How old were you when you got your first bike?
I was 6 years old. A neighbor kid helped me take the training wheels off and pushed me into my first ride.
What made you want to create Linus Bikes?
Linus really came from wanting the bike I couldn’t find anywhere. I wanted something off the shelf that was simple elegant and affordable… the perfect bike for daily use and errands, something to replace the car for small trips, a bike with style and personality.
Did you come up with the idea for Linus together? If not, how did you end up partnering? If you did, describe that moment.
No, Linus and the early stages of development was me alone. Chad and I are buddies from high school in south africa, we worked in the film industry together and both ended up living in venice. Chad came in for the final stages of development and before the opening of the shop in venice. I got lucky with chad, he’s really passionate about Linus, a very hard worker , creative and a superb business man.
What is the significance of the name, Linus?
Linus is my nephew’s name
Talk about 1 of the most memorable moments you’ve had in the business.
Our first trade show. We don’t come from the bike industry, so it was a big question of how Linus would be received. It was just myself, chad and his girlfriend, now wife, Lissa. We barely managed to pull a small booth together and design and print catalogs, we packed the truck late into the night and left for las vegas before sunrise. Somehow we got the booth up and magically the retailers loved what they saw. After all the hard work in isolation, it felt amazing to get validation from the industry. We left the show with a ton of business cards, and a couple orders… the rest is history
What is your favorite part about your work?
The people I work with. Making products and seeing them out in the world working. Nothing felt quite as good as seeing a Linus bike ride by in tokyo
Owning a business is a lot of work. How do you balance your career and personality lives?
It’s tough… work never really ends for us, but if you want balance, it definitely helps to hire good people and entrust them to do what they’re good at.
What do you think about the bike scene here in the united states compared to the rest of the world?
We’ve come a long way but we got sooooo long to go. There was a recent NY Times article that had commuting by bike in the u.S. At .5%… denmark,which has much colder, longer winters has 50% of the population commuting by bike. They also rank very high on the happy index, go figure.
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The French Way
12 silk neck scarves for that Parisian chic look
Instead of giving you another tired tutorial on how to wear a scarf this season (how many ways are there, really?), we’re showing you a stylish alternative to one of your go-to fall accessories. There will always be room in our closets for warm, thick scarves in soft materials like wool or cashmere, especially when winter hits. For when weather isn’t so much of a factor, however, we’re obsessed with the simplicity of a silk scarf tied casually around the neck. We saw this style at fashion week last month, worn by cool-girls Elin Kling, Giorgia Tordini, Ece Sukan and others, and it happily reminded us of French girls’ effortless style and insouciance.
Pernille Teisbaek at NYFW Spring 2015.
Giorgia Tordini at NYFW Spring 2015.
While it may be a current trend with the fashion crowd, a light neck scarf will always be considered a classic piece and a unique way to show your personal style. Especially since the silk staple comes in a variety of different colors and prints. Plus, it’s versatile. Tie it around your bag or wear it as belt for extra personality. Shop our favorite scarves below and feel like a true Parisienne wherever you are.
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