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Dusting Off: The Sidecar

The Sidecar

As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off the sidecar.

You should never be afraid to pick up a passenger or two.

So much as we admire the solitary drive of the motorcycle, we have to admit, it’s missing something. A place for a navigator, or a passenger who doesn’t have to cling to your back all the way through Nebraska. Room for company—otherwise known as a sidecar.

It’s a charming item we’d like to dust off…»

Our Favorite Flasher


A Bumpy Ride: Gisele shows up in London Fog’s latest spots with a strangely non-pregnant belly. Not that we’re complaining… [The Cut]

All In a Row: The fashion elite gather in a single room, with predictably terrifying results. [The New York Observer]

High Riders: The latest Harleys inspire wanderlust. [Luxist]

Stella!: Michaels Showalter and Ian Black debate the merits of microblogging. [Esquire]

Pin-Ups, Bromance, and the Air Yeezy


All the Pretty Broads: Pinup-style one-pieces come back into style. We heartily approve. [The Cut]

Tales of Bromance and Woe: A roundup of the great historical bromances, in honor of the final time we will ever use that word. [Men.Style]

Into the Sunset: The downturn comes to Harley-Davidson. Isn’t there anything Dennis Hopper can do? [Racked]

Genius at Work: Complex documents the tortured creation of the Air Yeezy for posterity. Our grandchildren will study this blog post in school. [Complex]

Two Wheels


You don’t hear much about biker culture as an influence on modern day designers, partly because the references are hard to name. John Varvatos usually gets a few references to The Wild One, but that’s like tracking British suiting back to James Bond. The look had to come from somewhere…

Rin Tanaka’s Harley-Davidson Book of Fashions gives a pretty good explanation of where. Covering the 1910-1950, Tanaka tracks the evolution of the bike from a useful novelty to a badge of outsider status, along with 40 years worth of bike helmets, any one of which would be enough to get a fledgling designer noticed.

With gas prices showing no signs of slowing, we may be on the cusp of a scooter renaissance, so the book couldn’t have come at a better time. It may not have our favorite biker jacket, but it’s got more inspiration than anything we’ve seen on the racks lately.