The New Yorker's Fresh Tracks

Feb 4, 2013 cover of The New Yorker I'm thrilled to share the cover of this week's New Yorker Magazine. It features a brilliant illustration, dubbed "Fresh Tracks," by German artist and designer, Birgit Schössow. The work shows an early-bird skier carving across the pristine white page. In doing so, she reveals a trail of words under the surface. The image is compelling for both its purity – so rare in magazine cover art – and its clever suggestion at the contents within. "Fresh Tracks" simultaneously appeals to snow junkies and literary geeks. Bravo Birgit!

source: The New Yorker written by: Nancy H.

On Your Mark, Get Stamped

Image To mark the start of the 2012 Summer Games, the Royal Mail UK has released a set of commemorate stamps. Four stamps seamlessly meld action shots of British athletes (diver, fencer, runners and cyclist) with some of London's most recognizable landmarks.

Created by Hat Trick, a multi-disciplinary agency, the stamps took a feat of endurance to realize. The creative team spent 15 months making sure the shots – the London Eye replicating a cyclist's wheel or the way a fencer's lunge meets with Tower Bridge – were perfectly aligned, as well as technically precise.

And, as British hopefuls rack up the gold, they too will be featured on special edition stamps throughout the course of the Olympics. The stamp will show a photo of the athlete or team from their gold-medal winning final. Where possible, these stamps feature a photograph of the athlete or team in action from their gold medal-winning final.


source: Design Boom, Design Week posted by: Nancy H

Yoga with Briohny Smith We're really inspired by the strength and beauty of Equinox Instructor Briohny Smyth. It's no  doubt she's been practicing yoga for over 15 years when you see the athleticism and artistry of her arm balances. Equinox spent a morning with her (catch a glimpse of her lover) at the sleek  Mondrian Hotel in Soho.  If these are the results, we're definitely motivated to move beyond the basics.

source: Q Equinox

2011 Gift Guide: The Sailor

2011 Gifts for the Sailor1) Pop open a bottle of Moët & Chandon and toast the season (holiday and racing) with your crew. Celebrate this champagne maker for its sponsorship of many fine sporting events throughout the year, including yacht racing. 2) To get or to give. The RS100 won big in Sailing World's 25th Boat of the Year awards. At 14 feet, this singlehanded dinghy “will keep both intermediate and advanced sailors engaged. From $11,000. 3) They'll keep the water at bay with SLAM's Russell Coutts–designed "RC" Spray Top. It's bold and striking and offers perfect attention to detail. $285. 4) JLK's unisex nautical clip bracelets are just the right amount of utilitarian and style. Sliding knots make the sailing paracord and stainless steel clip fully adjustable. $28. Need Supply 5) Give your first mate a needlepoint pillow, rug or blanket decorated with the classic anchor motif from Jonathan Adler. Available in several color combinations. $110-650.

2011 Gift Guide: The Equestrian

2011 Gifts for The Equestrian1) Head to St. Moritz for the 28th Polo World Cup on Snow where teams battle for the coveted trophy on the frozen St. Moritz Lake, January 26-29. Photos courtesy of (c) Tony Ramirez/ for St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow. 2) Look sharp sporting Hermès' Paddock jacket with removable vest in orange/fire. $2,150. 3) Gucci's horsebit bracelet with "G.Gucci Firenze 1921" commemorates the companies 90 years catering to horse and fashion lovers alike. $5,790, in gold. 4) It's quite acceptable to look this gift horse in the mouth. Jonathan Adler's playful stoneware horses. Available in white or midnight. $295. 5) Ariat's innovative Volant boots buck the traditional profile for a look that is sure to turn heads. $500. 6) Round up tickets to this highly inventive Tony award-winning play "War Horse."  Lincoln Center Theater, NYC and New London Theatre, UK 7) Cavallo classic top hat by Christy's shines in or out of the ring. Made in England. $450. Dover Saddlery

2011 Gift Guide: The Golfer

2011 Gifts for the Golfer1) Nice Pants will brighten any wall. This limited-edition print of multi-patterned golfers was snapped by lensman Landon Nordeman (contributor to The New Yorker and Saveur). From $50, 2) Located in England's Dartmouth National Park, Bovey Castle is a sportsman's paradise, with archery, tennis, fishing, falconry and, of course, its own private 18-hole course. All that fresh air will deserve a proper cocktail in the Oak Bar and seasonal feast in the castle's Edwardian Room. 3) We're coveting Louis Vuitton's exquisite monogrammed canvas golf bag. From $11,700. 4) Make a bold statement on the greens in head-to-toe orange (next-gen golfer Rickie Fowler does). 5) Gekkota Golf multi-tool features a ball marker, money clip, divot fixer, bottle opener and screwdriver all in a slim profile. Clearly a perfect stocking stuffer. $29.99. CRKT 6) Ditch the white gear. Add color to her game and grip to her swing with G/Fore leather ladies gloves in 13 shades (also available for men). $35. 7) Ecco's Street Luxe hybrid golf sneakers move from links to lunch without a sweat. Shown in brown pebbled leather and feature 800 traction points for grip in a variety of weather conditions. $180. 

2011 Gift Guide: The Surfer

2011 Gifts for the Surfer1) Pair a carbon fiber Chanel surfboard with a weekend  stay at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY. Inquire at Chanel boutiques. 2) Dive into Stoked: The Evolution of Action Sports for a deluxe edition with world-class photography and design. Besides, I would be remiss if I didn't recommend my best friend's book . From $100. Amazon 3) Inspired by the surf films of the 1960s, the Thomas Board Short combines retro styling with modern functionality. $75. Saturdays NYC 4) Make waves with Pret a Surf's mondrian long-sleeve rash guard. $190. Opening Ceremony 5) These Ray-Ban Outdoorsman II Rainbow aviators are pure classic gold metal frames updated with white accents. $145.  6) Get beach-body ready on the Ripsurfer X machine for the core strength and endurance achieved by pro-surfers. 8 week camp, $285Surfset Fitness 7) Missoni beach towels, with their wave-inspired patterns and beachy colors, are the perfect accessory for athlete or fashionista. From $205. 

2011 Gift Guide: The Tennis Player

2011 Gifts for the Tennis Player1) You're virtually guaranteed to be the only one on the courts with a vintage Louis Vuitton embossed racquet cover. Est $280. Kensington House Antiques 2) Treat yourself to a weekend in Newport, RI and visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Bring your racquet and partner to play on the manicured lawn courts. $100/hr. 3) Channel pro Caroline Wozniacki with Stella McCartney's tournament warm-up jacket. $120.00 4) Pick up vintage Giclee prints for a heritage vibe. From $55. 5) Wear the hallmark polo of the Yale Squash team (and clubs everywhere), identified by its unique Japanese maple leaf embroidery. $68. Boast USA 6) You can thank Chris Evert for the popularity of the sporty "tennis bracelet." Tiffany's Jazz features small, brilliant diamonds in platinum. From $8,950. 7) Sport a tennis bag by Cortiglia for a classic look the goes from court to club. Add monogramming to make it their own. $395.

2011 Gift Guide: The Cyclist

2011 Gifts for The Cyclist1) Experience Europe's breathtaking terrain on one of Rapha's Randonnées. Pictured: en route from Venice to Lake Como. From £2800. 2) See and be seen with the Bookman Light. Available in several bike coordinating colors. $29/€19.90 3) The limited edition Bowery leather handlebar bag is big enough to stash extra gear. $248.00 4) “Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design” appeals equally to kids and connoisseurs. $35 Chronicle Books or £19.95 Thames & Hudson 5) The Hermès bike is the perfect ride for the chic city cyclist. Features Taurillon Clemence leather accents. $4525 6) Rapha's specialized skincare is an essential addition to your rider's kit. From £7 - 45. 7) The Bike Shelf by Knife and Saw solves the age-old problem of gracefully storing your bicycle. Available in solid walnut or ash. $299

Moncler Illustrated

For Moncler's latest release, the Italian fashion house teamed up with three European artists to interpret ski-inspired pieces for the 2011/12 snow season. Jordi Labanda for MonclerJordi Labanda conjures up 60s lounge style with playful illustrations (complete with oxygen masks) reminiscent of the pioneering 1954 Karakorum climbing expeditions, an important piece of Moncler's history.

Alexandra Compain-Tissier for MonclerParis-based illustrator Alexandra Compain-Tissler uses traditional pencil technique for a black and white drawing that evokes vintage mountain photography, including the iconic rescue St. Bernard.

Erin Petson for MonclerErin Petson creates a delicate and ethereal mountain scene with watercolor-like techniques. Her interpretation for Moncler plays on her fluid style of fashion croquis.

The limited-edition quilted women's jackets are available at Moncler boutiques November 2011. $1395

posted by Nancy H.