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Best Made Company: Wonderful

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Founded in 2009 with their now-famous axe collection, Best Made’s product line of tools and supplies has grown to include apparel, bags, knives, first aid kits, enamelware, maps, badges and assorted other utilitarian items in luxe execution.  Product is tightly edited, presentation and merchandising are delightfully straightforward.  The aesthetic and brand identity are simple, clear and deftly make the nostalgia of camp and the great outdoors modern.

Best Made Co. is function, quality and community – and absolutely worth a visit:  in person at 36 White Street, Tribeca, New York, NY or on-line at bestmadeco.com.  Communications from the brand, both printed and electronic, are a pleasure to receive.

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Hermès Ski, Part Deux: Lookbook

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In addition to gorgeous print ads, Hermès produced a lush lookbook to showcase the new ski collection.  The inspiration for the line evidently is 19th century mountaineering.

Garments utilize traditional materials updated with technical performance characteristics:  anti-UV calfskin leather, waterproof broadcloth, windproof stretch canvas and goose down, cashmere and mink which require no updating to provide warmth and luxurious softness.  Accessories include goggles, leather-wrapped helmet and silk balaclava in an exquisite print for which Hermès is legendary.  The color palette is quiet and subdued with curry yellow punctuating chalk white, camel and black.   Consult the Hermès web site to view the collection.

All this fanciness does not come cheap – a quick estimate puts the price tag for a Hermès ski jacket and pant ensemble at seven thousand dollars, never mind the requisite layers and accessories.  My next post will swing to the other end of the spectrum and get real with incredibly pleasing ultra light down at the entry price of fifty dollars from fast fashion giant Uniqlo. . .

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Hermès: Luxury for A Sporting Life

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All that is generally considered to be luxury ski apparel has been trumped this season by French fashion house Hermès.  After being absent for many decades, Hermès is re-introducing ski – part of the brand’s heritage since the 1930s.  The tightly edited line consists of luxurious and functional apparel and accessories.

As typical of Hermès, the print ad campaign is beautiful, charming and dreamy.  A continuation of A Sporting Life theme, this campaign features Norwegian model Iselin Steiro with photographs by Nathaniel Goldberg.

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Alpine Style: In Fashion

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Snow Hot featuring Kate Bock, photos by Arthru Belebeau.  SELF, November 2013. 

elle magazine october 2013 ski lift néon apres flashbackSki Lift:  Even as temperatures dip, the colors remain hot – neon to be precise.  ELLE, October 2013.

swarovski elements crystal ski goggles 2013 candice swanepoelCrystal-encrusted ski goggles.  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 2013 brand campaign featuring Candice Swanepoel, photo by Nick Knight.

banana republic apres ski collection men holiday 2013The Après Ski Shop. . . Inspired by the Alpine mountains.  Ready, set, snow.  Banana Republic, Holiday 2013.

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Native American Gloves

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I just can’t get enough of these vintage Native American gloves seen recently at antique fairs.  I have never felt anything like the buttery softness of the leather and fur and delight in the pretty beadwork.  The combination of artistry and utility produced a remarkable result.

Certainly gloves like this serve as inspiration for Astis and I am looking forward to ski days in my cozy mitts this winter.  Click to check out the new Astis models for Winter 2013/14.

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Weekend Treasures

I hit a small local antique fair over the weekend and managed to score a few solid finds.  It is a very big treasure hunting week with the final Brimfield show of 2013 starting today.

vintage photo boy bike bicycleI try to keep my collection exclusively ski or winter images but this vintage bike photo is too good to have left behind.

native american gloves beading beaded leather vintageGorgeous Native American leather gloves with beadwork.  Too pricey to buy but a happy reminder that in just a few months I will be skiing in my Astis mitts!

uvm vermont catamount vintage pennantI can’t recall ever coming across any vintage memorabilia from University of Vermont, my alma mater.  This 1950-60’s flocked pennant is a beauty with the badass Catamount mascot.

stowe-tbar-richardsonReal photo postcard of the Smuggler’s Notch T-Bar at Stowe, Vermont.  I have been looking for this specific image to add to my Richardson collection!  Photo by Harry Wendell Richardson of Newport, Vermont.

vintage ski photochrome postcard union pacific railroadI love the vibrant color of vintage Photochrome postcards.  This one was produced by the Union Pacific Railroad – such great composition.

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Rolex: Tamara & Lindsey

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Shopping Munich: Globetrotter

The Globetrotter shop in Munich is a massive four floors of outdoor clothing and equipment presented with the most thorough, precise and functional merchandising I have ever seen.  This German specialty retailer aims to make shopping an experience – and they succeed.

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globetrotter munich shop outdoor experience merchandising displayThe top floor hosts a large branch of the Bavarian alpine club, Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV) – complete with extensive maps, information, merchandise and educated staff to help plan mountain adventures.

A 360° tour can be viewed on the Globetrotter web site; this video provides a walking tour – both show off the gorgeous fixtures and unique features of this store.  I strongly recommend a stop at Globetrotter to shop the wide selection of premium outdoor brands or just for inspiration.

Globetrotter Munich:  Isartorplatz 8-10, 80331 Munich, Germany

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Shopping Zürich: Freitag

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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.

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Alprausch Flagship Store:  Werdmühleplatz 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

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