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The Simple Anorak: When Less Is More

vintage ski fashion style anorak sunglassesxvintage ski lady woman skier anorak snow fashionxvintage ski fashion style knit mittens anorak girlxjoan porter skier vintage ski lodge anorak howard lyonxvintage ski photo anorak patches soldier beret europeSpring skiing is here – or coming very soon – so it is time to lighten layers.  The simple and clean anorak fits the bill.  Fortunately, this classic style is experiencing a revival with contemporary versions increasingly available in the retail mix of lightweight, windbreaker jackets.

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On the Snow: Burke, Vermont

rapha arcteryx ski bike bruce rychlik burke vermontRapha on snow!  More precisely, Rapha on Bruce Rychlik on top of Burke Mountain after a morning skin up.  Was thrilled to see this coveted brand of cycling apparel and lifestyle put to use on snow.  Combined with Arc’Teryx – it was a technical and stylish knockout.

pj dewey owner racestock sports ski shred helmet slope sidePJ Dewey of Racestock Sports wears the Shred Half Brain D-Lux helmet in the very Vermont Slopeside edition.  The maple sugaring graphics are by Shawn Rice (of Magic Hat graphic design fame), the artist who created the excellent packaging for the Cochran family’s Slopeside Syrup brand.

kathy herde burton snowboard bonfire plaid bikeKathy Herde is mad about plaid!  Bonfire ensemble, head to toe, to ride her Burton snowboard one day after riding her Surly Pugsley fat bike at Winterbike.

bogner one piece ski suit red edelweiss luxuryIt was the edelweiss that lured me in – but this classic Bogner one-piece suit reminded me of the German brand’s history in the Northeast Kingdom.  In 1973, Willy and Sonya Bogner moved to Newport, Vermont to open a manufacturing facility for their family’s luxury ski apparel brand. I believe production was maintained for more than a couple decades.  Sadly, but not surprisingly, Bogner no longer maintains production in the U.S. (Check out M. Miller of Boston for luxury ski apparel proudly made in the U.S.A.)

camels hump sunset burke mountain vermont northeast kingdom ski areaCamel’s Hump, Vermont’s third highest peak, seen through a hazy sunset from the top of the Mid-Burke Express.

burke mountain vermont ski area snow report sherburne express quad base lodge Last weekend was a good one at Burke. . . I am ready for another!  Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

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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 Snow: Jay Peak, Vermont

jay peak vermont ski freestyle terrain park Bold color in the Jay Peak 180 mini park.

raised jay peak from vermont helmet oakleyRaised Jay grom waiting for the tram.

jay peak vermont snowboard instructors snow school burton uniform ringlet parkSnowboard instructors in fresh uniforms.

jay peak vermont snowboard instructors snow school burton uniform ringlet parkNice sleeve placement of Burton Riglet Park logo.

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Après Ski: Cute Boots

tory burch leland boot winter 2014 pares ski fur pom ponsThe Leland Bootie by Tory Burch.  For a non-snow fashion brand, traditional nordic influences and materials have come together in an inspired style that looks at home in the mountains.

tory burch leland boot bear den bar pub burke vermont apres ski fashionSarah discovered these lovelies at the beginning of winter 2013-2014 and they have been enjoying a full season of après outings.  Shown here in the Bear Den Lounge at Burke Mountain, Vermont.  Currently, these very boots can be found exploring Sun Valley where they undoubtedly have more like company than in the Northeast Kingdom.

tory burch leland boot bear den bar pub burke vermont apres ski fashionThe season is winding down and if you are lucky enough to find your size, you will probably be lucky enough to find them on sale!

penelope chilvers impossible boot red apres ski winter

penelope chilvers impossible boot red pink black green apres ski winterThe Leland reminds me of boots I came across while shopping Zurich, Switzerland a few years ago and have been dreaming about since.  Penelope Chilvers designs the Impossible Boot with a Lapland-inspired upturned toe. . .

penelope chilvers incredible boot winter apres ski brown traditionalpenelope-chilvers-incredible. . . and the equally charming Incredible Boot. These boots are as functional as they are stylish with water-repellant pony upper, non-slip rubber soles and super-cozy sheepskin shearling lining.

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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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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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Last Look: 2013 National Team Uniforms

asksel lund svindal ski race norway uniformNORWAY:  Aksel Lund Svindal filling out his vibrant yellow speed suit and clean white and black outerwear by Phenix.

julia mancuso laurenne ross ski race usaUNITED STATES:  Julia Mancuso in black, Laurenne Ross in vivid green, uniforms by Spyder.  The green was kind of fun but I am hoping new uniforms have a more patriotic look.  I do have to give the USST and Spyder a nod for infusing inherently uptight uniforms with a sense of relaxed American mountain lifestyle.

maria hoefl riesch ski germany bogner milka pinkGERMANY:  Maria Hoefl-Riesch wears Bogner vivid pink outerwear and the snow tiger suit which is a long-standing tradition for the team.

nadia fanchini italy ski argentina race coach schladming 2013ITALY, ARGENTINA:  Bold letters in black and white clearly identify these teams in uniforms by Kappa.  Nadia Fanchini of Italy at left.  I quite like the graphic impact and utility of this strong look, especially Argentina’s stylized execution.

tina maze slovenia ski world champion schladming uniform milkaSLOVENIA:  It’s a good thing World Champion Tina Maze carries herself with such presence because this uniform by Halti is a lot to pull off.

austria ski anna fenninger michi kirchgasser milkaAUSTRIA:  Anna Fenninger in bright blue, Michaela Kirchgasser in white, outerwear by Schöffel.  The Austrian kit, like the team itself, is very strong and a contender for the best – distinctive and refined, powerful and wearable colors, complementary variety, consistent interesting themes and details, well merchandised and executed.  The back of the blue jacket is emblazoned with the claim Power Team, true enough!

ski race austria germany maria riesch puffy jacketPuffy Jackets:  Hannes Reichelt of Team Austria in black Schöffel.  Bogner male and female versions of team insulated outerwear; Maria Hoefl-Riesch again in pink.

With the Sölden FIS World Cup ski races kicking off the new season in just a few days, here is one last peek at some national team uniforms from 2013.  I am always curious to see if and how much teams change their kits year to year.  From early season training photos, I have seen a little new but much of the same from last season.  With 2014 being an Olympic year, there will be no shortage of new uniforms to be revealed!

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