spring has sprung — so it’s time to get outside and embrace it! the lovely folks at papillionaire bicycles invited me to share their vintage-inspired dutch style city bikes with you, so i thought it was the perfect opportunity to create my very own easter-like parade. i’ve had this idea floating around my brain for a while now, and i knew the ideal person to bring my vision to life was kiana of tulipina floral design, so i turned over the wicker bike basket and let her work her magic. then i asked cindy loughridge to cruise around the neighborhood with me, so to speak, and capture the beauty of my papillionaire bike in all it’s spring glory. everywhere we went people stopped us to ask what we were up to, and admire my beautiful bike — so much fun!
i chose the sleek black sommer style bike with a leather seat and grips — i liked its ‘beach cruiser’ style and upright sitting positioning — making it a really smooth, easy ride through the city streets. but you can build your bike anyway you like — you can customize the color, accessories to important stuff like the number of gears best for getting around your terrain. Papillionaire Bicycles was founded in Australia in 2009 by Alan Caras, he was soon joined by his sister, Nicola Baker. together, their aim is to integrate bike-riding seamlessly into your everyday life, Whether you’re in jeans, a dress, a suit or flip-flops, they want to make riding a Papillionaire easy, clean and fun — bringing classic European design to the streets of the United states and across the globe. Drop into their Brooklyn location, check out their dealers, or visit them online — they offer free shipping across the U.S.
• photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.