Photo: A. Roege Hove
Already know your Ganni from your Saks Potts? Here are five lesser-known Danish designers to keep an eye on
Copenhagen Fashion Week returns for its SS22 outing on Monday, 9 August, with a mix of physical and digital showcases. Alongside some of the region's biggest names, such as Saks Potts, Ganni and Marimekko, there'll also be a host of up and coming young brands representing their fresh take on Scandi cool.
As the fashion world's focus lands on Copenhagen, here are six exciting new Danish design labels to keep an eye on:
Producing items on a rigid heddle loom in Copenhagen, young designer Nicklas Skovgaard has an unerring sense for texture and imbues his collections with a strong visual identity. The hand-woven nature of his lines also means that each garment is genuinely unique and a real antidote to fast fashion.
Established in 2019 by Stephanie Gundelach and Awa Maline Stelter, Opéra Sport has already won some influential fans, being seen on the likes of Kim Kardashian, Camille Charriere and Veneda Carter. With a talent for emphasising casual coolness, Gundelach and Stelter's label also puts a focus on the environment, with all items made from sustainable fabrics, with materials including organic cotton and industrial waste.
A Roege Hove
With a masters in textile design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and previous stints at brands such as Cecilie Bahnsen and Mark Tan, Amalie Røge Hove launched her eponymous label in 2019 with the aim of building "a conceptual knitwear brand that challenges traditions with a modern and artistic approach to original craftsmanship." Her elegant, sometimes daring designs have already set the brand apart as one to follow.
With a strong appreciation for classic tailoring, Danish designer Freja Djalsø utilises a minimalist aesthetic to explore her "strong fascination of women, physical constraints, and social constructs." Founded in 2011 in her native Copenhagen, her womenswear lines have been shown in London, Milan and Shanghai.
Julie Brøgger's young label celebrates feminine playfulness with a sharp-eyed sense for silhouettes. After debuting at Copenhagen Fashion Week SS19, the London-based brand has continued to reinvent favourites with collections that "play between the masculine and feminine" and are "consistently balanced on the edge between formal and day wear."
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