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.
Garodkin was established in 1942 by Paul Garodkin, who two years earlier received his diploma as master tailor with the highest possible honour (silver medal). But already in 1943 he had to flee the Germans occupiers and cross the Oresund to Sweden where he received further cutting training in Stockholm.
After the War Paul Garodkin returned to Copenhagen to pick up where he left. In 1956 he moved his business to the current location, which has been expanded several times since then. The concept slowing evolved from purely focussing on made-to-measure tailored suit to include articles such as ready-to-wear shirts. In 1975, John Garodkin, son of Paul, joined the company. This became the starting point of a new era of Garodkin and even more fashion oriented brands were introduced. Still, quality has always been the number one priority for Garodkin. In 2003 Jesper Haase, who served his apprenticeship at Garodkin, joined the company.
Today the selection of brands includes handmade British leather footwear form Church’s, fine Italian suits from Pal Zileri, a bit of everything from Paul Smith, polo shirts from Polo Ralph Lauren, knitwear from John Smedley, down jackets from Moncler, and Italian premium designer jeans from Jacob Cohën.
The fashion conscious man of the 21st century wants only the best. After several years with logo embossed linings it is only natural to look for something that feels more permanent and classic. And even though a high-end ready-to-wear suit will take you a long way nothing comes close to a made-to-measure tailored suit.
At Garodkin you can design your very own suit down the very last detail. Just bring your requests and ideas about colour, fabric, lining etc. and an in-house tailor will take care of the rest. Garodkin also gives you expert advice and guidance in creating your own personal style and individual look with a quality suit. You can also have the tailor modify a suit you own if it doesn’t fit you.
Jacob Cohën is Italian jeans in the most classical sense of the term. Made in Italy of exclusive and soft Japanese fabrics with plenty of details. This is more about dressing up than keeping it simple. The jeans retail up to an astonishing DKK3,400 (€450), yet Garodkin has no problems finding buyers. These are jeans made for top-level executives who wants a pair of jeans that matches the feel of the expensive tailored suit he wears to work.
Review by Thomas Bojer.