10 Minutes with Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is sitting in a room at the Standard High Line in NYC. The tennis star is here to talk about the new NikeCourt collection, which debuts this week. To celebrate the line, Nike will stage a re-imagining of its iconic Spike Jonze-directed "Guerrilla Tennis" commercial, in which the classic rivalry between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras was famously played out on a busy Manhattan street. The need for a narrative has conferred on Nadal and Roger Federer the 21st-century version of that Agassi-Sampras rivalry. At the Standard, I show up with Polaroid camera and ask him what he see more

Testing Out Ralph Lauren's Smartshirt, the POLOTECH

Think wearable technology is relegated to your wrist? Think again. Ralph Lauren—which has dressed the American Olympic team and oversees an entire athletic-minded line with Polo Sport—has always had its eye on fitness. The brand's biggest play to date may just be in the release of the first-ever tech-enabled "smartshirt," known as the POLOTECH Shirt. An electrical box plugs in directly to the garment and gathers information from silver threads that are woven through into its fabric. All of this delivers your workout vitals to a proprietary app in real time. It's like the future, but now. The tee monitors see more

Public School and Tumi Teamed Up on One Hell of a Backpack

Obsessives will remember that a few models in Public School's fall 2015 show were wearing ultra-cool backpacks as they came down the runway. Those backpacks, made in collaboration with the luggage geniuses at Tumi, will make their way onto the backs of anxious shoppers today. But they're far from your basic back-to-school affairs. The $495 bags feature two main compartments, a place for your laptop, two exterior zippered pockets, and storage for the tech essentials a guy has to carry around in 2015. The New York fashion label and the New Jersey-based brand made five other pieces together, including a see more

This Ain't No Disco: How to Take a Subtle Approach to '70s Style

The seventies were a high point in sartorial daring, so the fashion world references that era often—like, all the time, and with the subtlety of a laugh track. But at recent shows by Marc Jacobs, Maison Margiela, Gucci, and J.W. Anderson, themes from the Me Decade were interpreted with some actual nuance (leisure suits be damned). see more

More Than Just a Pretty Face: Cartier's Newest Watch Is Built to Perform

The crown is set with sapphire and is more angular than the standard circular knob. The watches in Cartier's latest collection, Clé de Cartier, add a silhouette to the Parisian luxury house's iconic stable. The timepieces have more than just a pretty face, though: Under the hood, there's an updated movement to make them more accurate. And the shape of the cases, inspired by the flow of a circle, enhances ergonomics. Still, aesthetics are never an afterthought. Eighteen-karat-rose-gold accents take this wristwear well beyond standard stainless steel. $9,650; see more

Shorts Liners Are No Replacement for Underwear: A Rant

There's a growing movement afoot that threatens the very integrity of our manhood, and it's fomented by the guys behind Birddogs—a shorts company that's exhorting you, men of the world, to burn your boxers and let your freak flag fly. Birddogs sells a line of shorts (one design, eight colors) that promises to deliver the free-balling fancy of your dreams, by virtue of a stretch liner that keeps your parts in place and is snug enough to prevent any X-rated slips and an ultrafine silver threading that inhibits bacteria growth and untoward odors. Its website is actually very funny (kudos see more

First Look at Uniqlo and Lemaire's Elegant New Collaboration

It's a good thing Christophe Lemaire left Hermes. If he hadn't given up his position as the hyper-luxurious French brand's artistic director of women's wear, we might not be looking at the men's clothes from his collaboration with Uniqlo right now. Lemaire and the Japanese retailer announced that they'd be working together earlier this summer, but full images of the wares they produced only surfaced Tuesday. We now know that the clothes will be available on Uniqlo's website and some of its stores (including the New York stores on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, and in the forthcoming store on see more

Deflatewhat? Tom Brady Still Sells More NFL Merch Than Any Other Player

Everybody wants to be a quarterback. Even if that quarterback is under investigation for the intentional deflation of a few balls to win a playoff game against an archrival. For the first time in his career, Tom Brady is atop the NFL's quarterly updated list of the 50 players who sell the most gear. Brady's jerseys and other branded merchandise are outselling the leagues' other stars, and it's likely that the Patriots quarterback has Deflategate to thank for it. But even in a scandal-free year, Brady would probably still be near the top of the heap. Seven of the top see more

Rafael Nadal's Abtastic Tommy Hilfiger Underwear Campaign Is Here

Rafael Nadal's new underwear campaign for Tommy Hilfiger has finally dropped in all its tight, white (and navy) glory. It proves there's more than one reason the tennis champ is called the King of Clay, because these abs look solid enough to have been fired in an industrial pottery kiln: The new ads are the beginning of Nadal's two-year agreement with Tommy Hilfiger, which will also see the 29-year-old play ambassador for the brand's tailored clothing and TH Bold fragrance. "Because we're so global now, Rafael Nadal resonates globally in most countries in the world. He also looks amazing in see more

Kith's Brooklyn Store Debuts Redesigned Interiors and a Cereal Bar Concept

Following in the footsteps of its Manhattan flagship, the Brooklyn outpost of Ronnie Fieg's footwear emporium, Kith, will debut a brand-new look starting tomorrow. Designed in collaboration with in-demand architecture firm Snarkitecture, the new space boasts a stark, minimalist look with herringbone marble floors, subway-tiled walls, and a large eye-catching installation featuring 750 cast Air Jordan II sneakers hanging from the entryway ceiling. The 3,000-square-foot space will have more space dedicated to product than ever, which will help house an expanded selection from more than 40 brands, including Kith's in-house line. In addition to the new look, Fieg is launching see more
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