By Ryan Wallace
This Spring, when we sought after the top tier of accessories to showcase, we found ourselves lost amongst mountains of pendants and oceans of gems. Quickly reminding ourselves of the task at hand, we foraged our way to the surface and decided on what we deemed was most important in the perfect piece. As with most fashion, the perfect accessory should gleam a distinctly classical European inspiration, augmented through the lens of a contemporary viewpoint, and should embody the most supremely crafted, locally sourced construction in its arena. But for most, expectations and reality are starkly different truths.
As we were searching through the proverbial desert of inspiration, we happened upon the quaintest of accessories that we could think of—a bicycle. But this was not just any bicycle, it was a Mozie, and her name was Carolina.
“Her oversized Buck and Wing wicker basket and chrome, wheel-powered headlamp are vintage throwbacks to the rich bicycle culture regions of Holland and Denmark. At the same time, she offers modern technologies such as a Shimano Nexus 7-speed internal hub that allows riders to cycle with ease and tackle even the steepest of hills” President and Designer of Mozie Bicycles, Darren Buck said. “Combining such amenities can produce such a unique and definitive look that appeals to both men and women of all ages.”
A beauty of European proportions, her elegantly sleek frame and rich Australian leather accessories brought us back to an earlier era. Imbued with a classically vintage aesthetic, and a simplistic vision derived from a rich cultural past, we found ourselves in complete adoration. Carolina is timeless in her beauty, setting the bar in every way for the must-have accessory of the decade.
Bringing a vintage piece, once born of necessity, back into the limelight, San Francisco-based cycling brand Mozie Bicycles has set itself apart with its debut Mode Collection. And by combining a well-researched aesthetic with custom crafted pieces, Mosi illustrates that concept and construction are inevitably linked halves of a quality product.
“During my many travels around the world I quickly realized the best way to truly get to know and appreciate a city is by pedaling off the beaten path” Buck said. “I was inspired to create a bicycle collection that liberates the inherent joy and simplicity of cycling. A brand that makes people want to ride their bicycle for simple leisurely enjoyment – no spandex, no sweating.”
“Mozie is about slowing down and appreciating the simple pleasures all around us” Buck said. “Our Mode collection combines the function and practicality of leisurely riding with a sense of timeless style and grace, reconnecting you with the community. Mozie Bicycles is an ode to nostalgia—a time where getting from point A to point B was the best part of your day.”
Fitting top-of-the-line gears and gadgets onto the slender frame, Buck has kept true to his elegant vision for the perfect street bicycle. Over the past three years, as he searched for the perfect embellishments and custom designs, Buck has taken the chic concept of combining fashion and function into new territories.
“Mozie Bicycles is proof that classicism and modernism can be happily paired into one beautifully crafted product” Buck said. “A fresh take on a classic, Mozie has old-world charm combined with modern technologies, making Mosi the best of both worlds.”
Slowing things down and taking a look at the more leisurely aspects of life, Mozie Bicycles offer something much more than a simple cruiser—they offer a lifestyle created only in dreams. In its design, it is sentimental—bringing back nostalgic memories of a long-forgotten past. In its construction, it is immaculate—composed of the highest quality fabrication and impeccably detail-oriented. But most importantly is that it is boldly, and unequivocally fashionable down to a tee.
“Mozie Bicycles is an extension of your own personal style” Buck said. “It is that statement accessory that can elevate any outfit to perfection while simultaneously turning heads as you go about your day.”
“As timeless as a man in a tuxedo or a string of pearls, these bicycles, effortlessly add glamour and class to your already unique look. And as a bonus, our bicycles provide a functional, well-made and practical ride through the city or down the boardwalk.”
Conscientious of the fashion-forward agenda of the industry, and the need for a simpler way of life, Mozie has spun a vision into a green movement where dream items become reality and the global footprint we leave behind is better, based on the accessories we choose. And by flawlessly executing a classically-inspired design, the brand looks forward to the long future ahead—as Carolina, Hugo, Marc and Stella will stand the tests of time.
“Being a fashion-conscious lifestyle brand means we are faced with the challenge of continually producing something that appeals to the design sensibilities of the time” Buck said. “Fortunately, our current models and designs are timeless, and should continue to shine through as elegant and stately accessories as the years tick by and tastes change. When the time is right we may begin to branch out into new areas, all while staying true to the concepts of quality, elegance, function and simplicity.”
In a modern-age when everything we own makes a statement, accessories are coveted more highly than a career or a royal pedigree, but quality and uniquity are often difficult to come by. Mozie Bicycles, however, sets itself apart with a keen timelessness in its style and precision in its execution. So whether you’re strolling down the boardwalk of Venice Beach or cruising alongside a Parisian cobblestone road, you’re sure to catch a few glances and turn a few heads, as your Mosi bicycle sings praises of your style.