As you might be aware already Project V stands for Project Velondonista and consists of a collection of street style photographs of women with their bikes in London i.e ‘real life Velondonistas’. The idea behind the project is to encourage more women to cycle in London & to show that cycling and style go very well together.
This time around I am featuring my very dear friend Kate, with pictures shot in Hackney Wick last September, when the sun was shining and you could still get away with wearing sandals.
- Describe your (cycling) style:
I try to stay comfortable and practical at all times. My style is mostly casual; jeans, trainers, usually all black (duh)! I think the most dressed up I ever get is to throw on a blazer and maybe wear some flat sandals. You will never ever find me in heals, especially not on my bike.
- What do you ride:
A white Hoy Shizuoka Hybrid bike. It’s perfect for weekend rides and conveniently matches by boyfriend Stephen’s bike. If you’re lucky, you can catch us twinning around East London on our matching Hoys! #couplegoals
- Favourite hangout place in London:
It’s difficult to say. There are far too many great places in London, so I will narrow it down to my three favourite neighbourhoods; Hackney Wick, Shoreditch and Bermondsey.
Our group of friends tend to meet quite regularly in Hackney Wick. We love cruising around this neighbourhood stopping into places along the canal for tasty snacks and some casual drinks. I recently celebrated by birthday at The Plough at Swan Warf, definitely a good hang out spot on sunny days for a BBQ and table tennis.
I like to spend my weekends cruising around Victoria Park, maybe grab some brunch at Well Street Kitchen. On Sunday’s I will usually make my way down to Shoreditch House for a roast and maybe stop by Columbia Road Market to pick up some flowers on the way home.
More recently I have been spending a lot of time in Bermondsey. I will always make time to pop into White Cube Gallery. They have had some amazing shows recently. I can highly recommend the Anselm Kiefer ‘Walhalla’ exhibition, they have completely transformed their space.
There’s also the obligatory Matzo Ball Soup and Pastrami/Salt Beef Sandwich pit stop at Monty’s Deli, followed by quick walk through Maltby Market for some pantry goodies. Stephen really enjoys grabbing couple pints along the ‘Beer Mile’ on Druid Street. I like this neighbourhood a lot. There’s a strong sense of community there and lots to see and do.
- Favourite Shop
One of my favourite little boutiques is Triangle Shop on Chatsworth Road. Great for lifestyle items and all things homeware. I am always looking for new things for the flat. We love our little pikku potin hanging plant we purchased from there. They also have really nice minimalist jewellery from Matthew Calvin.
- Cycling item you can’t live without
A good pair of sunglasses! This summer I purchased the Illesteva Milan III shades which I am obsessed with but are a little bit more scenster, so I don’t wear them all the time. I tend to wear the classic Karen Walker Super Lunar Crazy Tort pair quite a lot. Come to think of it, I doubt you can find many pictures of me when I am not wearing sunglasses. Definitely my essential.