The Edgy Danish fashion
When you visit Copenhagen, shopping should definitely be on your to-do list.
Not many places can boast of having so many mid-priced shops with modern, high quality fashion. Danish design is a big part of this. Danish fashion is functional with an edge, cool, wearable and fast becoming internationally known. Ever heard of the term democratic fashion? Think Danish fashion and you are almost there. The term covers wearable and high quality clothes which are affordable to most. This rings true to most of Danish fashion which – like Danish design – is functional with an edge.
From classic to cutting edge
Not only are Danish fashion designers earning international recognition, Copenhagen is also home to Scandinavia's largest fashion week. In fact, since the sixties, Danish fashion has developed into one of the most successful Danish export industries.
Designers such as Mads Nørgaard, Rützou and DAY have been around since the 90's, and to this day make wearable clothes of great materials. And new designers such as Henrik Vibskov, Stine Goya, Soulland, Wood Wood and Peter Jensen are all internationally renowned for their more avant-garde and humorous take on fashion.
Ranking among the top ten fashion centers in the world and a cool no. 1 in Scandinavia, Denmark has gradually risen to a high level of fashion consciousness with the designers and shops to match.
A compact city ideal for shopping
Copenhagen is great for shopping. Not only because of the variety of the shops, but because the city is compact and easy to navigate. Start your shopping trip in the inner city of Copenhagen. At one of the longest pedestrian streets, Strøget, you will find most of the big chain stores, and as you make your way to King's Square (Kongens Nytorv) the shops get more exclusive – from Gucci to Louis Vuitton.
The real gems, however, are found in the side streets. Try the small streets parallel to Strøget and Købmagergade. Here you will find both vintage, Danish designers such as Wood Wood, DAY, Malene Birger and Henrik Vibskov, as well as small jewelry and ceramics shops.
Streets outside the inner city that are worth checking are Istedgade, Gammel Kongevej, Elmegade, Jægersborggade and Østerbrogade. Enjoy, and remember your walking shoes.
Vintage and second hand
You will find several vintage stores in Copenhagen. The vintage stores hand-pick the clothes and offer beautiful dresses from another time and antique jewelry. Another second hand concept flourishes in the city; luxury second hand stores. Here you can buy second hand luxury clothes, which are only a couple of seasons old. Below is a selection of what we believe to be some of the best. And if you don‘t believe us, visit www.cphtreasures.com for a more comprehensive guide.
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By: Connie Westergaard
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