Hidden on a small lane in Collingwood, Melbourne, you find this little garage full of treasures.
Sounds sleezy i know (!) but visiting the Papillionaire shop is like being a child in a candy store. I’m all in for this type of bicycles that makes you sit upright like a queen, they simply have got everything you need. When it comes to select a bike I’m very pragmatic, but I must say my aesthetic eye never minds a nice color and vintage shape. The colors of these bikes range from pastel to classic creme, red and marine blue, making it really hard to decide which one to chose…
So how did I know of this place? Alan, the designer of the bikes and owner of the shop, is a reader of my blog - and that’s how I got to know him. I did an interview with him in 2011 about his inspiring career swap that you can read here. And when he heard I was coming to Melbourne for a visit, he was more than happy to kit me up with a Papillionaire for my stay. (Australians are a bunch of friendly people aren’t they!)
Let’s have a look at the beauties and the shop:
I had to have a closer look and try some of them. More about that tomorrow!