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March 7, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
ASICS America Corp., the sports equipment company with the title sponsorship of this weekend's Los Angeles Marathon, is looking beyond runners. Instead, the brand is hoping to reel in more athletes in other sports, targeting them in an advertising campaign coming later this year and with a specialized training facility in its new Irvine headquarters. “We want to continue building equity with athletes who run,” ASICS America Chief Executive Kevin Wulff said, “but we're expanding our running base to include people who participate in a range of sports.” ASICS America, which has served as an arm of Japanese parent ASICS since 1977, this year expects to see more than $1 billion in sales for the first time in its history.
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NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Suit-and-tie guys don't traditionally have a lot of real estate to accessorize -- the wrist, the lapel and occasionally the left breast pocket. That's why a recently launched collaboration between Cole Haan and Hook + Albert -- a la carte leather shoe tassels that quickly convert traditional loafers into nattily tasseled versions of same -- caught our attention. According to a company representative, Scarborough, Maine-based Cole Haan, a brand that's been making footwear and accessories as far back as 1928, approached the Hook + Albert folks (who brought the boutonniere business back to full bloom a few years back with their knit lapel flowers)
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is scheduled to show off her new shoe collection in L.A. on Thursday. The fashion-savvy Parker teamed with Manolo Blahnik Chief Executive Officer George Malkemus to develop the much-anticipated SJP collection, which launched exclusively at Nordstrom on Friday. It includes 25 made-in-Italy shoe styles ($195-$485), three handbags ($245-$375) and one trench coat ($495), as writer Ingrid Schmidt explained in a Q&A with Parker on All the Rage on Tuesday.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
While sitting out all but six games this season with Achilles and knee issues, Kobe Bryant apparently had time to build a custom piano. At least that's the premise of his latest Nike commercial. "The sound alone could end war," promises the narrator. "It would be the grandest, grand masterpiece of grand pianos. " While the spot features Lionel Richie playing on a piano in the shape of Bryant's logo, the narrator admits that Bryant did not, in fact, make the instrument. Instead, Bryant is responsible for the "Kobe 9 Collection," his latest signature shoe.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Carrie Bradshaw, “Sex and the City's” shoe-loving character played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is often credited for familiarizing the masses with luxury footwear labels Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. Now the 48-year-old Parker, whose head-to-heels style off-screen rivals that of her most famous character, has launched a signature shoe line in partnership with Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus. Parker's namesake SJP Collection debuted Friday and consists of 25 made-in-Italy shoe styles ($195-$485)
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Singer Gwen Stefani is also a creative whirlwind in the world of fashion. She launched the womenswear line L.A.M.B. in 2004 and expanded in 2005 with the Harajuku Lovers line. Starting in July, she plans to offer a capsule collection of lingerie in collaboration with Hanky Panky , which the New York Daily news details here . But you don't have to wait till summer to wear something new from Stefani. Starting Wednesday, ShoeDazzle will carry an exclusive footwear and handbag collection by the singer called gx by Gwen Stefani.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The new head of Homeland Security played down a recent warning that terrorists might try to sneak explosives onto commercial planes in passenger shoes, saying the threat has been around "for years. " In a press conference at Los Angeles International Airport, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the advisory was "the type that we routinely issue in response to the latest intelligence. " Law enforcement officials, speaking anonymously, said the alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Are you a casual fan of figure skating and have some questions after watching it during the Sochi Olympics? Former competitive figure skater Laura E. Davis, the deputy mobile editor for The Times, has some answers. 1. Why don't figure skaters get dizzy? It may look like the jumps and spins that figure skaters do would make them so dizzy they would fail a DUI test, much less be able to continue delicate tricks on ice. But spinning that fast doesn't throw you off like spinning slowly does.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security warned airlines Wednesday to watch for explosives hidden in the shoes of passengers flying into the United States from overseas, officials said. The alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner, said two law enforcement officials who described the bulletin on the condition of anonymity. Officials said the threat was not specific to a particular airline, flight, country or time.
HEALTH
February 14, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
If the five-toed shoe and the kettle bell were among the biggest innovations in workout gear in recent years, how do you make them better? That's the question that inventors face every day as they try to improve the seemingly unimprovable. Below, find four valiant - and fairly successful - new takes on old fitness standbys. Split-toe running shoe TOPO ATHLETIC Run Trainer: Ultralight low-rise running shoe with a split-toe "Tabi" design that separates the big toe from the rest of the foot, theoretically allowing it to move independently and work as a key stabilizer, amplifying the foot's natural biomechanics.
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