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Showing posts from May, 2012

ASTIS MITTENS-Handmade in te USA



words/images Judith Ecochard

Probably---the ASTIS Mittens booth got the most action from fellow retailers at the most recent SIA tradeshow---with many attendees placing orders---for themselves.

Here's Why....

 We literally, stopped in our tracks- that how amazing these made in the USA, hand cut, hand sewn, and and individually beaded mittens are---each subtly different-with unique patterns

WOW---super warm too, imnsulated with POLARTEC® Thermal Pro® High loft insulation----the inspiration came from ski trips in Northern Canada---where the native CREE Indians wore hand crafted mittens and gloves that were impervious to the frigid cold temps in the Great White North.

 AVAILABLE E-COMMERCE-we think a bargain for the quality and artistry....long and short cuffs available. And durable...

DAKINE FALL 2012 Performance Packs/Gloves/Hats/Apparel Fall 2012


words/images Judith Ecochard

DAKINE showed a wide assortment of on and off the mountain "sports enthusiasts' " items---including a very impressive collection of outerwear garments loaded with functioning performance details at amazing price points.


The men's Touchtec-Raptor glove is for the smartphone plugged in types who can send away without removing one's glove....

--- with a Goretex® waterproof /breathable insert, Primaloft insulation, fleece lining, an adjustable cuff closure ia adjustable hook and loop, a palm made of touch screen compatible leather and a shell of four way stretch nylon.

Women's Pro II 26 L $130-a top of the line snow backpack-

Hats, hats, hats----including the gals' Heidi-an acrylic hand knit patterned stripe, lined with fleece that converts from a neck warmer to a beanie.

Multi-taskers-these separates can double as streetwear/ lifestyle wearers-but all are performance baselayers and jackets-made from techy f…