ubbed The Sartorialist on two wheels and selected as one of the 10 best fashion blogs by The Guardian--
Copenhagen Cycle Chic
is credited withthe idea of looking fetching while burning calories instead of fossil fuel.Back in 2006, Mikael Colville-Andersen took a picture in Copenhagen of a group of bicyclists. A smartly dressed woman stood out in a manner that clarified how bicycling had been coopted as an elite sport that required expensive homogenized branded gear. Colville-Anderson wanted to re-humanize and reclaim it.Because the original blog permitted usage of its trademarked Cycle Chicfor the idealistic purpose of bicycle advocacythere are now spinoffs inover 40-cities including Berlin, London, Paris, NYC, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Santa Barbara, Vienna,
enmark, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Stockholm,Vancouver, W
C, and more.
esigners have hopped abroad with Chanel, Gucci, and Kate Spade producing designer bikes. Posh Shops like
in Tribeca are featuring smart European handcrafted bicycles. Major cities areduplicating the successful Paris Vélib help-yourself racks of bikes that have logged more than 61-milion individual trips since the programs July 2007 inception. And even resorts like
have furthered themovement with events like their Bike Fashion Show.In major cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen where commuter cyclingis way of life--the high-ratio of bikes to autos often coincides with a high placement on most livable city charts.Its really quite simple to Cycle Chic by remembering that the ability toaccessorize is what separates us from the pack. Find the bike that reflects your personality and style. Perhaps a red Schwinn Le Tour, a hip black Raleigh single-speed, or a vintage beach cruiser in sunny yellow or sea- foam green. Add a saddlebag, bell, wicker basketanything that ups theante on the cool quotient as you sail forth in your consignment-find vintage Gucci loafers. As reflected in the Cycle Chic Manifesto--choose Style over Speed tocontribute visually to a more aesthetically pleasing landscape. Inspireothers with your individual brand of grace and elegance without being