL TECHNOLOGIES 30-DAY FLASHLIGHT $49.95Constructed of aircraft grade anodized aluminum, this superbright flashlight will last an incredible 30 days continuously lit on low setting. BEATS PILL $199. Palm sized, portable and wireless, the Beats Pill packs a lot of sound into a small package.

ROW 5: JADE HARMONY YOGA MAT $74.95. The Harmony is an extra stable high performance yoga mat made with open cell, natural rubber. Slip resistant and eco friendly, it is 3/16″ thick and ideal for all styles of yoga. NIKE BLAZER MID MESH $85 49.97. A remake of a hoops original, the Nike Blazer Mid Mesh Women’s Shoe delivers maximum ventilation with its hip style. HERMES ETRIVIERE DOUBLE TOUR BRACELET $470. Mango calfskin double wraps around the wrist and closes with a silver plated buckle in inimitable Hermes perfection.

 

The Toggle Coat

 

BURBERRY BRIT ~ WOOLRICH 

toggle coat by saint laurent and j.crew

SAINT LAURENT ~ J.CREW 

toggle coat by y-3 and merrell

Y-3 ~ MERRELL

The toggle or duffle coat is a sporty classic for both men and women. It is a perennial favorite of fashion houses and outdoor brands alike, and owes its popularity to the British Royal Navy who made the coat standard issue during World War I. The distinguishing features of the duffle coat were designed for functionality. The wooden toggles could be easily fastened and unfastened while wearing gloves in cold weather at sea and the oversized hood offered enough room to wear over a Naval cap.

The same design prevails today and this fall season, brands from Saint Laurent and Burberry to Woolrich and Merrell have brought us their interpretations of this timeless classic. Here are our six picks for the season’s best toggle coats.

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ROW 1: BURBERRY BRIT WOOL DUFFLE COAT $995. Available in a wide array of colors, this classic pure wool duffle coat is lined with Burberry’s iconic beige and red check. It features all the traditional details such as toggle closure, oversize flap pockets and lined hood. WOOLRICH WOMENS BRISTOL DUFFLE COAT $229. This duffle coat from the iconic heritage brand, Woolrich, is constructed with a double-faced wool blend and features a fleece-lined hood, front zipper and storm flap for extra protection against wind and cold.

ROW 2: SAINT LAURENT $2950. Hedi Slimane’s duffle coat for Saint Laurent is beautifully tailored from Italian wool and celebrates all the traditional elements of the toggle with his inimitably chic style. J.CREW CONVERTIBLE TOGGLE COAT $398. Gotta love high-low, and in the less pricier range is this classic toggle from J.Crew which features a convenient zip-off hood.

ROW 3: Y-3 LITE TAFT COAT $ 525. The Y-3 Lite Taft Coat blends traditional styling with contemporary materials. The taffeta body is padded with warm PrimaLoft insulation and accented with a toggle button placket and touches of faux leather. MERRELL HAVEN DUFFLE COAT $199. Available in 3 colors, the Haven from Merrell blends the traditional elements of the duffle coat with the reliable warmth of a winter parka. Insulated and water resistant, this wooly twill coat is very warm, with a style at ease in town or the country.

 

New Kids on the Block

 
AETHER NYC
13 CROSBY ST.

 

A handful of bespoke sporting goods stores have recently opened in downtown Manhattan, displaying a distinct urban influence with their integration of design and sport. New stores like Aether NYC (shown above), Shinola, Patagonia Bowery and Best Made Company, all feature beautifully rendered and sophisticated interiors, and carry a range of refined products to match. There is no compromise on functionality, however, and these shops also offer a variety of accessories curated for the chic sporting lifestyle. Below are the four newest additions to the downtown sport landscape.

Aether’s ethos is the intergration of performance sportswear with a refined minimal aesthetic. Their product line includes a range of technical outerwear for men and women, designed to transition easily from the mountains to the street, and function with style in both. The just opened Soho store features a unique design motif of 36 wooden crates, that combined with white laminate interiors and LED lighting, frame and showcase their products. In addition to apparel, the store carries a range of sporting gear with a similar design orientation, such as the Oru folding kayak, Heimplanet Inflatable Tent, Poc Helmets and goggles, as well as photography books and other artwork.

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PATAGONIA BOWERY
313 BOWERY

 

Patagonia has just opened a lofty full service surf shop in what was formally the world famous music venue, CBGBs. Retaining much of the original architectural detail, as seen in the exposed brick, overhead beams and hardwood floors, the store features the entire Patagonia surf line and surfboards by Fletcher Chouinard Designs. The store also carries a full range of all the other Patagonia favorites, including their 40th anniversary Legacy collection.

 

Bird's eye view of Shinola Tribeca

SHINOLA
177 FRANKLIN ST.

 

Recently opened in Tribeca is the Manhattan outpost of the Detroit based Shinola company, specializing in design objects like watches, leather goods, and their signature bicycles. Shinola is a relatively young company with a long history, having been resurrected from the iconic shoe polish brand. It proudly highlights its made-in-Detroit product line and also carries an array of American made products from other like minded brands. Highlights of the spacious interior are the spiral staircase, steel catwalk and vaulted skylight in the rear, along with a cozy fashion newsstand cafe by The Smile in front.

 

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BEST MADE COMPANY
36 WHITE ST.

 

Opened last spring Tribeca, is the retail headquarters and workshop space of Best Made Company, makers of vintage inspired outdoor sporting goods, camping supplies and tools. Even the most basic items in the store, like a their Chore Glove and Cloth Extension cords, become design objects in the context of this perfectly authentic collection of things, and their axes… yes axes, are items of lust. The store is deceptively small, with most of the merchandise housed in a small space in front. A sliding canvas curtain pulled open, however, reveals a large behind-the-scenes workspace where all the design takes place and various how-to workshop events are held as well.

 

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The Yoga Zone

 

Yoga apparel is no longer just for Sun Salutations only. What was once hippie style has become the new look of daytime casual. In a movement started by Lululemon, yoga clothes are now designed for performance but are stylish enough for any time of the day. This is the new American sportswear. With their simple style and body flattering fit, slim leggings, classic camisoles, stretchy tops and cozy warm-ups can be worn all day, long after class is finished, to lunch with friends, running errands, dressed up or down for all your daily activities. Here are a few of our favorite yoga inspired pieces, designed to take you through the day.

ABOVE ROW 1: LOLE CUTEST LEGGINGS $70 & DELICATE TANK TOP $60. Long and lean are these classic leggings with targeted compression for muscle support and a smooth silhouette. Camisole top features integrated bra for seemless support; BEYOND YOGA SIDE PANEL LONG LEGGING $88. A sleek performance legging with slimming features that include a back yoke, side leg panels and signature contour waistband; LULULEMON SCUBA HOODIE STRETCH $108. Our favorite for transit, this soft and stretchy, body-skimming hoodie features a deep lined hood, high scuba collar, snug cuffs with thumbholes for a warm and cozy fit. Read More

 

Sportage: The Chic Sport Bag

 
PARK LUXURY SPORTING ACCESSORIES

 

Park Luxury Sporting Accessories makes supremely chic sport bags for golf, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, and a host of other outdoor activities. These bags are luxe, crafted from materials sourced from leading mills and ateliers around the world. Italian coated canvas, sleek vachetta leather and Scottish plaid lining are signature features, but they are designed for practicality as well. Time tested fabrics, water-resistant finishes and durable linings ensure lasting performance.

 

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KAPUSKASING TENNIS TOTE; GARNET GOLF BAG; TIMMONS SKIBOOT BAG

 

Designer and founder of Park, Anne-Marie Olson, was raised in Ottawa Canada where she grew up swimming and fishing, playing tennis and golf, and skiing in the Laurentian Mountains nearby. Summers were spent with her grandparents in the bucolic setting of Kapuskasing, Ontario, where every day was filled with sports and outdoor activities. The authenticity of the Northern-Ontario lifestyle is apparent in all her bags, and reflect a nostalgia for a time when wooden tennis rackets, plaid canteens, Hudson Bay blankets and wicker picnic baskets were the standard accessories for all outings and sporting events.

In addition to bags, Park also makes other vintage inspired items like blankets, folding chairs, flasks and a fur trimmed sleeping bag, the perfect compliments to the chic sporting life.

 

LandPaddling

 
KAHUNA CREATIONS RASTA BEACH BOARD AND ADJUSTABLE KAHUNA STICK

 

Summer may be over, but except for you diehards and warm weather dwellers, there is no need for the SUP season to end. From Kahuna Creations comes the Kahuna Stick, which is essentially a land paddle for your skateboard. Designed to be used with a longboard, the Kahuna Stick features a long curved rubber end with which the rider pushes themselves along in a motion similar to Stand Up Paddleboarding. The same core muscles are used and similar to SUP, it’s a great workout. Check out this VIDEO for a little demo.

Now this does require a bit more coordination than with Stand Up Paddleboarding, and falling on pavement is not as forgiving as falling in the water. However, the stick is designed to be used with a longboard, which is much more stable than a regular skateboard. Kahuna has longboards up to 59″ (almost the size of a small surfboard!), that are over a foot wide and pretty steady underfoot.

So if you’re feeling adventurous and missing those SUP days of summer, this is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy that paddling sensation in the cooler months when the water might not be so inviting.

 

 

The VW Bus: The End Of An Era

 
MID 60’S ERA VOLKSWAGEN T2 CAMPER VAN

 

With new automotive safety restrictions in the country, Volkswagen Brazil has announced it will cease production of the Volkswagen T2 at the end of 2013. Known as the Kombi in Brazil, the van has been in production there since 1957. Brazil has been the sole country to produce this iconic Volkswagen since Germany phased it out in 1979, followed by Mexico in 1994. The T2 now has the distinction of being the longest produced vehicle in automotive history.

During the 1960’s, the Volkswagen Transporter, as it was originally named, became the recognized vehicle of the hippie generation. With its free riding spirit and live-in lifestyle, the T2 was soon adopted by the surf community as the transportation (and home for some) of choice. Read More

 

Chic City Cycles

 
BUDNITZ BICYCLES “NO.5 TITANIUM” $4700 (base price)
A chic fast city cruiser with titanium frame and components, 29-inch wheels and 2-inch tires. 
Available in single, 11 and 14 speed.

 

Half the fun of cycling is owning a beautiful bicycle. As riding for transportation has become more popular, there are a plethora of covetable rides on the city streets. These bikes are works of art, as lovely to behold stationary in one’s abode as they are in motion. The chicest of bicycles take the purest of form, some with only a single speed. Their posture is upright, giving the body a position of sophistication. Many are imported from countries such as England, Holland, and Italy, noted for their elegant bicycles and long tradition of city cycling.

We have gathered a collection of what we think are the 12 chicest city cycles on the street. While we have selected either the mens or womens frame, all are available with their own unique style for each gender.

Bobbing BirdieBOBBIN BICYCLES “BIRDIE” $650
Available in an array of cheery colors with steel frame, mud guards, rear rack and
3 speed Sturmey Archer hub.

 


pashley guvnorPASHLEY “GUV’NOR” $1495
1930’s elegance and style featuring Reynolds 531 diamond frame, Brooks B17 Titanium saddle, North Road handlebars with leather grips, Sturmey Archer single speed rear wheel and 28 inch gold lined black alloy rims.

 

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Save It For A Rainy Day

 

PATAGONIA BLACKHOLE STUTTERHEIM HUNTER RAPHA CLEVERHOOD NIKE ZOOM WILDHORSE GORE COUNTDOWN

 

A little rain should not keep you from your outdoor fun, be it cycling around town, trail running, or a walk in the park. Water and weatherproof raincoats, boots, running shoes, gloves, bags and more abound to keep you warm, dry and looking sharp for all your sporty activities.

ROW 1: PATAGONIA BLACKHOLE PACK $149.  The utilitarian Black Hole Pack is waterproof and combines rugged mountain style with a little urban sheen; STUTTERHEIM STOCKHOLM VIT RAINCOAT $368. Inspired by the traditional raincoats worn by generations of Swedish fishermen, this hand sewn import is guaranteed 100% wind and waterproof. Its unisex slim fit gives it great style for the city as well. HUNTER ORIGINAL TALL GLOSS RAINBOOTS $149. These classic rainboots can’t be beat and come in a myriad of gloss and matte colors as well. They are rugged enough for tromping through wet and muddy fields, but stylish enough for a rainy day in town.

ROW 2: RAPHA RAIN JACKET $295. Available for both men and women, this waterproof, lightweight and breathable rain jacket is designed for optimum cycling performance and protection in wet weather, and packs down easily into a jersey pocket. CLEVERHOOD ELECTRIC HOUNDSTOOTH RAIN CAPE $239.  Designed for cycling in the rain, this posh looking cape features the classic houndstooth pattern but with a high-tech twist: hidden reflective thread! The cape also features a fitted hood which can be worn under bike helmets, elastic thumb loops which keep it in place when riding, and magnetic snap shut closures at the armholes.

ROW 3: NIKE ZOOM WILDHORSE GTX $130. Awarded “Best Debut” by Runner’s World for 2013, the Nike Zoom Wildhorse GTX is a lightweight low profile trail running shoe with waterproof Gore-Tex protection. The shoes feature a compression molded midsole for responsive cushioning, rubber waffle outsole for durability and multi-surface traction, and reflective details for enhanced visibility. GORE COUNTDOWN GLOVES $79.99Available for men and women, these lightweight waterproof Gore-Tex gloves are thermo lined, feature velcro width adjustment and foam padded palms.

 

Think Pink

 

DUVETICA JACK PURCELL ATHLETA SONY TORY BURCH RAPHA RAYBAN MOXI LOLLY Y3 ASICS POC COURREGES SOREL

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In support, many sport and fashion brands like ASICS, RALPH LAUREN, NEW BALANCE, OAKLEY, SPEEDO and TORY BURCH, just to name a few, have partnered with different charities to create products of which a portion of the sales go to breast cancer research. Even for those brands that simply have pink in their palette, it’s a great time to wear this commemorative color in support of family, friends, and those we don’t know at all, to show we are all on the same team. So whether walking or running, skiing or snowboarding, biking or skating, punch it up with some pink and let’s all do our part to support this critical cause.

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LEFT COLUMN: DUVETICA DOWN JACKET $695. This shiny fuchsia hooded down jacket is hot look for cold days to come; MOXI LOLLY ROLLER SKATES $299. These old school leather roller skates are padded for comfort and feature a universal metal plate with bolt-on toe-stop and clear MDI outdoor wheels; Y-3 PICK UP AND GO SHOPPER $105. Lightweight and packable, this cotton twill tote with mesh side pockets is perfect for carrying groceries, gym clothes and other daily necessities; POC FORNIX SKI HELMET $160 WITH CORNEA GOGGLES $150. The award winning Fornix is a lightweight, reinforced and well-ventilated helmet, with a size adjustment system that creates a customized fit. The Cornea goggles feature the innovative POC lenses which attach on the outside of the frame to enlarge the field of view.

CENTER COLUMN: CONVERSE JACK PURCELL PINK WASHED OX SNEAKERS $56. Classic Jack Purcells pop in bright pink with washed-cotton uppers for a fun vintage look; ATHLETA NEON STRIPED RACERBACK TANK $49. A soft, stretchy, stripy tank that features built-in support and a wicking, chafe-free seamless design; RAY-BAN ORIGINAL AVIATOR SUNGLASSES $195. Gold metal frame with polarized pink crystal lenses look great and provide 100% UV protection; ASICS GT-1000 2PR $100. ASICS has teamed up with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women to help provide assistance to those at increased risk for breast cancer. From Oct. 1-31 Asics will donate $2 per pair of shoes, and $1 for every bra and pair of socks sold, with a guaranteed donation of $100,000 and up to $125,000, of specially marked ASICS products. COURREGES FACE PRINT T-SHIRT $285. Chic and sporty is this slim-fit, boat neck cotton shirt.

RIGHT COLUMN: SONY CYBER-SHOT TX3 $259. Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof, this Sony Cyber-shot is a tough but colorful camera that features a 3.3″ OLED touchscreen, 18.2 megapixels, Magnifying Glass Plus and AVCHD™ 1080/60i video; TORY BURCH DIP-DYE LOGO JACQUARD SCARF $185. Created in partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 20% of purchase of this cotton and silk blend scarf, in additon to a number of other items, will be donated to support the cause (up $30,000); RAPHA HI-VIS CYCLING GILET $160. Available for both men and women, this cycling vest is DWR water and wind repellent, and designed for high visibility in low winter light and at night;  SOREL GLACY EXPLORER $135. These waterproof suede and canvas boots are apres-ski inspired. A full fleece lining and waterproof breathable construction will keep feet dry and toasty for all your snowy activities.

 

 

Pret-A-Sporter: Spring 2014 From London, Milan, Paris

 

TEAM SPIRIT

PRADA ~ VIKTOR & ROLF

 

A few weeks ago we brought you Pret-A-Sporter, our round-up of the sportiest looks from the runways of New York Fashion Week for Spring 2014. With the Paris collections having just wrapped, we now present the best of the European Spring 2014 collections from London, Paris and Milan. Once again, designers were clearly inspired by the world of sport. From the track to the field and the gym to the beach, here are the sportiest looks from across the Atlantic… Read More

 

LT: The Life & Times of Lawrence Taylor

 
LAWRENCE TAYLOR, NEW YORK GIANTS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, JANUARY 1994

 

Now airing on Showtime is “LT: The Life & Times”, a documentary that chronicles the ups and downs of the career of NFL Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor. Nicknamed “LT”, Lawrence Taylor is arguably the best linebacker to have ever played the game and considered one of the best defensive players of all time. His tumultuous life off the field, however, brought him equal notoriety for substance abuse, illegal drug possession, and numerous resulting NFL suspensions.

Directed by 27-time Sports Emmy winner Peter Radovich, Jr., and narrated by Jon Bon Jovi, the documentary takes an in depth look at Lawrence Taylor’s life with previously untold stories from Taylor himself, his family, friends, former teammates and coaches, including Bill Parcells, for whom he won the Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 1987; Bill Belichick, who was the Giants defensive coach; Phil Simms, the quarterback; and even Joe Theismann, whose career he ended with that famous hit that broke his leg. Despite LT’s flaws, all seem to have genuine affection for him, Parcells in particular, based on the tenacity with which he played the game.

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