Julie Van Praet
Best fashion and design in Copenhagen
From LEGO to the runway. Denmark has an extensive culture of designing the best. Lately, the smaller Scandinavian nation has been making its statement by launching the coolest trends. We’ve rounded up what to keep an eye on!
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Let’s start with the bricked foundation of Danish innovation. LEGO is Denmark’s best-known toy manufacturer with its flagship store in the centre of Copenhagen. There you can put your own mind to work by letting your design juices flow in an interactive playing environment. For children or not, there’s no denying that this Danish staple has influenced design for decades.
Scandinavian academy of fashion design (Margrethe Skolen)
This leading fashion and design school in Denmark has produced some internationally recognized alumni. The school has more than 85 years of educating several leading apparel designers, stylists, and business people under its belt. The campus is open to visitors to catch a glimpse of some inspiring young designers.
Copenhagen Fashion Week
Copenhagen holds the largest fashion show in Scandinavia and is considered to have the most cutting-edge designs worldwide. Being smaller than its counterparts in New York or Paris makes it possible to push more boundaries. Copenhagen’s fashion community is tightly connected and focuses more on the Nordic cornerstones of sustainability and individualism.
Northern minimalism has been one of the driving factors of fashion in the 2020s, with Scandinavian influencers leading design toward cool easiness. Wrapped in oversized coats Scandi-girls seem to be the trendsetters of the decade.
But don’t mistake minimalism for simplicity as Copenhagen infuses design with individuality.
Copenhagen is home to some great designers. Stine Goya’s bright accessories and Henrik Vibskov’s colourful designs show that the North isn’t dullfully dark. Asger Juel Larsen’s designs on the other hand are a mix of gothic psychedelia and go great with old-school design from Ivan Grundahl.
High quality has always been the foundation of Danish design, just as it is in the clothing designed by Maikel Tawardros or Astrid Andersen.
Nicholas Nybro proves that Danish design can be avant-garde while Freya Dalsjo infuses her clothing with boundary-pushing materials and shapes.
Ole Yde’s luxurious creations bring glamour to Copenhagen and Anne Sofie Madsen’s collections have even graced the cover of Vogue.
If there is one place to look for Danish fashion, look no further than Baum und Pferdgarten. This store houses the biggest collection of Danish designs. Mads Norgaard accompanies Baum und Pferdgarten by offering a more affordable section of Danish design.
Wood Wood is a contemporary lifestyle brand from Copenhagen, with stores all around Europe. Danish brand By Malene Birger offers a collection of surprising bohemian-inspired clothing.
Designers Remix Collection is a clothing platform with sustainability as its keyword. And Munthe is the epitome of cool relaxed Scandinavian female fashion.
Lovechild 1979 is a Danish luxury clothing store. Creating long-lasting garments with quality materials. And like many others, Han Kjobenhavn is a fashion house known for its boundary-pushing creativity and inclusivity.
While sneaker brand ARKK might just have the most comfortable footwear out there.
For those of us looking for something more than a Billy bookcase, comes FRAMA with a wide range of lifestyle objects based on mindful living.
Since 2009 Rudolph Care has been a trusty staple in many Danish’ household cabinets. They create beauty products combining luxury with sustainability, responsibility and transparency.
To top off our list is a personal favourite: Flying Tiger. Fun, accessible and sustainable. This Danish store can be found in most European cities and is worth a visit for its unique products alone. Every week Flying Tiger launches a new crafty collection with their motto being: “Life is a party, and we invite to play along.” A richer life does in fact not need to cost a fortune.
We hope that this rundown on Danish design inspired you to pay them a visit or influence your own sense of Hygge! Be sure to check out our full guides on Aarhus and Copenhagen! Follow us on @thewalkingparrot to stay notified of new content!