Bicyclette is more than a clothing store...it's a family. I have been a part of the Bicyclette family for a couple years now and although we are saying goodbye to the store, the family will live on. I remember the moment it all started, I was at an audition and saw Emily (store manager and muse) and asked her who was at the store while she was there? She told me she closed up shop to go to the audition and the idea came into my mind right then, I could offer to watch the store whenever they needed! And that is how I started working there. And if it wasn't that occurrence I know it would be something else, because I know I was meant to be a part of this family.
Imagine a group of stylish and insanely creative girls all hanging out together, working together and being each others champions, THAT is the essence of Bicyclette. A group of women who believe in collaboration over competition, who help each other, who love each other and who want to create beautiful magical moments, usually involving glitter. Paige created a community that made you feel incredible and at home when you walked through the shop doors, it is a fairy-tale oasis where magic is real and it is encouraged. She also supported us and always believed in our dreams and was always kind and thoughtful, the characteristics of a great leader. Paige would always bring back something special from her buying trips that made her think of us, she has a compassionate heart and cares deeply about the people in her life. It was an honour to work alongside these women and its a privilege to call them my friends.
We created so many special projects together, it was always "what can we dream up next?" One of my favourites was the "90 days" short film project. Including our favourite creatives we set out to make a short film that celebrated summer love and our city. That short film was our love letter to our community and to each other.
As I look back at all the Bicyclette adventures I had I can see that I was exactly where I needed to be. I was a part of a community that was so cherished and loved, that brought me some of my dearest friends, that gave me skills and expanded my creativity, that introduced me to so many incredible women! I was also able to create a blog series with Paige called "Girl Crush" in which I interviewed inspiring women that are passionate and have a zest for life. This was one of my favourite things that I was able to create for the blog, to learn from women all over the world and to introduce them to the Bicyclette community. Here is a couple snippets from these intelligent and insightful babes:
"Listen, I’m a pisces, an English major, a dreamer, whatever you want to call it. I worked a super corporate job for three months once where I wasn’t allowed to wear jeans to the office and it was my personal form of hell. Truthfully the one thing I think I’m pretty good at is being a lazy, uber-casual, boundary-less good for nothing who just wants to talk about boys, clothes and feelings. I guess that comes across in all things SFB…" Molly Guy of Stone Fox Bride
"Life is not a straight life. Which makes me (& all of us) ever evolving works of h’art. Wabi sabi. Perfectly imperfect. Always changing. It’s really about learning to love the process, and that’s what h’arting and living is all about to me." Kate Durie, creator of 'The Gratitude Kit'
"DON’T GIVE UP. DON’T FORGET WHO YOU ARE. DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED. Be whole hearted in your love for your life and the service you know you are here to give and then just keep giving. Give what you got till you bleed. Life will give back once life knows you are serious. Then, watch the glitter come rushing in. Confusion will occur, but a strong full-hearted belief in what you love will shine through it all." Tiffany Pratt, designer, stylist all around creative guru
There will be many more goodbyes as we end this chapter with an incredible sendoff and a holiday lookbook. More from me in the coming months about my special boutique, Bicyclette.