Bicycles are going couture and they are selling fast! Fashion designers like bikes because, unlike cars, they are easy and inexpensive to customize in ways that produce dramatic visual results, becoming “moving billboards” for their work.
Here are the top ten bikes for eco-conscious style lovers, selected by the design scouts of BuyMeDesign.com.
Urban Outfitters bikes
Urban Outfitters has teamed up with Republic Bike for a personalized experience in bike design. More than 100,000 color combinations are available for the five styles including the Aristotle singlespeed and Plato Dutch. The 3D Bike Shop™ allows you to visualize your design in 3D. Retail price: from $399.
The two-wheelers, which cost $399, got a jumpstart from a covetous celebrity tweet by actress Jessica Alba. One version, with a distinct copper-color pattern, sold out the first day and has resold for as much as $1,279.95 on eBay
Kate Spade bike
Collaboration with Tribeca bicycle boutique Adeline Adeline / Limited-edition and hand-crafted in Italy by Abici, this Kate Spade New York bike comes with a grass-green frame and a Brooks leather saddle. Retail price: $1,100, available in New York only.
Ralph Lauren bike
Collaboration with England´s longest-established bicycle manufacturer Pashley Cycles / Custom-designed and hand-built, these limited-edition bicycles commemorate the Rugby Ralph Lauren Tweed Run. Retail price: $ 2,200.
This bike comes complete with removable fur saddlebags.
Chanel’s version is an eight-speed ergonomic bike. It is part of the luxury brand’s spring/summer 2008 collection and is an ode to Coco Chanel, who had a strong passion for sports.
Gucci 8-8-2008 bike
This limited-edition bike by Gucci was part of the Beijing Olympic release; it is a Dutch-style bike and was available in Beijing and Hong Kong only. / Price: $3,420.
Hermès’scollaboration with Dutch bicycle manufacturer Batavus. / This luxe bike features meticulously stitched leather accents on the saddle, handle bar grips and on the inner tubes of the frame.
Trussardi city bike
The bike is equipped with camouflage luggage and a matching seat. All metal applications are in gold. Retail price: €1900.
Chrome Hearts x Cervelo bike
American luxury brand Chrome Hearts’s collaboration with bike manufacturer Cervelo. This limited-edition bike has been decked out with custom Chrome Hearts graphics, leather, precious metals and rhinestones. Retail price: $60,000.