Friday, October 30, 2015

Men's Spring'16 Shoes+Sandals by Pikolinos

goes from office to bar-to the ball game...Glasgow $180
"Clean shirt, new shoes...'Cause every girl is crazy 'bout a sharped dressed man..." 

One doesn't even have to be born when that ZZ Top classic dropped to know it is SO true.


SOME HIGHLIGHTS:


classic Derby with pop of sneaker comfort that guys expect-Durban $180
American men wanting to look just so... should get acquainted with the Pikolinos label-by a family owned worldly Spanish brand-offering on trend sartorial selections on how to -fulfill the descriptive advice given up by that 1983 classic song.


chukka style-slightly lower cut-$185
WHY: the silhouettes are focused on what guys need...dressier lace-ups made less precious and insta-comfortable- incorporating bright white foxing-rubber outsole of sneakers, distinctive trims, punch-out details of work ready oxfords that would go just as well with week-end denim, casual slide sandals that are cool looking -not geeky, and sophisticated leather lifestyle sneakers-something Euros get -managing to look hip -yet don't scream wannabe athlete-in the least. YAY.


love the stitching details...reminds us of how a soccer ball (or football as  it is ref-ed everywhere but here)...cozy as a mic but sophisticated enough to wear with trim blazer-trousers...effortlessly dapper attire. Liberpool $180 and on right Fuencarral $180
PLUS-the leather quality is exceptional-especially given the prices-with the label owning its own tanneries-using chromium free dyes to achieve that Mediterranean vibe of soft sun washed tones and deeper hues for Spring 2016---


back Algave, Tarifa sandals $145-$185-rich leathers...lend a sophistication to every day staple-with easy comfort of flip flop.
What else: Buttery smooth slip-on drivers+loafers with stitch details and perforated uppers $175-$180

www.pikolinos.com











MAASAI PROJECT COLLECTION by PIKOLINOS

Block heel sandals, high wedges and flats-new Spring 2016 collection priced from $210-$230


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When narrowing down fav shoe Spring 2016 collections that we previewed-and there are dozens to choose from...Spanish brand's Pikolinos..focused collection of sandals-plus a few accessories- from their cooperation with the  MAASAI PROJECT...always lands on our top ten list.
premium leathers-Pikolinos-like Spanish brand ZARA-is fully vertically integrated -hence the exceptional quality and amazing prices...and attention to details-like back zips on flats---help make this beauty worthy walker-street savvy too. Style Alcudia
The hand embroidered sandal uppers-crafted by cooperatives of MAASAI dwelling women-are so wonderfully wrought...and distinctively so-we can recognize the exceptional details achieved by these Kenya and Tanzanian dwellers- anywhere we spot someone on planet earth-wearing anything featuring their beaded finery. The finished uppers are then sent to Spain for Pikolinos' finishing constructions.
heels and wedges--breathable leather lining...on left Alcudia wedge,  right Narok...not shown-matching camel bag-embroidered flap with adjustable shoulder strap to carry year round $275

Middle...Turkana. 

Pictured...are some newer silhouettes- for Spring 2016...as fab as ever...and limited quantities available...

FYI: MAJOR BONUS POINTS=over 1600 women earn a living-fair trade wages paid...from this amazing collaboration.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A SNOW AFFAIR-Annual Benefit-US SKI TEAM-BODE MILLER


581 Fifth Avenue, NYC

WHAT:
SNOW MAGAZINE  gathered a packed house at it's Big Apple fund raiser for the US SKI Team.
Bode Miller US OLYMPIC Gold Medal Winner, 6 time Olympic medal winner AND 2 overall World Cup titles (wow)-the host with the hostess for the night...

 A silent and live auction-featuring one of a kind experiences and luxury goods from Bomber Skis, Bogner, Macallan Scotch, St. Regis Deer Valley Ski Resorts, Toni Sailor, Skip Barber Racing School, Sentient Jets and artist Domingo Zapata's custom designed Bomber Skis---and a course-shots with Bode Miller....from tricked Bomber skis...some of the highlights.
Raising $s for the US SKI, Snowboard, Freestyle Teams who do not get funds from the Feds-unlike every other country's athletes-we can think of. Note: Mr. Miller is ready for drinking shots with lucky winner...



ultimate holiday gift for a skier-The Gold Pass USA-auctioned off-all proceeds went directly to US Ski Team

Masters of the Universe kind of crowd-with athletic supporters

cow bells get an arty makeover---a guy gave us one-said he was the winner of the set. THANKS!

From Scotland -we understood him without subtitles so probably from the southern part...Macallan Scotch ambassador
Macallan Scotch Limited Edition

BOGNER-highlight's this year's premium collection for men and women
original James Bond 007 movie attire-made by Bogner-a collector's item!
Willy Bogner---a multi-talent-conjured up the early action ski scenes of the JAMES BOND- 007 movies-note how as the cinematographer-  he captured the action on skis-no tricked out drone- wielding GoPros back then...


Amazing-the original camera...used to film-in film---hefty weight















a warm men's thermal zip features actual pic by Willy Bogner


BOGNER Skiwear-Luxury premium brand-that is made for performance slopes as well as night's out sophisticated city jaunts...models have on a few pieces from this season.




Well received-stations serving Paella, and Swiss Fondue-...the smartest server ever- deftly replied-'everything you taste is low calorie" in response to some guy asking for the calorie count of this rich tasty après ski fare. Haaa.
Proof that deliciously rich ice cream goes with anything...from Weezy's Cultured Cow Creamery-gal servers as busy as the bartenders---fyi- a new Brooklyn start-up we hope home delivers
Celebrity Chef Peter Callahan served up tidbits - artfully presented ...and captured the very liquid spirit of the night-via sponsor Patron Tequila
Mountain Force-skiwear-apparel-accessories lifestyle brand-we didn't take a coffee mug but we think a lot of attendees who stayed later-probably needed one-filled to the brim-the next morning...

semi-finished space...ski lodge decor-here and there...
BOMBER SKIS-official supplier of the US and Canadian Ski Teams-has several artful selections-Artist Series=with the iconic graphics  of Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat---as befits a NYC based brand! The most tech skis out there (all mountain, race, twin, powder mogul, and juniors) are hand crafted in Italy. Each pair sold-earns the US SKI Team-a donation!

FABULOUS-the Bomber Ski Ice sculpture-was a tricked out ski slope-with two 'ski runs' to pour shots of whatever -from the opening gate at one end-to race around and sip the insta-chilled liquid at the other=FUN. Two competitors at a time-or solo against the clock...

we tried this...with an assist...as our ski racing skills are lacking
drainage at the back kept things neat

instagram worthy


pin it on
WHAT ELSE-Scenario Photography had a ski lift as prop-for fun pics-emailed and printed on the spot. MAJOR KUDOS. This is the best photo booth service we have ever encountered. Seriously.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

#LacosteSS16 Part 2 Performance/Athletic Wear+Men's Basics, Footwear

Olympics' Separates, Golf, Tennis, Roland Garros Collection, Lacoste X Peanuts Part 2














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For Spring 2016-Lacoste offered a bigger line-up of actual athletic wear...made of moisture wicking, breathable fabrics and body mapped/designed for performance...as well as country logo-ed separates for those with the home country spirit. 

Noted: Lacoste stylishly attires the French Olympic team in RIO next summer. LUCKY them.
caps, tees, jackets-sweatshirts, polos-in country flag colors-pictured-USA.
navy and white sneakers-complete the look...white eyelets make shoe really pop



USA, USA!!! Bucket hat







canvas rope drawstrings texture vs smoothness of zip top.

technical fabric-warm-ups...jacket and matching tennis polo underneath with a tennis tail of course
tennis shoes...can play in!

Lacoste X Roland Garros Collection-French Open attendees can dress with style...

Back handed swing-from an iconic picture of founder René Lacoste.. using a wooden racket...

Lacoste Live in suede and classic white rubber outsole...
in leather---matches up well with the Roland Garros polos

velcro closure with logo pop-white leather with red/navy trim...cute for kids
classic polo dress...keeper











tech fabric tennis dress -if we wore this we would have to up our game, for sure
performance stop features panels that whisk away sweat...seams placed so as not to chafe...
 focused Golf collection-weather tough vests and jackets-super lightweight-functional details like pockets for extra balls/tees...yet stylish enough for the 19th hole.
Golf collection



neoprene stretchy inserts-and mesh sides are good for watery environments...plus good looking shoe!


line-up of the polos---shows off the colors...here are different fabrications and regular and slim cuts available year round.



 Men's basics as a retail category as rapidly expanded ...which makes total sense. From Lacoste---there are the seasonal color combos one might expect...but we think its the hand feel of the many different textile combos-that will seal the deal. Includes a new silky breathable Tencil and cotton, lightweight stretchy woven cotton, and VERY fun-Olympics' inspired trunks/briefs for the ultimate fans!



breezy silk like pique lounge V neck top---casual hang-out -or sleepwear- guy's girlfriend will borrow




boxers and briefs...croc in flag colors

super lightweight...crew neck stretch tees...good to layer in cold weather

woven boxers-good to wear under pants...looser fit-stretch

Ace lounge short Henley tee-well finished-not a thread out of place...

Base Line Lounge pants include drawstring premium woven cotton...match-up with basics



WHAT ELSE:

Lacoste x Peanuts collection-2015  just in time for the Disney movie...our fav...the Croc facing off vs. Lucy! Other Peanuts characters---feature them with the Croc-in action mode...

kids and adult sizes-on sale in November, Cute -Snoopy fishing and the Croc nibbling...



PART ONE