Last month I was part of a Refinery 29 feature on bike style in San Francisco. Growing up in the Bay Area, I’ve always been influenced by the way people dress in the city. So it’s super cool to represent our steez on a big-time fashion website.
Typical SF style includes at least one vintage item, but worn in a casual way. People here follow trends, but they would never let it define their entire look. And a great jacket (but never a coat!) is a necessity all year long.
Photographer Ashley Batz did a fantastic job capturing the essence of San Francisco cycle chic. Check out the rest of the story on Refinery 29 and get inspired.
The highly anticipated September issue is here. No, not that one. I’m talking about Momentum Magazine Issue #63: Spotlight on Bicycle Fashion Designers.
Inside you’ll find my five interviews of current bike fashion designers. It was such an honor to speak with the brains behind these inspiring labels.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
“I feel guilty saying that I’m a designer. I know so many great designers and I really respect what they do. Really, I’m still learning. Every day.”
– Omar Rada of Proof
“Being independent has given us the freedom to never compromise.”
– Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier
“[P]edal in a relaxing way. Feel yourself as a part of nature. Enjoy your surroundings.”
– on Hideto Suzuki of PEdALED
“Women…[t]hey’re busy! They need bags that keep up with their lifestyle and look like something they’d want to carry. Whether on or off a bike.”
– Maria Boustead of Po Campo
“I’ll talk to you while I curl my hair.”
– Ann DeOtte Kaufman of Iva Jean
And I must thank the editors of Momentum Magazine for taking a chance on a heretofore only-self-published writer. The current issue is almost entirely devoted to bicycle fashion. Check it out for amazing profiles of labels like Vespertine, Michaux Club, Betabrand, and more.
You can pick up a copy at these stores, or get a digital subscription for your iPhone or iPad.
James from the fantastic bike lifestyle site CycleLove asked me to put together a Style Selection. He picked this outfit idea as a starting point. Must be a sign that cyclists are beginning to notice that wearing leopard print – well, it gets you noticed.
Click through to see the entire style guide. And then stay for the rest. This one is my favorite.
Thanks for posting my guide, James!
The Minneapolis Star Tribune is taking a hard-line stand on the Great Lycra Debate. No doubt, the populace is fed up with lumpy sausages whizzing by on $10,000 road bikes. Intrepid muckraker Aimee Blanchette is rallying the aesthetically-sensitive denizens of the Twin Cities with a cry of “Ditch the Spandex”!
There’s even a nice mention of Bike Pretty:
Then there are the blogs, such as San Francisco-based Bike Pretty, which inspires people to, well, ride a bike and look pretty. Blog entries include: “How to ride in a maxi skirt” and “How to dominate hills in a dress.”
Such an honor to be the only cycle chic blog mentioned!
Check out Courtney Perry’s slideshow for more ways to ride in style.
A big thank you to Ann, the doll-faced designer of Iva Jean, for sending me the Bike Pretty shout-out in the May 2013 issue of Elle Finland.
I’m mentioned at the top of a list (!!!!!) of cycle chic blogs that have been a huge inspiration for me. It’s such an honor to be included with London Cycle Chic, Chicago’s Bike Fancy, Australia’s Cycle Style, and the grandaddy of them all, Copenhagen Cycle Chic.
If you don’t read Finnish (and I don’t) here’s a translation of my blurb, courtesy of Google:
How to blog, where the day is always like a bicycle? Pretty fresh Bike offers inspiration for those who enjoy bike riding style hounds, bikepretty.com.
Um. Thanks, Computer! Hopefully bike riding a style hound is a good thing in Finnish?
Also, Elle Finland has an awesome slideshow of cute bike stuff, featuring Iva Jean’s stylish and functional cycling blouse.
Finally, thank you to Mirjami of Elle Finland for putting the story together.