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Dutch apparel designer Maartje Hoogland has come up with a cycling themed collection she calls “Valsplat”. (I can’t figure out how it translates into English so if anyone does, would you share it here?)

Hoogland’s collection was inspired by the colors of the rainbow jersey, features found on cycling jerseys and the “whole circus” surrounding bike racing.

Her knit dresses are really great, but I feel her cut and sew pieces need a bit more polish and attention to fit. Overall I love the way she’s translated the World Championship rainbow stripes into non-cycling fashion. For more about Maartje Hoogland click here.

More cycling inspired fashion here and here.

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I was checking out Terry Bicycles (purveyors of all things bicycle for women) website this week and was happy to see their new Poppy Gall designed Cyclo Bra and Cyclo Brief on the site. Being a cyclist, this was a particularly fun project for me to work on because I could draw on first hand experience.

Terry’s mission was to reinvent the sport bra for cycling. I was given very specific design parameters for both styles. For the Cyclo Bra, strap construction and location, body-mapped wicking areas, smooth chafe free seams, and moderate support were essential design features for comfort and riding performance. Many women ride with their jerseys almost fully unzipped when it’s hot so the bra couldn’t be too revealing, and since bees in the cleavage aren’t much fun, the neckline had to be higher than most bras.

The Cyclo Brief was designed to meet the needs of the woman who isn’t into wearing Lycra shorts, but wants the comfort of a padded liner beneath looser fitting bottoms. Seam placement and inseam length for optimal comfort, and placement of wicking fabrics are integral to the design.

I can’t wait to give them a spin! Please let me know what you think if you try them out. And as Terry founder Georgiana Terry always signs off – “tailwinds”!

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I’m lucky. It’s 15 minutes from my front door to the bottom of the ski lift. I prefer to ski during the week because I can fit a lot of runs in within a short window of time, and still put in a productive workday.

Skiing on weekends can’t be about making lots of runs because of lift lines. But longer lines are great for socializing and checking out what people are wearing and the gear they’re using; real time trend spotting at it’s best, and great inspiration for my work.

Over the weekend I spotted a couple wearing some fabulous mittens a bit behind me in line. I waited for them at the top of the mountain so I could take a closer look.

Their handcrafted leather mittens are made in the U.S. and are beautifully embellished with intricate beadwork, fringe and fur based on Cree Indian designs. The company name, derived from the Cree word for mittens, is Astis. The mitts are truly works of art.

It turns out that the couple I was chatting with are friends with the owner of Astis and filled me in on their story. I mentioned that I was a designer, and as an aside had designed the Isis jacket the woman was wearing. She told me how much she loves her jacket and that the photographer who took the photos on the hangtag was a friend of theirs. There are far less than seven degrees of separation in the ski world.

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Artist Jillian Tamaki used needle and thread to deliciously illustrate three book covers for the recent debut of the Penguin Threads series. She was commissioned  to stitch covers for Jane Austin’s Emma, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. Each is beautifully rendered, her stitches are perfect, the color selection impeccable. The covers are sculpt-embossed for a textured feel. With a resurgence of handmade and homespun goods in the marketplace (think etsy.com, craft fairs and farmer’s markets), it is nothing short of genius to update the classics for a new generation of readers by “embroidering” their covers. Do you know a young reader who would delight in these editions? Find the series at your favorite local bookseller.

Jillian Tamaki’s blog shows her work in progress and more about the project.

The inside flap is a truly inspired! The back of Tamaki’s canvas shows her neat stitches.

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I’m a huge fan of polka dots, so this fall’s flood of big and small, flashy and subtle polka dots makes me happy. These simple dots can be anything from bright and fun to subtle and sophisticated depending on scale, fabric choice, application and color. Did you know that spotted prints were christened “polka dots” in the 1840s as polka music captivated the world?

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This is the kind of exhibit that gets my creative juices flowing. Too bad it’s so far from Vermont! Organized by Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, N.C., it draws from all my favorite fields – graphic design, industrial design, fashion, furnishings, architecture, and digital media and speaks to the pervasiveness and relevance of pattern and ornament today. Comprised of six thematic sections it features 72 remarkably inventive works from 42 international designers and artists.

The curators see ornament, not as a trend, but as an exciting new chapter in a rich history of visual communication. “This exhibition reveals the ongoing value of ornament and pattern through the work of contemporary designers and artists who are evolving deep and rich traditions,” said Denise Gonzales Crisp, co-curator of the exhibition. “We have gathered works that are ingenious, surprising, sophisticated, and innovative in their form, their story, and their use of technology. Seen here together, these pieces assert, in a variety of ways, ornament and pattern’s relevance to human expression and to the quality of every day life.”

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Here are some of my favorite pieces.

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(Thanks Ann for the tip!)

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I’ve come across the story of yet another inspiring and pioneering female motorcyclist – Anke-Eve Goldmann, a six foot tall German motorcycle racer. Slim and striking, she felt comfortable with both cameras and eyes focused on her as she proved her mettle on two wheels.

It appears that from the 1950’s onward she competed in Endurance and Speed competitions, but was barred from competing at higher level Club or GP racing because she was a woman.

I find it especially interesting that Goldmann designed her own motorcycle racing leathers. Apparently she worked with German leather riding gear manufacturer Harro in designing her custom riding gear. I’m presuming there wasn’t much in the way of motorcycling gear available for women in the 50’s so she helped create her own.

The custom summer one-piece riding suit she designed had a distinctive diagonal zipper starting at the neck and angling across her upper torso. A look that is certainly current today in women’s fashion. Harro went on to manufacture her designs for public consumption.

In winter her jacket featured a wide multi-buckled belt, too large to be merely a kidney belt. Perhaps it helped keep her warm in cold temperatures. Her winter riding suit was significantly bulkier and larger than her svelte summer cat-suit, and clearly accommodated woolen under layers.

After her closest friend died in a riding accident, Anke-Eve Goldmann seems to have given up motorcycles altogether, and began to travel with a backpack to remote Asian locations. Traveling alone, she trekked through Burma, the Sunda Islands, Vietnam, and Cambodia, not many years after the conflicts there had ended. More of her story at The Vintagent.

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You might also like to read about globe-circling motorcyclist Elspeth Beard

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Greek born and London based designer Mary Katrantzou’s original and inspired Fall collection imagines the woman as a connoisseur enveloped in Fabergé eggs, Meissen porcelain, cloisonné enamel, and Ming vases.

To match the luxurious collectibles that inspired her colorful and explosive prints, Katrantzou borrowed silhouettes from the haute couture wardrobes of their imagined owners; legendary style icons like Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley, and the Duchess of Windsor. Her pieces are a treat for the eye!

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From a series of hand knit wool sweaters and accessories made in Nepal, designed by Poppy Gall Design Studio.

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To see more work by Poppy Gall Design Studio click here.

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Most of the projects I work on take about 18 months to come to market and for me to be able to show them in my portfolio. By the time the products are for sale in stores I have often “forgotten” about them!

This was not the case with the women’s cycling kits I designed for a fundraiser for Stowe Unfunded Sports. Project coordinator Pascale Savard and I started working on the jersey and short concepts in late May and they were delivered at the beginning of August. That’s super fast in my world!

The design direction demanded that the kit be feminine, sporty and somewhat retro – but NOT “girly”. Pascale is in love with Pantone 293, so that is the blue color we chose for the main body. I used a lot of white, making the kit both visible and feminine. 70’s cycling jerseys inspired the striping and makes for a clean look. The big Stowe logo adds an identifiable and retro touch. My biggest challenge was balancing the placement and colors of the sponsor’s logos on the jersey side panels, sleeves and back pockets.

Proceeds from the sales will go to help fund cross-country running, Nordic skiing, golf and the alpine ski teams in the Stowe schools. Kits are available while they last at H.E. Shaw’s General Store in Stowe, Vermont.

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Most brands and packaging these days bombard us with texts, fonts, colors and elements trying to stand out on the supermarket shelf. Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa takes packaging design to a whole new level through literalist design with his banana flavored juice box.

Fukasawa simulated the look, feel and texture of the fruit flavor contained inside. His design for the banana juice box is brilliant, vibrant and creative. I’d be a sucker for it!

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Via: 1WD.CO

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This stylish leather bicycle 6-pack holder was originally designed to hold bicycle polo mallets. It’s use seems more universal for toting brewskis (or rakes and shovels or kayak paddles). You can even have one custom made. Click here for more info.

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For more 2-wheeled inspiration click here.

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The Italian luxury brand Missoni, which has a flare for original knitwear design, has collaborated with Brazilian footwear company Havaianas on a collection of flip flops. Now these fun “designer” flips are something I can wrap my mostly-barefoot-outdoor-lifestyle brain around! At $60 they won’t deplete my piggy bank.

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Just had to share this bit of silliness. After all it’s the weekend! Enjoy!

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via: Laura Mappin

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I’m very fortunate that I love my work designing apparel to be used for outdoor activities. One of the best things about what I do is “testing” garments. I had plenty of time to consider the characteristics of various pieces of outdoor winter clothing during my recent trip to Iceland.

Two straight weeks of alpine ski touring provided ample time try different fabrics and garments and dream of ways to make them better. I was with a bunch of fashionista gear junkies who were always willing to talk about their likes and dislikes and wishes for the ultimate piece of apparel. Playing with others can spark great new ideas.

The fabric in one jacket I tested was super breathable while climbing, but once the wind kicked up I found it wasn’t as windproof as it claimed to be and I nearly froze until I put my down sweater on. Clearly I won’t be recommending this fabric for use in a winter alpine environment.

Venting zips on pants are always a hot topic – full side zips or partial, or inner thigh? Each has their merit. When Mother Nature knocks I prefer full side zips with a drop seat. Vents that operate easily on jackets are another topic completely.

There’s nothing worse than a hood that is difficult to adjust in a raging freezing wind when you’re being pummeled by tiny ice pellets. You just don’t want to be futzing around with your gloves off in conditions like that.

Pocket placement is also key if you’re wearing a pack with a hip belt and sternum strap. You need easy access to your pockets when buckled into your pack. I especially like my camera to be quickly accessible.

While a lot of my time is spent at my drawing board, a lot of it is spent in the mountains trying to develop better ways to build technical garments. Are any of you as thankful as I am that what you love to do, and what you work at, are so intertwined?

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