Last year, when bicycles popped up in shop windows and on sales floors from Madison Avenue to Bleeker Street, I wondered if fashion’s passion for urban cycling was just a passing fancy. Now, as glossies, catalogs and store displays bloom with spring-bright clothing and accessories, bike love looks to be more ardent than ever. Exhibit A: The new collaboration between the fashion designer Kate Spade and Adeline Adeline, the popular Tribeca-based purveyor of genteel European-style city bikes owned by Julie Hirschfeld.
The skirt-friendly steel frame, painted “signature” Kate Spade green, is handmade by Abici of Italy. It’s a single-speed ride that comes fully equipped for the city — yup, that’s you in the bike lane wearing an airy summer frock, heels (and a helmet!) — with upright handlebars, enclosed chain case, matching fenders, rear rack, kickstand and headlight. Additional features include a rear coaster brake, front caliper brake and Brooks leather saddle.
Starting today, the new bike is available at Adeline Adeline, and may also be ordered from the shop’s website and through Kate Spade stores. Price: $1,100. (Bikes ordered online are shipped to a local bike shop, designated by the customer, for assembly.)
Top: The new city bicycle styled by Kate Spade appears in the Fifth Avenue store window. Photo: velojoy