Serendipity is amazing. I was at the MADE market this past holiday season and a very friendly and stylish woman comes up to my booth and essentially says that we need to start a new basket liner collection and that she could be the one to help make it happen. We met at the Madison Improvement Club at the top of 2013 and within a month, new basket liners were added to our Bicyclette collection. Lauren has a great sense of style, is a perfectionist and I love collaborating with her by sharing the feedback from our customers – we come up with new patterns, new colors and it’s fun to see all the smiles of delight when people discover that the basket liners can also be taken on the go!
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Lauren, the woman behind the basket liners!
What inspired you to start making bike basket liners?
One of my favorite pastimes is beach cruising with my friends when the weather is beautiful, so when my best friend got a bike for her birthday I wanted to get her a matching liner. I never liked any of the liners I saw in bike stores or online, so I set out to make one with the help of my grandmother..
What do you love about bike riding in San Diego?
It’s a great way to get exercise, socialize and have fun all at the same time. I also love to bring my dogs while I’m out and about. The little ones love to ride in my basket with a dog pillow while my large dog Bentley loves to ride along side.
What’s in your bike basket?
Definitely my iPhone so I can connect with friends or take pictures, but my favorite basket accessory is a furry little long-haired Chihuahua named Peanut.
What’s up next for your product line? Do tell!
I’ve designed a downloadable step-by-step bicycle basket liner pattern for the beginner seamstress. In 12 colorful pages you can print out the sewing instructions and make your own basket liner in four different styles: one fabric , reversible (two fabrics), reversible with liner straps and reversible with straps and a dog pillow.
(Sorbet Basket Liner)
To celebrate our Meet the Artisan blog and Lauren, receive 20% off our bike basket liner collection with the coupon code “basketliner” through the end of the month. Find the collection here.