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.

 

VINTAGE SPORTING STYLE

Jurgen Klinsmann rocking the vintage look last night at Estadio Azteca as the Americans pulled off an improbable draw against Mexico in a critical World Cup qualifier. This is a fun shirt to own and perfect for the summer when you want to dial up a little patriotism without overdoing it. Dark obsidian (navy), with contrasting white v-neck. $100, available at Nike.

GOPRO ALANA BLANCHARD

 

Great video “Surfer Girl,” by GoPro featuring the stunning Alana Blanchard. And here’s a suit that will look right at home on the beaches of Kauai, where Alana grew up. The “Thomas” is inspired by surf films of the 1960’s and comes in five colors. $75, available at Saturdays Surf NYC.

 

Kauai is geologically the oldest island in the Hawaiian archipelago and lies far to the west.

 

 

 

ADIDAS UNVEILS MARCH MADNESS UNIS


 

We’ve always loved Adidas here at Style Ledger but these new uniforms are really bad. Cincinnati, Kansas, Notre Dame, Baylor, UCLA and Louisville will wear these beauties starting March 13th. The brand claims that the pattern on the shorts and sleeves is “camouflage,” but they resemble more closely a cheap kiddie pool (UCLA), sherbert ice cream (Notre Dame), and a faux snow leopard bed spread (Cincinnati). In this case, trying to get your brand noticed has trumped good design.

WINGSUIT GLIDING IN SWITZERLAND

 

An astounding video. Base jumper Cedric Dumont in the Churfirsten Mountains, Switzerland. Absolutely ridiculous.

FAHLGREN SKI SWEATERS

 

This past December I launched a small collection of ski sweaters and the response has been incredibly positive. Inspired by trips to Cortina in Italy and St. Anton in Austria as a kid growing up, the collection is intended to work back to a more glamorous era in alpine sport. My brother and I would collect patches, vintage stickers and travel posters – classic examples of European mountain design. This was the 80’s and early 90’s, and although neon onesies were starting to become en vogue, you could still spot classic ski sweaters, mostly on the wise, older gentlemen who ran the famous ski schools in the 60’s and 70’s. This style is captured perfectly in Robert Redford’s 1969 film, “Downhill Racer.” If you have a spring ski trip planned, consider a late season addition to your mountain style.

 

 

Downhill sweater, 100% Australian lambswool $225, available in the Fahlgren Shop. And check out the trail map at the bottom of this post for inspiration. It’s no surprise Lech is the winter destination of choice for the Royal Family.

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QB RUSSELL WILSON FOR LEVI’S

Seattle QB Russell Wilson for Levi’s.

COLETTE SKI CLUB

As collaborations go this one is pretty fresh. Franklin Marshall has created for Colette a lifestyle collection capsule for before and après-ski. The teddy-jacket, sweater or woolly hat can be worn on the train going up, and the track suit bottom, sweat-shirt and T-shirt are perfect for evenings in front of the fire. Paris based Colette is easily one of the most innovative retailers out there, check out their ever-evolving site to get a taste. Their streaming music selection is a particular stand out.

On the collection: “Remember the ski clubs your fathers or grandfathers used to go to? They would leave on Friday evening and come back on Sunday with a proud twinkle in their eyes. These ski clubs, whether big or small, brought together companions who all shared a love for the mountains. They were handsome and proud in their jackets bearing their club’s name and badges for each of the summits they had conquered and longed for unlimited fresh air. Today, united by a passion that resembles us, Colette, Franklin & Marshall and Black Crows skis perpetuate this tradition that brings us all together.” 100% cotton sweatshirt 90 euros. To view the entire collection: Colette Ski Club.

ASP WORLD CHAMPION JOEL PARKINSON

 

A great look at the career of Australian surfer Joel Parkinson who won his first ASP World Title in 2012. The featured song is “Coming Home” by 2 Hearts & Chemicals (The New Division Remix).

H&M FOR BRICK LANE BIKES

 

This is a cool video highlighting a recent collaboration between H&M’s design team and the creatives behind Brick Lane Bikes, a legendary shop in East London. “H&M for Brick Lane Bikes,” is a men’s collection combining the function of cycling wear with great city style for both on and off the bike. It is made from more sustainable materials as part of H&M’s Conscious work. In the short film, you meet Feya Buchwald, Founder of BLB; Chris Christodolo, Creative Designer BLB; and Petter Klusell, Designer H&M. They talk about the H&M collection which will be launched on March 7, 2013 worldwide. Bike culture can be pretty aggressive but there’s nothing over the top about these cool cats.

KELLY SLATER’S 50 WINS

 

Surfing legend Kelly Slater won his 50th ASP World Tour victory last month, further cementing his status as legendary big wave surfer. What began as an upstart career with his first big win at the Rip Curl Pro Landes in France in 1992, culminated in September at the Hurley Pro in San Clemente, California. Here’s a contest-to-contest slideshow look at all 50 wins, brought to you by Surfline.

RAPHA SUPER CROSS MELBOURNE

An interesting look at a super cross event in Melbourne, Australia, sponsored by Rapha, a top cycling clothing and accessories company.

STYLE ACES by Darrell Hartman

Last night at the U.S. Open–which I caught from one the best seats in the house, in the American Express suite–Andy Murray hoisted the champion’s cup after an epic 5 set battle. It was a huge win for U.K. fans: Murray is the first Briton to win a grand slam since 1936. The British victor then (also at the U.S. Open) was future sportswear entrepreneur Fred Perry. Watching last night’s match, you see how much the men’s tennis kit has changed in the intervening years. Murray (who was once a Fred Perry spokesperson) wears Adidas and favors a laid-back look. Even in state-of-the-art performance apparel, he still sort of looks like he just got (more…)

PHOTOGRAPHER JIMMY CHIN

An incredible look at the life of mountaineer, climber and photographer Jimmy Chin as he shoots a feature story for National Geographic. Chin captures two world class climbers as they ascend “El Capitan” in Yosemite National Park. Shot on a Canon 5d by Renan Ozturk of Camp 4 Collective. Check out the stunning final image that graced the May 2011 cover. (more…)

ALEX MORGAN U.S. SOCCER

U.S. Olympic soccer phenom Alex Morgan saved the day again last night, scoring the decisive goal on a header in OT to send the Americans past a feisty Canadian team. The 23 year old stunner has become one of the most marketable names in women’s sports since her play in the World Cup in 2011, covered in an earlier post.  Expect to see a lot more of her in the upcoming years, especially if the U.S. defeats Japan in the final. Here are some images from her Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue shoot, in body paint no less: (more…)

USA TRACK & FIELD BY NIKE

Sprinter Justin Gatlin brought home the bronze medal last night for the U.S. in the highly anticipated 100 meter dash. If you noticed him in warm ups, he was sporting this great looking, throwback track jacket. It’s a bit steep at $250, but if you’ve got a serious case of American Olympic spirit, this is one of the best items out there. Available at Nike, where you can also find the basketball team jacket, although the modern logo isn’t as cool.

THE OLYMPIC KITS

Check out the uniforms for England’s Olympic team, also referred to as ‘kits.’ Designer Stella McCartney received a fair amount of flack for her loose interpretation of the UK flag, changing it from red to blue. But it was nothing compared to the media frenzy in the U.S. over Ralph Lauren’s Chinese made Olympic clothing. That ridiculous show even brought out a few press hungry members of Congress posturing for the cameras. Watch how quickly they fade into the background when they realize what it will take to truly revitalize the American manufacturing industry. Here are a few more kits, including Italy, designed by Giorgio Armani. (more…)

THE SIMPLE SEVEN BY GIANT BICYCLES

There are a few key things I look for when shopping around for a laid back summer bicycle perfect for short trips to the beach: functionality, easy style and simple design. Therefore the “Simple” line of bicycles from Giant would make perfect sense. The “Simple Seven” shown above is basic at it’s best: fresh white and green color scheme, comfortable over-sized balloon tires, plush saddle and relaxed sitting position. $430, for a full list of retailers and to see more pics, click here.

 

“ELECTRIC BLUE HEAVEN”

Surf and skate board brand “Globe” just released this fantastic short film titled “Electric Blue Heaven,” featuring surfer Dion Agius. You can skip to the 1:17 mark to get right into the action, but if you’re just sitting down with your coffee, the entire piece is well worth a watch. The film, directed by Joe G, features surfer Agius ripping air moves on the worlds largest man made wave in the deserts of Al Ain, the second largest city in the Emirate Abu Dhabi. And if that’s not enough for you, there are ten smoking hot Russian models from the Fame Agency in Dubai included. The credits include a thank you to some super rich Sheikh: “Highest respect and thanks to HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for welcoming us to beautiful Al Ain.” Well done.

THE CHURCH STREET BOXING GYM

Former pro boxer Eric Kelly gives us a tour of the Church Street Gym. Weak men pay this boxing coach to tell them they are terrible. Brilliant.

LACOSTE: POLO OF THE FUTURE

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