It had got to that time of year that where I felt I deserved a long weekend away from work. My girlfriend had a few ideas of where to go, Barcelona and a few other European cities were discussed, but after a little bit of persuasion from me we decided on Copenhagen.
The main attraction to this city for me was the shops. Copenhagen has two great brands in Norse Projects and Wood Wood and my thinking was, if I’m going to go on holiday I want to be able to do a bit of shopping as well as your general tourist malarkey.
Here's a rundown of the shops:
Norse Storeis the Norse Projects flagship store Situated on Pilestræde. Much like the clothes, the store is minimalist and stylish. The layout is very well organised and space utilised efficiently to house an eclectic mix of brands from all over the world.
The use of railings to showcase jackets, shirts and knitwear and shelving and tables to house knitted hats, caps, bags and other accessories is very effective in keeping with the minimalist style of the stores in-house brand.
So, what’s on offer? Well there is plenty of the stunning Norse Projects autumn/winter collection, along with other key brands such as: Fjall Raven, New Balance, Folk, Stussy and The Highrise favourites – Garbstore.
This store is a must see for anyone who has an interest in menswear as the variety on offer is superb. The staff were friendly and helpful, which is essential for a good shopping experience.
Another shop of notable interest is the Wood Wood flagship. Located in the Krystalgade area of the city, this is another great little store stocking all the best Wood Wood bits from autumn winter along with Comme des Garçons, SNS Herring, Barbour, and Levi’s Vintage Collection among others.
The shop is split into two – Menswear on the left and women’s on the right. The two are linked by a staircase which goes down from one and up into the other.
This is a reasonably small store, but they have utilised the space extremely well, there is plenty to look through and enough space to move around the store easily too. Again the staff were pleasant and helpful which makes the shop and brand even more appealing.
Le Fixis a little store hidden away in a courtyard just off Kronprinsensgade. This street had a few nice little independent shops and was only around the corner from the Norse Store.
Le Fix stocks quite a large variety of brands more known for their football casual connotations including Stone Island, Nottingham’s own One True Saxon and Adidas Originals. Very friendly staff in this store – I was approached on the street and told about the store which then developed into a nice little chat with one of the members of staff, who indulged a bit of information on the history of the shop.
Copenhagen is a large city and there are plenty of great independent shops. There are many more great stores than the ones I have mentioned. So for those who are willing to look- you might find a hidden gem.
While I was away I inevitably managed to indulge in a few new bits and pieces:
I got this Dublin knit from the Norse Store, after literally hours of trying stuff on and trying to figure out what my money could stretch to I decided on this. This style of cardigan isn't too common on these shores and it might look like something you’re granny might wear, but that and also the colour is what attracted me in the first place. It comes in a vivid camel colour way and is made from 100% Lanerossi wool which means it is sure to keep me warm this winter.
I also bought this Foster shirt from Wood Wood. This had actually caught my eye on the Wood Wood webstore prior to my trip. The two chest pockets are nice and roomy and the button enclosure is slightly different to your usual shirt. It has a nice workwear feel to it - made from 100%, this shirt is nice and thick so a great addition to my winter wardrobe.
So if you're planning on taking a trip to Copenhagen, don't forget to check out the shops, you may just pick up a bargain.
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