iWE’RE INVITING OUR FAVOURITE STYLISH, INTHE-KNOW, GO-TO PEOPLE TO COMPILE THE AGENDA SECTION EVERY MONTH AND SPILL THEIR LIFESTYLE SECRETS. THIS ISSUE, MEET THE MAN BEHIND CYCOLOGY ELECTRIC BICYLES, VINCENT TRUTER
am a creative director, curator and social entrepreneur with a sleek Johannesburg-based electric-bicycle company called Cycology. I’m a bit of a polymath with a love for the creative impulse and a penchant for new ways of engaging the city I live in. I used to be the youngest, oddest and the brightest. Now I am just the oddest and my aesthetic sensibility has taken an old-school turn. The fleeting pleasures of fashion and design have become less seductive, and the design objects I have come to appreciate most seem to somehow live outside taste or trend. As clichéd as it may seem, it looks like the term ‘timeless’ describes the objects I treasure. I am not talking only about my penchant for things old and atmospheric, finds in car-boot sales and auctions, but also those extraordinary feats of contemporary design that just cannot be dated. Whether it’s a beautiful satchel that echoes postman bags, or a raw ceramic bowl that seems Japanese but comes from the Kalahari, owning these objects has also become besides the point. In a way, it is more important to encounter them, to have a journey that leads you to them, that’s how they come to truly belong to you. I want to use these pages to celebrate the people and objects that have journeyed, which have generated presence in the world through a richness of experience, a texture, a patina, a certain timelessness.