Hurray for New York City bicycle entrepreneurs! Mara McCann Holmgren and Megan Kiefer have come up with a bucket-style bag that’s designed to discreetly carry a helmet and some daily essentials.
The creators of made-in-Brooklyn Henry Liz helmet totes say they hope to encourage use of protective head gear among fashion-conscious, urban bicycle lovers by offering an alternative to the “dangle” once riders reach their destinations.
A particularly cool feature of the design is the drop-down liner that separates the top section from the zippered bottom compartment which accommodates any size helmet. Just slip your lid in, bottom side up (see below). The liner drops into the helmet, so there’s no loss of capacity — with or without the helmet inside the bag.
More versatility: the bag can be worn as a cross-body, backpack, hobo or slanted tote.
It comes in two styles, named for streets familiar to New Yorkers. The Bedford (lead photo) is constructed of water-resistant, waxed canvas in colors with leather details and solid brass hardware. The Bowery (below) is constructed of textured cowhide with elegant zipper detailing on the strap, which splits for carrying as a backpack.
In each, a matching diamond pouch holds keys and smartphone. Anticipated retail pricing for the Bedford is approximately $159 and $349 for the Bowery.
Megan and Mara need your help to fund the first production run. Give them a hand in getting their Kickstarter over the top by clicking here.
Photos: Henry Liz