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Window shopping may seem a trivial sport, but some encounters with a store’s window display may result in an aesthetic experience beyond your expectations. When commerce meets with creative aspirations, the wildest creatures can come to life. This is the Christmas display at Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm. NK Department Store is the most traditional and luxurious shopping mall in the Swedish capital. Their windows always draw huge crowds of visitors.
Text and photos: Veronica Fraticelli

This gigantic Santa-Octopus is the star attraction in one of NK’s windows


Poor, busy Santa' just got condensed into a Matrix-like memory machine...


... his new dress made someone in the crowd wonder if Santa is gay.


Old Nick is a dedicated fashionista. What should he put on today? Probably something from one of over one hundred posh boutiques at NK...

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Store mangagerAnna Harju shows off a colorful frock in Marimekko's first "kiosk boutique"


The iconic Fnnnish textiles and fashion company Marimekko recently collaborated with Converse of the USA on a new line of sneakers. Earlier this week, Marimekko opened its first company-owned retail store in Oslo on fashion street Hegdehaugsveien; a new Marimekko store was launched in Stockholm’s Sturegallerian in mid-September; and in summer 2011 they opened a store in Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport.

On their home turf in Helsinki, the company’s flagship store has achieved a cosy atmosphere with an in-shop kafe that makes it a popular place to hang out. Another fresh idea is a trendy new “kiosk boutique,” located on Uudenmaankatu 13 in Helsinki.
Small can also be beautiful.
Photo: David Bartal

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Another garment by Nakkna transformed me into a silver night bird.

this fluffy, stitched poncho like coat with a sewn on scarf by Swedish Nakkna is just a perfect protection for the winter chill!

This fake fur coat by Ida Sjöstedt and knitted dress by Rodebjer, spiced up with my vintage jewelry, made an interesting match. I felt a bit like a spoiled London it- girl

Last week I tried on some outfits from high fashion brands at JUS, a concept store located at Brunnsgatan 7 in the Swedish capital. I took the opportunity to mix and match a Margiela coat with a Comme des Garcons shirt. It isn’t every day that one gets to slip into some Rick Owens wedges, a warm coat by Nakkna and a festive jacket by Ida Sjöstedt.

In the spacious and moderately designed interiors you can enrich your warderobe with the lastest collections by Sweden’s Carin Wester, Nakkna, Ida Sjöstedt, V Avenue Shoe Repair, Rodebjer and international designers such as Ann Demeulemeester, Maison Martin Margiela and Kris van Assche.

But luxury is not the greatest principle for the selection of the apparel. As a shop assistent tells us, the philosophy behind JUS is to provide quality garments of different, yet universal design which can be used in spite of changing fashion trends.

Model and text: Veronica Fraticelli
Photos: David Bartal

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We were galloping along Kungsgatan (King’s Street) on our way to a certain café when our attention was diverted by a large, immobile liquorice-black horse with shocking-pink ankle warmers. Holding the reigns was horse enthusiast Elvira, age 7.

On a whim, we stepped inside the store called Häst och Hund to check out the latest trends in equine fashion.
Virtually all of the shirts, jackets and pants are designed specifically for riding or competing on horses. A long beige jacket by Shockemöhle Sports of Germany was actually a trainer’s jacket, with zippered slits on the sides to make room for a saddle.
A display of fuzzy stretch objects looked to me like headbands made popular decades ago by Swedish tennis great Björn Borg. But they turned out to be cuffs to protect the head of the horse from a halter. Some people who have no special interest in horses visit the store located at Kungsgatan 30 to buy distinctive long boots made by Hunter. Photos: Alexander Farnsworth.

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Everybody gets excited about H&M’s spectacular collaborations with world-known designers like Versace or Lanvin. But you shouldn’t miss Bruno Pieters’ collection for another Swedish label: Weekday.

Bruno Pieters represents Antwerpian fashion with all its best characteristics: architectural, elaborate cuts, prudent forms and an emotional touch. The designer graduated in 1999 and has since then worked for such labels as Martin Margiela, Christian Lacroix and Hugo Boss. His own ready-to-wear and couture collections have brought him enthusiastic reactions from fashion gurus like Suzy Menkes and Karl Lagerfeld.

Pieter’s collection for Weekday—which is actually owned indirectly by H&M– combines extraterrestrial androgyny with a retro feeling. The clothing is both classy and extremely modern. Suited to a hectic urban life or a walk in a desolated moon landscape.
Text: Verónica Fraticelli
Photos from http://www.weekday.se

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If you are looking for a copy of a film called “Meet the Hollowheads” or a vinyl recording of psychedelic lounge music from Mongolia, Larry’s Corner is the place for you.

Owner/manager Larry Farber, an expatriate Yank, has spent decades digging around in the cellars and dusty attics of the civilized world in order to discover the most quirky and funky books and music he can find. This Indiana Jones of weirdness appreciates his merchandise so much that if he has come to love a certain CD or book too much, he may suddenly decide he doesn’t want to part with it after all. In other words, Larry isn’t a very zealous capitalist.

Larry’s Corner is located on the corner of Grindgatan and Blekingegatan. The owner brags that he serves the “the best mediocre coffee in all of Stockholm.” How can one resist a deal like that?

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Shawls and trinkets get new life

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Boutiques

You can find them at most second-hand stores, the colorful shawls and scarves that once delighted someone at Christmas or a birthday. They often end their lives sadly in a big barrel in a second-hand store. Susanne Beskow, the founder of the he Van Deurs label, takes the textile orphans she finds in the Myrorna charity shops and combines them with vintage costume jewelry to make fun purses and bags.

The “up-cycled” vintage bags can be found at the Van Deur shop in Stockholm, at Snickarbacken 7.

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Amelia Ursache in her new boutique

Fashion designer Amelia Ursache might be better known in London and Paris than in Sweden, where she resides. That might be changing now that Amelia has opened up a mini-boutique in Stockholm featuring her dramatic, glamourous and feminine creations. Last night, I attended the champagne opening of the shop, which is located at Regeringsgatan 89, a few blocks from Nalen, the famous Stockholm music nightspot.

Based in Stockholm since 1998, the Romania-born designer worked for several companies including couture king Lars Wallin. She was named designer of the year that year by the UK edition of Elle.

In 2003, Amelia took part in an international design competition produced by TV3 called “Fashion House.” This allowed her to show off her talent for legends like Donatella Versace, Antonio Berardi, D-Squared and Italian designer Valentino, who advised Amelia to start her own label.

Since 2004 Amelia has created two collections each year and presents her fashion shows and exhibitions during Stockholm Fashion Week and from 2009 in Paris at the “Pret-a-Porter” Fair.

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Lotta Djossou jewelry, based in Paris and the small town of Höör in southern Sweden, has grown explosively around the world since it got started in Japan in the mid-1990s. Bloomingdales, the legendary American department store chain, will soon be carrying the jewelry.

Anthropologie is also interested,” Lotta explained on Thursday when our paths crossed in Stockholm.

I first discovered Lotta Djossou’s handmade jewelry a few months ago, when I visited her flagship store in Malmö, in the company of a Washington Post colleague named Anthony. The store has a gothic ambience, a kind of magical Harry Potter-ish feeling which suits the intricate silver and bronze bracelets, rings and necklaces. Some of the pieces have the form of bats, owls and insects like dragonflies and beetles.
Photos: Alexander Farnsworth

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Relaxing with a strawberry smoothie in the Björn Borg boutique, my thoughts went to the time in 1998 when I did a one-on-one interview with the five-time Wimbledon champ. I was working for financial daily Dagens Industri at the time. I remember that Björn wore big clunky boots on that occasion, nothing like the lightweight, colorful footwear I saw on display on Tuesday.

The company is putting its best forward, so to speak, with its Spring 2011 footwear collection, which was created by a new design team in the Netherlands. “This is our most successful collection ever,” said Christian Engström, head of the company’s footwear division. (more…)