Go for the Gold » That Sounds Golden.

July 27, 2012

limited edition 24kt gold-plated Dr. Dre Beats Studio headphones by Crystal Rocked

Ideal for long cardio workouts – especially if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to sweat all over two thousand bucks

There’s nothing like some thumping beats to get you through another hard workout. And I’m just going to gloss over the science here and make the assumption that any track sounds better when blasted through gold. So go on then! Head over to Crystal Rocked, your expert in all things bedazzled, and pick up a pair of limited edition 24kt gold-plated Dr. Dre Beats Studio headphones. They’re ideal for long cardio workouts – especially if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to sweat all over two thousand bucks worth of bling (it smells the same). They’re also good for squats: think weights, hugging your face. Only 50 of these guys were made (10 are at Harrods in London so you Olympians can hurry over and get a pair too). Best snatch one up before that snob with the Swarovski-encrusted gym shoes does! Oh, and an auditory suggestion for your new tchotchkie… No excuse not to work out now.

Shutterbug » Olympic Gold

July 22, 2012

Alice Coachman, 88, High JumpBill Smith, 88, Swimming
Alice Coachman, 88, High Jump (L) and Bill Smith, 88, Swimming (R)

“My father wanted me to be more like a young lady: sittin’ on the porch. And I go to the back door, jump over the fence, and go (running) straight down the street.”
– Alice Coachman

What a moving and motivating piece the New York Times published today. “Their Golden Years” profiles 14 of the 1948 US Olympic team. The series is perfectly photographed (channelling our beloved Avedon) by Damon Winter, with most profiles accompanied by an audio snippet of the athletes conjuring up memories of a very different London games. Sniffling away sentimental tears, I laced up my running shoes and headed out for a hard, 10K tempo run.

Eco-Friendlies » Bobble On!

January 28, 2011

Baby Bobbles

“Each year, nearly 1.5 million barrels of oil are used to make plastic water bottles. Most of those bottles end up in our landfills, in our oceans, littering our sidewalks.”

With stats like that, the fact that these water-filtering bottles are so slick is superfluous. A new generation of designers, which includes color-happy Karim Rashid, are helping the public ease into an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Make your first foray (or another seasoned step) into green design with Move Collective’s Bobble. For just shy of $10, you get a curvy small, medium, or large recycled, BPA-free bottle with your choice of brightly hued filter-cap. Each cap can filter up to 40 gallons of water before it needs replacing. And, just in time for the little Pipsqueek we’ve got on the way, the company is also making a baby version (above)!

Medium Bobble in PinkMedium Bobble in Blue
Large Bobble in YellowLarge Bobble in Green

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Wave Your Foam Finger! It’s Football Season!

September 14, 2010

top: Retro Brand’s Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes Tees
bottom: Retro Brand’s Texas Longhorns and Tennessee Volunteers Tees

Did I mention that Lo’s List loves fall? Well, football is just one more tremendous tradition to add to the list of the season’s offerings. There’s nothing that I look forward to more than a Sunday afternoon / Monday night yelping at the tube with YZ (damn you Jets offense!) and drinking fancypants Belgian beer. To celebrate the time-honored American sports tradition, here’s our roundup of vintage-y, super-soft collegiate football team tees from Retro Brand. All the charm of the prep years minus the dormitories and barfy keg parties.

top: Retro Brand’s Kentucky Wildcats and Cal Bears Tees
bottom: Retro Brand’s Oregon Ducks and Michigan Wolverines Tees

World Cup Fever » What’s Your Dance?

July 11, 2010

Last night I dreamed I was at the finals. I was dressed in full Oranje regalia with a cheese wedge hat. With an hour to go before the finals, nerves at all three Martin-Verhoeven camps are high and I keep getting random bouts of the goosebumps. I’ve been practicing my Roger Milla-inspired goal dance (with the hopes that I will be calling upon it at least once this afternoon) and am so hopped up on coffee I can’t quite complete a sentence. The final day of the cup is here and, although I clearly want my Dutch peeps to come out on top, it’s just a thrill to watch them fight for the chance.

Before this Beautiful party comes to a close, I wanted to share one of my favorite ads from the World Cup tournament, an animated spot that the Cameroonian legend Roger Milla did with Puma (shown at top). Animated by James Blagden, the video recounts Milla’s triumphant return to football for the 1990 World Cup during which he carried his national team to the Quarter Finals (a first for any African nation) and introduced the now-obligatory victory dance to the sport. Also worth checking out is the charming Coca-Cola advert that further delves into the victory dance (shown here at left).

World Cup Fever » Svolme Some Neon!!

July 10, 2010

Svolme black backpack

Just one more day of World Cup action. { sniiiiif… } Today’s game for third place (what a doozy) found me screaming at the Celeste to “just score another f***ing goal” in a desperate plea to see the match stretch on for another 30 minutes. Not that wailing during a footie match is anything out of the usual for me, but I want to eat up every fleeting minute at this point.

Thing is, if I had ever been a footballer (I ran X-country) I would have had to be a goalie, what with those killer outfits they’re always wearing. Each World Cup I revel in the flashy, clashy ensembles featured in the penalty box. A stellar collection out of Japan that screams goalie chic with a day-to-day sensibility is Japan’s Svolme label. Although the company’s tag line is “Vive con el Fùtbol” this line is more Harajuku Cosplay than anything else. The 2010 Spring/Summer collection is full of track suits, jerseys, and accessories in neon pink, aqua, and yellow, paired with gray, navy and black. If you’re more of a toned-down fashionista, there are certainly some quieter items worth drooling over like the rubbery-looking backpack above!

Clockwise from top left: black Descarga tank, black & gray baseball cap, and black & pink track suit

World Cup Fever » Top Ten Soccer Balls!

July 9, 2010

Loomstate’s recycled denim and organic canvas soccer balls

It’s always a thrill to see a universal object transformed into artful keepsakes by a whole slew of creative folk. Here’s a roundup of our 10 favorite designer footballs (with a few from previous years that we couldn’t pass up), including a design from Lo’s List favorite Genevieve Gaukler (check out our Gauckler T-Shirt Tuesday post), and the obvious overall favorite, SFIDA! For you die-hards, check out more Lo’s List World Cup action here…

Top row: SFIDA’s No More War Ball, Calle Smooth Criminal Ball, and SFIDA’s España Ball
Middle row: Adidas Y-3 Ball, SFIDA I'm Only One Ball, and X-Large Los Angeles Ball
Bottom row: SFIDA’s Tomorrowland × Fabrick Ball, Calle Street Ball, Stitch x Alexander Girard Ball

World Cup Fever » Arkitip + Chinatown Soccer Club

July 7, 2010

Foosball illustration by Dan Funderburgh

Starting to worry about how you’ll fill your days once the Cup is over? With just two games left to enjoy, you might be wondering: “how will I live without my daily dose of soccer?!”. Well, to help you transition back to the real world, order a copy of Arkitip’s Issue №0055 (the World Cup special edition), done in collaboration with Chinatown Soccer Club. It’s 100% football meets design — cover to cover.

The issue features graphic design, photography, and writing from CSC’s talented collective, including a series of killer soccer club crests by Justin Fines, a photo-reportage on the soccer scene in Haiti by Alessandro Zuek Simonetti, and a riotous feature about FC St. Pauli photographed by Kevin Trageser. With 160 pages of World Cup-inspired content, a free Adidas / Arkitip / Chinatown Soccer Club scarf and a slick double-sided poster, you’ll be sure to keep that one-track-football-mind happy for at least a few post-Cup days!

Each issue comes with an Adidas / Arkitip / Chinatown Soccer Club scarf and an 18″x24″ double-sided poster designed by Dan Funderburgh

World Cup Fever » African Arenas

July 3, 2010

All photos from African Arenas © Thomas Hoeffgen

At this stage of the tournament, with so many favored teams crashing out (see yesterday’s Brazil v. Holland shock) and with the hopes of entire continents dashed by the sporting fates (poor Ghana! perfidious Suárez!) it may be time for a reminder that the World Cup is, after all, about football. At the heart of the carefully managed fanfare of this four-yearly feast is a simple game, played with no more than a ball and a set of posts. A new book by photographer Thomas Hoeffgen, African Arenas, captures just that pared-down beauty of the game.

Hoeffgen’s project spans more than a decade, during which he photographed African footballers and playing-fields in about a dozen countries throughout the continent. In many ways he presents a sober portrait of the sport: the most striking of his images reveal the football not of vuvuzelas and corporate-sponsored super-stadia but of the half-abandoned edges of daily life. His players duke it out on communal football pitches of packed earth or yellow grass — in open spaces under concrete overpasses and in the lots of the dry, suburban grid. What he reveals in African Arenas clearly transcends these few, frenzied weeks of the World Cup. Stripping back the layers of South Africa 2010 in these spare and honest photographs, he rediscovers for us the intensity and passion that the game demands from those who play it.

Thomas Hoeffgen works mostly in advertising and editorial photography and has shot campaigns for, among others, Adidas and Red Bull. See more of his work here and buy his African Arenas here. Also, for those of you who speak the German, check out this nice little interview he did with Spiegel Online.

All photos from African Arenas © Thomas Hoeffgen

World Cup Fever » Oranje!!!!!!!!

July 2, 2010

Nike Nederland Skills Ball, Netherlands Core Knit Soccer Hat, and Dutch National Team Soccer Scarf

WHOO HOOO! What a game! Although Brazil were tipped to beat the Flying Dutchmen today during the first of the 2010 World Cup quarter finals, there was no stopping this level-headed gang from the Países Bajos (yep, we’ve only got Univision here at home) as the Dutch kept control of the ball and their tempers, ultimately sending the finals favorites home in a 2-1 victory for the Netherlands. For all you kaaskoppen (cheeseheads) out there, now might be the time to hype up your support, starting with some painfully, proudly orange garb, as the Dutch move on to the semifinals against either Uruguay or Ghana and a chance at their very first World Cup victory!! Hup Holland Hup!

Clockwise from top left: Nike Dutch Core Men's Over-the-Head Soccer Hoodie, Dutch Elite Men's Soccer Training Shirt, Dutch Core Soccer T-Shirt, and Netherlands Back-of-Crest T-Shirt

World Cup Fever » Bumpy Pitch

June 29, 2010

Bumpy Pitch’s Brazil and South Africa tees

Eeek! The World Cup quarter finals are upon us (Hup Holland Hup!!) and we’re giddy with anticipation here at the office… We’ve been collecting tons of World Cup-related content to blog about but, with our eyes so glued to the screen during the Round of 16, it’s been a tad difficult to actually get anything published! So, since the football gods have given us a 2-day R&R period, here are some of posts we’ve been meaning to share, starting with a whole crop of stellar national team tees from LA-based, soccer-centric t-shirt company Bumpy Pitch. Unlike the extra loud jerseys, hats and foam fingers that are the norm at the matches, this line of tees falls a bit more comfortably in the day-to-day category and includes some beautiful iterations of national ciphers and crests. Definitely check out the e-shop’s sister blog, The Original Winger, which, as the name implies, is total soccer bonanza!

Clockwise from top left: Bumpy Pitch’s United States, Mexico, South Africa MMX, England, Korea, and Argentina, tees

World Cup Fever » Jump Around in Happy Socks!

June 28, 2010

Happy Socks’ World Cup Series designed by Wong Wong: England (left) and France (right)

The World Cup bonanza continues here at Lo’s List with one of our favorite brands, Happy Socks! Tickle your toes with national pride by donning a pair of these socks designed by Wong Wong especially for this year’s tournament. Choose from the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, South Africa, or the United States. With socks like these you’re going to be tempted to sport the 80’s jeans pinch-roll just to let this footwear get the attention it deserves!

Happy Socks’ World Cup Series designed by Wong Wong: The Netherlands (top left), Argentina (top right), Germany (bottom left), and Brazil (bottom right)

World Cup Fever » Nike Colab Gear!

June 21, 2010

Nike World Cup 2010 Colab France/SoMe Duffle

My voice is hoarse from a week and a half now of hooting and hollering at the television screen, I wish more than anything that my beloved French were still dancing the the ball across the pitch and into the net as was the norm in their heyday (I think I might be going with my Dutch roots for this round of World Cupping), and I feel a wee bit of childish glee when those vuvuzela drown out all other sounds from the South African stadiums. Yep. It’s here. I have it. The FIFA fever!!

Lucky for me, I live in a neighborhood teeming with serious World Cup spirit. Williamsburg is alive and at its rowdiest when this festival of sport comes ’round. People seem to sneak away from their daily grind to converge in the bars and cafés, getting louder and feistier as the daily matches progress. I guess it’s all just part of what makes this such a splendid event: that the world can pause for a moment and come together in the sportsmanship and a bubbling, happy competition of countries.

Clockwise from top left: Nike World Cup 2010 Colab Netherlands/Delta Tank, USA/Mister Cartoon Tank, South Africa/Kronk Tank, and France/SoMe Tank

So… to continue with the celebration during off-the-pitch hours, we’re set to infect Lo’s List with a little World Cup fever as well! Jérôme, our trusty London-based expat will be blogging the cup from his angle, and our resident nordic, Hans Øeuf, might have some Scandinavian soccer fashion tips to impart as well. So, what better way to “kick” it off (heh heh) than some of our favorite graphic artists and their recent World Cup collaborations with Nike. Native Frenchie outta Paris SoMe (check out our recent T-Shirt Tuesday post showcasing more), Londoner James Jarvis (check out a previous post we did on his stunning running advert), South African Kronk form Cape Town, São Paulo, Brazil native Nunca, Amsterdammer Delta, and Los Angelino Mister Cartoon have all created graphics for their team’s shwag available from Nike. What I love about the line is how seamlessly it can go from workout to streetwear: slinky tanks for ladies, classic crews for guys, and unisex hoodies with eye-popping graphics lining the hood (also in the collection are workout shorts, polos, zippie track tops, duffles…).

Clockwise from top left: Nike World Cup 2010 Colab South Africa/Kronk Hoodie, France/SoMe Hoodie, Brazil/Nunca Tee, and England/Jarvis Tee

Eco-Friendlies » Build-a-Bike!

March 8, 2010

Lo's List /// Republic Bike

Inspired by the glorious spring weather that we’ve been having in Brooklyn the past few days, I went sleuthing around the interwebs in search of some out-of-the-ordinary bikes and discovered Republic: a Florida-based, online bike boutique that lets you customize your two-wheeler from saddle to skirt! First, choose from their three bike styles: the Plato Dutch (a traditional Dutch design with balloon tires, chain case and skirt), the Aristotle (a singlespeed bike with a flip-flop hub), and the Aristotle CRMO (the limited edition version which features bullhorns and a lighter frame). Now for the fun part: custom colors: from the frame, to saddle, to grips, even the tires (they’ve got bright red ones!!). Let your artsy side run wild and build the perfect bike to get you around town in eco-friendly style while giving your lower body a pre-bikini weather workout!

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Fashion Scout » Top Ten Olympically Inspired Snowboarding Gear

March 1, 2010

So, quick disclaimer – back in high school, when our whole gang would head up the mountain for a snowboarding weekend, I was the geek that came along and actually didn’t do a bit of the boarding part of the weekend. I would go romping through the snow, for sure, and have a nice meal ready for my friends when they got back from their day on the slopes, but, I just wasn’t really the snowboarding type. Thus, the following top ten snowboarding gear list is based on… looks. And, boarding be damned, I would rock any of these duds (perhaps helmet & goggles aside) during an NYC blizzard (of which we’ve been fortunate to have a couple doozies this winter)!

1The Trewth Bib by Trew$399

Lo's List /// Trew The Trewth Bib in Gray

I love everything at Trew’s website (including their company philosophy) but these The Trewth Bibs are killer. They even have a two-way zipper fly “in case you have to pee hanging upside down”. Throw on a pair of overalls like these and there’s nothing between you and a gazillion Central Park snow angels!

2Analog AG Aberdeen Gloves$60

Lo's List /// Analog AG Aberdeen Gloves

There’s something very “driving gloves” about these AG Aberdeen Gloves by Analog Clothing. Made with a genuine leather shell, padded knuckles, waterproof insert, and a brushed fleece lining, the gloves are available in natural, gray, and white leather. Thumbs up!

3Nike Zoom Force 1 Freestyle Boot$215

Lo's List /// Nike Zoom Force 1 Freestyle Boot

Snazzy lavender laces, deep maroon leather with a forest green signature Swoosh, these Zoom Force 1 freestyle boots by Nike are so cute-all-grown-up! There’s a delicate floral pattern on the white, a plaid Velcro ankle strap, and Nike’s unique lace-locking systems to ensure that your sh*t kickers stay snug and secure!

4Matix Asher LeBlanc Hoodie$30

Lo's List /// Matix Asher LeBlanc Hoodie

Erm, I’m a total hoodie fanatic and this quilted twist on the classic by Matix has me using all my willpower not to buy one in each color. The Mikey LeBlanc (check out Mikey’s peppery personality to the left) Signature Asher is lightly fleece-lined and reversible (it’s a twofer)!

5Nikita Barefoot Leggings$28

Lo's List /// Nikita Barefoot Leggings

Snow or not – these leggings are rad! Whether they hiding under your Trew pants or hitting the town with some black bootiesNikita’s cotton-lycra barefoot leggings are a fashion steal at $28!

6Trew Eagle Pants in Deep Purple$369

Lo's List /// Trew Purple Eagle Pants

Yep, another masterpiece by Trew. The label’s Eagle Pants, designed to let you “soar with the eagles… or just hang out at the base doing nothing” are indeed, perfectly designed for mountain-to-street wear! My pair is on it’s way and I’m just praying that we get another blizzard this season here in Brooklyn so I can go romp around and test ’em out!

7Smith Variant Brim Snow Helmet$160

Lo's List /// Smith Optics Variant Brim Snow Helmet

So, who really wants to wear a helmet? But, look – we’ve all got mothers, so best just take care you don’t put an eye out. So, might as well find one that you won’t feel like a moron in, like this stylish variant brim helmet by Smith.

8Bataleon’s The Jam, Evil Twin, and Distortia Snowboards$400

Lo's List /// Bataleon The Jam, Evil Twin, and Distortia Snowboards

Eeek! These are phenomenal… Maybe I can buy three and make a table? Ok, or take some snowboarding lessons. Bataleon has a whole load of fantastically designed boards by some seriously skilled illustrators and graphic designers! Here above are my favorites (from left): The Jam, Evil Twin, and Distortia.

9Ride's Georgetown Snowboard Jacket in Vivid Green & Black Diamond$165

Lo's List /// Ride's Georgetown Snowboard Jacket in Vivid Green & Black Diamond

I’ve worn out my Burton Pixel Slub jacket’s wardrobe welcome and this Georgetown jacket by Ride seems like a very worthy & spot-you-in-a-crowd replacement! The mesh-lined jacket has a jacket-to-pant zip connector (that sounds so geeky! love it!) with a media player pocket, headphone guide loops on the inner hood and comes in five different color ways.

10Electric EG.5S Snow Goggles$72

Lo's List /// Electric EG.5S Goggles

Tee heee! Right as I’m saying farewell to my pixel jacket I find these little blocky goggles from Electric! The EG.5S series goggles are made with a thermo plastic urethane frame, a 100% UV protected polycarbonate lens, oodles of face foam (?!) and an adjustable articulating strap for helmet compatibility. Sounds legit to me…

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