Panniers, those bags that mount on the rear rack of a bicycle, take a more sophisticated turn with the Mira collection, introduced by passionate cyclist and entrepreneur Matgośka Dębnicka and the team behind Bike Belle. The Krakow, Poland-based company sells a wide assortment of stylish accessories for urban bicycling.
Particularly recognized for the bicycle baskets with liners and matching seat covers that they create, Bike Belle surveyed the pannier scene, which consists largely of utilitarian, touring-style bags, and at the other end of the spectrum, market totes, and saw a need for something more: A bag that could be functional on the bike, but elegant enough to use as a smart briefcase or handbag for on-the-go urbanites. They named the collection for the Spanish word Look! based on its eye-catching qualities. The stylish panniers come in two handbag versions for women and a retro satchel model for men. (See below.)
The Mira Au Lait is the demure option.
The Mira Elston has timeless appeal.
The Mira Velvet Swing is a statement bag.
Inside the bags, which are constructed of faux leather, you’ll find pockets for your phone, wallet and other essentials, as well as a compartment for an up to 15-in. laptop. For the transition off the bike to office, errands or meeting friends for dinner, the two hooks plus a security strap that attach the bag to the bike are discreetly covered with a zippered flap. Shoulder straps are included, as well.
The Mira bags are available for pre-order now through a crowd-funding campaign. Click here to support it.
Photos: Bike Belle