Kate Spade creative director Deborah Lloyd is the first to admit that she's "a fair-weather bike rider," preferring leisurely rides to the Brooklyn Flea over harrowing rush-hour commutes. It's fitting, then, that she chose to collaborate with Adeline Adeline, a downtown boutique that stocks vintage-style bikes created by graphic designer Julie Hirschfeld. "[They're] not hard-core, athletic bikes, but beautifully crafted bikes for tootling around town," said Lloyd. "We wanted a bike that was comfortable and lightweight and that you could wear a dress and high heels on." And based on this exclusive video of their result, it appears they've succeeded.
Safety first: Do you wear a helmet when you're biking?
As much as I hate to, I do wear a helmet most of the time. We actually tried to design a chic little hat to put over your helmet — it’s still in the works.
Have you ever had a near-disastrous bike experience in New York?
My most harrowing experience was riding back from the Brooklyn Flea on my bike, and my basket was filled with bric-a-brac that I’d picked up — probably too much stuff for the bike. And my brakes petered out on me. It wasn’t a cute scene at all.
Do you bike to work?
I haven’t biked to work yet. I am usually lugging tons of stuff with me, and my current bike’s brakes still aren’t so great. Maybe once I get my new one from Adeline Adeline I’ll give it a go.
What should one carry in a bike basket?
I love fresh flowers, so I'm always picking up big bunches of flowers wherever I can. A bike basket filled with flowers is one of my favorite sites to see in the springtime in New York.
The Kate Spade for Adeline Adeline bike is available now at Adeline Adeline for $1,100.