Saturday, July 27, 2013

MANITOBAH MUKLUKS Fall 2013-Boots/Moccasins, Accessories

on right-Classic Mukluk (suede)-and Napa Half Mukluk-second from left-tall wrapped Mukluk
 W Hotel, NYC

Canada's Aboriginal owned, Manitobah Mukluks hosted a slew of media types recently to intro the footwear label.

packaging-Tipi image-from birchbark art

The Burton snowboard boots collab (read about it hear)...may get this company some so deserved attention---- maybe almost as much buzzy accolades as when the style/model icon Kate Moss ignited when she wore-and was pictured in- the  --- Charcoal grey Snowy Owl pom- pom trimmed boots-pictured above.

Louis Gong-LG Gatherer Mukluk-in mid and tall options-with Tipi Vibram® outsole....

hand beaded

Founded in 1997-the collection features mukluks with 100% genuine sheepskin footbeds and outsoles of Vibram®'s rubber that holds up to cold and urban streets...

crepe soles
 Our favs-the Storyboots-replicas of Manitobah Mukluks' commissioned original handcrafted footwear dubbed the Storybook Project" ---that employs elders and artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasin in the traditional ways.

 The artisan collection with hand beaded details-is inspired by the patterns of the traditionally rich craft culture of Native Canadian Aboriginals.

up top-the Burton Snowboard boot...below Storyboots-hand beaded/crafted in Canada

Annie McKay Mukluks-limited edition-individually numbered

accessories-deerskin fringe bag--has matching purses

 stitched Classic moccasin-

Vibram® outsole

cozy sheepskin lined slippers---with beaded trims come in kids sizes too. 2nd from top, made in Canada-Kanada Moccasin in chocolate suede---a best seller

super warm mittens...longer gauntlet styles also available

Spring footwear-pretty colors...front Harvester Suede Moccasin, Harvester Grain Moccasin, Sunshine Moccasin, Paddle Moccasin...Left -Center

outsoles of Vibram®-Turtle design make this investment last!

Love this-Turtle Vibram® sole-whole circle connects the life energy...bottom imprint= legends speak of Turtle Island-a land created when a clump of soil on Turtle's shell grew into what we now call North America---Turtle's back markings-represent the moon cycles
A great design detail-each Vibram® sole is molded to feature one of two Aboriginal stories-the "Tipi" and the "Turtle" designed by Cree artisan, Heather Steppler.

FYI: Manitobah means "Great Spirit"

Via the "Walk With Us" Project-Manitobah Mukluks offers consumers the opportunity to donate $1 from their purchase to the non-profit Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development.


Friday, July 26, 2013

SIA SNOWDOWN Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Ripzone, Powder Room Krimson Klover, Transpack


Part 5

Powder Room-Trilogy Collection Gamble Jacket in carnation...20k/10k w/ Outlast®

waterproof/breathable-using Outlast technologies

Snowboard and action sports apparel labels-the Canadian- Ripzone™ and Powder Room™---are new to us-so -all looks fresh-but apparently there's a re-design of the company branding for this year's efforts.
First up were jackets from the they, high performing Triology™ Collection using Outlast® technology for moisture management/temperature controlling par excellence...meaning ability to store excess heat and 'return it' when the wearer needs it-like when sitting on a freezing cold chair lift that's stalled cause someone was updating their FB page instead of getting off the lift.
Triolgy-Altitude 20K waterproof/10k breathable

Other collections-the X5™ inspired by team riders---insulated using Primaloft® Eco insulation (made form re-cycled plastic)-with Canadian heritage references...and the lifestyle, streetwear  flavored Verso™ line.
Annex Jacket mad for plaid-technical jacket-water proof +breathable

stretchy thumbholes, velcro closed cuffs

powder skirt...adjustable tabs

great lining-FUN in the Powder Room Pioneer Jacket-Verso line

Retro Rockdrop-yet functional jacket-Ripzone-10k/7k-w/ Primaloft Eco insulation

The highlight though-EZ---this AMAZING tribute jacket to the Canadian band RUSH...varsity-cut off jean vest style...with simulated leather jacket underneath...
limited edition...and no doubt-will SELL OUT. Technical outerwear---a classic...with zip-off sleeves...

waterproof/breathable laminate-DWR coated, critically taped seams, ergo hood system-folds into collar, heavy duty YKK® main/pocket zips, stretch inner cuffs-velcro adjustable, soft tricot lined pockets and chin patch, flow through venting with inner mesh gusset, inner media pocket, 

sateen lining-is all the band's 16 artful album covers!!!!!...snowskirt w/ logo gripper tape (nice touch) and snap down storage system

Love this!-The back...vintage inspired with the rock band's iconic symbols...insulated with 60g Primaloft ECO

Powder Room-X% Cupid Quilt Jacket in cupid-10k/7k with Primaloft Eco insulation

Powder Room...Wedding Jacket-in pixie---
Delivery dates-September 30th
great printing lining

Feminine knitwear label Krimson Klover is a Colorado based company that has a few apparel/accessories selections in Athleta stores---a brand we practically LIVE IN.
on right-Anastasia Dress-merino wool-Nordic snowflower dress $196-several color options. Left-Petrina Skirt ultra-fine merino wool $118

Prints and hand painted knits made of merino and mohair blends that have a luxurious soft cozy feel---there's a lot to want here!
Zig Zag cowl neck tunic-Ultra Fine Merino Wool

Poetic Verse-100% ultra-fine Merino Wool sport cardigan

Bolshevik-mohair/alpaca,wool, acrylic poly-chunky space dye tunic-pretty

Anastasia-nordic sunflower dress-ultra-fine merino wool

Oh La La 100% ultra-fine merino wool cable gore dress in berry

Bailey-hand painted-wool mohair nylon cashmere angora blend

Beatrice-hand painted-wool mohair nylon cashmere angora blend-pretty cap sleeve in Earth

hoody on the back
PLUS: cute cute cite accessories including Fair Isle and Trellis tights $49, Snowflower socks $29- and scarves/hats....

Mayflower Skirt $118-ultra-fine merino wool

TRANSPACK ski and snowboard packs-make hauling gear easy.

We use a version of the boot/helmet/gear bag with its Isosceles Storage System™ as a transition satchel for all our triathlon gear. The separate compartments, self repairing zippers, water resistant durable material, adjustable industrial tough web straps...and how it balances the weight of it all-with that shape... makes it ideal for the swim-bike-run necessities. Plus smaller inner zip compartments are good for personal stuff.

Lately, we have to dump it all into clear plastic bags and go through a security check at transition entrance. Here's hoping Transpack makes a clear one soon.

Hard Case Jet™---securely ship via UPS or whoever---the high density polyethylene case-made in the USA-adjusts for single or 2 skis/boards-with front and rubber handles and easy pull-O-ring= for easy hauling, rugged low profile wheels, closed cell foam padding at top/bottom, internal side straps, web straps, elastic ski brake retainers ---keep it all protected, and a variable length locking system that allows for both a 5/8" hitch pin and TSA locks at the same time. Tough/durable ---$199.95
New prints for Fall 2013-the boot/gear/helmet bags range in price from $79.95-$129.95-with top of the line Pro versions.

BRAND NEW and so smart-the Hard Case Jet™ for shipping 2 pairs of skis (with poles/gear) or 2 snowboards and gear...