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On Our Radar 25 August 2023

Copenhagen Couture: 5 Must-See Scandinavian Brands

From minimalist masterpieces to cozy hygge vibes – these Scandinavian brands are redefining fashion with their unique charm and style.

There is no doubt that Scandinavian fashion is well known for its chic, well-edited looks and Copenhagen Fashion Week is testament to that. It doesn't matter what style you're looking for, plenty of Scandinavian brands capture the cool essence of the aesthetic here are some of our favourite brands to keep on your radar.


Words By Erin Visagie

GANNI

Discover the carefree spirit of Scandinavian dressing with Danish label, Ganni. Gallerist Frans Truelsen established Ganni in 2000 by specialising in cashmere sweaters. By 2009, Nicolaj Reffstrup and his wife Ditte took the company over and transformed it into the ready-to-wear brand we know and love today.

The brand’s colourful, fun and effortlessly cool pieces are well-loved by many of the world’s most popular style IT girls, including Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Emili Sindlev. Each design features playful prints, vibrant colours, and a simple take on a classic for a relaxed and fun take on wardrobe staples. You’ll be inspired and able to upgrade your wardrobe easily while staying relaxed and playful with Ganni and encouraged to dress confidently and freely and have fun with your clothes.

Ganni’s top picks include the Fringed ribbed-knit mini dress, which is gorgeous for any occasion; it has a classic figure-hugging fit with fringe that adds a fun and trendy touch, but it’s also a great day-to-night play on black dresses.

A great jacket for elevating any look is the Cropped recycled-satin jacket. With its satin and recycled polyester fabric, this piece adds an edge and playfulness to any look and is stretchy.

Ganni Cropped Recycled-satin Jacket, $595, Net-A-Porter

STINE GOYA

The Stine Goya brand is renowned for its bold flair, playful stand-out pieces and vivid prints. If you’re looking for stunningly vibrant clothing to add to your collection, Stine Goya should be at the top of your list.

In 2006, Stine Goya broke away from the traditional Scandinavian design aesthetic (aka minimalistic designs and muted palettes) by creating bold, bright, and outlandish pieces inspired by the fun design and art worlds. Danish designer Stine Goya created the brand and embraces all things fierce, colourful, and out there. The pieces are a mix of art and fashion, yet practical enough for everyday, casual wear.

Those passionate about art and fashion will appreciate the Abiti gradient-print midi dress, which boasts a balayage gradient print in pastel yellows, pinks, blues, greens, flowy silhouette and a flattering V-neck look. It’s perfect as a fun event piece.

Put a Barbie-core spin on your wardrobe with the Markus sequin design trousers. With their muted pink hue and sequin embellishments, these pants capture the essence of fun, while their relaxed cut and high-rise silhouette make them perfect for any occasion and can add a bit of sparkle to your current wardrobe.

Stine Goya Markus Sequin-design Trousers, $378, Farfetch

SAKS POTTS

Are you looking for a cute trans-seasonal brand? Saks Potts is THE Copenhagen-based brand to invest in.

In 2014, Catherine Saks and Babara Potts launched a brand inspired by Copenhagen life, Carolyne Bessette-Kennedy, Danish nature, and their personal experiences. Saks Potts captures a 90s minimalism and modernism to create fun, contemporary women’s wear that fits any wardrobe.

Saks Potts has been worn by Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Crown Princess of Denmark, Meryl Streep, Lady Gaga, and Rosalia, to name a few. The label is also known for its timeless designs that use vibrant colours and playful patterns for a statement-making, distinctive look that captures the effortlessly cool vibe of Scandinavian fashion.

There are a few must-have pieces from Saks Potts, such as the Theo cropped bouclé blazer and Clara mini skirt. Stylish and powerful, this set is perfect for boss lady moments. With its vivid fuchsia pink hue, the jacket also exudes effortless cool; its classic boucle texture and decorative stitching reflect the brand’s playful spirit and empowering energy. Plus, with the front button fastening, the hot pink skirt gives it a Barbie vibe that is fun and exciting wherever you are.

Saks Potts Clara Mini Skirt, was $826 now $417, Farfetch

ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN

The ROTATE brand was founded in 2018 by Jeanette Madsen and the influencer Thora Valdimars in partnership with Birger Christensen as a concept store. This brand has taken the world by storm and combines femininity, nostalgia, decadence, and eroticism in its sexy minidresses and covetable pieces. ROTATE was created to meet women’s needs for party dresses and fun contemporary clothing. Its designs incorporate signature scandi style elements from the ’80s, including sequins, bows, fringe details and voluminous silhouettes. It also includes fun patterns, rainbow palettes, and oversized looks reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s with a modern twist.

ROTATE joined the Web 3 space and has been making even more waves in cyberspace since the 2022 Copenhagen Fashion Week for the spring/summer 2023 season, where the vibrant flame print Theresa dress was translated into NFT format.

We recommend investing in the logo-embroidered tank top and the crystal-logo track pants for a cute everyday but fun look. The tank top is crafted from organic cotton, with a pretty contrasted trim for a minimalistic but fun feel.

The track pants epitomise that too-cool-for-school y2k embellished track pants look that elevates any essential loungewear.
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ROTATE Birger Christensen Crystal-logo Track Pants, $215, Farfetch

OUR LEGACY

Our Legacy blends Scandinavian minimalism with urban cool. Founded in Stockholm in 2005 by Jockhum Hallin, Christopher Nying, and Richardos Klarén.

The company reimagines classic cuts and crafts, custom fabrics with an artistic flair. Whether it’s dressing A-listers like Wiz Khalifa in iconic Hawaiian shirts or sending ‘techno cowboys’ down Paris runways, Our Legacy is a master of the unexpected.

Channelling influences from 90s pop culture to skater vibes, their pieces capture the essence of effortless chic, ensuring you stay fashionably ahead for every season.

Our Legacy echoes an artful balance of technical and relaxed and merges sophistication, coolness and technicality. Applying their twist to timeless design staples, they play with custom-developed fabrics, minimalist silhouettes and textures and ready-to-wear women’s and men’s outfits and accessories.

Our Legacy Sheer Floral-print T-shirt, $250, SSENSE