Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrate 4th of July: WRANGLER Jeans Introduces Premium MADE IN THE USA


There's a reason these guys look so great-duh ---big part is the fit of their Wrangler jeans
 NYC

Need more proof that heritage brands hit the rockets break glare jackpot with MADE IN THE USA offerings? 


inside-the American flag and brand labels...securely stitched in....
WHAT: Wrangle 1947-is this all American company's USA made, limited series of premium jeans...that will have loads of denim lovers/collectors doing double takes...


the denim made in the Cone Denim® White Oak Plant™comes in 2 rinses -including this darker rinse-with subtle fading details...and a lighter -'faded look' rinse..also with subtle details where creases naturally are

“With authentic American style woven into every pair, these jeans preserve the Western legacy of the Wrangler brand. Combining craftsmanship in the details and artistry in the design, this collection is unmatched for premium, heritage denim. Proudly made in the USA with denim from the Cone Denim® White Oak Plant™, each pair of Wrangler 1947 jeans features three of the brand’s icons. First, the Wrangler rope logo, the brand’s signature of authenticity as the original Western denim brand. Second, the iconic leather patch, which is sewn onto the right back pocket, labeling these as true, top-quality denim garments. Finally, the defining “W” stitch on the back pockets, inspired by cattle-branding. The “W” first appeared on Wrangler jeans in 1947, signifying “Western Wear.”






 patch, which is sewn onto the right back pocket, labeling these as true, top-quality denim garments+ inspired by cattle branding-'W'---everything is double-triple stitched for durability---and reinforces the primo production so apparent
MORE DETAILS: 
For men, $170 jeans have regular fit, five pocket midrise, zipper with button closure...made of 11.5 oz 100% cotton-these jeans will fade to glory. Sizes 30-38, length 32, 34, 36 and are machine washable (hint -turn inside out first).


hangtag with rawhide and hardwear detail-nicely done!!!!!
Born 1947-the year company started---the brand has grown HUGE but genuinely makes collections geared for authentic cowboys+gals....
For women-the obsessed with limited edition boot cut - are super comfy as we got a pair that quickly fell into rotation as a wardrobe staple...the fit hits us just right-and fabric feel is premium-no break-in time needed-and bonus come with stretch/shape retention- courtesy of 2% Spandex...

The low rise-straight fit 'sits' right above our hip bones- like other low rise American jeans that command the attention of jeans fanatics.

HINT: For a more looser fit -almost 'boyfriend fit' -our preferred for heavier 11.5 oz denim we would wear in the winter cold over wool tights---we sized up to 26 waist-vs a 25 inch waist for our skinny jeans made from thinner denim material. 

FYI: Sizes 25-32, lengths 32, 34
check out branded metal hardwear detail...

AVAILABLE online at Wrangler.com and in the company store in Colorado.


Easy care..suggested wash before wearing in cold water...rest assured -these jeans are keepers...


To wear with...Wrangler makes real deal riding shirts for gals-with underarm gusset construction for ease of movement, solid 3 snaps in bust area so one does not -out-wise, made of cotton, polyester and Spandex-super easy care . 
we saw this Performance RIding shirt at a Fall 2015 preview-similar style available now sizes XS-3XL $44.99

Love the 2 pocket, Western Yoke details...
solid snap closures!!!!!

WRANGLER WESTERN COLLECTION can be found at national stores-like-Sheplers

Sunday, June 28, 2015

FJÄLLRÄVEN ACCESSORY Highlights: Fall 2015

SLC/Outdoor Retailer

Active travelers and city strollers haul their gear in Swedish brand, FJÄLLRÄVEN känken (backpacks)---with greater frequency than ever---from what we can see ---just by looking at fellow subway passengers.

 Made using the durable G-1000® fabrication ---the carry-all is joined by other kinds of backpacks and haulers this season-  in the usual and new seasonal colors-in a variety of sizes….aimed at expedition goers and more casual toters.

HIGHLIGHTS:
KAJKA JR-tough 6000D Nylon 20L size good for kids-ergonomic shoulder straps,  supportive hip belt, wide side pockets, inside safety pocket-as a reflective pops…in black, UN Blue or Go Red

KAJKA JR in UN Blue…good size for women too...



RUCKSACK No. 21 for adults in sizes large-medium-small (30L-20L-15L)-and now a Mini 8L version for kids... made from G-1000® HeavyDuty-iPad/tablet holder inside with padded bottom

like these leather trims and bottom-security pocket and thermos holder inside-toplid design retro look

DUFFEL No 6 in sizes Large 110L, Medium 70L and Small 50L -all made from G1000® HD-versatile with large main zipper for easy packing, padded panels on the top (nice detail) and padded shoulder straps, easily compressible with straps at the ends,  for easy transport, solid webbing-double handles with grips in leather, hard wearing bottom made of waterproof  11000D Nylon material.

left-Övik Backpack in Autumn Leaf


Känken…in two tomes…left-Leaf Green+Burnt Orange, right Burnt Orange+Redwood

hold a laptop in here...

GEAR BAG portfolio in large, regular or mini-zipper with leaner pull, handle at end hand g or hold bag…nice leather details and open and zipper pockets inside...


SAREK HEATER…hard core hat made from G-1000® HeavyDuty faux fur…wear earflaps up or down

FJÄLLRÄVEN Fall 2015 Men's+Women's Lifestyle/Performance Apparel

Camo...orange is visible---to humans...a good thing not to blend in...
SLC/Outdoor Retailer
ready for the rugged mountains-or city soundwalks-

FJÄLLRÄVEN -the Swedish brand with the cute fox logo---is well known for their känken mini-large backpacks over here ...but is less well known as a label that makes some durable VERY techy separates for outdoors-expedition going types...

WHAT: Winter temps calls for tough clothing but this brand knows its wearers still want to look reasonable-even while battling the elements...and served up many new pieces with its proprietary and/or eco fabrics including G-1000, fluoro-carbon free Eco-Shell® fabrication (launch of the Keb Eco-Shell® collection-hardhell), traceable down, recycled polyester, organic cotton, chrome free leather accents, and using solution dying techniques.

Highlights:

The Fjallraven Promise -ethically  produced down of the highest quality
KEB Eco-SHell® Jacket $500-inspired by Fjallraven's top selling tech jacket-with a fluoro-carbon freee Eco-ShellR update-waterproof functionality, top Aquaguard zipper, zippered vent openings on side, 3 way adjustable hood, drawcord hem, 2 vertical chest pockets w/ mesh interior---men's+women's
several color waves of the new Keb Eco-Shell®  trousers $400 and tailored Barents Pro Trousers $130





Barents Pro Jeans $130

Barents Pro Jeans $130-pre shaped cut, streamlined pocket system-made from durable G-1000® Original 
Barents Pro Jeans (and trousers) look good anywhere...

Polar Guide Parka$600 waterproof- winter with durable synthetic padding, fixed hood -adjustable and synthetic fur, easy access pockets,  made of G-1000® Original reinforcements for extra durability in hard wearing areas

expedition worthy down parka


Greenland No. 1 Down Jacket $500 -now for women---interior stitched with lightweight Pertex Quantum lining, waxed G-1000® exterior, front zip with button placket, fixed hood, button closures at sleeve,women's has an button at back for waist adjustment
knits are exceptional -Övik Knit sweater-warm when wet

nice detail-at elbows
Vika Sweater-in sand-lambswool warm when wet


autumnl-winter color range
-G-1000® Eco  material-low pockets on front easy entry with hip belt, 2 way zip-protective flap,









Ovik-3-in-1 Jacke ¢450-in chestnut...detachable inner jacket padded in G-Loft Supreme







plenty of plaid +solids-wool, heavy flannel,  cotton or cotton/poly blends- shirts...

like the western style yoke...

KEB Loft Hoodie $275 lightweight, packable-elastic bindings at hem+cuffs seal out the cold, mechanical stretch poly padded with G-Loft Supreme®, hood adjusts with one hand




Friday, June 26, 2015

ROSÉ De Loire ROSÉ D'ANJOU -Loire Valley Wines-Rosé Wine Festival

 #NUITROSÉ #ROSÉLOIRE #ROSÉD'ANJOU
skyline---never ceases to amaze
merci-VIP Guests-got an hour of ROSÉs to themselves

docked at Pier 40th-Hudson-Hornblower Infinity Yacht 
Talk about a coda---fireworks at Liberty Island---celebrating???? 

our hosts...Benjamin Bourinat+Marguerite Dechaumont
 WHAT:
Loire Valley Wines' Rosés de Loire (AOC) and ROSÉ D'ANJOU(AOC) snag the top deck-and by our count-pour the most delicious vins (out of over 150 selections!!!)-on the multi-tiered Hornblower Cruise boat... a destination for the quintessential summer drink-ROSÉ---three night of excursions---with sponsors including WINE ENTHUSIAST.
The Rose´s Brothers...sweeter or more dry-all are affordable refreshing acids/minerality, and pairs with food, beautifully-the ideal summer wines---the perfect "pinks"from the "garden of France."
pre the general admission crowd----



Our first stop---the top tier---to taste the DELICIOUS DRINK NOW: ROSES De LOIRE....

helpful---where to buy info...


CYRIL ROUCHON-OF Domaine Flines 
from left to right all Rosé de Loire AOC: Château Eperonnière 2014 Grolleau, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, available at Astor Wines&Spirits $17---traditional expression hint of citrus and ripe red berries (loved this) ,  Château de la Roulerie "Les Camelias" 2014 available at Total WIne &...$9,   Sauvion "CHEMIN des SAULES" 2014 $14 Groslot Rouge, Cabernet Franc- available at Sherry-Lehman Wines +Spirits Gamay, and Domaine Flines 2014 available at Villa Azur (Miami, Fl.) 




best way to know the wines...taste it...


All ROSÉ D'ANJOU (AOC) from left front to back right: BOUGRIER 2014 Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Grolleau 2014 available at Total Wine+, MARÉCHAL (Justin Monmousseau) 2013 $9 Grolleau, Cabernet Franc available at De Prez Wines, BARTON & GUESTIER 2013 Grolleau, Gamay, great with spicy foods available at Reliance Wine & Liquor, RÉMY PANNIER 2014 Grolleau, Cabernet Franc, Gamay $14 available at Manor House Cellar-elegant aromatic and dry...




Hassan Sefrioui of SOPEXA


dressed in the spirit of...
VIP Lounge had seated dinner...








Badoit sparkling-we had an entire bottle...and EVIAN Kenzo---flat waters


cheese from ARTISANAL CHEESES-nice mix of domestic and French soft and hard cheeses...

Italian olive oils---are as distinct as the wines...
pasta made from hemp---the fettucine is cooked about 7 minutes...has a nutty flavor...

caviar...yummy
sparkling wine Ca'Del Bosco
the crowds started coming at 7:PM---just a sliver of the total of about 800 patrons...

...pictures of the other Rosé exhibitors...




Chateau Riboute, Cuvé Senhal d"arc 2014 $18

#alldayVieVité---Vie Vité


CORSICAN WINES...





sparkling Freezente


FUN---holding Rosé Piscine aka swimming pool-made of Negrette, Muscat 
of course we loved this Chat Rouge Rosé Sparkling 


Ferrari sparkling wines---



Salut....


 WHAT ELSE:
DJs, Live Bands...


sampling the merchandise-oui, oui courtesy of VieVIte Côtes de Provence
gotoBermuda---pics courtesy of Bermuda Tourism





 BONUS: FIREWORKS at Liberty Island---wow!!!!