Monday, November 30, 2009

How to Tie a Scarf (Part 1)

Dapper Dan Says: "A scarf if obligatory." So today, with the help of Valet Magazine, we will look at one of myriad possible outcomes when looping un foulard around ton cou.

Part 1 is 'The Basic' which Valet says can be seen on "Everyone from prep schoolers to snowmen," goes like this: "over, under and pull." Just like tying your shoe.

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Kucharik Wool Cap

Rivendell's got a top for your dome that will keep 75% of the style from leaking out through the top of your head. It's reversible -- and it's wool -- the fabric of choice for the dapper cyclist braving inclimate weather.

It's grey/blue on one side, and a subdued grey on the other: for inconspicuous travel through the urban labyrinths of your metropolis. It's cycle chic that when placed proudly on your cranium lets others know that there's a revolution under way, and you're sporting it on top of ton tête.

L.A.W. magazine, Volume 26

Please understand me I do not believe the bicycle will go out of use it has its place in the economy of transportation and pleasure giving. It does annihilate distance, and does obliterate time. It is convenient. It is the very acme of athletics and all that belongs to that kind of sport. The bike as a fad has passed away but it finds its advocates and its users. It is folly to deny this or to underrate their numbers. Their name is myriad but the riders of the bike are no longer the carriage buyers or the carriage users.
By League of American Wheelmen

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The Chap Manifesto

1. THOU SHALT ALWAYS WEAR TWEED. No other fabric says so defiantly: I am a man of panache, savoir-faire and devil-may-care, and I will not be served Continental lager beer under any circumstances.

2 THOU SHALT NEVER NOT SMOKE. Health and Safety "executives" and jobsworth medical practitioners keep trying to convince us that smoking is bad for the lungs/heart/skin/eyebrows, but we all know that smoking a bent apple billiard full of rich Cavendish tobacco raises one's general sense of well-being to levels unimaginable by the aforementioned spoilsports.

4 THOU SHALT NEVER, EVER, WEAR PANTALOONS DE NIMES. When you have progressed beyond fondling girls in the back seats of cinemas, you can stop wearing jeans. Wear fabrics appropriate to your age, and, who knows, you might even get a quick fumble in your box at the opera.

5 THOU SHALT ALWAYS DOFF ONE'S HAT. Alright, so you own a couple of trilbies. Good for you - but it's hardly going to change the world. Once you start actually lifting them off your head when greeting, departing or simply saluting passers-by, then the revolution will really begin.

6 THOU SHALT NEVER FASTEN THE LOWEST BUTTON ON THY WESKIT. Look, we don't make the rules, we simply try to keep them going. This one dates back to Edward VII, sufficient reason in itself to observe it.

7 THOU SHALT ALWAYS SPEAK PROPERLY. It's quite simple really. Instead of saying "Yo, wassup?", say "How do you do?"

8 THOU SHALT NEVER WEAR PLIMSOLLS WHEN NOT DOING SPORT. Nor even when doing sport. Which you shouldn't be doing anyway. Except cricket.

9 THOU SHALT ALWAYS WORSHIP AT THE TROUSER PRESS. At the end of each day, your trousers should be placed in one of Mr. Corby's magical contraptions, and by the next morning your creases will be so sharp that they will start a riot on the high street.

10 THOU SHALT ALWAYS CULTIVATE INTERESTING FACIAL HAIR. By interesting we mean moustaches, not beards.

The Chap believes that a society without courteous behaviour and proper headwear is a society on the brink of moral and sartorial collapse, and it seeks to reinstate such outmoded but indispensable gestures as hat doffing, giving up one's seat to a lady and regularly using a trouser press.

[Manifesto via The Chap Magazine]

H.G. Wells

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.

- H.G. Wells

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cycle Chic Manifesto

Copenhagen Cycle Chic Manifesto
  1. I choose to cycle chic and, at every opportunity, I will choose Style over Speed.
  2. I embrace my responsibility to contribute visually to a more aesthetically pleasing urban landscape.
  3. I am aware that my mere prescence in said urban landscape will inspire others without me being labelled as a 'bicycle activist'.
  4. I will ride with grace, elegance and dignity.
  5. I will choose a bicycle that reflects my personality and style.
  6. I will, however, regard my bicycle as transport and as a mere supplement to my own personal style. Allowing my bike to upstage me is unacceptable.
  7. I will endeavour to ensure that the total value of my clothes always exceeds that of my bicycle.
  8. I will accessorize in accordance with the standards of a bicycle culture and acquire, where possible, a chain guard, kickstand, skirt guard, fenders, bell and basket.
  9. I will respect the traffic laws.
  10. I will refrain from wearing and owning any form of 'cycle wear'. The only exception being a bicycle helmet - if I choose to exercise my freedom of personal choice and wear one.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


The Velocipedist is vélocouture and urban cycle chic, but also waxes philosophical about the joys of piloting two-wheeled self-propelled transport through the metropolis.

La Flâneur en Vélo is the subtitle of this blog. Charles Baudelaire expanded the meaning of flâneur (French for a saunterer or loafer) to be "a person who walks the city in order to experience it", because that's how he saw himself.

I expand the meaning of la flâneur en vélo to be "a person who bikes the city in order to experience it", because that's how I see myself.

The foundations of our evolved world view can be found in the words of the Copenhagen Cycle Chic and Chap manifestos. "Style over speed," is our rallying cry and raison d'être. We encourage you to look good while saving the world.
Because we dig the calluses on the palms of our hands. Because we actually kind of like when our legs feel like Jell-O. Because we crave the brisk wind on our cheeks. Because we recall with fondness fastening Topps cards to chain stays. Because today we actually prefer the non-motor bike anyway. Because it’s the paragon of efficiency for personal transit and a perfect machine and a work of art.

There are more than 2 billion bikes in the world. Pick one up and ride it.
(The Good 100: Bikes)


You can contact the editorial board of this esteemed organization via email. And yes, we are on the Twitter.

Le Flâneur is a rakishly handsome purveyor of bipedal transport and ordained minister in the Church of the Subgenius. He can generally be found either on or about the premises. You can follow his tweets on the Twitter, as many a man would follow him into the heart of battle.

Dapper Dan has been known to muse upon style when not ambling the streets of the city making all the young girls cry. Style mavens look to Dan first when trying to make sense of the coming révolution des chapeaux.