Posted on July 3, 2017
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Good design always catches our eye at Lola, whether it’s sleek furniture, breath-taking architecture or even a fine craft brew, we can’t resist. Meet five designers whose are all riders and put the bicycle somewhere at the center of their work.
Megan Aylott and Steven Azancot
It began with a mountain bike. Megan Aylott fell in love with the gift from her husband, Steven Azancot, and used it to explore London on a regular basis. As she wound her way through streets and byways, Aylott realized in short order that sport-friendly clothes were just that: sport friendly. Unable to find something suitable for a woman’s shape or for the office, she and her husband got together and began designing their own line of cycling wear. Fashionable, safety conscious, and sporty, MEAME is one of the best things on two wheels.
Photo by India Hobson
Landscape and heritage shape the work of Thom Barnett at Mamnick, a bespoke fashion brand located in England and Japan, that marches to the beat of its own drummer. Mamnick, named for a road that climbs to the top of nearby Mam Tor, is home to a somewhat eclectic mix of items – steel chip forks, handmade shoes, and sunglasses to name but a few – made in small batches that aim to offer cyclists (or non-cyclists) off-bike fashion and accessories. Barnett’s daily rides through the Peak District to visit the craftsmen and women who bring his designs to life honor the steel-making tradition of his native Sheffield while allowing him to immerse himself in this unique place. “I like riding my bike, so I don’t want to get too busy,” Thom said in a talk with Creative Mornings. We like the craftsmanship.
Life started as an industrial engineer, but Maria Boustead found herself increasingly drawn to cycling. Her daily commute to work in Chicago put her in the heart of one of America’s great cities, but something was missing. Hauling her gear in panniers was normal, but they were not remotely attractive or stylish. Putting her creative engineer’s mind to work, Boustead made the first of her line of Po Campo bags in 2009. Boustead knew she wasn’t the only female rider out there who wanted something practical but that also fit the urban aesthetic. Designed in fashionable colors and fabrics, the bags get snapped up as fast as she can deliver them. “They (women) need bags that keep up with their lifestyle, and look like something they’d want to carry,” Boustead told Momentum Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Tall Tree Cycles in Ottawa
While studying design at Ryerson University, Kristi Woo discovered cycling. The Canadian designer found it the easiest way to get around, but soon also found a need for clothing that could meet the needs of the daily cyclist. She also realized that much of the available clothing for cycling focused on men or racing and didn’t make much room for the other half of the population. Woo soon began making, altering and buying fabric to suit her athletic needs. In 2008, she established Ryoko, her brand of clothing aimed at and tailored for active women on the road. “I just saw a need for this kind of thing,” said Woo in an interview with the Calgary Herald. We’re more than glad she did.