For it’s one, two, three stripes are out in adidas’ ballgame


IHT‘s Doreen Carvajal has been covering the legal war adidas is waging to protect its dominion over stripes. In the most recent turn of events, the European high court last week rejected an argument made by top international apparel manufacturers to use logos similar to that of the German giant (i.e., with two stripes instead of three). This two-stripe case began with a lawsuit brought by adidas against four big retailers—Marca Mode, C&A, H&M Hennes & Mauritz, and Vendex—for selling products that had two parallel stripes.

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Put spring in your step

A quick look at some this season’s fun kicks…

adidas releases a limited edition version of its ClimaCool Feather II to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the technology. Available at Midwest Sports, $100.

K-Swiss teams up with designer Julia Hederus to produce three pairs of minimalist/futurist sneakers that’ll keep the obsessive-compulsives of the world busy for a while.

Buy: the Blocks Sneaker — High, £120; Low, £80 — and the Cubes Sneaker, £90, available at oki-ni.

(adidas photo via Midwest Sports; Hederus for K-Swiss photo via oki-ni)

Roger Federer mutes his clothes and his profile

Roger Federer continues the Sisyphusian task of winning a title in 2008 at the Estoril Open in Oeiras, Portugal. He’s off to a good start; R-Fed took out Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

This is the week I see him in human form. He’s finally with a coach again (training with Spanish legend Jose Higueras), he has a ginormous embedded pimple on his cheek, and his Nike clothes — while retro — are looking pretty plain.

More: Read about his clothes here.

Wear your liver on your sleeve

SportsBusinessJournal’s Daniel Kaplan reports that the ATP has dropped its ban on players selling patch space on their kits to alcohol companies. This happened as of March.

This prohibition was part of an anti-vice umbrella instituted in 2004, which also included provisions against gambling and advertising involving tobacco. The latter two, of course, are very much still in effect. So how did booze get the boost?

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Juan Carlos Ferrero’s luxurious life

Juan Carlos Ferrero’s time at the top of the tennis heap might be long over, but his stint as a wheeler and dealer of luxury is just starting. Now that his boutique hotel is up and running, he’s moved on to watches. Juanqui’s teamed up with watch designer Franc Vila to promote a watch inspired by the former World No. 1: the FVa Nº Cuatro Tourbillon Dial-Side Column Wheel Monopusher Chronograph.

(He did a photo shoot with Tommy Robredo, too! Click here to read more…)