A Pashley Princess Sovereign in Buckingham black to be exact - which recently joined my household. Locally there are many places I could use a cycle and of course my boy will love the sense of fun and adventure having a bicycle will bring - I have the matching child seat for my boy - who also has just taken delivery of his first cycle!. Back to the Pashley - I love literally everything about the way it looks. The colour, Honey gold coloured Brooks leather saddle, leather handle bar grips, ding dong bell, dynamo light, tyres, basket, EVERYTHING!
Today Pashley's are particularly fashionable, with celebrity endorsement from Victoria Pendleton, Agnes Deyn, Kelly Brooke, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway and Vivienne Westwood to name a few. The Pashley Princess even made an appearance in the film 101 Dalmations. The image of a Pashley bike is often regarded as an epitome of Britishness.
Founded in 1926 Pashley are now based in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Pashley’s most traditional, flagship designs are the Princess Sovereign, with its recognisably elegant frame, a wicker basket fixed to its front (a large basket and classic look was high on my list of priorities).
There are no conveyor belts in the Pashley factory, only a team of 20 men hand-crafting individual elements, using their learned craftsmanship and skills.
Pashley have taken part in the Best of Britannia exhibition in 2012 and are featured in ad campaigns for fashion brands such as Radley.
Pashley have also launched ‘Pashley — The Collection’, a new accessories and attire range of products inspired by their classic designs and traditional craftsmanship. Pashley have sourced British materials and producers wherever possible.
I chose the Pashley saddle bag
Pashley are the original designers of exceptionally good quality bikes. Their designs are not just about looking old-fashioned and fitting with the popular ‘vintage’ trend (of which there are a lot of cheap imitations!) Every element of a Pashley bike is made with exceptional quality.
Do you cycle? I hope you are having a lovely week so far , Elle x