Let me be completely honest about this, once you get outside of Copenhagen there isn’t really that much to explore for hardcore denim nerds in Denmark. Sure, there are a few decent shop scattered around the country that know a thing or two about denim and run a tight operation, one of such is Kul & Koks. Located in Kolding on the southern east coast of the Jutland peninsula, Kul & Koks is the no. 1 shopping destination for the 90,000 residents of the Kolding municipality. The shop celebrated its 20th anniversary in November 2011 and for almost a decade Kul & Koks hasn’t been following the regular sales season – that’s how well-established the shop is.
Fashion shows always makes people bring out their best worn in denim, and at the Gallery International Fashion Fair, which was held from the 9th through the 11th of August 2012, we spotted a bunch of beautiful jeans. We’ve picked out only the best for your inspiration – notice that one of the wearers is a girl, a rarity to find in the tough world of dry denim.
One of the shopping related highlights of my visit in Amsterdam back in April was Tenue de Nîmes where I had a chat with co-owner Rene Strolenberg. The shop is beyond compare the best denim shop in the city and I actually visited it nothing less than three times during the weekend I spent there. I just had to get back to have another look. But the greatest feature of the shop is actually not all the premium denim brands themselves, it’s how they’re mixed in with each other. You have high-end classic Momotaro jeans right next to fashionable skinny Acne jeans. And with every visit you discover something new.
When visiting Denmark’s second largest city to report about its denim suppliers, it’s hard to ignore Støy Munkholm. Since the potent and well-stocked multi-brand shop was opened in 2007 it has left a clear mark on the fashion scene of Aarhus and created a mecca of high-end brands. The concept behind the success is based on ambitious thinking, an eye for quality, and a steadfast belief that they’re giving the customers just what they want.
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.
This pair of two year old Acne Moc Raw jeans belong to Gustaf Olsen from Sweden. In short, he describes himself as a jeans fanatic. After working in the Levi’s flagship store in London, his eyes were opened to the history of jeans and how they developed over the past 130 years. Gustaf got his Acne jeans when he started a new job where he was required to wear black or dark jeans. Today, they’re one of his favorites. He used them almost daily for the first year and waited about 8 months before he washed them. And even though the fabric neither from Cone Mills nor selvage, I think the result is great.
Beautiful denim doesn’t necessarily have to sport an old brand name, actually the Swedish jeans fashionistas from Acne do make some pretty good looking dry denims as well. Just have a look at this pair of Moc Raw, worn regularly for one and a half years as leisure wear of the banker who owned them. But maybe next time I’ll convince him to try something heavier.