Republic is now offering these brand new bikes, also for $399, which Courtnee at Sweet Georgia Brown mentioned yesterday in her post about the burgeoning "toodling style".
What Republic has to say about the "Plato" bike: "Our Dutch bicycle is designed to let you sit upright, chest lifted, head high. It’s a graceful act, and Plato radiates joy with every revolution. So whether you're looking to spread the mirth on your commute or carry home that load in style, hop on, grip those swept-back bars and ride"
With the cycle chic in mind... you select your favorite colour combinations, and the model includes built-in front and rear rack (awesome), a chain guard keeping your pant cuff clean, kickstand, and as Courtnee points out, skirt guards for us ladies! I know these will appeal to friends of mine but just be aware the "Plato", weighs in at about 40 lbs (so you might not be thrilled to climb the stairs to your apartment with this style), comes in one "adjustable" size which they suggest for riders 5'2" - 5'11", and is a coaster bike with a front wheel break.
And, yes, Republic still offers their single speed fixed/free hub bikes...