Bike injuries will never be on trend, which is why the NYC-based fashion label Henry Liz is launching a chic line of tote bags that encourage bike riders to wear their helmets. Here’s the truth: A helmet isn’t a purse, so carrying it like a plastic tote isn’t exactly what we’d call styling out your commuter outfit. And unfortunately, that could be the reason why some cyclists decide to ride without one. But two girls are out to change your mind about making your bike helmet your constant +1 with this brand-new bag.
Henry Liz recently financed their first line of tote bags through everybody’s favorite crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. The company is setting out to solve a common problem for urban cyclists: “Where do you put your helmet when you are not on your bicycle?”
Incorrect answers to this question: Your back pocket, your wallet, your clutch, your boyfriend’s head, your officemate’s keyboard, Peru.
Correct answer: A stylish bag designed to inconspicuously hold any standard-sized bike helmet.
Henry Liz has come up with two bags to do just that. The Bedford is made of water-resistant wax canvas with leather details that make it appropriate for men or women. The luxe Bowery is sleeker, hand-sewn with black, textured cowhide. Both bags come with adjustable straps so they can be worn as a cross-body, backpack, hobo or slanted tote; they also both have a main compartment that holds necessities like your phone and house keys. These babies are cool enough that we’d save up to throw down for them anyway. You can sling the causal Bedford around your back for a $159 pledge or upgrade to the leather Bowery for $349.
The bags are produced in Brooklyn by Roy Campos, a renowned leather craftsman and former patternmaker for fashion designers Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Minkoff, among others.
Though Henry Liz has reached its Kickstarter fundraising goal as of this writing, there are still a few days left to pledge. Rewards include a limited edition Bedford bag in yellow ($198). Get ’em while you can!
So, which bag are you ogling? Would this solve your cycling-related style woes once and for all? Tell us in the comments below.