Sunday, October 5, 2014

Prints- BOLD GRAPHICS Apparel, Gear, Footwear@Outdoor Retailer S/S 2015


Part 10

Digital and 3D printing advances ---pump up visual fabrics and materials- enlivening footwear, athletic/outdoor apparel and gear for S/S 2015.

One way to refresh carry-over items from prior seasons…spraying on the splashy and subtle visible treatments can also quickly grab eyeballs when introducing new products.

Bold Graphics--Footwear/Gear

Déja vu all over again-there were scores of prints with antecedents dating back to indigenous tribal designs, the early 20th century Cubist, Color Block and Optic Art movements of Picasso, Donald Judd and Vasarely, the 60's explosive Pop Art era …right up to 80's graphic designs by 'underground/graffiti/tattoo legends like Keith Haring,  Sailor Jerry, and the Italian Memphis Art group.
CAT® Footwear COLLAB with UK based  CAMILLE WALALA-deliver these fab shoes… strappy silver metallic leather slides on great patterned footbed for S/S 2015. A style that elevates the hippy staple now worthy of hipsters.

Men's get the show-stopping graphics more discreetly-as part of the tongue of this Colorado boot
women's Restless Hi Walala
Restless Walala and Restless Hi Walala get punchy designs all over
durable outsoles…utilitarian underpinnings =winning fashion-comfort!
We expect these shoes/boots to be scooped up by same buyers -a sizable cult-that scoop up kicks by cutting edge designer Jeremy Scott for Adidas 

Slip-ons $120 Jeremy Scott for Adidas 

It's been awhile since we reviewed the eco minded CUSHE…AND so much as happened with this shoe brand---now part of Wolverine Worldwide. 

Deftly fusing it's British and So Cal. surfer vibes is creative director Martin Dean-for Cushe S/S 2015 shoes. Colorful and comfy-the new KICKS Collection  had us gushing to Textile Insight Eds… about the artful mesh upper overlays in multiple designs for women and men. 
CUSHE-Women's Shakra-lace up sneaker hybrid in mauve/ombre pictured above… suede overlays. Comfort onboard via removable EVA advanced memory foam cushioning=Cushe Mellow. PU removable footbed,Textile lining. Vegan. 

SHAKRA-red woven, and blue woven overlays-the Vibram outsoles are colorful too-lightweight moulded EVA with mosaic designs. Delivers with 2nd set of laces.
COBB HILL by New Balance dresses up a flip-flop style…in the Juniper Collection. With adjustable hook and loop Jaden (middle, left) …on right Jeanine -form fitting Stretch Gore -with jazzy/comfy EVA footbeds that beg for Slim Aarons worthy patio-poolsides. $50 each.
TPR outsole-1 ⅛" heel height 
SANUK's Sidewalk Surfers come in snazzy prints and solids- crafty-upped with accents. The Palmtastic print comes in 3 color wave options -with a studded heel detail- makes this slip-on extra cool.
Sidewalk Surfer-Shorty with soft canvas lining, high rebound molded premium EVA footbed -w/ AEGIS antimicrobial additive, Happy U rubber outsole. $60. 4 tiny grommets on heel

DAKINE's casual line backpacks-daypacks graphics are fantastic---like this modern print-made of durable 600D polyester ripstop with laptop sleeve…and exterior organize pocket.

DRINK UP RIDE ON:Atlas-in graphite-rider specific ergo mesh shoulder strap w/ adjustable sternum strap+tube routing system, WebTech feature safely secures excess webbing keeping rider safe from potential hang-ups, reflective trim, 100oz bladder made form BPA free polyurethane film protected by Microban® antimicrobial technology. 
OGIO----reached out to us for a look-see and boy, were we impressed with there tricked out backpacks, gear, and luggage designed for active humans…a big collection that is more than those acclaimed golf bags we see resting on carts+courses.
Motorcross Gear bus would make any traveller happy with great features

RIG 9800-won't tip/slip with Structural Load Equalization Deck (SLED™) wheeled chassis system, wide mouth LID opening ez access-plenty of zip+mesh  compartments, integrated foam panel construction throughout bag protects contents, ambi- dextrous retractable handle, adjustable main compartment dividers, reinforced carry handles, heavy duty treaded wheels with extra clearance
ATHLETIC WEAR- go bold too…selfies just got more colorful!
Quantum Cool moisture wicking fabric gets pointillist treatment in pretty Spring colors - 180s capris…with UPF 50+, wide flattering waistband---

front zip placed so as not to chafe, low profile fit for swim, bike, run-rear fuel pockets SPF 50+
SUGOI makes triathlon separates for gals that are a mash-up of solids+plaids. On board- technical attributes courtesy of chilling IceFil fabric-made with Xylitol that acts as a coolant and can lower skin temps by 4º

smartly engineered do compressive fit w/ adjustable waistband won't sink in the water---legs hold without digging in, sweat zones - for long bikes make big difference 

also from Sugoi-painterly capris-with flattering wide waistband that are so comfy-running/gym wear, reflective logo pop

GORE RUNNING uses advanced materials from its namesake company -in its smartly made separates for hard core, trail and the more recreational runner/fitness types with and eye on style.

looser flattering fit-stretchy material - with side adjustments give a nice ruching effect-good coverage with longer length.Sunlight Lady Singlet-mock layered look -tattoo inspired graphics. WITH reflective piping-logo in back, contrast flat lock seams positioned not to chafe…moisture wicking fabrics mix match the entire collection in sizes 34-44.

S/S 2015 dials up the prints with SUNLIGHT LADY pieces for summertime...
Sunlight Lady Print Shorts-stretchy+lightweight with concealed back pocket, comfy elastic waistband-adjusts with flat cord, reflective front logo-layer over tights for cooler temps.

cute-LL Bean skorts-stretchy, moisture wicking UPF+50-flattering wide waistband, interior hidden pocket-
Outerwear for millennials...ADIDAS OUTDOOR's fitness apparel showed some rather daring prints…particularly for men...

women's TERREX Endless Mountain Bermuda $135-made to move FORMOTION™ -in a four way stretch, 90% recycled poly material with moisture wicking , fast drying properties, great hand feel . DWR too.  
¾ length-climb, hike or hangout in these-back zip pocket

women's AGRAVIC WIND Jacket $170 Climastorm® protects vs wind+light rain in this fitted jacket made to move via FORMTION™---runners will appreciate no interference with arm motion.

zipped side pocket-ripstop poly-durability

Mesh strap at back for sweat wicking, breathability+lightness.

Men's EDO Printed Light Wind Jacket $90 Climastorm® wind +light run protection…adjustable hood, 2 hand pockets, 1 chest pocket. In bold orange. Stuff it in a backpack or good way start a run in cooler temps...

Compression wear has embraced neon solids for a few years-especially in calf sleeves+socks compression options we see perking up triathlon and marathon racing outfits.

Skins engineered gradient compression supports active types+stabilizes muscles…plus moisture wicking, body temp regulating, 50+UV protection in non-mesh areas...
NEW from SKINS Compression "It's equipment not clothing"-graphics on  engineered performance wear that supports and fits ---in A200 Active Collections for men+women. Colorful biomechanic benefits and great fit that takes into account Body Mass Index (important)... with three technical fabrics including SKINS warp knit fabric for optimal compression control and durability, 4 needle (strong!!) flat lock stitching for durability+comfort benefits…AND moisture wicking plus 50+UV protection for those on the go.
Men's half tights-3D silicone legged waistband w/bonded tape back for clean finish + hold, integrated key pocket, shaped for comfort, reflective logos…with matching short sleeve top black/neon blue-constructed with Motion-Tech panels for motion freedom, stretch airflow mesh under arms for increased breathability, internal silicone grippers prevent riding up…yay.
women's Speed Crop-removable cups, power mesh racer back for freedom of movement+ventilation, smooth, soft elastic under bust provides extra support+moisture management

mesh details… look good and function to ventilate heat out

pretty racerback-reflective logo pop
Women's capri tights-elastic waistband with internal draw cord for a customized fit, internal key pocket, reflective accents

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