The innovative aesthetes at Han Kjøbenhavn recently launched their first shop outside of Denmark and their second one in all. The new flagship store is located in New York City’s rising shopping district, SoHo, alongside many of today’s leading brands. See the images from the shop, learn why this is the perfect location for Han Kjøbenhavn and find out what’s next on the agenda for the Han-guys. The following is an interview with Jannik Wikkelsø Davidsen, one of the two designers behind the brand.
A proud son of the city and the centre of attention of last week’s Copenhagen Fashion Week, Han Kjøbenhavn have launched a collection that may very well be the beginning of a new paradigm in Danish men’s fashion. It’s a fusion of Russian mafia coats, Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive’, colourful 80s track suits, ruby red wool camouflage, “snake skin” tights and of course funky sunglasses and Japanese denim jeans.
Denmark has a lot to be proud of. The extensive safety net of our welfare system, our free top-level educational system, the record low crime rates and the almost non-existent corruption of our society. But one of the more tangible features of our culture is a long-standing design tradition. For decades, Danish design has been praised abroad and soon New Yorkers will be able to shop for it locally when one of the Danish design marvels of the 21st century, Han Kjøbenhavn, opens a flagship store in Prince Street in Soho this February. The interior of the shop is designed by the creative Copenhageners themselves spiced up with a few classics from Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner. Hopefully we’ll get some pictures of the shop soon. In the meantime, you can read more about Han Kjøbenhavn here.
For a long time, the two friends Kasper Weinrich Schübeler, also known as ‘Spacey‘, and Mads Hancock had been thinking and talking about setting up a business of their own. They dreamt about being their own bosses while still being able to work with well-crafted products, preferably with a rich history and “soul,” that they could truly vouch for. On June 1st the dream came true as rich and hanc. agency was officially established. Their portfolio includes Pendleton, Eastland Maine, Fracap, and Han Kjøbenhavn; in other words, a full lifestyle package. This article is my attempt to help spread the word about this new Scandinavian agency founded and run by two denim lovers with blue blood in their veins.
We all know and appreciate the process of wearing in and using denim. It’s one of the most exciting and interesting aspects of denim whether it’s for the nerdy technical details or mere the look and feel. Therefore, earlier this year we had a competition where you, our dear readers, could send us pictures of your worn-in denim and win a brand new pair of jeans from Meadow and last month we launched the Levi’s Vintage Clothing Wear & Tear Project with five different participants. Now, if you’re into following the process of aging denim and you love to see the character develop through tough wear and lots of love you might also be into leather goods – if not, you better start now!
With a new month comes a new supporter of Denimhunters. For June 2012 we are honoured to have the support of Han Kjøbenhavn and their new flagship in Copenhagen. We had the chance to ask the mysterious Han Kjøbenhavn a few questions, and with the help of a good friend we also shot a short video about a Denimhunter enjoying life, which is what you should do right after you’ve watched it and read the article.
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.
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.