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Luxury Sporting Goods to Take Your Workout to Another Level

For those who live a life of true luxury, standard-issue sporting goods just aren’t going to cut it. May we suggest: a rugby ball by Louis Vuitton, a bicycle from Balenciaga, a Tiffany and Co. golf putter, and other athletic items that will put your workout on another level.
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With the fitness and athleisure trends taking over the world, it’s no longer surprising to see people spending six figures on limited-edition sneaks or putting down some serious cash on sweats to wear to the gym. But for those who truly want to separate themselves from the pack, picking up your athletic gear from the usual mall sporting goods store just won’t do anymore.

If Gwyneth Paltrow can invite her Goop followers to cook dinner every night with a titanium-grade steel and brass-handled saucepan or encourage people to drink from a rose quartz-studded straw, we dare say it’s perfectly reasonable to demand only the best of the best for the items you will be sweating on (and in). Merely owning them may not get you to hit your fitness goals, but you will certainly feel far more genteel while going about your grunt work should you actually decide to use them. Here are just a few ultra-luxurious suggestions for your bougie workout wish list. Bonus: They’ll still look cool on display in your office, living room, or home gym.

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1| A rugby ball from Louis Vuitton

Fancy a game of rugby? Give it a try with this limited-edition tanned cowhide leather ball created by the French fashion house in collaboration with Dan Carter. The legendary former fly-half of the New Zealand All Blacks (known for its extremely intimidating pre-game haka—and also for being a kickass championship team) personally selected the black and silver Monogram Eclipse pattern, and only 112 of its kind will be produced. The figure corresponds to the number of appearances he made for his country’s home team over the course of his international career, but these days, he plays in Japan with the Kobelco Steelers, which is where the ball will be exclusively released. Greenbelt 4

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Photo by LOUIS VUITTON.
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2| A golf putter and tee from Tiffany and Co.

Your idea of sport could be a leisurely day on the fairway. If that’s the case, treat yourself to this stainless steel and sterling silver golf putter from renowned New York jewelers Tiffany and Co. Even golf clubs can get the luxury treatment, and of course, this one comes with a supple leather handle and the Tiffany logo delicately engraved underneath. It’s part of the brand’s “Everyday Objects” collection that was launched in 2017, which also included an 18k gold paper clip and a $1,000 “tin” can. Don’t forget to throw in the sterling silver golf tee to match. Greenbelt 4

Photo by TIFFANY & CO..
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3| A skateboard from Hermès

If you’re more of an extreme sports kind of guy, not to worry: as part of its F/W ’17 collection, French luxury house Hermès threw its hat into the skate culture ring with the launch of a longboard designed by artistic director Henri d’Origny. Naturally, it comes in Vosges maple wood printed with the same vibrant patterns as its famous silk scarves, perfect for the urban warrior with a carefree, defiant soul. Greenbelt 4

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4| A surfboard from Chanel

Among the crazy, beautiful things in the late, great Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy is his penchant for launching designer everything—including tennis rackets, skis, ice skates, motorcycle helmets, boomerangs (the weapon, not the Instagram tool), and, before his passing last February, a decadent aluminum, glass, and polyurethane silver surfboard as part of the brand’s offerings for S/S ’19. (The runway show itself memorably and appropriately transformed Paris’s Grand Palais into a sandy beach.) Surfboards have popped up in Chanel lore before—Gisele Bündchen carried a black and white one in a Chanel No. 5 campaign film directed by Baz Luhrmann circa 2014. But while that was expressly made for that shoot, this one can be yours, if you have $8,900 to spare. chanel.com

Photo by CHANEL.
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5| A tic-tac-toe set from Prada

Maybe you’re more of a mental warfare kind of guy and board games are your thing. In that case, what could be more challenging or stimulating than a basic round of good old-fashioned tic-tac-toe, and Prada has the answer: a portable, zippable, travel-friendly, black-and-white set in its distinctive textured Saffiano leather. In place of Xs and Os, pick a color from the metal logoed chips and let the fun begin. Just don’t be an amateur and choose the center square first—everybody knows the true pro strategy is to start from the corner, always. Greenbelt 4

Photo by PRADA.
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6| A bicycle from Balenciaga

Pundits predicted this would become a collector’s item upon its debut on the S/S ’18 men’s collection runway. Described as a “design experiment,” the mountain bike was available for €3,500 when the brand took over legendary French store Colette, another entry into creative director Demna Gvasalia’s school of making mundane items, like Ikea market bags and DHL tees, look utterly covetable and cool. Sadly, both the bicycles and Colette are now a thing of the past. If you were among the lucky ones who snagged the colorful, utilitarian mode of transport, tell us how it rides (if you actually dared to ride it). The rest of us will just have to settle for its socks and caps for now. balenciaga.com

Photo by WWD.COM.
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7| A yoga mat from Vivienne Westwood

Namaste your way toward peace of mind and a greener globe with a yoga mat from fashion’s original punk queen. The woman who brought rebel fashion into the mainstream world is now trying to help save it by coming out with an eco-friendly yoga mat made with plant-based materials, including 100-percent natural, sustainable rubber and jute. The words “Mirror the World” are also printed on the bottom in case you needed a mantra/reminder. Plus eco-warrior points if you manage to also score the carrier bag produced through Westwood’s Ethical Fashion Initiative—made in Kenya in cooperation with Africa’s Artisan. Fashion using traditional shuka fabric worn by the Maasai tribe, it shows you’re an earth-conscious citizen of the world who truly walks the talk. viviennewestwood.com

Photo by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD.
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