Archive for September 22nd, 2010

feeling boastful

September 22, 2010

It’s not often you see a clothing line come along and provide promotional shots that include an ATV (above), a guy trying desperately to manage a bloody nose and another spooning out cantaloupe while inside a vintage car. But Boast is doing just that, re-launching the classic 1970’s American brand with a new look and feel that screams The Royal Tenenbaums meets Lacoste meets MTV‘s Jackass.

While that might be a complicated description, Boast’s line of polo tees are as simple as they come. Simple and successful. The polos, which come in three styles — pinstriped, tipped and solid — all retail for $68 and are made with hand-picked Peruvian cotton, a high quality long-staple fabric.

Boast has a history that they can be pretty, well, boastful about. (Yes, we had to go there. It’s over and done with now, we promise!) In 1973, tennis instructor Bill St. John started the brand that mostly emulated the success of Johnny Mac and Jimmy Connors, turning true tennis style into an American thing. Eventually, the likes of Roscoe Tanner, John Updike and George W. Bush would don the threads of the company.

Boast’s return was marked at a re-launch party Wednesday night in NoHo, downtown Manhattan, where TSF caught up with Alexander Tiger, one of the partners in making the re-launch happen. While he was thrilled to have the site live and functioning, he promised that the clothes would be in stores soon, and that 2011 would bring a more diverse Boast, with performance wear and accessories to boot.

“We just wanted to get to today, to have the product here and everyone able to see it and touch it,” Tiger said while guests sipped on Southside cocktails with miniature tennis racquet stirrers. “This is a true American heritage brand, something Ryan Harrison could wear.”

While we can’t quite imagine Harrison in the $1,200 hand-crafted navy blazer for sale alongside the polos, our fave was the tipped polo with red and orange, just enough color to make us feel, well, you know… boastful.

Browse: Boast’s online store. We like this pinstripe polo in Kelly green. Also available in navy, Carolina blue and red.

(photos courtesy of boast)

short balls: skipping the tennis

September 22, 2010

This is the first photo that matches the search term “short balls” on Flickr. Igor Andreev putting away a short one at Wimbledon, 2008. (Photo by Mark Brocklehurst via Flickr.)

While we’re plenty impressed by all the Davis Cupping that happened this past weekend, the tennis season is in a bit of a lull 10 days after the completion of the US Open and before the big-time fall tournaments get under way. The women are in Seoul and Tashkent this week, while the men are swinging their way through Bucharest and Metz. While we’ve been doing a little bit of swinging of our own, we’ve been making the non-tennis rounds of the internet and finding plenty of good, juicy bits to fill the short balls plate for this week. Nibble up, djya’ll!

Before we get to the non-tennis stuff there is a few tennis items to make mention of. David Rosenberg has an item on Tennis.com about Ana Ivanovic‘s strange relationship with the U.S. Backgammon Federation. The Federation has presented Ivanovic (a first-round loser in Seoul) with a lifetime honorary membership. Game, Set, Backgammon? | Kenneth in the 212 is giving us a peek of Gilles Simon‘s … well, just click the link. Meanwhile, Kenneth gives thumbs-up to the Chrissie & Martina documentary, Unmatched, that debuted last week. | Anna Kournikova is gracing the cover of the current issue of Maxim. The Russian is feeling rather American in the spread, no? | Amelia Island, which hosts a USTA event and used to be home to a much-loved WTA stop, has been sold to Omni, which has 45 luxury destinations throughout North American. (via TennisWire.org). | The ladies of Spain are boycotting the Fed Cup team in their country. Or, as Courtney put it, Ladycotting. Well chosen. | The USTA has donated 21,000 pounds of food left over from the USO to NYC agency City Harvest. | The Bryan Brothers are hosting a tennis-fun weekend near their hometown of Camarillo, northwest of LA this Saturday. Partnering with K-Swiss, the boys will be joined by Davis Cuppers Sam Querrey (another local talent) and Mardy Fish for an exhibition and wine tasting at Spanish Hills Country Club. Tickets here. | And no surprise here: Serena walks the catwalk at Fashion Week.

And some number crunching before we abandon our tennis roots for the rest of the web: at last week’s Bell Challenge in Quebec City, American women notched 12 match wins among 10 players (nearly one third the draw). Anchored mostly by Bethanie Mattek-Sands‘s final run and helped out by a semifinal appearance by our favorite Jersey girl Christina McHale and a quarterfinal result from Melanie Oudin. At the USO, there were also 10 American women in the draw, winning a total of 9 matches, three less than in Canada. All hail the Maple Leaf, we guess.

Now, the non-tennis-ing begins. We’re loving this children’s book Dad Dad Mom Mom that promotes same-sex couples as parents. It’s even got a video up on YouTube. Storks get us every time. | TSF contributer and everything-extraordinaire Tobin Addington has his re-vamped web site up, which features musings on his blog and links to his writing, which is downright fantastic. His stuff is available here on Amazon. Check it. | The New York Times has a fantastic slideshow up of the good stuff at Burlington Toys in New York. Toy geeks rejoice! | While the DADT fail was disappointing yesterday, it’s encouraging to see a pop star take such a stance, isn’t it? | The New Yorker Festival kicks off next weekend (Oct. 1-3). The event features a sit-down with famed sports writer Bill Simmons. Too bad said talk is already sold out, but nice to see the intellects of the world wanting to hear/ see Bill in action. | We’ll just steal Gawker‘s headline on this one: “Bristol’s Grody DWTS Debut“. | It’s NYC Climate Week. That is all.

And if you’re ever wondering who to turn to for all your tennis and sporting business news, it’s tough to beat this guy. (more…)

WANT WANT WANT: a scarf, a hoodie, and a journal

September 22, 2010

Rags are riches: The folks at Recession Rags are focusing just on their button scarves for now, moving their non-scarf items — tailored pants, shorts, etc. — to a different brand that’ll appear soon. In the meantime, they’ve churned out some solid neckwear for Fall 2010 (now priced at $29 a pop, down from $50). And in case you need to be enticed, RR’s running a 4-for-$100 special, an offer we’re taking them up on. Check out the goods here.

Moleskine by Marc Jacobs: A limited-edition Moleskine designed by Marc Jacobs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Barneys CO-OP stores. (via Refinery29)

Not that it’s stopped us before: We ran across these clothes from Airwalk during our US Open trip to NYC and have been jonesing for them ever since. (Native American print’s been done and done, but the fabric’s super-comfy and the price points aren’t bad.) Of course, we didn’t know at the time that these were women’s offerings — an important detail which we’re willing to overlook. Buy: Airwalk Southwest Hoodie, $40; Streak V-Neck, $26; airwalk.com.

(screengrabs via recessionrags.com and airwalk.com)

flashback: for joma, asymmetrical hombres at the 2010 us open

September 22, 2010

Feliciano Lopez came into the 2010 US Open with a seesaw North American hardcourt record: he reached the semis at the Farmers Classic in L.A. (in style, of course) and followed that up with back-to-back first-round losses in Toronto in Cincinnati. Perhaps he just peaked too early? He rebounded in New York, making it to the fourth round before running into the Nadal juggernaut.

And along the way, Feli showed off a simple Joma Sport shirt that played with thick, asymmetrical lines across the chest (and shooting down the left arm).

Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who came into the Open fresh from a title in Umag (though on clay), lost in the third round to Jurgen Melzer. Ferrero went with v-necks peppered with graphics across the clavicle and shoulder.

Browse: At Joma’s site, a few more pieces. And below the cut, a few more looks of their US Open kits…

fashion: what caro’s wearing to melbourne and wimbledon 2011

September 22, 2010

adidas by Stella McCartney held their Spring/Summer 2011 presentation yesterday as part of London Fashion Week. Added to the sport-specific pieces is a new Weekender category. (Read: British Vogue‘s write-up)

I’ll leave it to you guys to caption these awesome pictures of Caroline Wozniacki playing 3D videogame tennis. (Whew, for a second I thought those were here everyday eyeglasses!)

Based on these images, it doesn’t look like adidas is straying too much from the palette, switching from 2010’s shades of grey into a dark blue and switching the detail color from lime to pink. And the undergarment theme — this year’s, a corset — continues with this negligee-inspired look. (What do you think of the collection? Tell us!)

(images via Getty Images)


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