A few weeks ago, we met with Rachel Bonney founder of MICHAUX, to find out more about their British-made cycling accessories.
Michaux, came about when founder Rachel Bonney realised she was cycling to work every
day carrying two bags to her job in the fashion industry; a designer handbag tucked away inside a practical sports bag simply serving safety, protection and comfort, until the beautiful handbag emerged safely inside the office.
As her cycle commute grew so did her requirements for function and comfort, but her desire for a beautiful bag remained, and so the brand Michaux began.
Inspired by the 1895 New York based Michaux Cycle Club; one of the first organisations in the world allowing women to cycle in public and whose female members were figureheads for a new era of freedom.
Michaux channels this ethos of freedom into its designs and creates stylish products that won’t hold you back, so you can ride faster, walk further, adventure longer.
We were lucky enough to be given a prototype of the latest collection, crafted using cloth from the esteemed and fashionista favourite, british print house Liberty London. The bag was elegant, yet practical for cycling. You can easily fit a laptop and few gym clothes in the sleek, spacious bag. The bag is durable and waterproof, with reflective piping for added visibility and protection. However, what impressed us most, was the fact that this does not look like what you would expect from a cycling bag. Friends kept asking where it was from and were shocked to learn it was intended for cycling.
Michaux quite clearly care about making the best product possible. All their bags are handmade in the heart of the Lake District on the factory’s original 300 year old site, and one of few truly British bag manufacturers still remaining in the country.
To find out more about these beautiful, vibrant British cycling accessories head over to their website here