Brand Spotlight: Woolrich John Rich & Bros

Featured: Women’s Teton Parka

As a part of the historical Woolrich family stemming back to the early 19th century, the Woolrich John Rich & Bros line presents classic American fashion but with a twist of modern style. The company has come a long way since John Rich II first opened the Woolrich Woolen Mills in Pennsylvania nearly two centuries ago. After decades of catering to the outdoor lifestyle of the average blue-collar citizen, John Rich & Bros (JRB) helps to breathe new life into a remarkable heritage brand where practicality meets style. With a focus on adding a touch of sophistication to the style of daily life, the brand still manages to maintain the defining aspects of the Woolrich identity that was first created for American pioneers.

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We can’t be the only ones who love Buffalo Check for fall – did you know that Woolrich was the first to release this iconic print? Introduced to the collection in 1850, Buffalo Check has become a worldwide staple for a heritage look. Legend has it that the designer of this fabric owned a herd of buffalo, so he named the fabric after his beloved herd. When worn with the matching printed pant, a “Pennsylvania Tracksuit” is born – this just might rival the denim on denim “Canadian Tuxedo!”

Another quintessential style from JRB is the Arctic Parka, which was designed and produced in the early 1970s. Created to outfit workers constructing the Alaska pipeline, this down-insulated parka remains a staple of the modern collection.

Having recently celebrated their 185th anniversary, Woolrich John Rich & Bros is a brand that seems to be getting better with age. As a true lover of fashion paired with function, Sporting Life is proud to provide a home for heritage pieces that stand the test of time.

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Brand Spotlight: Fjallraven

Featured: Men’s Canada Shirt, Men’s Keb Pant

Aside from their iconic Kånken backpack that we love oh-so-much, Fjällräven has spent more than 50 years leading the apparel industry in serving nature.

“To leave no trace is a motto among outdoor enthusiasts. And just as we would like to leave last night’s campsite so that the next visitors can enjoy undisturbed nature, we would also like Fjällräven as a company to have as small an environmental footprint as possible.” Fjallraven responsibility

Created in a tiny cellar in Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven has emerged as a popular brand all over the world. Åke Nordin, an outdoorsman and scout, didn’t find that the backpacks of the time were very comfortable or fun. The bags were certainly not the same kind of backpack we use today; they hung shapelessly and forced you to walk doubled over.

Åke had read that if you were going to carry anything heavy, the weight should be positioned high up and close to the back. It was in the aforementioned cellar that he created a wooden frame. Using his mother’s sewing machine, he sewed a bag out of strong cotton material which he fastened to the frame using leather straps.

While in Ranger school, Åke realized that there was a market for functional,hard-wearing outdoor equipment. When he founded Fjällräven 10 years later, this backpack was the start of it all. Founded at his family’s home just outside Örnsköldsvik, the first backpacks with aluminum frames were created, and eventually the “condensation-free, lightweight tents, functional outdoor clothing and revolutionary sleeping bags which would come to be loved by a growing corps of outdoor enthusiasts around the world.”

As a company, Fjällräven is all about 3 things:

  • Developing durable, timeless and functional outdoor equipment
  • Acting responsibly towards people, animals and nature
  • Awakening and maintaining an interest in outdoor life

The 2017 collection from Fjällräven features sustainable apparel for those who don’t want to feel the cold. Through their Down Promise, Swedish Wool Project and developments in synthetic insulation, Fjällräven will keep you warm on nature’s terms.

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#CelebrateWild – Spotlight on Arc’teryx

Arc’teryx has been a staple brand for both outdoor enthusiasts and the Sporting Life community for years. Defined by “Design, Craftsmanship, Performance”, Arc’teryx continues to innovate and create smart, technical pieces that will help you perform your best in the great outdoors.

Arc’teryx is built on the principle of obsessive, precise design and production. A Canadian brand (we love to support fellow Canucks) based out of North Vancouver, Arc’teryx is designed just minutes away from skiing, climbing, and harsh mountain environments. What better setting to inspire the best innovations in technical clothing? Arc’teryx is known for their high quality Gore-Tex hardshells and ergonomic fit, among many other praise-worthy design features.

Since its inception in 1989, Arc’teryx has stayed true to its statement of purpose:

At Arc’teryx, the goal is to create equipment that enables a person to be immersed in the moment of doing, regardless of external conditions. Simple solutions to complex challenges; this is the essence of minimalism and our philosophy of design. Reducing the effects of weather, streamlining use, and moving efficiently creates a timeless, outdoor experience. 

Simple solutions to complex challenges. This is so important to those of us who love the outdoors – Mother Nature is complex enough. Your clothes don’t need to be.

Wild spaces challenge, invite, heal and provoke. They are spectacular, intimidating, soothing , ordinary and vulnerable. They evoke our humanity, the feeling that we are where we belong, and we belong to where we are. From city to ice climbing, to the deepest powder snow, the wild spaces of winter.

Fall/Winter 2017 carries on the brand’s tradition of superior craftsmanship. #CelebrateWild in the new styles and revisions – click below to explore some of the beautiful new pieces available at Sporting Life!

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Brand Spotlight: Fred Perry

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“I was generally regarded as the best dressed player of my time…” -Fred Perry

Today – May 18 – marks the birthday of a British sporting icon and the founder of one of our favourite tennis brands. Fred Perry would have been 108 had he been alive today! In the early-mid 1900s, Fred Perry was one of the best tennis players in the world. We want to honour his birthday by shining a spotlight on his wildly successful brand that we love so much.

The Man

After growing up in Stockport, England and learning to play tennis on the public courts near his family’s home, Fred Perry went on to be a world tennis champion – starting with table tennis! Perry was the world table tennis champion at the age of 19 before making the switch to lawn tennis. He went on to win Wimbledon not once, but three times in a row.

1928 – World Table Tennis Champion
1929 – World Table Tennis Champion
1933 – US Open Champion
1934 – Australian Open Champion, US Open Champion, Wimbledon Champion
1935 – Australian Open Champion, French Open Champion, US Open Champion, Wimbledon Champion
1936 – US Open Champion, Wimbledon Champion

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“Oh, and he created an instantly recognizable and enduring piece of British clothing.”

The Shirt
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The original Fred Perry polo was the M3. It came in one colour – classic tennis white – and is a pure representation of Fred Perry. Perry designed and wore the shirt himself, proving its wearability on and off the court in 1952. Fred Perry polos have a classic and clean fit; a simple, streamlined silhouette proudly made in Leicester, England.

The twin tipped M12 came next. This was the first (but not the last) shirt to feature the signature Fred Perry twin tipping. While Perry’s shirt was always fashionable, this is the shirt that took the brand from courts to streets.

The logo for the Fred Perry brand is the laurel wreath, based on the original Wimbledon symbol. This brand and symbol went on to inspire not only tennis players, but fans and people from all sorts of communities; from musicians to film makers. The laurel wreath became a part of British subculture in the 1950s and has been adopted (but never forced) by every subsequent generation. “The uniform of the non-uniform”, the laurel wreath represents belonging without losing individuality. (via fredperry.com)

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All Things S’well

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Keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 with colourful reusable bottles from S’well. These bottles are sleek, stylish and practical. Whether you need cold water for a hot yoga session, coffee for your morning commute or champagne for a celebration, your S’well bottle will be there to quench your thirst. They are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to plastic bottles made of high-grade 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel. All S’well bottles are BPA-free, non-toxic and non-leaching.

Bottle Sizes

Available in three sizes, these bottles are perfectly sized and the mouth can fit most ice cubes. A standard sized cup holder is just the right size for a 9oz or 17oz bottle and a bottle of wine fits perfectly into a 25oz bottle. The bottles are triple walled and made with ThermaS’well technology that features an interior copper layer for a condensation-free exterior that won’t sweat on your hands or in your bag.

Spring Summer 2017 Collection

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New season, new S’well! The new bright and colourful Spring/Summer 2017 S’well bottle collection is now in stores and online. The core classics like the Wood, Stone, Glitter and Shimmer collections remain in this seasons lineup featuring some new hues. Mouth-watering colours like eucalyptus and pomegranate have been added to the Satin collection and a limited edition Monochrome collection features black and white prints. Inspiration for the Textile collection was drawn from global fibres of India & Africa. The prints feature a semi-matte finish and encompass the artisanal effect of worldly trims. Bicoastal locations are illustrated in a shiny, high gloss finish to create a bold personal statement in the Destination collection.

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Cleaning your S’well Bottle: Bottle Brush

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You will definitely be putting your S’well bottle to use, so it is important to clean it properly. Do not run your bottle through the dishwasher because this can cause the paint to chip and vacuum seal to become ineffective. Simply clean your bottle with a mixture of hot water and soap and use the S’well bottle brush to scrub inside. The handle is made of bamboo and 18/8 stainless steel and comes with a removable head that can be easily pulled off from the top of the handle. The brush is made to fit in all S’well bottle sizes for easy cleaning.

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