Basketball sneakers have a very storied history that spans decades upon decades. Did you know the first basketball sneaker made strictly for performance was made almost 100 years ago? Today, with the help of Sports Domain Lab we’re taking a look at the history of basketball shoes and five of the most iconic basketball models of all-time.
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star
What many consider the first “official” basketball sneaker, the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star made its debut way back in 1917 when it was released by the Converse Rubber Shoe Company. The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star got its name in 1921 when it was named after Chuck Taylor. Taylor was a salesman for the brand who also happened to be playing for Converse’s semi-pro All-Star basketball team. Chuck Taylor needed a durable shoe and gave Converse some suggestions on how they can make that possible. Thankful for Taylor’s input, Converse agreed to the enhancements, made the shoe and named them after him. What makes this model even more iconic is the fact that it became the first basketball shoe casually worn off the court.
Pro Keds Royal
The Pro Keds Royal made its debut in 1949. Like the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star, this model was also constructed using a canvas upper and gum sole. The shoe was worn by notable players such as George Mikan and Willis Reed throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Known for being an affordable sneaker that was also durable, the sneaker may look simple in appearance, but it had all the qualities and traits to support your game on the court. Unlike the Converse brand, Pro Keds did not manage to remain relevant after all these decades. That being the case, you can still find the brand at select retailers throughout the globe. Down, but not out. W could not have expected anything less from Pro Keds.
The adidas Superstar made its debut in 1969. By the 1970s, the Three Stripes model was being worn on the court by superstar players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Superstar stood out thanks in large part to its leather upper and distinct rubber shelltoe. The shoes were so highly coveted that the biggest hip hop artists in the world began wearing them casually during the 80s, shout out Run-DMC. As you can imagine, soon thereafter the adidas Superstar became a fashion staple in the urban community. It’s safe to say that the adidas Superstar has had a bigger impact off the court than on.
The year was 1973. Walt “Clyde” Frazier and the Knicks had just defeated the Lakers to win their second championship. That very same year, Frazier had signed with Puma for $25,000 a year. His on-court shoe of choice, the Puma Clyde. According to Frazier, the Puma Clyde was based on the Puma Basket and borrowed details from the Puma Suede. Just like Clyde Frazier, the Puma Clyde redefined street style with it’s smooth aesthetic. It was the perfect mix of style and substance. It was also the first sneaker that was designed to make a fashion statement, hence the suede upper, a trait rarely seen on basketball models back in the day. Even after all these years, Puma continues to release new iterations of the Puma Clyde. Talk about withstanding the test of time, eh?
Nike Air Force 1
Is there a more iconic basketball silhouette than the Nike Air Force 1!? At the very least, it has to be a top 3 candidate, right? It’s hard to argue that any other sneaker has had as much of a crossover into street culture than the Nike Air Force 1.
The Bruce Kilgore-designed model is said to have been released in at least 2,000 colorways since the shoe made its debut back in 1982. When the shoe was made, it was considered a peak-performance basketball shoe. The original Air Force 1 was a high-top that came with an ankle strap, a full grain leather upper and of course, for the first time ever in a basketball shoe, Nike Air technology. Soon after debuting on the court, the AF1 growth spread throughout the globe like wildfire. We’re now in 2019, and sneakerheads are STILL feening over certain Air Force 1 releases. That’s wild.
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We've always been a big believer that when it comes to selecting products that you bring into your home, office or additional space, it's a good idea to know about where it sits in the marketplace, the related founders and of course, why you should care about the products function. This month we sat down with Matthias Metternich, one of the Co-Founders and CEO of personal care brand, Art of Sport who also has Kobe Bryant and Brian Lee (as Co-Founder of Honest Co., LegalZoom and ShoeDazzle.com) as Co-Founders, to talk about the brand's approach, the need to service across a diverse socioeconomic demographic, the the conflict that can exist when there are brands looking to be natural versus chemical, and the rise of the third lane which adopts aspects of natural while looking to safe chemicals to ensure integrity of performance.
ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about your background prior to the Art of Sport.
MATTHIAS METTERNICH: I began my journey as a coder and a designer as a kid. I started very young when I was 9. My parents bought me a computer and I moved around a lot so I was in some very far flung places. As a result, I didn’t always have a big crowd of friends and lot of fun things to go and do at night – but then I was also 9 so I wasn’t going out clubbing either.
AM: We were just going to ask what you would be doing at 9 ha.
MM: Right. I’m sure I had an interest in going out and couldn’t go out, but I ended up spending my time in front of computers. Through that, I fell in love with video games as one does as a kid. I started building my own video games. That’s what led me down the path of making things. I was terrible at coding, but it wasn’t like it was so sophisticated that it needed to be so complex. I realized that the games were terrible because I didn’t spend my time in the storytelling part of it. Creating something that captivated people or myself for that matter as I was the only one playing it. Design was the canvas on which to create the art, story, passion, love and whatever it was. Design became the more important factor in my life. I continued growing up and playing with computers. I started building companies at 14. Out of necessity there wasn’t a computer lab at my high school. I found away to get a bundle of computers and then sold it in bulk to my school. I did that with other schools too. That was better than pocket money for my parents. I continued to build things so I started a digital agency in college. I then worked for a couple of really big ones and serviced some pretty cool clients. We worked on cool projects like creating a F1 Racing Team for Richard Branson. A lot of neat things and a great place to design at scale. You couldn’t afford to make a lot of mistakes. If your client is Nike, they expect projects to work globally and to be perfect at launch. You also have to think 360 when you’re designing. What does the website look like, social, apps and retail environments. That fluidity in thinking became innate to the way that I approach problems. I’m really not limited to a particular kind of channel or particular type of business. From there, I have gone onto build a number of companies in apparel, in software and now in skincare.
AM: What perfect storm came together that brought yourself, Brian Lee and Kobe Brant together to create Art of Sport?
MM: I had just finished up a business. Brian was stepping down from Honest Company and he has had an amazing career as he started Legal Zoom and went onto build Honest Company. We both found ourselves in LA at an opportune time where we were open to new ideas. I have a background as an athlete as I played sports growing up and I was a rower in college. I experienced first hand the problems with my skin (sunburns, dandruff, pain in my joints, dry skin from showering a lot) and it never dawned on me as much as I felt the brands that I chose – the technical clothes that I chose to wear that was a pain point to me and I needed the best. I also needed the best when it came to nutrition and what I put into my body.
There wasn’t a lot of innovation, questionable chemicals were used and there weren’t any exciting inclusions that you typically see in food and in beverage. We thought, hang on a second, how had no one touched application in the way that Nike has done for Apparel or that Gatorade has done for food. So he and I fell in love with that concept and it really spoke to both of us and he and I saw an interesting path to building awareness and community among athletes and really build an authentic player in the space. It started with the science piece and we wanted to educate ourselves on what is possible in the skincare space and what can we do that’s different out there.
We brought on board the Chief Science and Innovation Director from P&G. He had a ton of experience over the years. We also brought the Science Officer from Honest Co who is very focused on taking things out of things. So the combination of him and her looking at it from both lenses on how we can innovate and also how we can be clean and better for you, drove our early innovation. We then decided as a sports brand, that we should be bringing athletes into the business – deeply into the business and embedding them from day 1. That’s where we got to before door knocking and Kobe Bryant opened the door.
AM: Not a bad person to start with.
MM: We were just going from door to door and he was like the last door we knocked on ha! No, he was the first door that we knocked on and he has as an athlete, the ability to understand what it means to push your body to the limit and he is someone who had to will his body to become the best. He wasn’t necessarily born perfectly and that journey and arc in his career gives him a huge amount pf perspective. We really enjoyed the early days of sitting down with Kobe and really going through every phase of the business. Then we assembled an amazing athlete team around us including people like James Harden, Javier Baez and Juju Smith-Schuster and some phenomenal athletes.
AM: It’s great that your across various types of sports which is amazing.
MM: Yeah. That was something that dawned on us pretty early on that the variety and diversity of people. Never mind athletes – but a modern take on how to build a business as opposed to doing that retroactively down the trail. So different body types, different ethnicities, different genders, different ages – all of that came into play for us. It was exciting to have a conversation with Sage Erickson who is a Surf Champion who is in the water and in the sun and has specific needs on how to protect herself in those environments. But then also Ken Roczon who is a Motor Cross World Champion – he almost tore his arm off during a motor cross accident. So for him, the pain cream became really interesting discussion for him because it just wasn’t about feeling good, smelling good and your skin feeling good. It was about the process. It was about an ongoing process to stay on top. That was really meaningful contribution to the business I think.
AM: You guys came to market last fall of 2018. What are the product assortments that you currently have in the brand and what are possible innovations that you guys are thinking about such as having CBD as apart of your assortment etc?
MM: We initially had an interesting discussion early on. The mission for us was to own application and to develop products that athletes would trust to put on their skin every day. So when that’s the starting point, how many or few products does that fall under? A lot though right? It could be a few or a lot. We really wanted to narrow in so we looked at the daily essentials that athletes are applying to their skin, multiple times a day. If we’re going to be true to the lifecycle of the athletes from morning until night, what are the skin products that take us out of the bathroom and into the field. That’s why we developed a pain cream and a sunscreen. So when we launched, we had a deodorant, a soap, a body wash, a sunscreen and a pain cream. But we thought, if we are going to tackle this problem, we’re not going to short change the idea and play a close game. We’re going to go heavy and hard at the space.
Over time, what we found was that even though we have only been in the market for under a year (that’s the beauty of online businesses because you get feedback so fast) – we had a lot of requests for body lotion which we launched recently. People didn’t want to exactly use the body wash for their hair as it was a 3-in-1. So we developed a new 2-in-1 conditioner which has been really great and has some nice botanicals in there. We also, which was a lot of fun, partnered with Amazon for Prime Day and we launched 2 products that were exclusive to Prime Day Customers on those days with Kobe Bryant.
It went totally bananas and it took a lot of work to get prepared, but what was so awesome was that Amazon recognized how hard we were leaning in and they included us in their press release to the world about Prime Day. So in the course of the month leading into this, pretty much any news outlet that covered Prime Day was also covering The Art of Sport. It was nuts and a cool way to launch a product. I had never launched a product on pretty much the biggest sales day in the US.
AM: Are there categories that you are interested in adding in like lip care?
MM: We try to keep a very open mind where it comes to where we could go. I think that one lesson I have always known as an entrepreneur is focus. To try and make sure that whatever you put out is the best that is out there as you can go too wide too fast. In fact, that was probably one of the greatest lessons that Brian took away from Honest Co. They did a lot of products and they were incredible, but they had a lot out there and it put too much strain on them as a start-up.
AM: Especially coming from a background of production/wholesale we have worked with a number of brands that have had a lot in their assortment; however, they are large companies that have been around for a number of years that can support that flow to implement that initiative.
MM: People just think it’s a product that you’re getting out there. But you have to get the packaging dialed in and then you have to get the secondary packaging. Sometimes there is an outer case as well and before you know it, there are hundreds of things that you’re pushing forward.
AM: Absolutely, plus the continuity of everything making sense in the packaging that it’s in.
AM: So what should we keep our eye out for in terms of the brand as we continue through the summer, go into the fall and with the holidays season?
MM: Art of Sport, the way that we thought about it, it’s a big brand platform that allows us to speak to different ages and demographics across the nation in all different socio-economic classes as well. There’s an aspect of this where we can get out there in front of the community at a grassroots level which is very exciting. We attend a lot of sporting events across the country. Sometimes it’s a 10K event for the kids combine in the south and sometimes it’s a 4K girls volleyball tournament in Washington State. That’s been a phenomenal exercise for the business. To that point, we have always believed that the brand could be everywhere and it should be everywhere. We want to get our product in the hands of every gym bag, locker room and bathroom in the country. We started on the Art of Sport.com where people can subscribe to the product on the site. We also launched on Amazon which again, is pretty unconventional and opening up to new platforms as opposed to being constrained to the platforms that you choose. We saw amazing traction on Amazon. The next logical step for us is to think about how our product and brand comes to life offline. The grassroots piece is one exercise for that.
There is a lot of talk about retail dying but there are a lot of retailers that are absolutely thriving and that’s not going to go away. That’s what is on our horizon in terms of what we are thinking about right now. In terms of where products are concerned, we live in an interesting lane where there are brands that are all natural and then you have brands that are sort of all chemical. The problem with all natural is that they can be great, but they can also be expensive and they also fail you sometimes because they don’t work. There are a lot of deodorant brands that are out there that just don’t last. If you're in a dress shirt at work and you're about to give a presentation, you can't have a big sweat stains. That’s because those products by default are unable to look at safe chemicals that could perform when you need them. That happens in sunscreen as well. If it’s all mineral. On the other end of the spectrum, the all chemical guys are pretty much an expression of an industry that doesn’t have to innovate and is focused on the most cheapest cost effective product that they can make. So by default, switching out chemicals from a low quality one to a high quality one isn’t that important. Thinking about botanicals and those great inclusions is not relevant for them. We live in the middle lane. We can look at an antiperspirant deodorant with aluminum and we can make it better. We can think about clinical products for your scalp, face, toes and feet that a lot of Americans need that without chemicals won’t work. On the other side of the spectrum there’s looking at pain creams and you mentioned CBD earlier where the natural worlds can play it’s part in a bigger way then what it has had. That’s a long way to answer your questions as our Product Development Road Map has a couple of great products that live in that lane that will do their job to transform some of those product categories.
AM: So what is your title and your day to day like?
MM: My title is that I’m the Co-Founder and the CEO. So, I run and build the business. My day to day because my background is in making things and building things, I’m pretty fluent and obsessive on getting into the weeds and bringing those things to a good place. Sometimes in the lifecycle of a business when you are trending in the right direction, CEOs can be sort of primarily focused on raising capital, hiring and sort of evangelizing the brands. Those things to me are important factors and will be more important to me, but my role from day one has been about designing, the packaging, the language that we use on website to literally art directing James Harden and telling him how to hold the product.
There is nothing that’s beneath me so I’m the Chief Receptionist and the Chief Toilet Cleaner. There’s nothing that’s too good for me to do.
AM: So what are 3 things that are always in your carry-on?
MM: Interesting. Probably the usual things that everyone mentions, a credit card, a laptop and a phone.
AM: Most people do not mention that ha!
MM: Wait, that’s bizarre – how do they do anything and get things done?
AM: They’re taking their headphones or maybe a blanket ha!
MM: Maybe I should leave the laptop behind and grab that. I wish it was more interesting, but the reality is that most of my travel is for work and what matters is that I get work done. I have also turned into that guy who is perfectly happy going to the airport with a toothbrush and my laptop and figuring it out once I get there.
AM: What does it have to have?
MM: I have never understood how anyone sleeps with synthetic materials so all of that imitation cotton like substance is beyond me and I can't figure it out. Bedding is important, but I can’t travel with my bed. My Achilles heel is actually sound. I pick up on a lot of sound so I have to drown it out so when you said headphones, I thought “damnit, I should have said that.”
AM: In terms of #TRIBEGOALS, who are 3 people that you either know or follow socially that inspire you?
MM: Wow that’s an interesting one. Well, it might sound like a cop out. It’s my brother, my mom and my dad. I grew up and we moved around a lot and I grew up in 9 different countries.
We probably moved 40 times total across places. My nuclear family was always there or within a reasonable distance. My dad’s story is quite interesting – he’s a post WWII refugee and part refugee in Europe and my mother ran off from home when she was 16 and met my dad in Somalia and she is a fascinating women. Very strong mother in addition to juggling a pretty difficult household. My brother is mentally handicapped so what has been interesting there is I tend to live in the future and overthink things. He can only really live in the present. When I spend time with him, my world is forced to slow down. He appreciates the simple things in life. I like to walk and take in the world around me, but for him going to a movie and having a nice burger is the highlight of his year. I think that that teaches me a lot.
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It’s true what they say; fashion is a recurring cycle. No matter how outdated you think something is, everything comes back into style eventually. It may take 10, 20 even 40 years for styles to return, but make no mistake about it, what was once hit, then rejected will soon enough be hit once again. Look no further than the choice of sneakers worn by your favorite kids from the Netflix hit-series Stranger Things.
Set during the mid-80s, bright colors, pastel tones, bold patterns, and big hair were all considered to be fashionable and “in”. What we’re here to talk about though, are the choice of footwear your favorite cast member wore during the show. Did the sneakers from the show withstand the test of time? Do people still wear some of those sneakers? Are those sneakers once again considered stylish? Better yet, how do the actual sneakers worn on the show stack up to the recently released Stranger Things x Nike collection?
The cast from Stranger Things were definitely versatile when it came to their choice of footwear. Numerous footwear brands can be seen on the feet of your favorite cast members throughout the series.
Take for example Will Byers. Will was often seen rocking Three Stripes silhouettes such as the adidas Campus. The adidas Campus was originally called 'Tournament' in the early 1970s and was renamed 'Campus' in 1980. Close to 40 years later and adidas continues to deliver new (and classic) colorways of the model.
The fan-favorite Dustin Henderson was often seen wearing a sneaker known as the K-Swiss Heaven S. Although currently not on the brand’s website, the K-Swiss Baxter SP model is one that is very similar to the pair Dustin wore on the shoe. Just like the Heaven S, the Bater SP comes with 5 stripes branding on the side panels.
Mike Wheeler on the other hand was all about that Puma life back in the mid-80s as he was often seen rocking the Puma Roma model in a clean Black and White color scheme. As of today, Puma continues to release their classic Puma Roma silhouette.
Lucas Sinclair was seen wearing Saucony during season 1 of the series. Although we don’t
know the exact model, it looked very similar to the Saucony Jazz Low Pro.
Steve Harrington opted to go with the classic Nike Cortez model most of the time. It’s safe to say, that this Nike model withstood the test of time, don’t you think?
Lastly, Eleven was usually spotted wearing the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star. What makes this even cooler is the fact that Eleven has also stated that she loves and wears Converse in real life as well. It goes without saying that the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star remain as relevant as ever in 2019.
So how do these sneakers stack up and compare to the Stranger Things x Nike collection? All the sneakers opt for subtle branding and tonal finishes. It’s evident that 80s fashion (or at least fashion from the kids in Stranger Things) consisted of bold and colorful apparel paired up with Black or White tonal and subtle sneakers. Balance appeared to be essential during that decade. That very some aesthetic can be found in today’s fashion trends.
Often times when we wear bold or colorful sneakers, we tend to balance it out by pairing it up subtle muted colors on the apparel and vice versa. It’s all about balance. The Stranger Things x Nike collection gives us just that by offering not one, but two collections consisting of the OG Pack and Hawking High Pack. So whether you’re looking for a muted pair that helps balance out you loud and colorful t-shirt, or a bold sneaker to compliment your Black shirt, the Stranger Things x Nike collection has just the pair for you.
What makes the collection so good? Any one of these sneakers from the Stranger Things x Nike collection could have been on the show and none of us would have even looked at them funny since they’d fit right in. What makes the collection even better? Any one of these sneakers could be spotted on someone’s feet in 2019 and they’d all still be considered fashionable and trendy. They’d fit right in. Many sneakers from the 80s utilized subtle, yet timeless designs. The Stranger Things x Nike collection proves that classic never goes out of style.
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Simon & Schuster
In Shoe Dog, Nike's founder and board chairman Phil Knight gives an inside view on being the man behind the swoosh. He shares how the early days of his company started as a feisty startup which grew into one of the most iconic brands in the world. This CEO walks readers through mistakes that were made, his struggles and sacrifices that he took to grow his company.
His story begins after graduating business school and borrowing $50 from his father to import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling them out of the trunk of his car in 1963, he grossed $8,000 in his first year versus currently having annual sales of $30 billion.
Although many know about the beginnings of Nike, Phil Knight is a shy man that has always been a bit of a mystery. In this book he explains the highs and lows, how he curated his employees to be ambassadors of his brand and to embrace the ethos of what his company stands for.
Crown Publishing Group
First Lady Michelle Obama gives a first hand account in this memoir about her life as well as embracing her role in the White House. In addition to being the First African American First Lady to serve, she has also been known as an advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world. In addition, one of her most notable platforms is her initiative focused on ensuring that families pursue healthier and active lives.
In addition to her platform, Michelle talks about engaging with the media that she embraced from appearing on Ellen, Carpool Karaoke and other outlets as well as being scrutinized in other areas within media throughout her husband’s presidency.
Ultimately, this memoir walks readers through her life, who she was prior to her marriage, being a wife and raising two girls in the limelight. We are introduced to her childhood in the South Side of Chicago and we get an inside look on the public and private aspects of her life.
MILK STREET TUESDAY NIGHTS
Tuesday night recipes are reserved for easy dishes to make that can be executed after your busy day of work, post happy hour drinks etc. But Milk Street, created by Christopher Kimball (formerly of America's Test Kitchen). This book includes a number of recipes that makes Tuesday night’s meals something that you can get excited about.
Regardless of your cooking skills, readers will find an array of meals that will get them through the middle of their week. Dishes include: Peruvian ceviche or glaze potatoes with gochujang.
NIKE SB THE DUNK BOOK
When it comes to looking at the iconic nature of Nike's Dunk SB (created in 2002) which is considered a basketball court staple, it also has street cred when it comes to skate and streetwear as well. Known as the early catalyst of sneaker culture, this shoe has has a number of iterations and collaborations!
This book serves as a living archive which has been enjoyed by celebrities, included in competitions around the world and heralded for their signature designs that is also high in performance.
Throughout this coffee table book, fans will see iconic styles, colorways deemed signatures and of course, its craftsmanship of the brand.
Joel Gamoran, star of the A&E series Scraps and the National Chef of Sur La Table, releases Cooking Scrappy: 100 Recipes to Help You Stop Wasting Food, Save Money, and Love What You Eat. You'll look at the ingredients in your kitchen in a different way in a cookbook that has 150 colorful photographs and 100 recipes.
In this book, you'll see that disconnected leftovers in your fridge can actually be components of ingredients to make your next best thing that you are about to make for friends and family. In addition, he showcases how tools in your kitchen can pull double duty.
Ultimately, readers understand that being resourceful allows them to reduce waste and to optimize their resources. This style of cooking is not only environmentally sound but economical and is one that is sustainable in a way that many are looking to tackle.
ADULT COLORING BOOK
Sarah Jane Carter
Creative Designs and Artwork
When it comes to take a mental break, there is something about having a coloring book for adults that is always nearby, whether on your nightstand or in your tote bag.
In this coloring book, you can enjoy creating colorful embellishments of an array of pictures from animals, mandalas, flowers, paisley patterns, and so much more. The act of coloring allows the creator to focus on something besides their day to day work, reduce their stress, focus on their artistic pleasures and add complexities to their work in the manner that they choose whether using crayons, oil paints, color pencils or water colors.
We suggest taking this on your next flight and collecting an array of her color books any time you need an element of escapism to reconnect yourself with what you are working on.
Serena Williams is back and re-claiming her time and her crown! If you have yet to see her show on HBO, Being Serena (she talks about coming back after the birth of her daughter Olympia). Not only did she come to the French Open in warrior mode, she rocked a Nike black body suit that was more than just adding to the fashion scope - her full length look that was skintight also protected her against issues of blood clots that she has dealt with prior to her pregnancy as well as after the C-section delivery of her child.
Coming back to Roland Garros after 9 months of the birth of her daughter - she was ready to play at the Grand Slam and let everyone know that she is and always will be the G.O.A.T.
The tennis star put her look into her own words by saying, "It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves," Williams said after beating Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Court Philippe Chatrier. "I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.... I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit," referring to the fictional nation in the film "Black Panther." We designed it way before the movie but it kind of reminds me of that."
Not only was the catsuit a statement for today, but it recalled elements of fashion history as she wore on back in 2002 U.S. Open and it is similar to a white bodysuit that American player Anne White wore at Wimbledon in 1985.
The match on Tuesday was the first at a major tournament for the 23-time Grand Slam champion in 16 months. She noted that she, "had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it. I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going. It's a fun suit, but it's also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems."
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We love chatting with those that have a few plates spinning while they take on the world, but remember to keep family first as well! Singer, Model and Actress, Kayla Brianna talks about how entertainment was a family affair (her father is Kenny Smith, who not only played in the NBA but is a sports analyst and Emmy Award winner for Inside the NBA on TNT), what it's like for her to be on tour right now, what she's focused on or 2018 and how she balances her time.
ATHLEISURE MAG: It seems like being in entertainment is a part of the family business. Tell us more about your family and how you got into performing?
KAYLA BRIANNA: Growing up music was always in my family. My grandfather, Gerry Goffin is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and my grandmother sang background for Ray Charles. I started off in girls groups and eventually went solo and landed a deal with Interscope Records.
AM: You have collaborated with a number of artists, what is it like and who would you like to work with?
KB: Each song is different. Working with London On Da Track, we recorded in Atlanta until around 3 a.m. each night. Just being in a creative space is a great feeling. I’d love to work with Drake, 6lack, Sabrina, Claudio Pharrell and H.E.R.
AM: How's touring and what do you do prior to and after performances?
KB: Tour life is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of hours driving and you kind of just sleep when you can. Usually we have a performance and then in the morning drive to the next city and do it all over again. Before each performance I'll say a prayer to calm me down and then after, we celebrate!
AM: Will we see you on the stage during festival season?
KB: Hopefully I’ll be performing at some of the parties at Coachella. I performed at the Galore party last year.
AM: Tell us about your style for your shows versus how we would see you running errands or going out to brunch.
KB: For my shows, I’m SUPER full out and doing the most and then when I’m at home you can usually see me in leggings and Nike’s and oversized sweaters, lol.
AM: When you're home, where do you go out and eat, shop and work out?
KB: When I want to go out and eat I love Catch, COD, and of course, In-N-Out. I love to shop at the Americana and when I want to get an intense workout in, I’ll either do Barry’s Bootcamp or Pilates.
AM: What are you focused on in 2018?
KB: I’m excited to release my EP this year and get more into my acting career. I booked a role on This Is Us this season so I’m excited to keep it going.
AM: Tell us about your upcoming album!
KB: My EP will release this year, London On Da Track produced it and I’m just excited for people to get more of an idea what my sound is.
AM: How do you give of your time?
KB: Every year I work with Feed the Children during All-Star Weekend. My family and I host an event and giveaway food, clothes and toiletries.
AM: How can we find out what you're up to?
PHOTO CREDIT | Marcus Ezell
If you didn't see it over your social feeds, Nike collaborated with the NBA to create a series of jerseys that will bring changes to game day. The Uniform Editions are not about home, away and alternative options - they focus on celebrating the 30 franchises by the city that they were born in. Previously game day uniforms included the Association, Icon and Statement Editions. With this fourth group created by Nike is known as the City Edition - this highlights the roots of the city from within the game and beyond as well as the locale's history. It also leads a map to the future as well. We have included some of the uniforms and you can see all the uniforms as well as their backstory at Nike. Follow them and your favorite team online to see when the uniforms will be worn.
Our cover girl is one busy lady as Sara Eisen is the Co-Anchor of not one, but two of CNBC's shows - Worldwide Exchange and Squawk on the Street! Sara joined the network in December 2013, as a correspondent focusing on the global consumer. You can see her each day as the Co-Anchor of "Squawk on the Street" at 10AM EST, which airs from Post 9 at the New York Stock Exchange. In January of last year, she was named Co-Anchor of the network's "Worldwide Exchange," which also airs daily from 5-6AM EST from CNBC's Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Around Athleisure Mag, we have CNBC on throughout the day at the office and loved learning more about this financial powerhouse who brings us what's going on across verticals in such an inspired way.
ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us your background and how you got into broadcasting and ultimately to CNBC?
SARA EISEN: After college at NYU, I went to journalism school at Northwestern's Medill School. While most students do a semester in DC, I went a different direction and spent the time in Hong Kong. I got an internship at Bloomberg TV in Asia and have been doing business news ever since. Initially, I worked as a production assistant, but kept raising my hand for on-air opportunities in my spare time on TV and radio. I went on to anchor the morning show in New York, Bloomberg Surveillance, before moving over to CNBC. But truth be told, I've wanted to be on TV ever since I grew up watching Oprah and taped a mock talk show at a local public access channel studio for a school project in high school.
AM: We know that you enjoy talking about finance, what is it about this industry that makes you so passionate about it and do you have a specific topic within it that you really enjoy focusing on?
SE: My favorite topic within finance is the currency market, because it's the largest, most important market in the world. It reflects economics, politics, deal transactions, geopolitics and more. It was actually my excitement around learning about currencies during a college internship at Forextv.com that led me to pursue financial journalism. My other area of focus is global consumer companies, with a particular interest in sports apparel and shoes: Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Lululemon. I love how they touch pop culture, fashion, sports and consumer economics simultaneously.
AM: We love that when we're watching CNBC, you really are talking about a number of industries from fashion, tech, agriculture, etc. - and you have a fresh and fun way to present it to those of varying levels of understanding - how important is it to make these topics relatable to a wide, as well as a niche audience?
SE: It's very important! Ultimately, financial markets are just a reflection of all the real life things happening around us: whether it's shifting consumption from diet soda to healthier beverages, what trends work in online retail or just the styles of leggings that resonate with consumers each season. Those stories don't just matter to CNBC, but they're the everyday trends we all live each day. Investing and finance can be much more accessible if you focus on the areas you're interested in and understand.
AM: What would you tell young women to encourage them to get into the world of finance and specifically finance broadcasting?
SE: My number one tip: become an expert, whether that's in the world of finance or journalism... or any other discipline for that matter. Having a niche is very valuable. For instance, during the financial crisis, when I was an intern at Bloomberg, I raised my hand to tell stories about the foreign exchange market at a time when currencies were fluctuating wildly. I knew that subject well and eventually, my editors and others in the newsroom turned to me when currencies were the big market story of the moment, and they still do! Be the smartest person in the room about something, no matter how small the niche.
I'd also say: don't let traditionally male-led industries dissuade you. Sometimes, there's an instinct to compete with the women around you, but being supportive, finding female mentors and passing it forward can all be empowering and rewarding.
AM: Walk us through what it is like to prepare as a Co-Anchor for Squawk on the Street and Worldwide Exchange.
SE: I have a ton of support on both shows. We have a team of producers who work with me and my co-anchors to book guests and put together a plan for the next day's shows. By the time I'm off air one day, I have to start focusing on what we're doing tomorrow: planning the questions I want to ask guests, reading about the latest stories in finance, and politics we might want to include, and always talking to my producers about what we can be doing to fine tune the show before it starts. The hardest thing about prep: as much as you can be ready for everything planned, you also have to be ready to pivot on a dime to breaking news and the unexpected.
AM: As you do two shows every day, what is your day like?
SE: Well, my alarm goes off every day at 3:30am. I'm in the car on the way to CNBC HQ soon after, before getting my hair and makeup done ahead of the 5am start to my first show, “Worldwide Exchange.” In the car and the makeup chair, I'm reading the morning's news and emailing with my producers on the show lineup, the guests we have, the stories we're covering. I get off set at 6am and then travel from CNBC in New Jersey to the New York Stock Exchange ahead of my 10am show, “Squawk on the Street.” The hardest thing is maintaining a good eating schedule. I make sure to have cereal and coffee before the 5am show and then whole wheat toast with almond butter and bananas when I get down to the NYSE. At noon, I'm off air for the day. I fill my afternoons with networking meetings. It can be hard on my schedule to make evening plans during the week. Typically, my husband and I stay home to make dinner together and watch a little TV: no financial news, more like “The Bachelor.”
AM: What's your hectic time of year in terms of covering the world of finance?
SE: The financial news calendar can be similar to the school year: quiet during the winter holidays, quiet over the summer, busy all the other times. But particularly these days, with Britain leaving the EU and the excitement around the Trump presidency, there's never a slow day. I never take more than a week off for that reason. When my husband and I got married, he had to beg me to take off more time for our honeymoon.
AM: How do you maintain balance between such a hectic schedule, being a wife and taking personal time for yourself?
SE: Multi-tasking. 24 hours just aren't enough. I'll be making dinner plans during the commercial breaks of my shows. I'll be trying to book interviews in between exercises at the gym. It helps that my husband also works in the same industry. We don't get to talk about what we're each working on, but we're understanding of the pace and scheduling challenges of each other's jobs.
AM: What has been your favorite story to cover to date?
SE: When Japan suffered the devastation of the 2011 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, I traveled there to cover the aftermath of the disaster. Very quickly, the focus turned to the developing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant. I would spend the days reporting and the nights doing live segments for daytime programs in the U.S. It was scary, exhausting, but also an amazing opportunity to be part of an unfolding, uncertain story that the world was watching.
AM: Who have been some of your favorite guests that you chatted with on air?
SE: Steph Curry, for sure. I've spent a lot of time with him, talking about the brand he's helping to build at UnderArmour. He's incredibly thoughtful and down-to-earth for someone living an insane level of success and fame. I also love interviewing Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the IMF. She's smart, poised and an incredible example for women everywhere.
AM: When you're not on air, what can we find you doing?
SE: New York City will always be my favorite activity. I love to explore the city's restaurants, bars, shops and walk the streets as much as I can.
AM: What's your personal style on air and how does that differ when you're out and about with girlfriends or date night with your husband?
SE: Early on, I found it was easier for me to stick with dresses rather than piecing together shirts, tops and pants. I like bright colors, interesting necklines, usually knee length... and always pair them with (very) high heels. There's a great wardrobe team at CNBC that helps me pull it together.
Outside of work, I'm much more laid-back. Leggings and t-shirts on the weekends, with my favorite Yeezy sneakers. My husband is a bit of a sneakerhead, so he makes sure I'm always current on the latest trends. For going out on weekends to dinner with friends, I still try to keep it pretty casual: usually Rag & Bone jeans and Rebecca Taylor tops are my go-tos.
AM: What fitness studios do you enjoy going to?
SE: I belong to Equinox and try to get in to see my trainer as many times each week as I can. It can be hard to squeeze into my schedule. But the good news about waking up at 3:30am each day is that Equinox is relatively quiet at 2pm!
AM: What are three must-have beauty products that you swear by that keep your skin looking so great?
SE: Because I use so many products for my job on-air, I've recently been transitioning to more natural and chemical-free cosmetics. My favorite facial moisturizer is Belif Moisturizing Bomb. After scrubbing off a day's worth of camera makeup, this product leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized, but not greasy. Speaking of scrubbing off a day's worth of camera makeup, Tarte Fresh Eyes makeup remover wipes are invaluable. Anyone who knows me knows my favorite beauty product is bronzer. Jane Iredale bronzing powder gives me a natural look.
AM: What's currently on your playlist for your summer soundtrack?
SE: I'm constantly listening to the new Kendrick Lamar album... especially some of the slower songs like “Love and Loyalty.” Then again, my summer playlist features many of my favorites from recent years like Robyn, Charli XCX and Kesha.
AM: Do you have charities or organizations that you support that you would like for us to know more about?
SE: Yes, I support the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an incredible organization that teaches the lessons of the Holocaust and confronts both anti-semitism and hate of all kinds. I have a personal connection as my grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust.
I also am involved with Room to Read, a remarkable charity that promotes girls' education and children's literacy in underserved communities in the developing world.
AM: If you weren't working in your current field, what occupation would you consider working in?
SE: If I wasn't covering finance and economics, I'd want to be working in finance and economics They're what I love. My ultimate dream would be to serve as a central banker. They're the most powerful people in the world!
Our shoot of Sara Eisen took place at 1185 Park Ave at Penthouse A. Currently on the market, we sat down with Louise Phillips Forbes to find out more about this property!
ATHLEISURE MAG: There are so many great aspects to this apartment from its layout to the INCREDIBLE views from the penthouse – what can you tell us about this property?
LOUISE PHILLIPS FORBES: What’s not to envy in this exceptional home?! Breathtaking panoramic skyline views as far south as the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower, and stunning sunsets over Central Park, provide the backdrop to this expansive penthouse with 4-bedrooms, 1-staff room, and 4.5-bathrooms, plus a beautifully landscaped, private wrap-around terrace and large picture windows providing terrace views from every room. With more than 1,700 square feet of outdoor space alone, it's simply paradise. Sun-drenched, bright and cheerful, this one-of-a-kind home has an extensive floor plan with grand, open rooms for entertaining complemented by ceiling heights over 11-feet.
The bedroom wing offers a private escape with very spacious rooms. I’m especially enamored with the master bedroom suite! It’s really rare to find one as big as this one. The peaceful retreat in the corner of the home provides double exposures and is lined with elegant Venetian plastered walls. It contains two substantial walk-in closets and a private entrance to the terrace. The luxurious spa-like en-suite bathroom features gorgeous natural stone tiles, a custom vanity, free-standing deep soaking tub with Jacuzzi jets, and a glass rain shower. It’s what I call heaven on earth and the perfect escape!
AM: What amenities are offered in this building for residents (common areas, services, etc.)?
LPF: Located in a prestigious residential area, 1185 Park Avenue was designed in 1929 by the renowned architectural firm of Schwartz & Gross, boasting an impressive Gothic triple-arch entrance with a circular driveway. Today, this New York treasure is recognized as one of the few grand courtyard buildings left in Manhattan. The friendly and professional full-time staff provide an unparalleled level of white-glove service and the amenities, include 24-hour doormen and staff, concierge, state-of-the-art fitness center, children's playroom, courtyard garden, bike room, private storage, and a pet-friendly attitude.
AM: Tell us about the neighborhood that is directly around this building (Whole Foods, workout studios, eateries, etc.) and what neighborhood is this considered?
LFP: A premier residence nestled in the heart of Carnegie Hill, this elegant gem is conveniently located near Central Park and Museum Mile with easy access to world-class exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Jewish Museum, among others. Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue beckon with high-end boutique shopping and fine art galleries, plus there is an abundance of distinguished restaurants, charming cafes, gourmet grocers, supermarkets, Equinox Fitness Club, the 92nd Street Y, and many popular retail destinations.
AM: For those that are interested in purchasing this unit, how can they find out more information?
LFP: It would be very easy to call this stunning apartment home given the grandeur of the rooms, an abundance of private outdoor space, and views throughout. To schedule an appointment, people can contact me directly and I will be happy to give them a private tour and discuss the purchasing details. I can be reached via email at email@example.com or at 212-381-3329.
AM: Where can readers find out about additional properties that you represent?
LFP: Visit my website at and click on the tab for “My Listings”. You can view pictures, 3D floor plans, and videos along with detailed descriptions of each property I’m working with from downtown to uptown.
If you've gone to any of celeb chef/restaurateur David Chang's group of eateries - you know there's always a line and something unexpected for diners! Whether it's savory dishes or their famous Compost Cookie (who hasn't made a Milk Bar run). This same sentiment that can be enjoyed at Momofuku locations has found its way into the release of the Nike SB Dunk High Momofuku shoes. This shoe is not only a limited release, but shoppers have to enter the world of Augmented Reality in order to snag these coveted sneakers. By going to the SNKRS app, you can unlock the shoes and be able to see whether there are quantities that you can get at the same time.
Visiting the app and pointing the camera on your phone to the image of the menu from the Fuku East Village or one of the Nike posters that are pasted outside of Momofuku locations in the US, a 3D model of the sneaker pops up allowing purchases of these shoes while supplies are available. The collaboration with David Chang is a homage to the world of Momofuku and launched at his restaurants on June 22nd.
This is not the first time that Nike has tried new ways to sell shoes through the SNKRS app via geo-fencing as this was done for Don C X Air Jordan 2 "Arctic Orange" and with specific time windows for Kevin Durant's "Still KD" colorway.
If There Are Still Pairs Available - Here's How To Get Them
Make sure you have the most recent version of the SNKRS app for iOS.
Go into the Behind The Design post about the Nike SB Dunk High Pro "Momofuku" in the SNKRS feed.
Once inside the post, scroll down until you find the .gif of the hidden Dunk rotating above the background image.
Tap this .gif to open the camera via SNKRS.
Once the camera is open, find David Chang’s Fuku East Village menu online (hint, that’s it below). Or any of the special SNKRS posters inspired by the menu that are pasted up outside all Momofuku restaurants in the U.S.
Hover over the menu or poster with the camera and then tap to unlock it. The shoe will instantly pop up on your screen.
If there are still pairs available, the invitation to purchase the Nike SB Dunk High Pro "Momofuku" will appear in your SNKRS Feed and Inbox.
SUGAR DETOX ME
Sterling Publishing Company
Summer Rayne Oakes
One of the things that we always chat about with readers, fellow editors and more - is sugar. It's such a craveable item that is in our food as well as one that many find themselves unable to get out of their diets.
In order to have control over what your intake is, the best way is to embrace a detox plan that will reset your clock. In Summer Rayne Oakes' Sugar Detox Me, she includes well over 100 recipes as well as providing a 10-step detox plan that will get you on the right path to great
We're huge fans of cookbooks that provide more than just great recipes with attractive food images - we want to be able to find out why we should do what we do and how we can go about doing so in an effective way. You'll have the scientific knowledge behind the harmful effects of sugars as well as having 10 Meal Maps! These maps serve as guides to create a number of meals, maximize equipments, reduce waste and to save money.
Your meals will be at another level with an array of savory options that are perfect to enjoy solo or with others. Of course with reducing and detoxing from sugar, you'll find that you can switch your sweet tooth to alternatives to sugar to desserts such as a bowl of banana-almond butter "icecream."
Holly Rilinger with
We've enjoyed a number of workouts with Holly Rilinger who is a noted celebrity fitness trainer, one of the co-stars of BRAVO TV's Work Out New York, former professional basketball
player, a Flywheel Master Instructor, Creative Director of Cyc Fitness and is one of fifty Nike Master Trainers in the world!
Lifted focuses on 28 days to strengthen your body, focus your mind and to elevate your spirit. We have taken some of her lifted classes and can definitely agree that this is a method that leaves your mind, body and soul feeling - lifted!
In four weeks, you will go through the steps that even includes creating a Dream Board in order to set goals and to ensure that your vision is made plain before you at the end of the journey, it's about overcoming your strength hurdles, enforcing and following new habits and simply making your life better.
THE HANDMAID'S TALE
Penguin Random House
Before it was an SNL parody skit and a popular original series on Hulu - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was a novel.
If you ever want to think about a society where women are not only regulated, but literally marganilized - this world is observed through the lend of the Republic of Gilead.
From being made to be a birthing vessel only, using pictures to shop (as reading is not allowed) and more - there is such a juxtaposition of lifestyles as characters look at how life was prior to the new state of women.
Last month we began our Olympic coverage (Kerri Walsh Jennings, Joe Jacobi) as the Road to Rio inches closer. This month we had the chance to hang out with Allyson Felix (track and field sprint athlete and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medal Sprinter) as she introduced a new initiative by her partner, Bounty at the YMCA for "The 2016 Quicker Picker-Upper Games".
ATHLEISURE MAG: When we talk with athletes about what their training process looks like - it's always eye opening! What is your routine like?
ALLYSON FELIX: I love Kerri, she's so great! Well, my workouts are pretty intense. In total, I work out for about 5 hours. About 2 -3 hours are spent on the track and I do about 2 - 3 hours in the gym.
AM: What are 3 workouts that you would suggest to get great legs like yours?
AF: When I'm in the gym, I'm all about plyometrics, which a lot of people forget about doing. I like to do Box Hops where you jump with both of your legs onto a box and then go into a squat.
A core workout is an awesome way to stay fit and Russian Twists are my go to exercises.
Finally, I'm all about the track. I think that you should always go out and sprint the straights and run the curves for a total body workout.
AM: How do you mentally prepare for the Olympics?
AF: It's about practicing and avoiding distractions so that you can mentally prepare. I am also a major believer in visualization as it's very helpful for me to run through the race in my mind as I look at the perfect race.
AM: What is the experience like being at the Olympics and is each appearance different?
AF: I'm nervous everytime, but it is a different experience for each one. The first one was very eye opening, I didn't know what to expect - everything was new. NOW going back a few times after that time, I am able to use the experience to be a bit calmer. You may still be a bit more nervous, but there is a comfort level there to be more effective.
AM: What's on your playlist when your training and about to hit the track?
AF: Anything upbeat - hip hop is my go to before races and even in training. I really love Beyonce's 'I'm a Diva,' which really helps me with that transformation. I am super laid back when I am off the track, but when you have to get the job done, it helps me get into that different kind of zone.
AM: What habits do you have that change in terms of training and eating when you are closer to the games?
AF: My stuff doesn't change too much actually. What I do in training and even getting closer, I try to keep my habits the same. When I'm eating, I eat a lot of fish, vegetables, and fruits. I don't like to have too many changes. How I am in training versus the races is the same so that I am consistent. I want to do the same thing when I am competing as for me.
AM: Afterwards I'm sure you definitely enjoy a splurge fest?
AF: Icecream is kind of my go to! I love a good steak and just love to eat
AM: What is your track style versus when you're out and about going to brunch?
AF: I like any detailed pieces and Nike has a lot of fun leggings and I love colorful and bright stuff - anything that is kind of unique. That's my go to. When I am out and about, I am very laid back and am a jeans and tee shirt girl. But when I dress up, I really like classic pieces - timeless pieces.
AM: When you're not training what do we find you doing in your down time?
AF: I'm an LA girl so I love going to the beach - I'm all about the beach cruiser and going into the water. I'm a homebody, since I travel so much - I like being with my family. When I have my off time, it's kind of great to do just nothing!
AM: How do you maintain balance?
AF: Balance is key and it's all about scheduling as you have so many responsibilities. I have a lot of help and an amazing support system with people that I work with as well as partnerships.
Bounty (in addition to being her partner, but also a sponsor of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games), has been great with everything that they are doing. Currently, their initiative on social media allows people to tweet a Quick Tip. I did mine as I have a Yorkie - she's so much fun but just a little messy. So I put a little Bounty paper towel underneath her water bowl to pick up any spills. I would tweet this to @Bounty with #QuickTip and for each of those tips they donate $1 to P&G Team USA Youth Sports Funds. It's something that I believe in and is just a great way that they have partnered with me.
Throughout the 2016 Olympics, Bounty will share the best tips on their social media channels. Select winners will receive prize packs.
I also make sure that I have some time for myself is key which is important for everything else.
Pictures courtesy of Bounty/PG + Nike
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