Sunday, May 8, 2011

Project Bikeway -- Two-Wheeled Fashion Show

Yesterday's Bike Month event in downtown Raleigh featured a fashion design showcase, dubbed Project Bikeway, at Raleigh's City Plaza. 

The goal, according to a Project Bikeway press release:
Created in response to the lack of hybrid attire available for professionals who bike to work, Project Bikeway aims to forge the link between safe bicycle commuting and dressing for a professional office environment. The project calls for the development of clothing which easily transitions between the bicycle, the office, and evening events, while still keeping the wearer comfortable, stylish and visible.
Below are photos of the participants and information about each designer:

Kristen Martinez -
Kristen is a Senior in Textile and Apparel Management at NC State University. Kristen has created two outfits made from breathable mesh and batik-dyed cotton with an intricate pattern to disguise perspiration. Both outfits feature subtle pocket integration for easy storage and reflective material for visibility.

Ray Coleman -
Ray Coleman is a Junior in the Textiles program at NC State University. Ray has created a pair of selvedge jeans featuring a taper cut to prevent chain entanglement, a reversed yoke to move seams higher and out of the way of the saddle, and enlarged and repositioned back patch pockets for ease of access. The T-shirt has been thinned along the side-seams to allow breathability and features an easy access back pocket for a cellphone, wallet, or keys. The denim lined messenger bag is spacious and includes secret pockets along the inside flap with working velcro closures.

Sheyda Foroudi - 
Christy Michal - 
Kelly Stillman -
Sheyda Foroudi, Christy Michal, and Kelly Stillman are all Seniors in Fashion and Textile Management at NC State University. Sheyda, Christy and Kelly have designed a pair of slim cargo pants with 4-way stretch for ideal cyclist comfort and mobility along with a high waistline for modesty in the leant forward position. The metallic printed top adds visibility and the cotton/spandex blend provides extra comfort in movement. The infinity scarf is hand-knit out of lightweight cotton and easily transforms the outfit for changes in weather.

Matthew Mahler -
Matthew Mahler is the Founder and head designer at Tierra Ideas. Matt has upcycled used materials to create this classic biker's messenger bag. Cyclists can carry clothes, laptops and more in this water-resistant, full-sized shoulder bag. The outer shell is made from worn bike inner tubes donated by Performance Bicycle and the inner lining is made from upcycled aircraft curtains donated by Delta Airlines. A 3M reflective strip is sewn-in for safety when the biker rides at night. All Tierra bags are designed and handcrafted in Raleigh. Ten percent of proceeds of each bag sale have been donated to The Nature Conservancy. Tierra bags are available for purchase at designbox and NOFO in Raleigh.

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