From ultraluxe gym bags to activity trackers and accessories that broadcast extreme brand love, the fitness world is enjoying a fashionable moment. Here are some additions to the growing segment. BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Joining the widely known Nike+ FuelBand, whose second generation will launch in November, are new competitors in the fitness tracker market.
Polar Loop Known for its heart-rate monitors, Polar is getting in the wristband tracker game with the Polar Loop. Like other trackers, the Loop measures sleeping patterns, steps taken and caloric burn. What sets this device apart is that it links to a heart rate monitor, giving the wearer a more accurate picture of calories burned. It’s also waterproof, while other bands are water resistant. Users can log workouts via Bluetooth and access Polar’s training plans. It retails for $109.
FitBitForce Fitbit’s latest addition tracks stairs climbed, distance, calories burned and active minutes expended. Using Bluetooth, the Force also monitors sleep, and like the Loop and FuelBand, includes a display screen showing stats as well as the time. An iPhone 4s or higher can receive call notifications, too. Price: $129.95
BATTLE OF THE BAGS: New high-end bags with an athletic twist.
Park Luxury Sporting Accessories Anne-Marie Olson, a former vice president of handbags and accessories at Li & Fung, left her job a year ago to start Park, a high-end brand devoted to athletic accessories. From totes and backpacks to bags for tennis, golf, skiing and snowboarding, Park uses coated canvas and leather from Italy. Bags range from $450 to $1,100 at parkaccessories.com.
Stalvey Jason Stalvey always wanted an alligator duffel he could carry to the gym. He admits it’s a bit extravagant, but when he couldn’t find a suitable one, he decided to launch his own exotics collection of men’s and women’s bags. Besides the duffel, other sporty numbers include a gym sack and baseball caps, all in alligator. Prices range from $1,800 to $25,000 at stalvey.com. SPIN SISTERS: Flywheel and SoulCycle are taking their rivalry to the streets with the continued expansion of each studio’s accessories and apparel collections.
Soul Cycle Soul enthusiasts can shop a trove of cold-weather accessories at Soul’s retail shops come December. Goods include cashmere gloves, hats, legwarmers, scarves and a limited-edition blanket. “Our riders are connected to their transformative experience in the SoulCycle studio and the SoulCycle gear is an extension of that experience,” said cofounder Julie Rice.
Flywheel Flywheel will launch “fashionable, yet functional” gym bags and small pouches under its private label, said retail director Natalie Cohen. “Accessories is the next category we are testing,” she said. “There’s a lot of opportunity.” The bags, scarves, beanies, trucker hats and more are set to hit Flywheel studios in time for holiday.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye