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Ping Pong 2.0

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James Dean — the ultimate bad boy — playing ping pong

You can call it a comeback folks…. Table tennis – better known as ping pong – is having a serious moment right now. So dust off those paddles and work out that back hand, cause this trend is gaining momentum. Over the past six months various ping pong clubs and “designated areas” within restaurants and hotels have been popping up in New York City. SPiN — a members only ping pong club/bar — recently opened up on East 23rd Street in Manhattan, boasting an impressive line-up of parties and events where celebs like Susan Sarandon, Chris Benz, Alan Cumming and fashion sweetheart Karlie Kloss have all been spotted.

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Fred Perry, one of the most respected tennis and sportswear brands in the business, actually has its own private room at SPiN. Equipped with a full bar, DJ booth, lounge seating and ping pong table made of stainless steel. Not too shabby.

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Fred Perry also created an identical replica of the table tennis racket Fred personally used, in honor of his 100th birthday – May 18th 2009. Fun fact: Fred Perry started his esteemed career playing ping pong — he was the World Champion of Table Tennis 1921 —  eventually he conquered the lawn tennis circuit winning his first Wimbledon singles title in 1934 (no big deal).

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Another uber-hip ping pong hot spot is The Standard Hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. They had several tables set up in the “Beer Garden” during the summer months, creating such a buzz, New Yorkers would queue up around the block to get in.

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Once fashion designers start creating “limited editions” of anything non-apparel related, the official gauge on the trend meter points towards: novel idea crosses over from fad to legit movement. Pictured below is the James Perse (sold out) custom Ping Pong table that was released a few months back. The table is made out of steel with a warp free top… geared towards customers on the West Coast, it has “Malibu” themed graphics and comes with James Perse branded balls — which would sound a little weird if we weren’t talking about ping pong.

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Last but not least, Editors Choice for “must have” ping pong accoutrement, The Quiet Life ping pong paddle case. Designed by people that know a thing or two about being awesome (one of the owners is the art director at Girls’ shoe company Lakai Limited Footwear), this case is right on trend, shown in a black base with bright primary accents.

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