Category Archives: Accessories

Vintage Bike Style

vintage bike style fancy glovesSo dapper.  And those gloves!  They are the final word on my dream ski glove.

vintage bike style parade alpine tract dirndl lederhosenGravel grinding in dirndls and lederhosen.

bike vintage style lake bourget franceFancy at Lac du Bourget in the Jura Mountains of France.

vintage bike style boy knickersNatty knickers.

vintage retro bike style cruiser boyClassic flannel and denim uniform for playing hard.

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Uplifting: Maidenform, 1955

maidenform bra vintage ad 1955 chairlift mountain climb saint bernard dog

I dreamed I climbed the highest mountain in my Maidenform bra.  I could not resist this uplifting vintage 1955 advertisement from Maidenform!

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MooVM: Where do you Moo?

Introducing MooVM!  The husband and wife team of Chris Rose and Sarah Baker saw an opportunity to celebrate the role of dairy farming in New England and Upstate New York with the iconic cow pattern.  The graphic black and white “cow-moo-flage” of Holstein cattle is the foundation for distinctive baseball hats that carry a variety of classic and custom logos.

Working with New England Dairy Promotion Board, 8.02% (Vermont’s area code) of profit returns to support local farms by way of Must Be The Milk’s Keep Local Farms Fund.  Please visit the MooVM web site to learn more about the brand story and mission.

moovm hats caps cow print vermont vt 802 dairy farm localMooVM baseball hats in classic Vermont designs are available at the MooVM Store, click to visit the web store.

moovm hat cap custom uvm stowe vermont cow print Custom MooVM hats are available at a growing list of resorts and schools such as University of Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort, Jay Peak, Mount Snow and Middlebury College.  Contact MooVM directly for custom orders and wholesale inquiries.  Minimum order quantity for custom logo is very reasonable.  In addition to being a unique retail item, MooVM hats are an excellent fundraiser for schools, sport teams, events.

moovm founders sarah baker chris rose amos hobbs vermont burkeMooVM founders Sarah Baker and Chris Rose with Amos and Hobbs in East Burke, Vermont.

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On the Snow: Burke, Vermont

lilias ide dps skis flylow color powder snow purple seafoamLilias Ide, all-around ripper and Program Director of Kingdom Trails, on her DPS skis for a fresh snow ski day!  Love all the color of DPS and Flylow gear.

astis mittens peak performance jacket pants swedenMaryanne in her pretty Astis Sacagawea mitts and Peak Performance kit.

astis erling mitts mittens rossignol experience burke vermontMe keeping warm in my Astis Erling mittens.

sacha mcguire skhoop skirt snowboard burke vermontSacha McGuire snowboarding in her colorful and cozy Skhoop down mini skirt.  Local Northeast Kingdom retailer, Village Sport Shop carries Skhoop.

burke mountain ski patrol mallory cody chain saw husqvarnaMallory and Cody of the Burke Mountain Ski Patrol cleaning up the trails with a Husqvarna.

vintage rainbow ski sweater burke mountain j bar ski liftRetro rainbow ski sweater working the retro j-bar lift.

burke mountain ski area lift mechanic operations cabelas transalaska boot Lift mechanic Chris swears by Cabela’s Trans-Alaska III Pac boots for warmth during long shifts on the mountain.

snowboard ski vermont 802 smith goggles helmetFull-on Green Mountain State park style.

nike snowboard jacket native patternLove the zing of this unexpected color combo and a unique Nike jacket.

spyder ski race suit julia mancuso squaw valley trail mapBurke is a ski racing hill.  Lucky for me, I love all that goes along with that – including ski racing fashion.  Spyder Julia Mancuso race suit featuring trail map graphics of Squaw Valley, her home mountain.

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On the Road: Instagram

Way too much to post on this blog and way too little time!  Not only am I backlogged with news from winter 2014, I am traveling for the next two weeks and expect to have an influx of inspiration to share from Austria and Germany – even despite the utter lack of snow in these parts.  My blogging may be lagging but fortunately my ‘gramming is not.  Please follow AlpineStyle56 on Instagram or monitor the feed on the right sidebar of the blog homepage for new images and frequent updates.  (Clicking an image in the Instagram blog feed will bring it to full size.)  Go check right now!  Several updates from Salzburg, Austria. . .

salzburg fortriss Festung hohensalzburg kapitelschwemme horse pond austria night The Hohensalzburg fortress stands guard over the city – and medieval horse pond, Kapitelschwemme.

leather bag game traditional hirsch brown craft Traditional leather work with hirsch motif hand-crafted in Salzburg, perhaps in the style of a game bag.

iron sign hermes boutique salzburg austriaHermès boutique placard in the tradition of Salzburg’s elaborate wrought iron shop signs.  Gargoyle lurking.

moncler ski 2014 blast off jet pack salzburg austriaBlasting off with Moncler and. . . a jet pack?  (Based on the success of their recent IPO, Moncler will likely soon be going even bigger.)  Serious black and white color palette ruling the shop.

lanz salzburg traditional trachten flannel pajamasCertainly a leading name in traditional alpine dress.  Lanz is home in Salzburg.  (Note to self:  research Lanz’s heritage and contribution to trachten beyond flannel pajamas!)

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Tamara McKinney 9: Mikaela Shiffrin 7

tamara mckinney ski race racer val disere france time magazine 1984 olympicsTamara McKinney in Time magazine, January 30, 1984, photo by Yarbrough-Team Russell.

tamara mckinney ski race aspen winternational colorado World Cup giant slalom action at the Aspen Winternational.

tamara mckinney ski race racer vail giant slalom rossignol descenteMarch 12, 1983 Press Photo:  VAIL, COLO:  USA’s Tamara McKinney takes a gate during the first run of Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom.  McKinney had the second best time of 1:11:59, only 0.01 second behind teammate Cindy Nelson.  McKinney is attempting to become the first American woman to win the overall World Cup Championship.  UPI jm/Pat Benic

Tamara’s signature bunny hat was made by her sister who sells specialty knit goods through her Kentucky-based company, Ouisha.

tamara mckinney us ski team athlete olympics 1984Training for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.  ABC press photo.

With Mikaela Shiffrin’s win at Flachau yesterday, she has racked up seven World Cup slalom wins – quickly gaining on Tamara McKinney’s nine victories, the record for any American woman in slalom.

Tamara McKinney was my first ski hero.  Her small stature but aggressive style coupled with her girl-next-door image and trusty Rossignol skis offered a strong, female role model in the sport.  Her racing accomplishments include being the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title, two Giant Slalom titles, a Slalom title, multiple World Championship medals and a long list of career wins and podiums.  She is a legend without question.

My husband and I have been devout followers of Mikaela Shiffrin — her stunning talent and rapid ascent — since we watched her win the slalom at the 2010 J-III Junior Olympics when she was 15.  We had heard the hype but it wasn’t until we witnessed her runs that we truly grasped what this young girl could mean to the world of ski racing.  Amazed by her performance, I began referring to her as “Magic Girl”.  I was thrilled to be present to watch her win the slalom title at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria last winter.

So, with that, it is bittersweet for me to watch Mikaela gain on Tamara’s slalom record in record time!

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Holiday Gifting: I Got SWAGG

i got swagg scarves big sparkle marie pier prefontaine canada quebec ski racerJamais sans mon foulard.  Never without my scarf.

Marie-Pier Prefontaine, one of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team’s rising stars, could not “ski without her scarf.”  She wanted something fun and unique to wear on the ski hill whether it be for a World Cup or Olympic race, or just for chasing powder with friends.  This is why she created IGOTSWAGG.  

i got swagg scarves soft giraffe scarf marie pier prefontaine canada quebec ski racerIf you love cool colours and soft warm fabric around your neck, then you need an IGOTSWAGG scarf.  Words from teamigotswagg.com where scarves are available for purchase.

i got swagg scarves marie pier prefontaine canada quebec ski racer lake louise 2013Marie-Pier at Beaver Creek 2013 – 9th in Giant Slalom!  Sparkle scarf.  Photo via MPP’s Instagram.

lara gut switzerland lake louise win winner 2013 wears igotswagg giraffe scarfLara Gut wins the 2013 Lake Louise Super-G.  Giraffe scarf.  AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh.

i got swagg scarves soft leopard sparkle marie pier prefontaine canada made in quebec ski racerIGOTSWAGG scarves are a bandana-style design that attach at the back with Velcro – very easy to adjust precisely.  The double-layer construction features a textured velour-like fleece lining.  I have seen this same fabric used for baby blankets – it is super soft, comfortable and so cozy!  Orders were received quickly with a nice, simple presentation.  Scarves are made in Quebec, Canada.

I am someone who generally does not wear anything extra around my neck to ski – only on the absolutely coldest days – as I generally find neck warmers too thick and restrictive.  The design of IGOTSWAGG solves that issue for me thanks to a weight that is not too thick (but plenty thick to be warm and protective) and the ability to adjust the size to be just right.  Sparkles, patterns and colors make this a fun collection.  But it is the size of the product, large enough to create ample draping, which is what gives these scarves swagg – serious style more like a scarf than a workhorse neck gaiter.

Okay, so it is a bit late to actually receive these in time for Christmas – but IGOTSWAGG scarves are fantastic and do make great gifts. . . better yet, a treat for yourself!

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Hermès: Winter At Last!

hermes winter at last 2009 2010 reindeer orange boxes ice snowxhermes winter at last 2009 2010 ad campaign dog sled igloo xhermes winter at last dogsled 2009 2010 raquel zimmerman snow ice dog

The weather is certainly feeling like. . . winter at last!  Hurrah!  Looking back at some pretty, dreamy, celebratory pictures from the 2009-2010 Hermès winter ad campaign featuring model Raquel Zimmerman, photographed by Eric Valli.

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Shopping NYC: Snow + Outdoor

A few weeks ago, I was able to combine a sprint shopping session with a meeting in Manhattan.  I was pleasantly surprised – the city was feeling rather outdoorsy.  Good timing with the onset of winter and stores ramping up for the holiday onslaught.  In addition to stops at Best Made Company and Uniqlo already documented, here are some more alpine and outdoor findings.

neve designs switzerland zip neck base layer vintage redNeve Switzerland Zip Neck base layer, luxurious blend of silk, merino wool and spandex. One of many designs in a series inspired by vintage ski posters.

mountain force joplin ski jacket woman switzerland swissIntricate laser cut and bonded detail on Mountain Force women’s Joplin jacket.  This Swiss brand is the pinnacle of technical outerwear design and engineering.  Check out this season’s line at a specialty retailer such as Paragon Sports or if not familiar with the brand, spend some time on the Mountain Force web site to get an idea of the precision in design, details and manufacturing, premium materials and covetable styling.

quiksilver snowboarding general insulator jacket retro deer stag gondolaQuiksilver’s General Insulator Jacket features a fantastic retro print combining hunting and snow themes – stags, pheasants and gondolas all co-existing in one happy outdoor world!

volcom astrid wolf wolves quiksilver forever gore tex jacket ski snowboardLots of photo-real wildlife on outerwear this season.  Volcom Snowboarding women’s Astrid jacket features wolves (left) and Quiksilver men’s Forever jacket with birds (right) both offer the performance of Gore-Tex in 2-layer shell construction.

sweaty betty soho new york women fitness ski yoga apparel shopxsweaty betty ski collection 2013 2014 jacket pants vest suitSweaty Betty is now stateside!  The British line of women’s performance sport apparel now has retail shops in Soho and Greenwich, Connecticut.  I am long familiar with the brand for workout, running and yoga gear but was surprised to learn they offer ski.  The ski collection is tightly edited with a precisely merchandised color palette.  Base and mid layers come in unique interpretations and bold body-conscious outerwear bib and jacket styles give the impression of a one-piece suit.  My feeling on Sweaty Betty ski and the rest of the line is this – it is not cheap (pricier than Lululemon) but is a fresh alternative to the competition and a welcome addition to women’s performance apparel.

fjallraven shop soho greene street outdoor swedenxfjallraven daypack 21 medium sweden swedish outdoor heritagexfjallraven fox logo t shirt sweden swedish outdoor outfitterOver the past few years, Fjällräven has become a favorite outdoor brand of mine, luring me in with their rucksacks, tight logo and heritage to realize there is so much more.  The Swedish specialty outfitter, named after the arctic fox, has a long history producing functional equipment and apparel for exploring the outdoors.  Fjällräven claims to be the inventor of the framed backpack and in 1960 became the first brand to manufacture and distribute this innovative equipment.  As for apparel, Fjällräven is famous for their G-1000 waxed fabric that is durable and resistant to the elements.

Fjällräven’s second New York City shop is located on the corner of Greene and Grand Streets in Soho.  A well-merchandised store shows off the fabulous full product range – beyond the adorable and colorful Kånken backpacks most readily associated with this brand.  Fjällräven products possess function and classic looks steeped in heritage and rich color for all that is involved in an outdoor lifestyle. (Yet another example of Swedish design being responsible for some of the finest sporting product available.)  For the merchandise and shopping experience, I recommend Fjällräven as a must on any NYC shopping list.

joe fresh store shop holiday 2013 merchandising deer stagChanging gears to fashion – clean and bright Joe Fresh prominently features this shiny and white deer family for holiday.  (Reminiscent of the Hermès 2010 winter ad campaign.)  It is always nice to see this icon of the outdoors.

joe fresh men slim packaway down jacket Like Uniqlo, Joe Fresh has an affordable and colorful offering of lightweight down jackets for men and women.

american eagle ae shaggy faux fur vest yeti apres skiThis number at American Eagle looks like a candidate for a fabulous and fun après ski ensemble.  They call it the Shaggy Faux Fur Vest, I’m calling it yeti chic.

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Slope Style: Coming Soon. . .

ski colorblock style outerwear park planai schladming austriaCheery colorblocking seen in the park at Planai – Schladming, Austria.

kjus nahla down jacket ski burkeMJ in her Kjus Nahla Down Jacket.  The trademark contrast zipper around the hood perimeter is brilliant!

poc helmet goggles skida ski color burke vermontLots of POC color popping against black and the blue sky.

bogner germany jacket jet set star pants switzerland luxury ski apparelA rare sighting in the Northeast Kingdom – luxury ski wear.  Bogner jacket and Jet Set pants.

burton snowboards jacket classic anorak ski skier burke vermontSkiers like classic Burton, too.

steve mahon face mask burke terrain park manager made in usaSteve Mahon, Burke Terrain Park Manager and founder of FACE facemasks, looks good and at ease in Husqvarna protective chaps.

vintage ski suit elho freestyle neon yellow greenElho Freestyle suit, a 1980s gem in all its neon glory.

Ski season has arrived in the Northeast and Thanksgiving should be a pretty good day on the slopes!  I am looking forward to another winter of seeing what apparel and accessories people are wearing and more interestingly – the style element of how they put it together and carry it off.  New, original style photos are coming soon. . . until then, here are a few shots from last winter.  Enjoy the holiday!

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