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.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion