Monthly Archives: April 2013

Spring Skiing: Sweaters

penny pitou ski olympianPhoto:  Loran Percy of Lakeport, NH

When a (fabulous) sweater is just enough — Penny Pitou enjoying some spring turns in a press photo dated April 4, 1975.

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Whatever Happened to Silvy Tricot?

vintage silvy tricot ski sweaterVintage Silvy Tricot ski race sweater as seen in Collezioni Sport & Street, no. 68 A/W 2013/2014.

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Shopping Zürich: Freitag

freitag-zurich-shopxfreitag zurich shop inferiorxfreitag zurich shop displayxfreitag courier bag redxfrietag f-shop zurichPhoto: Roland Tännler via Freitag

This never gets old.  The Freitag store in Zürich constructed out of 19 freight containers with four floors of merchandise and rooftop access is definitely a shopping experience worth having.  There is the efficiency of the architecture.  And then there is the marvel of the interior — how Freitag, seemingly unflinchingly, devised an orderly (and visually impactful) system to present each individual piece of merchandise.

Freitag manufactures courier bags, tote bags and small accessories out of reclaimed truck tarps and recycled bicycle inner tubes.  No two pieces are alike.  Production is in Zürich and has been running since 1993, long before repurposing was a trend.  The finished products are rugged beyond any expectation and with their graphic look are icons of contemporary Swiss quality and style.

Frietag Flagship Store:  Geroldstrasse 17, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

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Shopping Zürich: Alprausch

Alprausch is not to be missed when in Zürich.  For the merchandise, the in-store environment and of course, the spirit of the brand – a celebration of Swiss alpine culture!  Traditional themes are translated into playful streetwear, technical outerwear and accessories.  Graphic design plays an intrinsic role:  examples from 2012 and 2013.

alprausch store zurichxalprausch scarvesThese scarves – I mean really, how are you supposed to buy just one?  (There are many more designs than shown here.)  The pom fringe, folky scherenschnitt (papercutting) themes, skiing squirrels – it’s almost too much to process.  Needless to say, I left with an assortment.

alprausch scarf squirrel skixalpraursch zurich switzerlandShrine to Swiss alpine kitsch.

Alprausch Flagship Store:  Werdmühleplatz 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

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Barbi Henneberger at Grindewald

barbi henneberger grindelwald switzerlandA fresh-faced Barbi Henneberger of West Germany at a ski race in Switzerland.  She is one of my favorite vintage subjects so expect more images of her in forthcoming posts.

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Super Star: Kaylin Richardson

My favorite example of outerwear customization:  Kaylin Richardson’s star pants!  Kaylin confirmed the star came to be out of necessity, a patch to cover a hole in the knee.  It is a brilliant fix – doesn’t look like a repair, rather a stylish little detail that emphasizes her stoked style.

kaylin_canyonsskiKaylin fulfilling her duties as Ambassador of Skiing at Canyons Resort.  Photo:  Scott Markewitz

kaylinrichardson_starThe star pants in action.  Photo:  Courtesy of Kaylin Richardson

snowbird_crystalwrightThe star pants on the podium:  1st Place at the Snowbird, Utah stop of the 2012 Freeskiing World Tour.  Photo:  via skier Crystal Wright (in yellow).

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H&M to Outfit the Swedish Olympic Team for Sochi 2014

hm_olympic_anjaparsonAnja Pärson and Viktoria Helgesson at the first fitting

Olympic and Paralympic collectionDavid Ekholm at the first fitting

Key looksPhotos & Sketches:  H&M via The Telegraph UK

Anja Pärson, a former alpine skier and multiple Olympic champion said that wearing clothes from a Swedish company “will strengthen the team, our team spirit and image to the outside world, especially when it is an internationally renowned brand like H&M.”

I am sure it will.  I am also sure I would like to see how Peak Performance would have tackled the design of uniforms, technical and casual, for their home country.  There is just too much exceptional sport and sport lifestyle product coming out of Sweden – I find it a bit disappointing to have a fashion brand land this prestigious endeavor.  (Though I can get on board with that sweater, sleeve stripes in particular.)  Sounds like H&M will provide opening and closing ceremony outfits and casual apparel – I will be curious to see what brand(s) provide the technical sport-specific uniforms.

Read the full article at The Telegraph UK.

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Whitedot Skis

whitedot_2012guyPhoto:  Jess Whiskin    Skier:  Mark Perkinsx

Whitedot_2012womPhoto:  Missinglink.No/Sindre Kinnerød    Skier:  Pia Nic Gundersen

These Whitedot postcards have been hanging in my office for over a year and I still find the images to be pure inspiration – all clean graphics and intense color communicating raw enthusiasm for skiing!

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1977: Princesses Caroline & Stéphanie of Monaco

princess caroline stephanie monaco ski3/3/1977 Press Photo:  AM/Keystone

Twenty-year-old Princess Caroline and twelve-year-old Princess Stéphanie ski in the Berner Oberland, Switzerland.  I can’t get enough of Caroline’s tomboy style:  graphic sweatshirt from Tournier Sports Monaco paired with Ellesse Jet Pants!

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ISPO 2013: Munich, Germany

Here a few shots from the February 2013 ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany — a little preview of Winter 2013/14 apparel.

02031©anapolitano2013Luis Trenker:  Classic alpine style reinterpreted in gorgeous combinations of natural and synthetic fabrics.

02033©anapolitano2013x02034©anapolitano2013Almrausch:  Very sweet with traditional alpine motifs.

02039©anapolitano2013Fantastic cape!  And I totally appreciate the commitment to down for knickers and a dress.  I cannot recall the brand.  Does anyone know?

02035©anapolitano2013Ortovox:  Color block base layer.  Ortovox apparel and pack lines are standouts of clean design and crisp coloration.

02037©anapolitano2013Black Yak:  By far, the most original and thought provoking apparel collection at the show.  Unique and sophisticated silhouettes, patterning, colors and material combinations.  Serious inspiration!

020310©anapolitano2013Rossignol:  Happiness!

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