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Ottawa Velo Vogue raising funds with fashion

By Diane Bond on May 31, 2013



Calling all fashion-forward cyclists! Our favourite bike blog Ottawa Velo Vogue (OVV) is raising money for Cycle Salvation tomorrow night at Kichesippi Beer Co and they want you to be there!

Zara Ansar and Michelle President (of OVV) have been busy putting together Velo Vogue: A bicycle fashion show, which highlights the latest trends in clothing, accessories, and bikes (vintage and new) from local and international designers. The event is sure to be a fun time – what with China Doll playing host, great beer and tasty food, door prizes, a silent auction – and it’s all for a good cause.

Cycle Salvation provides training and employment for economically disadvantaged bike mechanics, and recycles/refurbishes bikes destined for scrap and landfill sites. Also, if you have a bike and want to learn how to fix or modify it, the staff at Cycle Salvation provide tools, a workshop and experts on site to give you a hand.

Zara Ansar took some time to answer a few questions earlier this week.

Apt613: Who and what is Ottawa Velo Vogue?

Zara Ansar: Ottawa Velo Vogue is Zara Ansar and Michelle President. It’s a photoblog about stylish cyclists in Ottawa.

Apt613: Where did the idea for the fashion show come from?

ZA: It’s the natural extension of our blog. We’ve been to bike fashion shows around North America and wanted to show Ottawa what riding your bike is all about. It’s not Lycra, it’s comfy and stylin’! It’s a great excuse to get the focus on bikes, fun and fashion – which is what we’re all about.
This year we’re really excited to be raising money for Cycle Salvation!

Apt613: Who is this event for?

ZA: This event is for anyone who is interested in the everyday bike lifestyle! We’re going to show off bikes in a fun way and encourage people to hop on a bike more often. We’ve got a silent auction with local artists and cool bike gear, food vendors (such as Ottawa’s newest food truck Ottawa Streat Gourmet, Cafe My House and Suzy Q Donuts), door prizes and much more. All this hosted by the lovely Ottawa Cyclista China Doll! Vendors from literally around the world will be selling clothing/accessories as well. Everyone’s invited — from messengers to models to the mayor.

Apt613: What goes into planning an event like this?

ZA: Like any event it’s all about coordination. It’s our second year so we’ve learned a lot but we’ve been working the pedals on location, food, drinks and silent auction items. The fun stuff: putting together bikes and outfits. It’s like riding your bike on a sunny day and (as you might expect) there is the occasional flat you have to be prepared for.

Apt613: Who are some of the local fashion designers you will be showcasing?

ZA: Local fashion designers include Amy Scarlett, Jana Hanzel and Emilia Torabi, Sessiedress. Artists like Timothy Hunt and Laura Langford [have work] in the silent auction. We also have a bunch of national/international designers coming such as Vespertine, Riyoko, Tira, Cleverhood. There is also Urbanite Jewelry and Jasmine Virani showing off their stuff.

Apt613: Any pièce de résistance (or designers) you are super-excited about?

ZA: Well we’re excited to show off all the designers and stores but look for Vespertine from NYC – a piece by her might blow you away.

Velo Vogue: A bicycle fashion show takes place tomorrow – Saturday June 1 – at Kichesippi Brewery (866 Campbell Avenue). Doors open at 7pm, fashion show starts at 8:30pm. For more information on the event, check out Ottawa Velo Vogue online.

Tickets are $10 in advance at or at the door.