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Friday, April 8, 2011

On The Bike Path With Kate Spade

Seems to us it’s a golden age of girls on bikes. Stylish ladies from Catherine Baba and Sally Singer down to everyday girls on the street (at least if the street-style photogs are to be believed) are zipping around—in skirts and heels, naturally—on their single speeds. Now Kate Spade New York is getting in on the action. The label has collaborated with Tribeca bicycle boutique Adeline Adeline on a limited-edition model, hand-crafted in Italy by Abici, with a signature Kate Spade New York grass green frame and a Brooks leather saddle ($1,100). “It’s about being able to just get on your bike and go,” Adeline Adeline owner Julie Hirschfeld said of its no-nonsense appeal at the launch party last night. “It doesn’t have to be overly geared out or complicated.”

Hirschfeld founded her shop to finally offer women chic accessories for their bikes, and here, too, Spade was ready to help. The label updated two of its classic handbags with cycle-friendly features: The Essex Scout satchel now has clips for handle bars, and the Bay Street Quinn tote gets hooks to attach to a rear bike rack. Alas, a solution to the ugly helmet problem has yet to be discovered.

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