The much anticipated early December
announcement pronouncement has come; Ultra Violet, a deep, blue-purple shade is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 .
Purple, it must be said, can be polarizing. Research from a myriad of market researchers and assorted color scientists (yes, color scientists are a thing) show that while men tend to dislike the hue, women have a clear propensity for purple. Hence we can assume there may be some disaccord along gender lines when it comes to Ultra Violet, however, early reaction has been surprisingly positive. It’s been referred to as counterculture… but also as regal… both in the same blurb. That might say something about its eventual universality.
In any case I can already testify to the fact that Ultra Violet lends itself very well to fairway fashion, and I look forward to seeing a lot Continue reading “Pantone Color Of The Year 2018 & Ultra Violet Golf Fashion”
It’s an iconic combination to be sure, with red representing hardiness and valor, while white evokes purity and innocence. Then there’s blue, for vigilance and justice.
That explanation makes it’s easy to understand why the red, white and blue color palette is so powerful.
Here in the US, where flags fly proudly throughout the year, there’s a special place for the patriotic color scheme in summer. From Memorial Day at the end of May to Labor Day in early September our streets, homes and public buildings are resplendent in red, white and blue.
So, heading into the Independence Day weekend, it’s a perfect time to show your colors on the golf course. With so many stellar designers doing golf apparel these days, the choices are endless. Happy 4th of July.
Despite an early Arctic blast that’s brought freezing temperatures to all 50 US states, many golfers aren’t about to put their clubs away for the season.
In fact, with a weekend warm-up projected for many parts of the country, the coming week… even here in New England… will likely feature golf for those of us who refuse to relinquish the game just yet.
As far as apparel for those wintry rounds, It always seems to me that the most innovative and exciting cold weather golf styles come from Japan. Have a look at the 2014 Fall//Winter campaigns for companies like Pearly Gates, Kappa Golf, Black & White, Callaway Japan and Viva Heart … to name just a few… and you’ll see what I mean.
Unfortunately, these Japanese collections are generally not available here in the US, and that tends to leave me quite frustrated as temperatures descend.
That’s why I’m rather ecstatic about Uniqlo. Now that the Japanese LifeWear designer has established a firm foothold in the US, we finally have access to apparel that features the technologically advanced textiles, marvelous design and extraordinary range of colors that are the hallmarks of Japan’s golf clothing lines.
Though not specifically a golf apparel company, Uniqlo offers numerous golf-perfect pieces in its LifeWear collection, and the awesome Adam Scott is a Uniqlo brand ambassador. Much to my delight the company just opened a store here in Danbury so naturally I’ve already selected numerous items for the frosty fairways we’ll be playing on for the next several months. I’ll definitely be wearing Uniqlo at next week’s Thanksgiving shotgun.
In the meantime, for ladies contemplating a cold weather round, I’ve styled several sublime winter golf outfits around Uniqlo pieces that are sure to keep you warm in style. Uniqlo makes men’s clothes too… we’ll feature them in a future post.
It was almost three years ago, back in the summer of 2011, that Pinehurst Resort and the USGA presented the logos for this year’s US Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships. The men’s logo features the whimsical “Golf Lad” with his oversized bucket hat and hanging suspenders, while the women’s logo stars the state bird of North Carolina, a bright red Cardinal.
2014 seemed so far off back then, and the history-making prospect of back-to-back men’s and women’s U.S. Opens, at a single venue, was still somewhat abstract.
Flash forward to now, as the unprecedented joint get’s underway, and everything comes into focus. The course, Pinehurst No. 2, has a championship golf legacy that makes it a perfect choice for this historic U.S. Open doubleheader. Over the years, it’s hosted the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and a couple of U.S. Opens… as well as the most prestigious senior and amateur events. Meanwhile the village of Pinehurst has become a destination for travelers seeking stellar golf in a historic setting that also offers excellent dining, cultural and shopping experiences.
On that last note, let’s get back to those logos. What I didn’t mention was that a separate “joint logo” was created, in addition to the two logos described above. Designed by renowned U.S. Open artist Lee Wybranski, it artfully combines elements of the men’s and women’s logo to commemorate the consecutive championships. Featuring the two trophies, side by side, “Golf Lad’s” floppy hat sits jauntily on the men’s cup while the Cardinal perches precariously on the women’s, this dual logo whimsically represents the historic melding of the two events.
Those attending the tournaments will find all three logos well represented in the merchandise pavilion, on a wide variety of apparel and accessories. And for those who can’t make it to Pinehurst, USGAshop.com offers an expansive array of items featuring each of the three logos… the a perfect way for anyone to own a small piece of golf history.
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