‘New Year, New Me’ the saying goes however, I’m a firm believer that it should be ‘New Year, Improved Me’ – as there is always room for improvement in our health and wellbeing. Aiding that sentiment is Matches Fashion who is expanding its extensive activewear offering for Spring Summer 17. As we step straight from the New Years Day hangover (or not, in my case – just a stinking cold) into Menswear Season which started in London and ends in New York, the retailers New Year welcomes a host of new brands and exclusive product to the Activewear Studio. What’s more, they have more superb new activewear offerings for SS17 by AEANCE, Café Du Cycliste and a new accessory range by Casall.
Each of these brands have been carefully selected to meet expectations of style and performance whilst complementing the other lines on offer. In addition to new labels the Activewear Studio will updating its offering from brands such as Adidas by Kolor, Fendi Active, Soar, 2XU and Peak Performance, including web exclusives from The Upside and Satisfy.
As many of the menswear crowd will be travelling around Europe and the USA for the new seasons collections, it can be hard to find time for the gym or a run – particularly in an unfamiliar city. Or for you, who maybe planning a city break this spring and are unsure of the best running routs. So, to compliment these great shots of the new Matches Fashion offering, I have sourced my top running rout picks from running app Strava, spread below. However, if you are stuck in London and want to keep active in style, Matches Fashion will be bringing the Activewear studio to life with a series of events, featuring designers and wellness experts, to be hosted in their London stores from mid-January 2017.
The classic New York route for locals and visitors alike, the 6 mile Central Park Loop is a superb and invigorating run that takes you just inside the busiest areas of the park, but encapsulates the famed lake. Starting at Columbus Circus, the full park run will give you some superb sky-line views on your way back to your hotel – or subway stop. However, if you are in Paris and fancy a little less of a run, the Jardin des Tuileries and Champs-Elysées 3 miler is a great one to take in one of the best parts of the city as you start and finish at The Louvre Museum. Great for those not used to hard road-running as most of the route is a sandy, fine gravel.
The central Gardini Public run – a short but nice 2.5 mile – starts just south of the cathedral and takes you up to the main central gardens. However, Milan is a busy city and should be planned accordingly if you are not used to road-running or busy city streets. Whilst this last one in London maybe a little cliched however at 5.9 miles, it really is a good one. Taking you along the best Thames routes past most of central London’s famed sights, seeing as LFWM has passed, it’s great either for next season or just a nice Sunday walk.