Wednesday, December 13, 2017

GEN Z -GIFTABLES

  L.L. BEAN, K2, ABUS, HOBIE, KidPik, STIO, UGGS     

Cause they're more tech savvy than you...so WHY BOTHER?
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SURPRISE THEM

Opt for newstalgic outdoor FUN
Mad for plaid ---L.L. Bean outdoor toys with style include...snazzy water repellent cushion-plaid cover $55 ($65) for the timeless kid's pull sled w/ rope tow...in 2 sizes-$149 small-$179 large= smooth vertical snow sailing. Made of kiln dry no warp hardwoods finished w/clear water based lacquer. A real keeper.

 L.L. Bean SONIC snow tube...pile in opportunities for solo or group rides on hard packed or fluffy snow...made of 1000 denier tough nylon protects the heavy duty inner butyl rubber tube, a cold impervious semi-rigid polyurethane base, sturdy handles, straps+nylon webbing tow for going back up the hill. 

Plaid, plaid world...courtesy of L.L. Bean



Rollerblading-aka inline skates-ready for a comeback(?)-K2's for fast mobility speed fiends or dry land hockey slap-stickers. Start at $85 Marlee and Raider skates for kids-with vibration absorbing frame, interlocked on the base for balance aid, a stability cuff PLUS five full sizes of adjustable-up to $435 for the new tricked out MOD series in adult sizes.
We wish we had these super fitting/supportive ankle twist banisher- K2 ice skates growing up...vs old fashion lace up kind! Pictured Rink Raven BOA$110-recreational skate with size adjustable feature +easier on/off with that dial fit technology. The integrated blade mount-allows wearer a lower center of gravity for ez (er) balance...with Original K2 Softboot® w/ brushed liner+water repellant materials for warm, dry comfort.
Snowboard boots-have evolved...so much so that even carry-on luggage only type of travelers -who rent the latest boards...haul around their own boots. These rock! With BOA adjustments, insulation, and grippy Vibram outsole-pictured are W Haven...but kid versions ($119.95-$159.95) also sport inner heat moldable liners for great fit+BOA dial lacing system. 



durable Vibram outsoles...

integrated LED rear light
ABUS is a German company that precisely engineers bike helmets par excellence that kids will think are cool looking. Featured-one of several youth specific styles-Youn-I Ace-: extended foam visor for face protection, deep temple+neck protection, in mold for durable fusion of the outer shelling shock absorbing helmet material, size adjustable, ventilation via multiple air vents, foamed in fly net, .., pictured above-the integrated LED rear light

LOVE THIS DECK-talk about a retro stunner-the Original Super Surfer Skateboard from water sports specialist HOBIE

Friday, December 8, 2017

VISVIM/VIBRAM Collab-Designer Hiroki Nakamura

Limited Edition-Hand Crafted Boots by a legendary men's shoe maestro celebrates 80th anniversary of iconic Vibram's Carramato lug design.
Timeless too-Vibram's Italian born Megagrip rubber lug outsole...is a game changer...for those wishing to remained upright when on the move in incremental weather.
YUP-those hand wrought details abound in this men's only (wha????) lace-up brush leather suede lace-up hiker hybrid-by cult fav Japanese streetwear label...VISVIM-the Jibari-takes a day to make. $1200

DESIGNER HIROKI NAKAMURA
credit J.Dicuollo.


Where: Pop-Up shop at 180 Duane Street-Tribeca-a spacious white gallery with those soaring ceilings-brick walls of areas cast iron architecture...temporarily aligned with retro-style hand crafted apparel/footwear-a stunning fusion of folklore, an urban -cool Asian aesthetic-plus world friendly silhouettes (like the handsome kimonos having a fashion moment-again).
VISVIM -has a huge fan club that travels-given the international turn-out for this opening night celebration of his footwear masterpieces.
The Vibram outsole here-pictured with Rock Yeh+...with contrast stitching- welt construction-pops against the full grain leather uppers. Three days of intense labor are needed-provided by skilled craftsmen to complete each pair. We def got schooled on the value and rarity of finding humans capable of the labor intensive efforts (and training) needed to make each of these kicks...no matter where shoes are made. Those pictured, are made in mainland China-at establishments that  Nakamura-Yeh have well established relationships with-clearly. 





$1600
AHHHHH-stunning standouts- designed by Hiroki Nakamura. Like double laces...
Other iterations of  coveted VISVIM shoes available-including this moccasin wrap construction-hand sewn upper slip-on style...with TPU heel stabilizer-and hand stitch bead details...also available-with white rubber Vibram outsoles in 3 tones. Pictured-FBT Lhamo-Folk in black $650. VISVIM selections sold at a few other fashion forward brick and mortars here and in Japan+Hong Kong.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winter Boots - Ice/Snow Busters With Style

L.L. Bean, Adidas Outdoors, Carhartt, ULU Boots, OBOZ


Slush, snow, ice-for a few days-or a few weeks-require focused footwear. 
Top picks for weather beaters, boot wise-with enough style to wear weekdays-week-ends.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Seasonal Cold Weather Shoes+Boots-No Snow Needed

TOP PICKS: CHACO, PIKOLINOS, KEEN

F/W selections to wear practically year round-with any outfit-JUST IN CASE warming climates limit (eliminate) the absolute need for burly snow boots-yet work JUST IN CASE inclement weather makes a brief appearance. 
PS: & travel well too.
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CHACO's year round men's kicks-love how the non-marking white blown rubber outsoles-practical skid resistant tread design in a  year round temps' appropriate pop of color-with dark brown nubuck+full leather grain uppers-white contrast stitching. Pictured in the front-men's THOMPSIN SLIP $115-with the brand's men's specific durable+ removable Cloud PU footbed. In back Pinecone shaded THOMPSON CHUKKA $135...also comes in a cool gray. Similar to aforementioned-with round waxed cotton laces.

CHACO's women's HARPER LACE $110- pictured in Caribou brown- nubuck+full grain leather upper-with skid resistant non-marking rubber outsole-hits the right note via a 3 season wearable design-with a signature Chaco web element anchoring the round wax cotton laces.



Chaco's non-marking rubber outsole



Street CHIC -love these beauties by Spanish based Pikolinos...managing to merge a duck boot-hiker quilted silhouette and lace-up closures atop a practical tread outsole---and smooth leather upper and block heel option- elevates this mountain side boot-to urban bootie status. Pictured- right/back our fav CONNELLEY $230


Check out -outdoor brand specialist KEEN's Women specific Terradora for a  year round urban/mountain friendly boots-in waterproof mid,  low or après-ski options. Leather and/or synthetic -mesh uppers-all day lightweight comfort guaranteed with cushioned ankle panel and glove like fit, CLEANSPORT NXT odor control, dual density PU footbed, treaded non-marking rubber outsole-w/ 4mm multi-directional lugs, and an ESS stability shank for support-in multiple color options. $140-$150

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Naked Nutrition Protein Cereal

THE Cereal worthy of every meal

OUR FAVORITE NEW FOOD PRODUCT-has officially, nutritionally and uniquely elevated cereal is our idea of a crunchy dinner entree courtesy of this addictive sweet NAKED NUTRITION Protein Cereal-that hopefully will be sold in larger boxes soon!!!!!
Feline approved...PLUS Naked Nutrition Protein Cereal is small enough size = good for little kids...


the 411...protein comes from Whey Protein Concentrate (dairy source fyi)...plus organic crunch from cinnamon sweet dried apples, plus organic brown sugar. Love this cereal-non-GMO, 120 calories per package...15 grams of protein and 5 g of BCAAs per serving. A Captain Crunch slayer.
Available now-6 pack $14.99. This is ALSO the perfect travel food- and is ideal for endurance athletes...pre/post race or during a long bike ride/hike/day on the slopes.

SWEET-CHEWY-CRUNCHY Snacks-Desserts

BEST HOLIDAY SWEETS, TREATS 


Panettone is the 'it' newstalgic holiday chewy-moist cake-y baked 'bread' treat...with Americans discovering how this traditional Italian holiday staple should taste.  FLAMIGNI PANETTONE can 'feed' a crowd-with this pictured 10kg size (or small)...with selections made in classic Milanese style-and other delicious traditional iced (or not) selections featuring Italian regional fruits that aren't candied. Available online-including nifty online destination of Seattle's  CHEFSHOP and GourmetItalian.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

COOL GUY KICKS' COLLAB

CAT FOOTWEAR x EXTRA BUTTER

Details, details...3-D embroidered "Extra" + "Butter" across the strap ...
Sneaker Boot hybrid=the Urban Delta ($160) by hipper than thou Extra Butter-a destination emporium of sneakers to line up for... (120 Orchard St, LES, NYC)...and the iconic COLORADO work boot by Cat Footwear
Heat embossed CAT imprint in back-atop tough high abrasion ballistic nylon, full grain leather upper + micro perforated suede, reflective pops, cross strap buckle+clip, semi-translucent outsole with CAT EASE technology built in flex for guys on the go. IMPRESSIVE!
 Available now online...and in store