Our next feature is about our friends over at Team Dream. This clothing brand blends their love for cycling with bright and colorful designs, going against the grain and carving it's own path. Drawing on influences from 90's cycling, old surf brands, skate graphics, and streetwear aesthetics, they are transforming the landscape of non-competitive cycling the culture's clothing. We can't help but admire how perfect every shirt, sock, bottle, and cycling kit is that they roll out... So when Sean Talkington, founder of Team Dream, asked Breakfast if we would want to collaborate on some clothing items and do a little pop-up in our shop, the answer was too easy. And so this Friday, May 26 from 6-10pm we will be hosting a party to celebrate cycling, clothing, coffee, and Team Dream. Please stop by the shop and see what they have to offer, we you won't be disappointed...
Who are you?
Team Dream Bicycling Team. Coming up on 5 years old!
Describe your medium & process…
We make cycling kits, apparel, accessories and just cool stuff. Everything we do from patches, water bottles, to kits is made in the USA and designed in our home base in South Pasadena CA.
How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
Team Dream started from a crew with a interest in cycling and that same passion still is behind the brand. What started from making some kits for a group of friends and storing product in a VW van has turned into a whole online store and long term pop-up shop in South Pasadena called the Cub House. Some of us are secret bike race nerds but we have lots of influences from outside cycling as well.
What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
Seeing an idea grow from a rough design to then becoming a product is super. Being hands on with production from sourcing fabrics to make kits or even something that seems simple like working on the cuts of t-shirts makes it gratifying. We all get involved in the process that makes the finished articles 100% Team Dream. This means that we have to be much more involved in production and making sure everything is going smoothly. We spend a lot of time on each product but we are still a really small project which can lead to some small struggles.
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
To take over the world! The main goal will always to get people excited to ride bicycles. We do a lot to spread the fun aspects of cycling but really we want to keep the passion and vibe we have behind team dream going while we continue to grow...and stay small at the same time. There are lots of newer cycling brands who have grown from small start ups into major labels... and that's awesome, but our goal has always been to stay tiny. We just started selling our products with 10 handpicked stores around the world which for us is new and exciting. We want to keep people as stoked to buy a pair of socks as they are to buy a kit and keep the fun in riding bikes. The bike world is full of people that are far too serious :)