Monday, November 16, 2009

Invoking the Tweed

The stage was set, bikes poised and ready, the newsboy caps were plentiful and tweed was shown some new found love, from perhaps unexpected sources.
DC's first Tweed Ride, organized by Dandies and Quaintrelles, was an enormous success, drawing out around 300 riders for a leisurely ride around town- in tweed of course.
The image was quite surreal, especially for Washington; a city known for serious faces, not elaborate events. Washington residents were caught off guard, as bikers filled the aggressive city streets.
The event brought out one of the most eclectic groups of people I have witnessed at one event in this fair city; a mix of bike enthusiast, history fanatics, nostalgic and stylish city dwellers and your local event goers. This group all convened at the U Street epi-center for youth and the culture hungry, Marvin. The Tweed Ride brought all of these people, perhaps not the most conservative of sorts, together for an ode to the past and forecast for the future.
Tweed is no longer an old and tired standard. Now this simple fabric represents a resurgence of the classics; an intentional rebuking of today's style. Anything emphasizing classic style is A-okay in my book.
If you missed this inaugural event, don't fret; the second Tweed Ride will take place in April 2010.

Check out this video, an appropriate silent film of the event by Vincent.
Also, check out ReadySetDC's great photos of the event. (shameless friend plug)

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