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Portlanders show off bikes, fashion at 'Dress Like Your Bike' party (photos)

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Julia Himmelstein at Tuesday's Dress Like Your Bike event.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Did you ever start to realize that you've begun to physically resemble your bicycle?

That was the question of the night in a North Portland bike shop Wednesday as dozens of bike riders coordinated their color choices to pose for free shots from a local fashion photographer.

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Local women's bike fashion company launches 'Dress to Ride' project

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Quick Study Clothing makes dresses
that are comfortable while bicycling.
(Photos: Shola Lawson)

Local fashion designer Caitlin McCall is the owner of Quick Study, a women's apparel company that focuses bike-friendly dresses made in Portland. To help with the launch of her website next month she wants to interview and photograph 16 local women who, "fearlessly adapt their wardrobes to the demands of going by bike."

'Dress to Ride' is the name of the project and all the women who participate in the interviews will be featured in a permanent photo gallery on QuickStudyClothing.com (shot by photographer Shola Lawson) and will be used in McCall's social media efforts.

This is the first we've heard of Quick Study and somehow we missed the profile on the company in the Portland Mercury's Bike Issue back in May. Here's more from Mercury fashion writer Marjorie Skinner: (more...)

Crunching the numbers on Portland bike fashion

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Summer bike traffic-1
Fashion choices everywhere.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Cathy Hastie is BikePortland's lifestyle columnist.
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Levi's makes Portland first stop on its 'Go To Work' bike shop tour

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Levi's will have experts on hand
for free fixes of bikes and clothing.
(Photo: Urban Outfitters)

Editors at The New York Times aren't the only ones who know Portland is an epicenter of fashion and bicycling. One of the most respected names in the history of fashion, Levi's, has announced their six-city 2013 Bike Shop Tour and Portland is the first stop on their list. Themed, "Go to Work" and aimed at promoting their Commuter apparel line, a crew from Levi's will roll into Portland with their mobile bike shop and sewing studio on August 6th.

Other stops on the tour include San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis, Austin and Brooklyn.

Similar to a stop they made here last summer (they set up outside Pacific Northwest College of Art on NW 13th and Johnson), the Levi's Bike Shop will offer free bike tune-ups and washing, basic repairs, and tailoring. This year, the shop will be located at Wonder Ballroom (128 NE Russell Street) and will be open from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. (more...)

NY Times shares Pearl District "bike style" with the world

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Still from NY Times video.

The venerable New York Times turned their video lens to Portland's Pearl District and is currently sharing the results on their home page for all the world to see. In Intersection: Bicycle Style in the Pearl they capture the personal style perspectives of four Portlanders who bike.

Depending on your feelings about bikes, fashion, the Pearl District, or any combination of the three, the video (below) will likely either amuse, inspire, or annoy. What's interesting to us is that northwest Portland (which includes the Pearl) was one of only two places in the city to record a decrease in ridership according to the City's 2012 counts (a 5.7% decline from 2011 numbers). It's also worth noting that the video was shot on NW 13th, which we hope will someday become Portland's first shopping street/promenade where parking and through access for drivers is prohibited. The video also shows just the latest recognition of bicycle fashion among the major media — a sign that bicycling is becoming more mainstream in America.
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Two local bike shops set to host fashion-focused events

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Flyer for Giro New Road launch event in Portland.

Seems like everywhere you turn these days there's news about bike fashion. Whether it's featured at the National Bike Summit or making major news headlines, bike brands and major fashion labels are falling over themselves to get a piece of the growing apparel pie.

Portland is an epicenter of stylish cycling so it's no surprise that we've got our share of fashion-focused events. Two of them have come on my radar recently...

This Friday River City Bicycles will host a launch event for Giro's "New Road" apparel line. Giro, a brand known to most people for their helmets, launched their new clothing line late last month and it's being called a potential "paradigm shift" by the bike media. A local rep for Giro explained the new line as, "Giro's take on a changing the traditional road clothing (lycra jerseys and such) to something a bit more understated but still performance based." New Road features merino jerseys that look more like business-casual t-shirts. (more...)

Pop-up shops at Women's Bicycling Forum puts fashion front and center

Monday, March 4th, 2013
Bandbox Bicycle helmets-2
These helmet hats by Bandbox were a big hit.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Women entrepreneurs are riding the wave of two major American trends: a renaissance in urban bicycling and a surging demand for stylish riding apparel. At the National Women's Bicycling Forum on Monday, the League of American Bicyclists hosted a pop-up shop full of vendors who see functional and stylish clothing as just another front on the effort to make bicycling more appealing to women.

Helmets are decidedly unappealing when it comes to fashion and they present a quandary for women who put safety first. Not only are helmets notorious for messing up one's coiffure; but a big plastic dome can also ruin even the cutest outfit. Dr. Cheryl Allen-Munley of Bandbox Bicycle Helmets seems to have a solution. Her helmets look like hats that happen to come with a chin strap. The shells can be wrapped with all sorts of designs — from cowgirl hats to berets and everything in between. Women flocked to her booth all day snapping photos of each other and trying on the different styles. (more...)

Jeff Mandel's latest: Stylish, custom, and classy bike touring boots

Friday, November 16th, 2012
Tweed Ride Portland 2010-9
Jeff Mandel, shoemaker.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Remember Jeff Mandel? He's a local leather artisan and master shoemaker based in southeast Portland who also loves to ride bikes. Back when he came onto the scene in 2008 we shared his handmade leather saddles and a pair of his bike shoes. Jeff is still going at it, refining his skills and making beautiful shoes that are purpose-built for pedaling.

I thought you'd appreciate his latest creation: A pair of SPD-compatible boots made for bicycle touring. (more...)

Retro Image Apparel launches "Portland Collection"

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Portland-based Retro Image Apparel has launched "the Portland Collection."

The collection includes a men's and women's jersey and a shirt based on art by Portland artist Jimmy Cavalieri.

New from Amsterdam: 'Rain couture'

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I got an interesting press release today from a company named Madame de Pe. They make "rain couture from Amsterdam, designed and tested on Dutch bicycles". With the amount of rain we get here in Portland and the wide affection for Dutch bicycles, I was curious what you all might think. At about $300 per jacket, they're not cheap (for comparison, a top-end Showers Pass is about $200).

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