Category Archives: accessories

Cognition Caps

Typically, I’m not really one for headgear. Hats are a tricky thing, and the wrong one can really be an unflattering misstep. The other day, however, while taking my first real spring excursion on my bike, I stopped in at a local shop and decided to do something about the terrible bedhead I was sporting.

Enter Cognition Caps, a local (to me) company of a duo who is making these at home out of classic patterns and materials.

Cognition handmakes its cycling caps in a variety of patterns and fabrics, including classic herringbone and a variety of plaids.

I picked out a cap in a tartan, dropped a reasonable $25 on the purchase, and have been perplexing, amusing and annoying friends and loved ones ever since by almost never removing it from my cranium save for sleep. It goes with everything and has a boyish appeal that does not feel unflattering and maintains a feminine playfulness. For actual cycling or for streetwear, it’s been a great addition to my wardrobe.

Check out the Cognition site for more information, or this brief note on Urban Velo.


In Honor of Spring: Custom Leather Bicycle Saddles

There is no denying that spring is now definitively upon us and, in my city at least, so, too, is the compulsion to get back out on our bikes. As with everything, a personal touch can make standard objects so much interesting, and enjoyable, to use.

Here with an exclusive is a spotlight on an artist local to me who is making beautiful, intricate designs on the already classic Brooks saddles. Kara Ginther is a leatherworker who creates original designs using the saddles as her medium.

A modified herringbone image brings dynamism and movement to this classic black leather saddle.

What a way to take a bespoke and artistic touch to your daily commute. Visit the website for more shots of what this artist is creating.

A Brooks saddle is altered with leatherworking techniques, making an already unique and classic saddle into a work of art.

Favorites: Felt

Felt has to be one of my perennial favorites, and I’ve been noticing it popping up in all kinds of interesting applications lately. Awhile back, I spotted this nice-looking laptop sleeve on Coolhunting. Made by Byrd and Belle, this is another fine example of small-run, handmade products that really give an individual feel to the necessary trappings of day-to-day life.

Byrd and Belle currently offer the sleeves in sizes appropriate for the unibody MacBook line, but offer that they are willing to customize them for other sizes and needs. I’m thinking of contacting them for a custom job for my soon-to-arrive Hackintoshed netbook, a bit of a travesty in its own right, really…