Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Color Trends B/W and Bright Blue-Outdoor Style ACCESSORIES

BAGGALLINI's wall of bold colored BG Collection haulers- were stop in the aisle worthy...including this chic-practical  TEMPO bag ($88) that works as a gym bag as well as a travel staple. With oversized inside zip pouch for laundry or personals, toggle closure outer pocket (shoes, water bottle easy grabs) and roomy main compartment with key fob strap, and distinct style accents-like metal grommets on the sturdy webbing. Easy clean and water tough polyester fabric outer and pretty print lining. NICE!!!!
Turtle Fur's Tubular buff style and reg neck warmers-active sorts come in splashy artistic patterns...made of stretchy Comfort Shell
Fun faux fur trapper styles-Turtle Fur

Durable haulers made from proven Bi-Tech™ waterproof-abrasion resistant fabric-city worthy too-new B/W colors by Adventure Travel Specialists EAGLE CREEK's NO MATTER WHAT™ collection...zipped totes...3 sizes $59, $69, $79. Sturdy top/side handles, #10 lockable self-repairing zippers on main compartment, reflective pops, back slip panel for securely stacking on wheel luggage-also works as organizer via snap hook inside main compartment.
Daypack-side stretch and zipper plus roomy center compartment...

Eagle Creek NO MATTER WHAT™ duffels-$70-$100-strategic seam placement with Bi-Tech™ waterproof-abrasion resistant fabric, padded adjustable shoulder strap, non-slip center handle and side grab handles, #10 lockable zipper, external compression straps stabilizers insides-plus stuff sac that doubles as dirty laundry/shoe bag. 

Timbuk 2 limited edition Messenger Bags-this one= ARTCRANK® The Long Way Home based on Dan Zhou's SF 2014 poster entry for Artcrank's San Franciso Show-voted most popular by attendees.
SMITH OPTICS Goggles-wide spherical shape lenses with brand's ChromaPop lens technology for surreal details and enhanced colors by filtering 2 specific wave lengths...IOS7

six styles in all with black white twists-plus bold all white and all black available -unisex looks!
WIGWAM's Black and White Collection -the color schemes and graphic designs stood out big runway inspired we'd say. Six styles in all...guys and gals versions made with drirelease® fiber for moisture wicking comfort-stretchy nylon, Tencel® and spandex for great shape retention.Made in the USA too.

yeah-plaid flannel shirts are attire of choice for men-but paired with these witty socks-sartorial splendor freshens up any tired look!!! Spring deliveries.

Picture Organic Clothing-France based-eye catching duffle is made of  recycled polyester-an snow helmet-is eco made footprint-each product sold-including snow apparel and casual clothing-right on the website.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

COLOR TRENDS B/W+Bright BLUE-Outdoor Footwear A/W2016

Outdoor Retailer/SLC

 Birkenstock, Khombu, Icebug, Sperry, Merrell, Teva, Under Armour, Sanuk, Oliberté

Whether coined comfort fashion, or stylish performance...versatile footwear for the outdoors market has broadened its tonal offerings to include many boots/sandals-in white, black and/or in a bold blue akin to Yves Klein's signature. A refreshing break from the tried and true browns-rust, muted tones of typical autumnal colors that typically dominate the shelves.


DANBURY-Black Suede and White-both available NOW $329-shearling lined knee high boot that riffs the Birkenstock iconic Arizona style-with adjustable buckles on the feet and calves, contoured cork footbed-made in Germany, shoe made in the play on shiny patent and metal-and textured everything else.

Buffalo check plaid-in black and white. Arizona -Birkenstock-classic footbed with suede liner, EVA sole-flexible and durable, straps with buckles for great fit.


FJÄLLRÄVEN-The KÅNKEN BLACK-made a splash at the most recent OR...FINALLY- a popular hauler (backpack straps or top handle carry options)-aka a timeless designed intro-ed back in 1978-made of water resistant fabric Vinyl F...gets delivered in the color that matches urban wardrobes everywhere!

BONUS POINTS: RE:KÅNKENs-pictured, are a special edition made from SpinDye® recycled polyester-fabric, webbing and lining, all. 11 plastic bottles per. Webbing shoulder straps, top handle, inside ID label, large main compartment with a large zippered opening, 2 side pockets with zippered pocket on the front, inside back pocket with removable seat pad. A MINI RE:KÅNKEN version too. Available in 11 other colors...

Monday, February 8, 2016

COLOR TRENDS B/W: Outdoor Style 2016/17 Part 1


Obvs from this pic-how Black/White jacket pops out amidst a slew of bright primary colors-and even all black. Slicker, sleeker and more sophisticated...taken at DARE2B booth - Outdoor Retailer F/W 2016/17. The Black Label Collection -front women's Shade Out jacket, next-all black Men's Shadow Side jacket and Shadow Side pants=label's most premium collection to date. AEP Kinematics-brand's waterproof tech., wool like fabric insulation, metallic zippers (snazzy diagonal eye-catching), deep collared hood construction, endothermic performance via wool lining, airflow-Oxyflow ventilation system vent to stuff when on the go.
White -and black in winter outerwear always looks polished-luxurious for apparel-aimed at urbanites as well as the mountain bound. Although not easy to keep sparkling clean (in the former locale)...or to see during a snow swirling storm (the later)...the tonal duo-with emphasis on white... finally showed up in a bunch of outwear labels for F/W 2016/17 -unlike Spring 2016.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Functional Footwear Outdoor Lifestyle: F/W'16 TEVA

Arrowood Lux MID WP (Arrowood Lux WP and Arrowood WP -in back)-cognac and grape wine colors remind us of 70's---with fresh pops of tonal contrasts in linings and laces. FYI very lightweight! Men's and women's versions...

TEVA's iconic sandals and their company DNA with performance bike kicks has taken a decidedly stylish turn these past few seasons...and the Fall '16 line-up expands on that outdoor lifestyle MO.

The Arrowood collection -with waterproof membranes and durable "Float-Lite™" technology keeps wearers comfy cushioned-while looking good-with design elements like white outsoles/foxing (trendy sneaker styles are still popular), popular shades - including a few with retro 70's flavs...and our fav- year round-imo practically seasonless updates on those signature flatforms that sell at Nordstrom's as well as 'regular' outdoor retailers...all adding up to wearable footwear that fits lifestyles embracing sidewalks and forest trails...all over planet Earth.
Chukka styles just keep on trucking-like the patchwork weave in the uppers, color choices and rubber-y white outsole...keeps it all fresh. Women's Coroner mid in brick (front), tan, black not pictured. In back the guy version 

lace-up hiker hybrids...with easy entry inside zip, cap toe polish, multi-tone trim---in back women's De La Vina Lace, 

FLATFORM Universal Radiant in black or mahogany-love these-suede lined platform sandals with metallic straps...disco glam that is fun year round.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Hi-Tec Sports Introduces New Fall ’16 Women’s Lifestyle Footwear 

With urban dwellers gravitated toward performance brands like The North Face for their winter city outerwear, it makes sense that the same consumers...women and men that want dry/warm feet that keep them upright and moving-on any slick surface, sidewalk or park trail...would check out technical footwear brands that are packing their new lifestyle selections with their DNA functional attributes. 

Highlights from Hi TEC SPORTS Fall'16:
Sierra Tarma i WP $110 -EZ care nubuck, combined with a super soft yet durable suede upper provides long lasting comfort, Dri-Tec waterproof, breathable membrane keeps feet dry , i-shield repels water and dirt and is stain resistant, micro-fleece moisture wicking lining keeps the foot dry, leaving it feeling fresher for longer, , OrthoLite® Impressions sockliner with slow recovery foam delivers superior cushioning and has anti-odor and anti-microbial properties, impact-absorbing compression molded EVA midsole ensures long lasting cushioning and comfort , 

Multi-Directional Traction (MDT) rugged rubber outsole improves grip and provides durability.

keepers...last many years and double as footwear to wear with snowshoes

Kona Espresso $120 is waterproof with Dri Tec WP membrane,  grippy multi-directional traction, rugged rubber outsoles, cozy faux fur lining, suede upper-cute, i-shield repels water and dirt and is stain resistant, durable nylon and rustproof hardware ensures a secure fit , OrthoLite® Impressions sockliner with slow recovery foam delivers superior cushioning and has anti-odor and anti-microbial properties, impact-absorbing compression molded EVA midsole ensures long lasting cushioning and comfort, molded TPU heel clip offers additional stability, protection, and durability 
    • Multi-Directional Traction (MDT) rugged rubber outsole improves grip and provides durability

 Good travel shoe-Walk-Lite Cloud i (W-$100) has denim friendly rich nubuck leather upper for long-lasting comfort, durable/grippy Vibram® outsole , lightweight abrasion resistant EVA midsole, micro-fleece moisture wicking lining, OrthoLite® Impressions sicklier w/ slow recovery foam delivers superior cushioning+anti-odor+anti-microbial properties, lightweight, durable fork shank ensure flexibility and stability, eyelet lacing system for secure fit.

Functional Footwear- Casual Boots-Performance Brands:CHACO


Starting out as a performance river sandal company----CHACO---under the Wolverine corporate umbrella-has added casual dry land uppers to those supportive LUVSEAT™ PU footbeds and non-marking ChacoGrip™ full rubber block or EcoTread outsoles made with 25%-recycled rubber content. 

New for F/W 2016/17-lifestyle no break-in time needed boots/slip-ons/chukkas  can be dressed up enough for office environments or court appearances that require a bit more polish, wardrobe wise...still maintaining the Chaco design-ness of the brand. 


Lodge Waterproof (W-$180) Seam-sealed full-grain and suede leather upper, waterproof rear zipper, traditional non-wicking lace, women’s specific, removable LUVSEAT™ PU footbed, instant-comfort EVA midsole, injection-molded nylon shank, non-marking EcoTread™ outsole with 25%-recycled rubber content, 3mm lug depth-in black (pictured), pinecone brown, fossil.

As cozy as a chunky wool knit sweater---wool and leather combined....chevron shape side buckle and trim of upper -nice detail. HOPI BOOT,

SLOAN Slip-on-with mix of wool/leather