Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Degenerate Craft Fair

For those of you who have been wanting to see my hats in person I will be at the Degenerate Craft Fair at the DCTV Firehouse this weekend. There'll be lots to see and we'll be having the usual good times at our booth. Also there'll be free beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery on Saturday evening 6-9pm. Come hang out with us and try on hats! More details here.

New Hats for Icy Winds

Louis Blériot, the French aviator, inventor and great moustache wearer was the first to cross the English Channel in what was essentially a bicycle with wings. In the spirit of this daredevil adventurer, we've come up with a new hat for winter which should allow most of you to handle the icy winds that hamper your winter commute!

Le Blériot Winter Cycling Hat is 100% Wool with a wooden toggle button attached with leather.
Available here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We're Back!

After a nice break on the other side of the Atlantic we are back on Brooklyn asphalt and getting ready for Christmas. New hats are on the way and we might even do a craft fair for the holidays. We'll keep you posted. We also got a mention by my friend John on
Above is a picture of my grandmother's kitchen.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Gone Fishing!!!

We will be in Europe until Nov 16th visiting friends and family so please be advised that any orders placed before then will not ship until Wed 17th. Thanks for your patience!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Philadelphia Bike Expo

This Halloween weekend Fifo Cycle took off to Philly to sell our wares and preview our new Backgammon Panniers (available Spring 2011). We had a great time and met lots of cycling enthusiasts from all walks of life. We even managed to play some bike polo while we were in town (Philadelphia Bike Polo hits the court at 9am on Sundays!). Our thanks to the Bilenky's and everyone who supported us over the weekend. We'll see you all again next year!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Hat #002

Round 2 for Fall 2010. 100% Wool in Stormy Blue and Holmes Plaid. It's reversible and will keep you warm even when wet.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Philadelphia Bike Expo

Fifo Cycle is going to be in Philly this October 30th & 31st for what should be an amazing weekend of all things bicycle. There's a full schedule of lectures and workshops as well as a fashion show, a swap meet and a Halloween party. Come stop by my booth if you're in the area...I'll have lot's of new hats and a preview of my Spring 2011 collection.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall Hat #001

Last winter I ran completely out of hats right before Christmas. This year I want to make sure nobody sheds tears so I'm making lots more. This is the first of the series... It's The Janus so it's reversible and I found some really soft bright wool for it. Let me know what you think!

Bike Shorts

Last Sunday my friends Ken and Sarah hosted their Bike Short Film Series at The Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. There was a fantastic array of movies including a couple of really strange ones and it was hard to land on the winner. So hard that it became a tie between My Commuted Commute by Rachel Brown and Jase's Bike by Taliah Lempert. See Rachel's movie below.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fifo Hats stir up Fashion Week!

A bike polo friend of mine showed up at Number Lab the other day to play for the opening of their first New York Fashion Week show and was wearing one of the Fifo Cycle NYC Bike Polo hats. The designer liked them so much that he asked for more for the show. I'd like to thank Factory PR for getting the hats in there and Tommy, Johnny and Patrick for looking so good in them! See more on Esquire.

Bikes on the Street

Whenever I'm in the city running errands I keep an eye out for striking bicycles and I'm never disappointed. This piece of work is in the window of the Camper store on Prince street. It looks like it works, even if it would be heavy to ride.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Before it get's cold....

September is always a mad dash to get the last of the summer fun in before the weather changes. Governor's Island is cheap ($4 - free on Weekends) on the ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn, there are no cars and you can rent bikes for free on Fridays. There's a mini-golf course designed by New York artists and a sculpture garden and there are plenty of quiet picnic spots under big shady trees around the Island. Loved it!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mountain Man Rendezvous

Just when I thought my quest for the perfect cowhide for my pannier bags was a waste of time I came across this tent at the Mountain Man fest in West Yellowstone and found exactly what I needed. I'm working on the prototypes now and they look good so far. It's also great to know exactly where the hide came from and that Fifo is supporting a small traditional business.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Time for Juice

Ian from Richmond Virginia takes a juice break during a polo tournament wearing the "Time's Up!" clear visor hat.

And here Rory wears a "Time's Up!" clear visor.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Just Some Junk

There's something about the way functional objects used to be made that tells a story about design and technology. Proof that somebody realized the importance of making a cheap little desk fan look beautiful while keeping you cool. And guess still works! And if it breaks, you can fix it!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Portside NY in Red Hook

As a New yorker with limited means I'm always looking for free activities to inspire my work. The sea is a huge influence and living in Red Hook Brooklyn protects me from the hustle of the city.

On Pier 9B near the cruise terminal I found this old tanker that has been refurbished for a free summer program as part of Portside NY

Boats and bikes! Never too far apart...

And this rope...faded to my new favorite color...I could eat it!

This cat was special...very curious and happy to be on a boat. Took this photo with my old busted duct-taped Holga - it still works!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Brownie Hawkeye

I found this little box of tricks in an Antiques warehouse called Grandma's Attic in Billings Montana. I loaded it up with 120 film and had great results first time. Of course it helped that I was in one of the most beautiful parts of the country at the time.

The geysers at Yellowstone National Park display vibrant blues and greens contrasted with rusty oranges...a definite inspiration for Fifo Cycle for Spring 2011.

This is a herd of Bison on the horizon about 15 minutes before they came down to the road and crossed on front of our car. They have huge staring eyes and are very forlorn looking, which sometimes fools people into getting too close to them. I had the shocking realization as one male trotted by the car that he could quite easily send us rolling into the valley if he felt so inclined.

We got caught in a thunderstorm while hiking down from Phelps Lake in Jackson Wyoming. Once the rain subsided I caught this little rainbow on the Hawkeye.

I think this is my favorite picture from the roll. The Tetons are in the background and the Hawkeye picked up every color among the wild flowers in the foreground. Just like I hoped it would!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NYCBP Hats in action at ESPI V

Amber updates the brackets above in the Maroon & Cream NYCBP Hat

Dave in the Navy & Lemon colorway.

Chandel announces the teams on deck in the Brown & Blue.

Tina from Austin Texas sports the Navy & Lemon as she spectates.

Hats to benefit New York Bike Polo

When asked to come up with fund raising ideas for the East Side Polo Invite V to be held in Brooklyn in June I decided to do what I do best and make some hats.

I screen printed the fabric on the outside with polo mallets and balls and tagged the brim with the club name.

I found some corresponding prints for the flip-side to vary them a little.