This post kicks off a series on bicycles that will carry us through the week. First up is a story on “cycle chic” — defined by Wikipedia as “the culture of bicycling in fashionable clothes” — that I wrote for Ralph Lauren’s online magazine:
The modern gentleman’s style arsenal includes bespoke suits, bench-made shoes, Egyptian-cotton shirts, seven-fold ties, and Swiss watches. But parading good taste on the sidewalk runways of the metropolis is becoming passé.
In the silent skirmish for style supremacy waged every time two dapper gents pass each other, a trump card is needed. Long ago it was a polished carriage with tufted seats. Today it’s a bicycle — preferably a rare, custom-made, and extremely elegant bicycle.
In urban style centers such as Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen, modern boulevardiers are increasingly turning to stylish and high-tech velocipedes for the final stamp on their fashion statement — the first time since the golden age of bicycles in the 1890s.
You can read the complete story here.
Above is a detail from a beautiful Italian bike by Cicli Adriatica. Below are a handful of Ralph Lauren and Rugby images featuring bicycles:
Finally, a preview of what’s to come tomorrow. Stay tuned. — CC