Monday, June 28, 2010

Papillionaire Bicycles

The gorgeous 'Sommer' ladies' bike by Papillionaire Bicycles - available in three picture-perfect colours.

Papillionaire's 'Classic' style

You know how you go overseas somewhere cool like Paris or Tokyo or Amsterdam, and you see all the cool locals riding around on awesome-looking bikes, and you think 'man, why don't I look that cute when I ride around on my bike at home?'... and then you go through all the possible options of how you could buy one of these cool international-flavoured bikes and ship it home? ...and then in the end you realise it is going to cost, like, $500 to ship it and will take 3 months or something, and so you reluctantly give up on the whole idea and go home to your rusty old Malvern Star? Yes, I know you know what I am talking about.

Well, local start-up Papillionaire Bicycles have the perfect solution to this common dilemma! Melbourne bike-enthusiast Alan Caras has spent a year perfecting his fab little range of locally-made Dutch-style bicycles - launched just last week! You can now get your hands on the cutest European-style bike, built right here in Melbourne, for around $500.

Customise and purchase your Papillionaire bike on their website here. You can also pop in to Papillionaire's South Yarra workshop for a test-ride.

Oh My. This is enough to get me seriously re-thinking my mode of transport. Summer is coming, people!

Papillionaire takes to the streets in the CBD

See, they really are from Melbourne :)

17 comments:

  1. So chic.... Loving the thought of being able to coordinate my bike with my outfit du jour ;-)

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  2. Oh you are a wonderful person for posting this! The first part of this is me all over for the past two years at least*L*

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  3. Perfect timing Lucy. I was just about to buy a new bike. Gorgeous!! xx

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  4. gorgeous! i would need some serious gloves on mornings like today so my fingers wouldn't snap off!! and im a bit of a chicken riding a bike in melbourne : ) but i think these cuties are pretty darn good incentive to beat the chicken inside!! hehe

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  5. Those bikes are so very lovely!!!

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  6. Love that shot of the bicycles in front of Pellegrinis!

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  7. Very impressive!
    Thanks for your presentation and I appreciate that!
    Keep up your good work. I will come here regularly for news.

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  8. I love these bikes, especially the white tires. I've been looking at Dutch bikes here in Brisbane but didn't know any are made here is Aus.

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  9. Just remembered seeing a group of very-chic gals on their bikes in their cute outfits, going for a sunday ride around fitzroy... then it occured to me how wrong it all was - none of them wore helmets! C'mon people, a damaged head ain't cool! Are there any good looking helmets out there?

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  10. Oh WOW such a lot of bike-love! Thanks for all your sweet comments!

    I know - Let's all get one and then we can ride around Melbourne in one big super-cute bicycle posse?! :) x

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  11. these are gorgeous! if i hadn't literally just purchased my little schwinn cream i would be snapping up one of these babies

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  12. so beautiful! will start saving asap!

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  13. Now I need to find a way to go from Melbourne to Sydney with it... Would it fit in the plane?

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  14. Oh dear! You've planted a seed for a new obsession! I am in love (and rapidly saving my pennies)...

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