Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lilypond/ Olivia + Joy Spring 2013 Leather -Free Carry-Alls With Big Style+Practicality

 Outdoor Retailer/SLC + Midtown/NYC

Leather free haulers ---practical, durable and blessed with style---are a chic alternative to animal skin carry-alls. We recently previewed the Spring 2013 collections of two brands that we've favored for a few seasons, Lilypond and Olivia + Joy...both at very accessible prices.

The hip factor of going vegan/eco is catching on---Stella McCartney has always had a cruelty free brand of accessories,  and now-the luxury Italian label Bottega Veneta---offers up a stunning satchel made from Japanese Washi paper.

Bravo to the consumer demand for leather alternatives even grabs the eyeballs of that leather goods stalwart. Both selections are incredibly expensive though; we are sure there's a reason why- beyond a pricey marketing budget.

Lilypond's bags, totes, and accessories are largely made with recycled PET---aka a recycled fabric named CYCLEPOND™-on the exterior and interior.

FIREFLY- exterior of CYCLEPOND™ contrast interior, padded interior laptop sleeve,  zippered in and outside pockets, dual rolled nylon hand/shoulder wraps. $110

easy clean interior---big inside pockets

Mountaintop-made of durable 1680 ballistic nylon fabric-a 21 inch carry on duffel, 2 large interior pockets, exterior pocket, fully lined interior-easy to clean, webbing handles and backpack straps that can zip away, adjustable padded shoulder strap-key fob. $149

backpack style straps

we'd carry this as a day bag----Nightingale Toiletry ---100% recycled CYCLEPOND™ exterior and contrast interior lining, adjustment hook, lots of compartments including mesh, main compartment with loops for secure storage

organize essentials, easily.

Sunflower-durable 1680 ballistic nylon, zip close top, molded bottom-durable, loads of interior and exterior pockets

100% recycled CYCLEPOND™ interior and exterior fabric, ventilated side pockets-great for separating shoes, wet bathing suits, loads of exterior pockets-both sides, three interior pockets

yoga mat straps w/velcro close on bottom of bag, adjustable padded shoulder strap

OUR FAV GYM BAG EVER---SUNDOWN ($99)...for Spring 2013 in persimmon and mariner blue.

Among many accolades---this hauler has a unique zip-top handle closure...easy full opening access.

Mountaintop -in reef blue---grab handles-on side, top- as well as backpack straps.

Cypress Wallet-$45 (l)-spacious interior, 4 zipped pockets, wristlet, Savannah Wallet $39 (r)--- 2 main body zipps, plenty of compartments, Both of CYCLEPOND™
LOBO -recycled CYCLEPOND™ exterior/contrast interior, front flap zippered pockets, zipped main compartment, interior slash pocket, magnetic front closure, adjustable shoulder strap-molded back fits for carrying close.$39

OLIVIA + JOY makes PVC-leather like bags with very urban panache...with enough interior and exterior pockets for essentials---plus.

Solid neutrals, animal prints, and bright neon colors- with gold hardware, shiny and embossed bags satchels, hobo bags and clutches...and over-sized haulers---a NYC fav size...minimalists and blingaholics will both find favor with the selection.

big flap front closure---pretty!

Prices are terrific---no wonder we see Olivia+Joy in a lot of print's like get the swanky look, without the swishy price tag.
b/w print-with corner patent leather trim---gold hard wear...great satchel

nylon bag-with faux leather trim...

BICYCLE BEST's-New Bike Wear, Lights, Bags


words/images Judith Ecochard


Brixton Tote

Bicycles are a time honored way of commuting...around the world, and here in the USA, a growing way of getting to work.

Eton Leather Satchel-shoulder straps can be used backpack style

Barbican Leather Shoulder Bag-w/adjustable shoulder strap
How nice then, that an Italian cycling conglomerate owned Brook England Ltd. --- a refreshed heritage brand with  a collection of masterfully crafted panniers and cycle luggage, messenger bags, saddles and launching here.

Piccadilly Leather Knapsack-middle and Challenge Saddle tool  bag (l)  D-Shaped  Saddle Bag (r)

this poncho fits right underneath the saddle...

Victoria Saddle

rain proof poncho

Pickwick Backpack made of water resistant canvas, leather trim, roll-top w/ Brixton  Tote

Another brand launching here hails from Japan...PEdALED-founded in 2007 by Japanese fashion designer Hideto Suzuki, FYI: The poetic expression “pedal earth diving” is the acronym of “PEdALED”.

weather resistant, reinforced shoulders for packs,  with great front angled, easy access pockets -ergonomic sleeves, longer back

cuffs role up
The clothing we saw is in theory-is inspired by cycling---and are obviously -commuter friendly....with reflective details, ventilation features, and made of breathable natural fabrics---hemp, linen and organic cotton.

Eurobike Gold Award 2012 Urban Jacket-made from special waterproof, breathable cotton. Ergonomic sleeves, smartphone pocket, earphone wire guides, reinforced shoulders, pockets double as air vents

back pockets, adjustable hood and hem via elastic
reflective cords, storm flap-rip open, quick release

RE VEST mixed textiles-wool plaid keeps core warm-made from recycled military stock----angled front pockets for easy access, two access back pocket-the width of the back-like a hunter's vest---though the tag states otherwise 

vest-reflective details

Japanese denim...l/s shirt-shaped for riders...nice enough for going out on the town

lether covered buttons

sure beats using rubber bands---leather straps keep pants out of pedals

Bookman is a Swedish company that makes easy to place on bike lights ---in fashionable colors...using a simple design-a rectangular shape with a curved underside for a snug fit on the front handle bar and rear saddle pole, an oversized rubber button for on/off...and a groove for attaching the elastic band. With three light options, slow/fast flashing, and steady light---the front light is white---the tail light is red.  Water resistant-replaceable batteries.NICE.

If you want to be really visible---from a distance, or say, outer space-the BIKE GLOW is a relatively light weight. WATERPROOF-battery operated light wire, secured with wire coils (included) that easily wraps around a bike's frame.

unscrew the nails---2 AA batteries go in here. A little screw driver is included in the kit. tape under bike saddle. Tape and a velcro strap, included.

even Luddites will get these instructions-EASY

Three light options-slow/fast flashing and steady...and in eight colors available for brightness that cannot be missed by those with their eyes open. MSRP $24.95

We tried it on our triathlon race bike ---and honestly we are loathe to add any weight on it...and found the Bike Glow-unobtrusive.

Better though---for commuter bicycles...especially in areas where it gets dark early. Or to wrap around our backpack when we go hiking during hunting season---when we don't want to be mistaken for Bambi.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR Performance/Lifestyle Apparel Spring 2013 a technical/lifestyle brand inspired by the Himalayas and the athletes who frequent it.

Sherpa owned and run...the company's performance garments ---will work for jaunts to higher peaks, runs/hikes through the parks, .as well as day trips in urban settings. Performance fabrics---and meticulous construction---are hallmarks...and almost all items made in three factories in Nepal.


Nice details like the multi-color zip tags like the fluttering Prayer Flags...and the Mandala print as a kind of logo...super flattering cuts on female apparel...and overall lifestyle pieces that are ideal for travel...easy care, sun protection woven in, and pockets-including hidden ones...for valuables. Durable too-these pieces will last a backpack trip around the world.

IMJA Jacket-2 way stretch, DWR fabric,  elastic binding at hood keeps it snug, hand pockets and Napoleon chest pocket, reflective accents, articulated elbows, thumbholes keep sleeves put..and  IceFil® stretch-mesh panels under the arms ventilates    

hem drawstring adjusts at one side

 DIKILA Tech Quarter Zip-here in Tibar Orange-stretchy fabric has 25% bamboo charcoal embedded in its fibers -great moisture wicking, anti-microbial-with thumb holes, flat lock seams for comfort, reinforced neck seams with tape binding for increased durability, 

Kipu Tank and Tee--super soft---technical tops- made of  IceFil® fabric is infused with Xylitol that lowers body temps...very flattering shape w/ double cross over bodice for support. Sun protection SPF30+, moisture wicking, quick dry antibacterial. A great fit...we have the tee that if in black-we would wear as a regular top. Love. 

color options

Brighten a rainy day with this sunshine yellow-lightweight, water tough nylon trek- Chakra Jacket for women $160

articulated hood-with pretty design

hidden pockets

super cute- Mayuri Tanks $45- made of a performance fabric  80/20 TENCEL®/terraDRY™  -moisture wicking/quick dry...gently gathered hem, with Mandala design. 

MUNDRA Tee-Jersey knit 100% cotton

Rapti Short-performance oriented polyester, gusseted crotch, asymmetrical back yoke for match plaid lines-nice detail,  doubleweave fabric w/ stretch, zipped thigh/rear pockets, reversed snap closure, w/Tansen Shirt-here in midnight kailash blue-sleeves can be rolled up-tab button fasteners, 2 zip front pockets-including a hidden one, Sun Protection UPF 50+
-mesh panel lines the  open back yoke maximum ventilation

hidden pocket

Pema Tee-made with moisture wicking, stain/wrinkle resistant dri-release® fabric-femnine shape-gathered seams @shoulder tops $55