Cycling is becoming increasingly popular with Londoner’s and other city folk with Boris bikes or alike popping up in cosmopolitan cities all over the world. Until now there’s been a real lack of fashion apparel that isn’t just stylish but enhances safety for cyclists on the road especially in the dark winter months.
We spoke to Sara Henrichs, Wallpapers former travel editor about her inspirations and other things:
What inspired you to turn to fashion having been a journalist for the best part of a decade?
I studied fashion design and started my career as a fashion stylist but quickly landed in the luxury travel industry – after 10 years I wanted to combine both of my passions, fashion and travel and so this evolved naturally.
Will you be branching out of reflective designs?
I am not sure yet but yes possibly…
Who do you design for? Are you inspired by a certain personality / look when coming up with ideas?
I design for style-conscious urban citizens who want to look good while travelling by bicycle or scooter but don’t want to wear the ugly yellow hi-vis vests. The idea is to be able to do this through a Henrichs garments, they can wear this over what they would normally wear, so it’s practical, safer and still looks good. The cape for instance is my flagship product and the reason why I launched Henrichs. When I was a fashion student in Paris I was fascinated by the Schoeller reflective material and designed the cape for myself to cycle with. Since then I had so many people asking me where I got it from so I decided to produce it and the rest is history! I have been watching cyclist for years and noticed that men often wear a rucksack and the hi-vis vest were not suitable so I came up with the samurai cape inspired after the Japanese samurai armours which allows cyclist to wear a rucksack underneath.
Are you a keen cyclist?
Yes, I always cycle it’s the best transport way in cities nowadays!
What do you feel could be done more to protect cyclists on the road in London?
There has been a dramatic increase in cycling and there is an urgent need to build more cycle routes and space for cyclist as London for example has far too little. Many Londoner’s would be willing to cycle if they had proper cycle paths. There are some exciting “ SkyCycle” bike routes plans designed by Norman Foster – I hope this is going to happen soon.
Has your experience at Jil Sander or Hermes inspired you in any way?
Yes both companies create proper luxury goods handmade in their original country – with traditional skills, which I learned from them. My label is made in England with a hand embossed logo, which makes the brand distinctive.
What designers do you look to for inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is still Coco Chanel, as a person she was outstanding – she had the confidence to bring fashion into the new century. Another one is Yves Saint Laurent who was a real genius – he dedicated his whole life to fashion. And of course Vivienne Westwood is a living legend.
Do you think your travels have influenced what you do?
Yes absolutely – I travelled around the world and noticed the rapid urban cycling increase in major cities from London, Berlin, NY, Mexico City to Tokyo.
Describe your personal style?
I am a chic french girl with a practical german touch.
What was the last thing you saw that made you stop and stare?
The 8000 ballons rising into the sky to celebrate the 25 years fall of the Berlin wall
This super cool practical yet uber stylish gear makes for the perfect gift for keen cyclists across the world (they currently offer free worldwide shipping) visit Henrichs and get inspired! The designs are all water and windproof, and offer extreme visibility in the dark by up to 100 metres, especially in the glare of car or streetlights. We love the women’s cape, but are pretty excited by the glitter collection and the limited edition pink vests.