THE SPORTING LIFE: TEAM USA

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As Team USA gear goes, this All-American sweatshirt from Ebbets Field for J. Crew is just about perfect. The timeless, throw-back styling plays just as well today as it did back in 1936 in Berlin, when the best track and field athlete of all time, Jesse Owens, crushed four gold medals at the Olympics and broke racial barriers along the way.

 

Subtlety and patriotism don’t typically go hand-in-hand, so if you come across an item you like, snap it up quick. You can proudly wear it from July 4th through the rest of your life. Extra-soft french terry cotton in navy black. $85, available at J.Crew

 

MUST WATCH: AFTERGLOW

 

This is a beautiful and daring film, “Afterglow” by Sweetgrass Productions. Filmed entirely at night in the Alaskan backcountry using massive lights, custom made LED suits and two incredibly graceful skiers. “One of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made.” We agree. The terrific song is “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit.

FAHLGREN SKI SWEATERS

 

The Fahlgren Downhill and Nordic ski sweaters, field tested in the Maine woods, made of 100% Australian lambswool. $225, available at Fahlgren

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TOUCH BY ADIDAS

 

This is pretty cool, Adidas’ “Touch” featuring Jean-Baptiste Chandelier flying about in beautiful locations.

MILLE MIGLIA: 1000 MILES OF PASSION

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If you want to experience Italy’s passion for fast, elegant cars, there is no more thrilling place than the Mille Miglia. With hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering drivers on, the long-distance race from Brescia to Rome and back was held from 1927 to 1957. The race was revived in 1977 and once again cheering fans line the roads. Photographer René Staud captured the 2014 race, offering a compelling look into the history of this dashing, timeless competition. For more information: teneus.com

 

GQ MARCH 2015

Here’s a quick look at the March 2015 issue of GQ, hitting newsstands on February 24th. Inside, Kobe discusses how infuriating it is when people call him selfish, how religion got him through his 2003 sexual-assault charge, and his relationship with his former coach: “I was like a wild horse that had the potential to become Secretariat, but who was just too fucking wild,” Bryant says of why Phil Jackson would say negative things about him in the press. “So part of that was him trying to tame me. He’s also very intelligent,  and he understood the dynamic he had to deal with between me and Shaq.” Love Kobe, or hate him, it’s a must read.

 

PURE FIX CYCLES

 

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful bicycle to evoke happy feelings and anticipation of warm spring days ahead. The “Echo” by Burbank, California based Pure Fix is one sweet ride, with a matte black frame and oxblood-red deep dish wheels that are a total head-turner. The best part? The price. Ridiculously affordable at $329. Available at Pure Fix.

 

CLASSIC SKI STYLE

Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski, hitting the slopes, Gstaad, Switzerland, 1975.

VASQUE SUNDOWNER HIKING BOOTS

 

The fall season is an ideal time for escaping to the mountains and having proper footwear is essential. I’ve owned the same pair of hiking boots since college, the Sundowner from Vasque. They are incredibly durable as you can replace the Vibram soles after years of wear and tear, while the leather only improves with age. They also have an appealing old school aesthetic that runs counter to the hi-tech tricked out boots currently on the market. $189, available at Amazon.

ADIDAS STAN SMITH 40th ANNIVERSARY

 

Hear from the man himself, Stan Smith, as he talks about the iconic shoe that bears his name. Forty years ago, in 1973, Adidas debuted a simple, classic tennis shoe that would go onto greatness. $75, available at Adidas.

 

 

WHAT’S HOT: GOL! AD SPOT

 

One of the best commercial’s yet for the World Cup debuted last week and is getting serious traction, not because there are any expensive futbol players featured, but because it centers around crazy trick shots that are 100% real. It’s a perfectly executed idea, created by ad agency DDB. Look for Argentinian model Fiorella Castillo about halfway through as she surprises a crowd while wearing a little black dress and impossible heels.

THE NIKE MERCURIAL SUPERFLY

 

Nike unveiled their latest and greatest football boot last week in a carefully orchestrated PR event in Madrid starring superstar Cristano Ronaldo. Donning the new “Mercurial Superfly” cleat, along with the uniform for his Portugal World Cup team, he showed off his juggling skills amongst a packed house. There is no bigger sport in the world, and with the cup just months away, you can expect the media blitz to continue well into the summer. The first match is Thursday, June 12th, as Brazil takes on Croatia in Sao Paolo.

 

 

 

SUMMER SPORT

Here are four fun items for the beach or lawn this summer, beer coozie not included. Adidas Country Jacket, $78, available at Adidas. The key is to balance out the sporty look with casual items and avoid pairing with hi-tech running shoes – unless you’re in training. Riviera blue mid-length swim trunks, $240, available at Orlebar Brown. Pricey, but notice the mid-length cut of these shorts. Styles that cover the the knee are too long. Island Slipper, $89, available at Island Slipper. Handmade in Hawaii since 1946, these incredibly comfortable flip flops are right up there at the top of a very crowded field. Artemare beach racquets, $190, available at Threads & Fins. This beautiful set is constructed in California using hardwoods, including American pine, walnut, teak, purple heart and African mahogany. The set comes with a ball used traditionally in racquet ball, making your game more challenging then traditional paddle beach racquets.

THE STYLISH COMMUTER

A healthy and stylish spring resolution: spend more time on a bicycle – made easier if it’s as sweet a ride as the Gaston 5 from Linus. It’s subtle and timeless, with a beautiful cream color scheme, white wheels and chocolate brown leather seat and handles. The best part about this old school looking bike? It’s thoroughly modern when it comes to the mechanisms. It has an internal gear shifter, with legit levers on the frame, instead of the cheaper, more popular plastic twist shifters. Grab your favorite book and head to the park, then the office. $769, available for online order at Linus.

THE MODERN LIBRARY

 

It goes without saying that small retail shops benefit greatly from mixing in a well curated selection of books amongst their clothing and accessories. It’s a smart and effective way of denoting a lifestyle, communicating a point of view without posting a mission statement on a wall akin to the opening of a museum exhibit. As an example, take a look at this impressive collection from Shinola in Detroit – you could easily drop a few thousand dollars on books, before even getting to their stunning bicycles. And take note, the modern library isn’t reserved for retail – any office, hotel lobby, airline club, and certainly home space looks and feels more interesting with stacks of beautiful books. Here are 7 favorites from the shop, including this image taken from “A Sporting Life.”

 

 

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THE NBA DRAFT 2013!

Fanlime, a new social media network for sports, just put out a very clever, often hilarious look at NBA draft style through the years. Let’s just say there are a lot of “misguided” style choices. Check it out, and add your own review on who did it right, and who crashed and burned. That dress code David Stern implemented in 2005? Not such a bad thing after all. For the full “Then vs. Now” gallery click here.

JACK PURCELL

As summer sneakers go, there really isn’t a more iconic style than the Jack Purcell by Converse. Purcell was a legendary tennis and badminton ace who helped design this shoe for his court game in 1935. The epitome of timeless style. These kicks are ideal for cruising around town, riding a bike, wearing with shorts or khakis and no socks. The versatile canvas is lightweight and will hold up well against water and sand.  $60, available at Converse.

BROOKS BROTHERS TRACK JACKET

This track jacket has all the hallmarks of a summer essential: simple, basic and incredibly comfortable. Part of Brooks Brother’s younger Red Fleece collection, it’s cut slimmer and has a sporty, vintage look to it. Made with French terry cloth, with contrasting hem and cuff. $128, available at Brooks Brothers.

GOPRO HERO 3

 

Another standout from GoPro.

ARTEMARE HARDWOOD PADDLE SET

 

Artemare is a small company based in California specializing in beautiful artisanal luxury beach accessories. The paddle set above is crafted in the USA using a mix of no less than five natural hardwoods reclaimed from surfboards  – American walnut wood, teakwood, mahogany wood, purpleheart wood and pine. The result is a stunning set of paddles that could just as easily be displayed on the wall of your house, and never step foot on the beach. $228, available at Terrain.

 

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