The Danish design duo Mads and Mikkel Kornerup of the widely celebrated jewelry brand SHAMBALLA JEWELS recently met up with DANSK to talk about entrepreneurship and design. Since founding the brand in 2005, the two brothers have built up the Buddhist-infused empire up from scratch to now sit amongst the leaders in the international jewelry industry. Exclusive materials combined with simple design has made some of the biggest celebrities devoted fans and made the SHAMBALLA bracelet an iconic accessory seen on everyone from Jay-Z to Jayden Smith. Taking inspiration from Eastern philosophy, Mads and Mikkel have, simply, made men’s jewelry cool again by creating beautiful bracelets, necklaces and rings with masculine overtones.
It’s wartime in the eyewear industry: long gone are the days of monopoly by out-licensed fashion brands, overpriced and lack-luster design with little quality to match the sky-high prices. A new generation of producers are springing out of London, New York, Berlin, and now also Copenhagen, thanks to the people behind Jamie Looks. Less than a year old, the Danish design start-up has set out to revolutionize the sunwear market with sleek designs and direct engagement with customers, initially through their well-stocked online store, and as of this week, a Copenhagen pop-up. What forces are they up against? We sat down to get to know Jamie Looks.
A new generation of designers is sprawling in the Nordic region, characterized by their minimalist design heritage, sustainable approach to production, and razor-sharp visual sensibility. In Denmark, our friends at Carcel are transforming luxury knitwear through transgressive production partnerships, and in Norway, we have SØSTER STUDIO to pave the way for a fashion practice that exists closer to the heart while never compromising creativity or vision. Founded last year by Pernille Nadine, who also serves as creative director, the emerging brand offers both a ready-to-wear and jewellery line, encouraging shoppers to build up a core wardrobe of timeless classics (as you should know by now, “seasons” are fully irrelevant, set up for you to consume more) that are always hand-made and made from sustainable materials. A new dazzling campaign by photographer Carlijn Jacobs encapsulates the sisterly energy that informs the brand on the rise — we spoke to Nadine to learn more.
Behind the distinguished Danish jewelry brand and long-time DANSK collaborator Jane Kønig is a working woman with great values. The trailblazing designer graduated from the Danish Design School in 1986 as a clothing designer, but soon realized that jewelry was her passion. Her jewelry can be seen on every type of Danish woman, from influencers to mothers and stylish teenage girls. Over the course of thirty years, she’s created a style that is experimental yet discreet. Her ambitions are sky-high, and they made her to who she is today. We catch up with Jane Kønig, founder of Jane Kønig.
ArtFusion Copenhagen is a new brand on the Nordic map advocating for quality standards and innovative design. Creative Director and co-founder Louise Autrup Vinkel, known for her alluring techniques as a fine artist, is now challenging the fashion industry by undertaking a new approach towards design. The playful and bright summer collection not only inspires through interesting patterns but stands up for ethical values. Together with her textile-industry husband, she created the brand in a city that she describes as vibrant and the source of eternal inspiration: Copenhagen. The label itself shows vividly the versatility and vibrant beauty of northern Europe. For their grand opening of their new store in Copenhagen, DANSK met Louise to talk about her upcoming label.
If you’re well on the way to a more responsible wardrobe of organic, long lasting items in hemp for summer and alpaca for winter and are longing for a little (or a lot of) sustainable self-decor to go with it: don’t look further. BioGlitz, a company that operates under the formula “take the litter out of glitter” allows you to sparkle with good conscience. Independently women owned and operated, the company is based between Los Angeles and New York City. This week, the BioGlitz founder and CEO Saba Gray showcased together with Kimi Mok their glittery contribution to a plastic-free planet at this years Copenhagen Fashion Summit.
The 21st century is the century of movement, and this manifests no more vividly than in the field of travel merchandise. While household names like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Rimowa continue to expand and proliferate, new brands are shaking up the industry with innovative designs at accessible prices. Most prominently, it is Away that has turned the industry on its head since launching just two years back. Founded by friends and colleagues Jen Rubio and Steph Korey, Away offers innovative and stylish travelgear for a modern age, inspired by conversations with globetrotters and businesspeople for whom a suitcase is more than a container of your items. It’s a philosophy, a shelter, a home-away-from-home, and thus deserves the utmost attention and care. We sat down with Rubio and Korey to learn more about their joint venture, and how they see the future of travel.
“Heritage Fashion” has become one of the most definitive trends in the last couple of years. In an industry obsessed with its own newness, where the designer is expected to re-invent the silhouette 2-4 times a year (resulting in quite a bit of amnesiatic “borrowing” from each other, as reported by our favorite instagram, dietprada), it’s soothing to see brands diving into their own growing history. It started with pre-Raf Calvin Klein launching reviving the 1990s iconography through their #mycalvins campaign – while emerging Euro subversive brands like Vetements and Gosha Rubchinskiy initiated hyped collaborations with a series of iconic and forgotten brands from the romanticized 80s and 90s. Shortly after, both Miucca Prada and Donatella Versace unabashedly revisited their textile and accessory archives in celebratory new collections for both men and women. Of course, no one does self-indulgence better than the Americans, and one of the most iconic American brands of today is of course Tommy Hilfiger – and now, you’ll be able to enjoy a #throwback moment with the all-American designer as well.
Much like fashion, photography is a temporal art form, skilled in capturing the spirit of its time as it freezes the present into a durable image. A photograph is important because it gives representation to things, people, and moments that would otherwise be forgotten my mainstream history—and this spirit pervades in the seductive work of American photographer Michael James O’Brien, who is currently subject to a new retrospective exhibition in Savannah, Georgia.