short balls: collaborations galore at lacoste, karlovic's shorts, k-swiss, stella in the black, etc.

Stella’s in the black: Daily Mail reports that Stella McCartney‘s eponymous fashion label is in the black after five years of losses, boosted by a 50% rise in sales at its flagship store in the UK as well as two fragrance lines, and of course her adidas by Stella McCartney collection. But she shouldn’t breath easy yet: she has a long way to paying back the £15 million investment poured into her company by the Gucci Group.

Daily Racquet’s in the pink: Gear blog Daily Racquet has been supporting October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month by posting on all things pink and tennis. (via DTL)

These next four bits are from Hypebeast

lacoste michael young plastic polo

PETA-friendly crocodile skin at Lacoste: The minds of Lacoste and industrial designer Michael Young have come together to reinterpret the company’s trademark polo. They melded fabric and with a plastic ink which was then baked to create a blistering and texturized skin. The result: crocodile-esque scales on the Plastic Polo, and metallic scales on the Plastic Polo +. Like most amazing things in this world, the shirts have a limited run available at colette.

lacoste revan 3 collection croc

Fall Revan Collection: Speaking of stylish goods from Lacoste, they’ve released the Revan line as a part of their Fall 2007 Stealth collection. Our fave are the Revan 3 Crocs with crocodile print laser-etched over the entire shoe. Check out the rest of the collection here.

lacoste kid robot eboy peecool

Lacoste x Kid Robot x eBoy: Wait — there’s more! The Lacoste x Kid Robot collaboration goes to the next level with this line of PEECOOL figurines that go with each custom sneaker. Of course, each toy will wear a Lacoste polo.

>>TSF’s Lacoste archives

K-Swiss x Fake London: And West Valley-based tennis outfitter K-Swiss teams up with Fake London founder Desiree Mejer to produce a limited-edition sneaker with ginormous tongues and digital fingerprints on the right shoe.

K-Swiss x Anna: For curious Angelenos: those print ads with Anna Kournikova can now be seen at the huge Third Street billboards at The Grove.

>>TSF’s K-Swiss archives

Ivo’s in the record books: Sometime during Croat Ivo Karlovic‘s run in the Japan Open last week (where he made it all the way to the semis), he hit his 1,000th ace of the season, making him the fourth player (along with Goran Ivanisevic, Andy Roddick, and Pete Sampras) to hold this distinction. Give this 6’10″-ATPer a pat on the back — if you can reach it. (source)

Here’s another look at Ivo’s 6’10 shorts. (The logo refers to his height.) Thanks to Allen Clark of offwing.com for providing TSF with the photo.

Table tennis transformation: The sport of table tennis — which is even less popular than tennis — attempts to up its fan base by outfitting their players in prettier uniforms. (China Daily)

(OT) Nixon: We are loving the Spring 2008 accessories collection from skate and surf specialist Nixon. (via Hypebeast)

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