We thought Shinola’s recent US$4,500 limited edition urban bike was expensive. But the bike has just been out-priced by a carbon town model, built for Hermès by French bike maker Time. This bike will sell to the ludicrously rich for €8,100 or about US$10,900
Hermès Horizons – the division of the Parisian label that usually designs the interiors of private jets and luxury cars – will start stocking two models of the 11kg (24lb) 8-speed, disc-braked carbon fibre bikes in their stores from October.
Hermès’ input appears to have been some bull-calf leather accoutrements, including the saddle, bar and grips.
François Doré, head of the Hermès Horizons, said choosing a local manufacturer was important: “We set out to make a real bike, not a decorative object. It had to be simple, efficient, easy to use, pleasant and elegant.”