“They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ‘em.” This is how George (Jack Nicholson) sums up the essence of what the biker culture represented in the 1969 cult movie Easy Rider. Even though criminalised and drug-financed hardcore biker gangs still shake down our society now and then, a new and more civilised biker culture is flourishing in the Copenhagen area with workshops like Wrenchmonkees and Customs From Jamesville. Most recently, back in March this year Copenhagen got itself its very first supplier of “vintage motorcycle spare parts, obscure accessories and junk you didn’t know you needed.” And it’s the only supplier of Eat Dust in Denmark too.
GOODS is the story of well trained survival instincts. Established in the midst of the economic crisis, the concept has long proved its value and the shop has outgrown its original humble facilities. After four years in the basement of Classensgade 4 just around the corner, owner Kasper Hostrup felt it was time to take it to the next level. The concept of the shop remains unchanged; seeking out quality products with unique details and in addition to what has come to be regarded as the usual suspects of menswear, GOODS also stocks an impressive selection of accessories and bags.
Even the most hardcore denim aficionado will probably eventually find himself in situations where his beloved worn in blue jeans don’t meet the dress code, and he’ll have to suit up. As tempting as it may seem, the idea of wearing a Canadian tuxedo to your own wedding might get vetoed by most brides. In these situations the quality conscious style connoisseur needs a proper suit; in Copenhagen, one of the finest places to acquire such is from Garodkin. Step inside this time warp that oozes of gentlemanship form the olden days steeped in mahogany and red carpeting.
It has been around for 8 years under different variations of the ‘Nag’ name at its current location in central Copenhagen, but honestly until recently I hadn’t yet visited the shop; a great mistake. The concept of the store as it looks today was introduced two years ago when the original Nag Store was relocated to the basement of Pilestræde 47. This gave room to rethink the entire set up and the changes truly appeal to denim lovers. I visited Nag Classic on a lazy weekday afternoon to expand my horizons and have a little chat with Herman, store manager and buyer of the shop.
It usually takes more than a no-rain-guarantee to lure hardcore denim hunters into department stores like Illum. It’s undoubtedly rather expensive to have one of the best locations in the country, and as a result focus is often on quantity rather than quality. What it often comes down to is how many jeans you can get over the counter and nothing more than that. But there is another way. In Samsøe & Samsøe’s shop at the 3rd floor in Illum they try to do it differently.
Spring is here and all the shops out there are filled with new goods. Just the other day, Brund sent out a newsletter, and even though some of the products have already been featured earlier this spring I also wanted to give Henrik himself the opportunity to tell you a bit about it. So here it is, translated more or less directly from the original Danish texts.
On the bustling Nordre Frihavnsgade in Copenhagen’s Østerbro district, hidden between women’s clothing shops and the tavern Østerbros Perle (the Pearl of Østerbro) lies kmunch. The concept is a daring and conscious selection of traditional fashion brands in combination with street and jeanswear. Not exactly the invention of the wheel, but a welcoming and very relaxed atmosphere, and a very impressive selection of Nudie Jeans makes kmunch something unique.
Together with Tivoli and the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Copenhagen. But there’s more than overpriced beer, street musicians, and souvenir photo opportunities to the commercialised old habour. Take a detour off the main street down Toldbodgade, enter the basement on the left side of the street, and there’s a chance you’ll get one of the most authentic shopping experiences you’ve had in a very long time.
The fashion industry is always on the move and if you’re not paying attention it can be hard to catch up. Also, there’s a lot of hot air and the constant sloughing that characterises the business makes it common to witness shops and retailers “shopping” around between brands and fashions. All that being said, after 15 years in business Pede & Stoffer is a veteran, and the air has certainly not gone out of the balloon.
In 2010, according to Statistics Denmark 18,000 new companies were set up in Denmark. One of these was Wardrobe 19, but while half of those aspiring entrepreneur have had to close shop the unique men’s wear shop in the centre of Copenhagen is an immense success. Wardrobe 19 is owned and run by the creative and fiery entrepreneur Martin Vestphael, who has created a highly personal and evocative stop that really stands out from the crowd.