How to Get Moving in Style

How to Get Moving in Style Tip: Don’t be tamed by what you wear.

Akira Chatani, Graphic Designer & Founder of Nonusual

Bike: Tokyobike SS (repainted in mat black) with Gilles Berthoud saddle and Gropes handlebar wrap grips.

Wearing: Uniqlo top and jeans, Ally Capellino belt, Converse, Bagaboo standard messenger bag.

Image byYulia Gromova

Is bicycle merely a simple commuting tool?  Let me start with sparkling honesty – I am not a dedicated cyclist. Even so, in the light of this subject asking such a question almost makes me want to run away and hide like a child who did something wrong and is now too scared to admit to it. Of course, cycling in itself is a fantastic notion. It is fast, traffic-free and it gets you fit. However, leaving the obvious out, one has to be blind not to notice and become fascinated with the whole new dimension in cycling movement – a sartorial aesthetic.

Nowadays it becomes a struggle to look or even think about London cyclists without constant referral to style and fashion. The game is on and seeing the extent to which you gents are mastering and stretching the rules makes the head spin about as fast as your custom wheels do. So without further pondering, let me get on that saddle and embark on a small journey to discover what is stirring among London’s finest male cyclists and how to get moving in style.

In the same way a person treats clothes, choosing the best two-wheeled friend is directly conditional on your personality, occupation and general fashion preferences. Moving around the city, Tokyobike or Foffa bikes are the ones you are bound to spot immediately. Vibrant, sleek and modern-esque, they perfectly represent impeccable simplicity and strong fashion statement as well as their creative owners do. Condor or Pashley bicycles, on the other hand, are the ideal traveling partners of those who enjoy details and salute the best of British tradition. At last, London is a city of vintage. Vintage furniture, products, clothes – we embrace everything that is time-honoured. Bicycles are no exception. If having a thirty years old Pegoretti frame exhilarates your breathing pay a visit to Brick Lane Bikes or Sargent & Co.

Now, once you acquire a perfectly tailored suit, you probably should get a shirt, a belt, a pair of shoes and maybe even a set of cufflinks to make the ensemble complete. Drawing this analogy, there are more than enough choices in London for the cycle “accessory” admirers. Brooks, for instance, is a classic choice for saddles, while Walnut Studiolo offers leather crafted products varying from handlebar covers to can cages. However, if you are exceedingly choosy and currently looking for something truly Nonusual, Gropes might be an unparalleled option. Produced from high quality leather these handlebar grips are coming in two sizes and numerous colour combinations for all tastes and seasons. Not only eye-catching but also fun to fit they will certainly satisfy even the most jaded cycle and style enthusiasts.

At last, my exploration shows that you can ride a bicycle wearing just about anything: ripped jeans and Toms, parkas and Nike sneakers, geek style trousers and Prada hybrids – you name it. All depends on what you do, what you love and how far you travel. However, London has not been particularly blessed with pleasant weather. Therefore, more often than not we all have to overcome some ghastly obstacles such as rain, wind or hail within a length of a day. This means that style is bound to meet practicality at some points. Rapha, a brand very much favoured by Paul Smith offers cycling and style devotees everything from jackets to skincare. A sophisticated look is easily achieved with Criterion Cycling Jacket. Designed by Timothy Everest, it configures all the necessary cycling attire functions while resembling a classic trench coat. Ultimately, if the sky is promising tremendously heavy showers consider Oxford Roll Up Rain Cape designed by the finest Savile Row tailors or practical yet trendsetting Otto London urban style ponchos. Top it up with one of the Carradice classic bags, which leaves you at perfect terms with your city, your bicycle and fashion of course.


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The final matter to disclose that concerns followers of all things old-school. To make the most out of your passion for vintage fashion in combination with delights of cycling do be sure to keep a track of The Tweed Run. Think Sherlock Holmes style to achieve an appropriate look for this annual bike ride event. Harris Tweed jackets, merino wool jerseys, cycling capes, flat caps are most welcomed. Also do not forget about pocket watches, bow ties, pipes and well groomed moustache.

I feel like I can go on “pedalling” in this topic forever. Nevertheless, the journey should be coming to an end here. I hit the breaks and dismount by Look Mum No Hands (bar & bicycle workshop), a perfect place to catch London’s cycling trend-setters at a rare occasion of being more or less motionless.

Posted By: Tess

When we say a gentleman always puts his best foot forward, we mean it literally. If you’re taking the time and money to invest in a great pair of shoes, it’s important to maintain them. I’m not a details kind of guy, is a poor excuse for overlooking dirt and scuffs on your shoes. A simple shine monthly using these eight basic steps on how to shine shoes will suffice. Because a freshly polished pair of eight-year-old dress shoes (like the one used in this tutorial) looks better than a neglected newer shoe.

Step 1: Gather your materials.

Most necessary shoe care products can be purchased at a drug store, or otherwise at a shoe boutique or repair shop.

Newspaper or towel

  • Shoe polish
  • Polish dauber (applicator) or cloth
  • Horsehair shine brush
  • Shoe shine cloth
  • Heel and Sole Edge Renewal
  • Leather Dye
  • Scuff Cover
  • Premiere Shine (optional)

Rubber gloves — These aren’t necessary, but the polish can dye your skin and nails, and no professional wants to shake the hand of someone with dirty fingernails.

Shoe polish: Kiwi and Lincoln are quality brands at inexpensive prices. If you’re more comfortable with a high-end brand for your finest shoes, try Saphir or John Lobb. You should have one large container for the main color of shoe you wear (typically black) and then smaller tins in brown, neutral, and cordovan.

Polish dauber or cloth: You can substitute a brush for an old t-shirt, hand towel, or any cotton cloth. Make sure you have one for each color of polish.

Horsehair shine brush: Again, get one for each color of polish.

Heel and Sole Edge Renewal

Leather Dye

Scuff Cover

Premiere Shine

Step 2: Lay down old newspaper or towel.

Pieces of the polish and shoe dye will flake off and can stain surfaces.

Step 3: Clean off your shoes with a damp cloth or shoe soap.

Shoe soap is more for removing any salty residue that lands on your shoes in the winter months.

A damp cloth works well for any dust or light dirt.

Optional: If you have any scratches or scuffs, apply a leather dye and scuff cover.

This is great to use on belts, too, where an office ID badge clip may have caused wear.

Step 4:  Apply shoe polish with a dauber or cloth in small circular motions.

 Be sure to cover all surfaces (creases, tongue, etc.) and apply a liberal amount.

If using a cloth, wrap it tightly around a finger or two.

Step 5:  Use shine brush.

Do not apply a lot of pressure or rub. Use a light motion and ensure just the tips of the bristles are touching the leather.

Step 6: Shoe shine cloth.

Put your shoe on, and stabilize your foot up on a box, or the edge of a table, chair, or step.

Begin using the rough side of the cloth, polish the entire shoe, and then switch to the smooth side for that final high-sheen.

Step 7:  Apply heel and sole edge renewal.

…to the heel and edge of the sole.

Optional: Apply Premiere Shine in neutral shade for an ultra glossy finish.

Step 8:  Final wipe down.

The difference is undeniable.

Posted By: Jess

 

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