Believe it or not, but there are days when our mandatory handbag – Hermès, LV – just simply won’t do it. As much as we like to channel Carrie Bradshaw jotting through the city for an 11am coffee meeting, life tends to be a little more demanding than that, both physically and environmentally. Where are the bags for biking in the rain on a January afternoon, for bring your old-ass HP laptop to the office job that won’t pay for a desktop Macbook, and for all of those lunches, coffees and park chill sessions where bringing a Birkin feels just a little too excessive? Well, the answer is, surprisingly, Dior. The historic French brand known for great luxury ready-to-wear and even better couture, have crafted a wonderful little bag that feels as sturdy and practical as it is elegant.
If you didn’t know, Marimekko means “a little dress for Mari,” the Finnish form of the English name Mary. The cute and quirky pragmatism of using this statement as the name of a fashion brand perfectly encapsulates the design ethos of the Finish fashion giant, which since the 60s have worked hard to make our homes and wardrobes just a little more colorful. But while many of their internatioanl contemporaries have faded into the gilded halls of hippie kitsch, Marimekko has endured; and today, the company boasts over 85 stores around the world. It’s not all poppy flower prints, however, as we’ve learned from the launch of their new range of handbags, Forever Yours.
Cake isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d usually associate with good design, nor see recommended by any fashion magazine in their right mind. The quirky world of chocolate, dessert, and gateau has never enjoyed the modern design revolution that it rightfully deserves, and is instead left to the most kitsch vices of any given culture with a sweet tooth—the kind of thing you learn love even though it’s awfully corny. That is, until now. A far cry from the cringe para-conceptualists of The Great British Bake-Off (and its countless regional spin-offs), the London/Copenhagen design studio KUF has for a couple of years been experimenting with up-chic’ed versions of Danish desert stables such as Flødeboller, but their latest product breaks another standard for what fashionable sweetness might look like. The new line Brik Terrazzo is inspired by the Italian art of tile-making – which is itself experiencing a revival among the global design constituency – only here, elevated into the world of heavenly eatable delights.
How do you really describe fashion? How do you sufficiently explain the meaning of clothes? This has been a conundrum for hundreds of years to scholars, philosophers, writers and critics. Thomas Carlyle‘s experimental novel Sartor Resartus (1834), about an intellectual trying to write the “philosophy of clothes,” was the first attempt, followed by the likes of Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Walter Benjamin. In the 60s, it was the French intellectual Roland Barthes who most satisfyingly made the attempt with his The Fashion System – a title that remains a bible today. But the perplexing difference between fashion, garment, and material object is still a perplexing mystery, a question unanswered. And writing isn’t always the only way to approach it. A recent book by the Dutch fashion researcher Femke de Vries makes a bold attempt, by looking at garment’s most basic definition: the dictionary.
Persian rugs are so passé – as are cowhides, Berber, and Plush. In the 2019 villa of the true sartorialist, the concrete floors will be covered not in intricately crafted weaving techniques, but robes, garments and textiles. Patchwork is back, bringing with it its erratic, idiosyncratic sensibility, where old and new conjoin in surprising, amusing ways. What feels soothingly 70s is actually very eco-future: overtly recycling left-over textiles to reduce waste from the garment industry, and making a point while doing it. Ever the pioneer, it’s of course our friends at Acne Studios who most recently presented their take on medley interiors. Riffing off their own range of products that have them a stable in every Scandi’s home, their limited edition interiors line features their beloved scarves – the Kelow, the Cassiar – interconnected to form blankets and pillowcases. Already immensely popular since launching last week, the collection is almost sold out already – so hurry up if you want a slice of Acne Studios’ New World of Interiors. Worst comes to worst, you could always dust off your sewing machine and try to weave together a couple of old Zara tops at home.
When we first heard of wireless headphones, we were skeptical. Aren’t those things too difficult to not lose already – why burden ourselves with small, precious earplugs that surely won’t work as seamlessly as good old wire? We resisted the new Apple headphones. Purchased that weird extension chord just to keep our old plugs. But then we met MW07. The New York City-based premium audio company Master & Dynamic has raised the level of an audio product we thought we never wanted. Now we do.
Calling all European forces. The Berlin based label SOUVENIR has launched a new collection of EU-positive merchandise to add to their project EUnify. The project was launched last year in March in the wake of Great Britain leaving the European Union. Back then the projected consisted merely of a hoodie with the emblem of the union on the front (notably, with one star missing) and the phone number to the union hotline on the back, a lucid reminder of what unique privileges a democratic unions also is. The hoodie quickly became a statement piece worn by strong characters across art and fashion such as Juergen Teller, Isa Genzken, Virgil Abloh, Adwoa Aboah, Lars Eidinger and Kristin Scott Thomas. EUnify is the result of a continuous effort to represent the profound and by many shared wish for a joint engagement in a world ridden by crisis. This year the collection offers a wide range of items including a beanie, a fanny pack, and a lighter. So what? Let’s joint faults and flaws? Yes, let’s do that too and regardless of one’s conviction, politics is hot and the climate is cold so might as well jump into something that’ll keep you warm – a community, for instance.
We all know how fantasy has a tendency to inform our choice of dress – particular fantasies derived from TV, cinema, art and comic books. Who hasn’t thought of owning one of those well-fitted fighting robes from Dragon Ball Z – or Uma Thurman’s yellow leather biker jacket in Kill Bill for that matter? Is it coincidental that some of Warhol’s best works of art are those that feature his fashionable friends (hi, Edie!) – or that the heavy-handed costume design of Desperately Seeking Susan ended up triggering a style revolution in the late 1980s? Obviously not. And today, the universe of one of our sexier idols – Tom of Finland – has finally become part reality, with the launch of an underwear line with CDLP.
There is a go-to list when it comes to places not to missed when in Copenhagen: the Botanical Gardens, Tivoli, Glyptoteket, and at least one beer in any given corner Bodega for proper Northern ambience. But one of the city’s greatest pearls is actually located outside of its parameters, but nontheless attracts thousands of culture lovers annually. Not unlike its postmodern sister Dia Beacon north of New York, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art equates true museum joy, an idyllic watering hole for culture, nested in bucolic settings in Northern Sealand. The building itself is dominated by clean lines, geometrical shapes, and vast glass panels, which overlooks Øresund and Sweden, and is considered a major work in Danish modernist architecture. The two architects behind the museum, Vilhelm Wohlert and Jørgen Bo, found inspiration in the flourishing L.A. scene, where the growing Japanese community had a deep impact on the architecture found there. Seven decades later – whether it’s to take in the latest exhibition of international art or simply to enjoy a coffee in their bespoke canteen – we find ourselves at Louisiana way too often. Sharing our profound admiration, now the Danish design studio LARSEN & ERIKSEN have made an homage to the institution with a new line of timewear.
History is only cemented when it is written down; and for fashion, which so often is dismissed as fleeting and ephemeral, the importance of historical writing cannot be overstated. Furthermore, when fashion’s histories are recounted it is often limited to that of its central capitals and epicenters such as Paris, Milan and New York; as a result, little effort is made to preserve the sartorial narratives of other regions – including the Nordic region! Thank God then, for this newly published lexicon of everything Danish fashion, edited by the fashionable Copenhagenites, designer Mads Nørgaard and CEO Anne Christine Persson.