It could be considered a slow month, or even a slow week, when streetstyle blog ‘The Sartorialist’ fails to feature a cyclist on its virtual pages. Beautifully dressed, for any activity except riding a bicycle, protagonists sit astride vintage bicycles. The men are in the sort of suits and layers that make you feel hot just thinking about physical activity. The majority of the women are in a short skirt meets sandal or high heel combo, which just asks for trouble from a sudden breeze, a pothole, or even the very act of pedaling itself.
With remarkably few bicycle helmets in sight, practicality is for all intents and purposes, more than a little lacking. I feel sure that Kate Spade’s latest offering must have been designed with potential Sartorialees in mind. How else to explain a $325 bicycle basket? No mere wicker storage bin, the ‘picnic bike basket’ is hand-woven, lined in a floral fabric, and topped off with a watermelon colored patent lid. Even the hardware has been given the luxe treatment, plated in 14-karat gold.
This is definitely not the kind of basket to leave on your bike while you run a few errands – not if you expect it to be there when you get back. But it is just the thing to accessorize your “I’m ready for my close up, Mr. De Mille” cycling ensemble.
Basket available at katespade.com