Interview mix

I’ve always liked wearing hats, from my teenage interest in fedoras, to my current standard of a wool trilby in winter, and a raffia trilby or floppy sun hat in summer.

Recently, hats have made a big comeback in the fashion world. There seems to be a “hats are back” article in the New York Times every few months or so, and yesterday’s article on how the big fashion designers are embracing hats in their new collections seemed to seal the deal, at least in Guy Trebay’s mind. (As is often the case, the big designers are now acknowledging a trend that’s been happening in the street/ad hoc fashion scene for years.)

As a result of this growing popularity, a lot of people are wearing hats who’ve never thought about proper hat etiquette. It’s been a few generations since hats were in wide use, so the tradition of how, when, and where to wear a hat on one’s head has been lost to the sands of time.

I sought out some references for proper hat etiquette, but what I found was either a very traditional explanation or a somewhat insubstantial take on how it could work today. Along the way I realized that I have developed a pretty solid sense of modern hat etiquette. So I spooled it out a bit and this is what I came up with.

As you have probably noticed, the photos here are not always seasonal. For my monthly “favorites”, I pull from what’s been submitted to the Vélocouture group pool that month, but you can add a photo anytime you want, so sometimes we get some lovely summer photos in the dead of winter.

This time around, though, I noticed we have some nice wintry images to enjoy. In case you were wondering whether you can go by bike, in style, even in the cold and snow of winter, the contributors to Vélocouture would answer in the affirmative.

Todd at St Johns bridge
Photo by Flickr user Urban Weeds: Street Style from Portland in Portland, Oregon


Boxcycles, the US importer/distributor of Christiania trikes, is starting the new year off with a new Twitter feed and a contest to win one of their amazing cargo trikes. Follow them on twitter at @boxcycles and check out the contest information on their site to play along.

I seem to be on a bimonthly schedule with these “best of” posts. I’ll forego the usual excuses about how crazy work/life has been and just accept how nice it is that choosing from two months of photos gives me more chance to make interesting edits. Yeah! That’s it.

Here are my favorite contributions to the Vélocouture group in October and November 2010.

Photo by Flickr user Cycle Chic Malmö/Lund in Malmö, Sweden


Christiania story on Riders' Collective

A few weeks ago, my extensive post about our Christiania trike was republished in Riders’ Collective, an online magazine that collects content from around the internet and edits and redesigns it into a magazine format.

My Christiania article was featured in the November issue. Click here to download it.

I added a conclusion to the original text; for some reason, this new content was not included in the Riders’ Collective version, but you can read the new conclusion in the original post.

Public Bikes

I got a note from the folks at PUBLIC bikes about a new line of bikes coming this fall. Unlike their previous internally-geared bikes, these will feature derailleur gear systems, and a remarkably low price (under $500). Best of all, to promote the new line, they’re giving one away. See the contest page on their web site for more info.

I haven’t tried any of their bikes, so I can’t speak to their quality or ride, but I hope to put one to the test soon. In the meantime, they certainly look good, and the people I know who’ve tried them say they are fine bikes indeed. (UPDATE: I found out that Public does not lend out bicycles for review. So, a brief test ride from a local shop will have to do.)

I don’t need these boots, but I sure want them.

Rugged outdoor style from traditional British outfitters Barbour, combined with Rockport’s practical comfort? Love it.

Oh—and they’d look great on a bike. If you are lucky enough to become an owner of a pair of these, be sure and send pictures.

Photo by Patrick Barber. North Williams Avenue, evening commute, mid-October 2010.

Thus far, this blog has been more about other folks’ photos, and not so much about mine. I’ve been getting some pretty good ones lately, though, so maybe that will change.

Here’s a truly autumnal ensemble, a simple earth-toned outfit accented by a beautiful knit sweater — or shrug, it’s hard to tell.

As I spend more time making photographs of pedal-powered passers-by, I’m struck by the moody, quiet world that the images sometimes inhabit. I’m reminded of the way that an ensemble can be so beautifully presented when the wearer is on a bicycle — something that I love about the intersection of fashion and bicycle transport.

Herewith our favorites of all the fantastic contributions to the Vélocouture group in August and September.

I usually don’t comment on individual photos in these posts, but I have to say that the first one here is one of my all-time favorites. The photographer, Dmitry, is doing some amazing work, worth checking out simply for his beautiful photos, and particularly if you are a photo nerd and interested in his unusual technique. But beyond that, the colors! the light! the bicycle! the composition! the radiant dress! the fuzzy blue sweater (!)! (You’ll recognize the subject, Julie, as a devoted contributor to Vélocouture herself.)

It’s simply one of the most wonderful photographs to come through our virtual door during the four years I’ve been doing this, and it makes me smile every time I see it.

Photo by Flickr user Dmitry Gudkov in New York City


Pendleton Bag
Our winner, Trina, modeling the Pendleton Eco-wise bag: versatile, functional, and beautiful! Photo by flickr user poetas.

Congratulations, Trina, aka flickr user somebody’s little weasel! You have won your very own Pendleton bag! I will be in touch to arrange delivery.

Thanks everyone for playing, and thanks to Pendleton Menswear and Simply Bike for all their help with this giveaway! Keep an eye on Vélocouture for more giveaways to come.

Fine print: The winner was chosen using a random number generator at I numbered each comment (there were 100 distinct comments not including repeats or the occasional non-entry) and generated a random number between 1 and 100. That number was 37, which was the number assigned to our winner.