Whether you want exciting store design, high fashion or vintage clothing, a tour around Copenhagen’s indies makes for a captivating day’s shopping
This 1950s-inspired emporium was founded as a hosiery specialist 25 years ago and has all the stockings and retro tights a pin-up girl could dream of. Sneaky Fox moved into clothing three years later and claims it was the first retailer in Copenhagen to sell Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood Red Label.
It no longer carries the premium brands, but stocks an enticing mix of womenswear labels including Wildfox Couture, Stop Staring! and Wheels & Dollbaby. It also sells a small range of Gio-Goi womenswear and clog brand Swedish Hasbeens. Buyer Malene Nielsen says she flexes the brand mix every season, so if you go into this store six months from now, it may well look completely different.
Address: Vestergade 10B, 2 1456 Copenhagen
Contact: 00 45 32 54 55 15
A fixture on the Copenhagen high fashion circuit, this avant-garde retailer stocks a selection of designer labels including Rick Owens, Balmain, Alexander Wang and Tsubi. The storefit conveys
an atmosphere of exclusivity without being intimidating, as its approachable owner Maria Leonhardt and her dalmatian dog, who lolls around on the floor, give the store a welcoming ambience. The light fixtures are impressive - like huge hand grenades - and the industrial nature of the pewter changing rooms and fixtures is tough and aggressive, which is refreshing in itself against the ever-so pleasant backdrop of Copenhagen.
Address: Pilestraede 35, 1112 Copenhagen
Danes are obsessed with the notion of cosiness - they call it hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) - and whether welcoming guests into their homes or shoppers into their stores, a sense of hygge is palpable. Carmen Vintage is a perfect example of this notion. A vintage store with an eclectic Aladdin’s cave-like atmosphere, the store occupies a basement, so to access it customers have to climb down a steep set of stairs and duck underneath a small door to enter. Once inside, a jumble of vintage treasures greets the eye. Old office drawers spill over with vintage gloves, handmade patchwork cushions are strewn in a corner, chandeliers hang overhead and racks of brightly coloured vintage clothing and footwear, sourced from across Europe, scream ‘buy me’. Owner Sasha Eisensoe has an in-store workshop where she mends and customises vintage finds. It’s the perfect retail destination for designers looking for inspiration.
Address: Larsbjornsstræde 5, 1454 Copenhagen
Contact: 00 45 26 83 30 36
Wardrobe 19 has been open for just one month and is by far the most inspiring example of menswear retailing Drapers came across in the city. Owner Martin Skovbo Vestpheal’s offer exemplifies the Danish obsession with product that exudes provenance and quality. The 23-year-old freelance fashion designer has created a 700 sq ft space that is an ode to men’s workwear. He says there is nothing sold in store he wouldn’t wear himself. The store is split into shipping and carpentry-inspired product categories and features handmade wooden fixtures made out of tree branches from his parents’ garden, as well as antique smoking pipes fashioned into light fixtures. Vintage sewing machines, gramophones, an imposing grandfather clock and a meticulously edited selection of seven brands including Danish gem Han Kjobenhavn, French label Armor Lux and KnowledgeCotton Apparel make this store a must visit.
Address: Larsbjørnsstræde 19th, 1454 Copenhagen
Contact: 00 45 32 14 13 12
Pede & Stoffer
With two stores, one women’s and one men’s, on the same stretch in the heart of a chichi Copenhagen district, Pede & Stoffer is a fine example of the distinctly Danish low-key design aesthetic. The womenswear store is calming in its design, with a spherical-shaped top floor showcasing labels including Acne, 5preview and Isabel Marant. The menswear store next door has a more rustic appeal and its offer includes the retailer’s own label, Originals, which it hopes to wholesale in the long term. Best-selling labels here are Acne and Danish brand Won Hundred.
Address: Klosterstræde 19, 1157 Copenhagen
Contact: 00 45 27 21 77 19