Menswear: Bike in a Suit

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Because here at Bike Pretty headquarters, we care about menswear too. In fact, there is very little that we find more delightful than a nattily dressed bike commuter dude. Sadly this breed is a rare site in the bike lanes of London and San Francisco.

With 30 days of biking starting on April 1, 2014, shortly followed by National Bike Month in May, we could all use a little office-appropriate inspiration.

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Enter the Commuter Suit by Parker Dusseau. Masquerading as proper business attire, the whole ensemble is actually tricked out with little bike-friendly details like pit zips, discreet reflective piping, and a breathable, moisture wicking finish.

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From a design point of view, this suit isn’t pushing any boundaries. And that’s just the way we like it. There’s no need to go ruining a classic silhouette with some godawful hi-viz branding, right? Check out CoolHunting’s review of the Commuter and see if it works as good as it looks.

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If you’d like to try out the suit yourself, visit these shops:

Defining Mantyhose: Bike Motif Tights from Emilio Cavallini

Let me be clear: bike fashion is about looking good on a bike. It’s not about taking regular, unsuspecting, perfectly-serviceable items and covering them with a bike print. No, that stuff doesn’t count and I tend to avoid it like I avoid the driver’s seat of a car.

But but but, I have such a soft spot for novelty tights. I mean, I technically can resist them. At this moment, I do not in fact, own all the tights. But it’s a constant struggle.

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These do it for me on so many levels of fashion nerdiness:

1) Made by Emilio Cavallini. When I went to fashion school in Florence, we got to tour the Emilio Cavallini factory. It’s in a tiny Tuscan town that also hosts a truffle festival. (squee!) Anyway, the factory is this very high-tech operation with tons of complicated machines that knit up intricately patterned tights legs. Then little Italian ladies stitch the crotches together (the all-important cotton lining) and package them up. When we toured the factory in 2006, Mr. Cavallini was super excited to show us their latest innovation: a thick pair of tights that imitated the look of denim work trousers. Yes, the Cavallini factory invented jeggings. Eyeballs, you are welcome.

2) I do kinda secretly love stuff that’s covered in bikes, but it has to be something I would actually wear. Like you can’t just screenprint a bike on a sweatshirt and call it a day.

3) Mantyhose. Hosiery for men. This is not a ridiculous idea. I mean, aggro bike dudes male cyclists already wear full lycra kit. That’s basically tights. And the leg warmers that are made to be worn with cycling shorts are basically thigh-high stockings. But there’s also a historical precedent. Going back to the middle ages, pantyhose–that is to say, tight socks that extend to the waist–were originally worn by men only.  bike fashion - bike motif socks by emilio cavallini

Also, can we just examine our cultural prejudices that tell us when a man adopts an article of clothing that is coded female, he is considered weak and ridiculous? But when a woman wears a male-coded item, she is considered powerful?

Our Anjou Vélo Vintage Bike Gang

This bike gang was the best thing to come out of my June trip to the Anjou Vélo Vintage. (Besides the hundreds of cycle chic pictures.) I’m so lucky to have spent a long weekend in France in the company of people who love bikes as much as I do.

Meet Gang Mélange Japonais, named in honor of Jenni Gwiazdowski and our favorite French snack food:

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Me

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My BFF Kelly Miller

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Kelly’s Boyfriend, Sebastien Klein

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Menswear 2014 Fashion Week – Italian Street Style

While searching NYFW street style photos for yesterday’s post, I came across these shots from the Menswear 2014 shows back in June. I always look forward to the images that come from Milan’s Fashion Week and Pitti Uomo in Florence.

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Everyone seems to be having so much fun. And the way the men wear their fabulous suits so casually. Brings back memories of how boy-crazy we were as students at FIT in Florence. Wandering the exhibition halls of the Fortezza Da Basso once a year was an out of body experience.

Naturally Kelly and I would ride our granny bikes to Pitti Uomo. Not sure if we mastered  the effortless chic you see here, but we did our best to represent.

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