We Love This: Dry January
By Lena Hunter | Press photos
It’s snowing in the Fashion Diary, but it’s raining over here. In Scandinavia, Norway typically sees the most rainy days in January, with 12.57 days of downpours, while Sweden sees the fewest, with 10.62. Don’t let the wet weather dampen your spirits – take the opportunity to flash your best waterproof design. Here, we’ve selected six of our favourite Scandinavianmade items to outsmart the weather forecast.
Recyled tote by Grundéns
Grundéns, from the west coast of Sweden, is a through-and-through fishing brand. We’re talking GORE-TEX bibs, rubber deck-boots, scalloping aprons, high vis commercial fishing jackets, knives and tool-belts. But this tote bag, though! Constructed from PVC/PU blend material upcycled from scraps from their bib production, the Shoreman Tote Bag transcends fishing gear and knocks this look out of the park. The high-contrast, branded straps are trés cool, and the petite logo has an almost Hermes style typeface. Available in black and orange, too, this piece of shoulder candy is as robust as they come and fully waterproof.
Shoreman Tote Bag in White, €50
Unisex jacket by Norwegian Rain
Norwegian Rain’s Gdansk Unisex jacket was designed according to the seven defining traits of Japanese Shibusa: simple, implicit, modest, natural, everyday, imperfect and silent. The fabric is near-black – creating a softer look that avoids the severe Matrix-aesthetic that darker overcoats can convey. Meanwhile, muted detailing like quilt-stitching, leather button loops and a short sash at the waist set it apart from garden-variety raincoats.
Gdansk Unisex, €1,090
Galoshes by SWIMS
OK, don’t be mad: galoshes. Yes, those slip-on rubber overshoes. Johan Ringdal founded his Scandinavian label SWIMS in 2006 after strolling the rainy streets of Manhattan, and thinking: what if I redefined this shoe? And redefine it he did. SWIMS Classic Galosh protects dress shoes from wet weather, with a restrained, utilitarian design. And really, who else is making modern galoshes? SWIMS has even exhibited at Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, one of the most important men’s trade fairs and runway events for emerging designers in the fashion calendar. You heard it here.
Classic Galosh in Black, €80
Pantone umbrella by Copenhagen Design
This folding umbrella in Pantone’s joyous 012C yellow shade is a ray of sunshine. If you’re feeling peachy, go for Light Pink (182C). Or stay classy with Black (419C) and Cool Grey (9C). There are more to choose from, and there’s something strangely satisfying about unfolding a beaming hexagon of paint-palette red above your head when the drops start to fall.
PANTONE Umbrella in Yellow 012C, €40
Cap by RAINS
Danish RAINS’ waterproof cap is a PU-fabric take on the classic baseball cap, with a six-panelled design held in place by an adjustable strap and buckle. This is a lifesaver worn under a hood when cycling to protect your eyes from lashing rain, and you can simply shake it off when you get inside.
Cap in Navy, €42
Laptop case by Mismo
Danish Mismo’s padded M/S Pouch in waterproof Italian hard-woven nylon easily accommodates a 14-inch laptop, A4 documents or magazines. It’s pragmatic luxury at its best, with a dark brown leather trim and solid brass hardware coated in gold. Meanwhile, the uncompromising material quality ensures this case will maintain its stylish look for years.
M/S Pouch Large in Navy/Dark Brown, €150
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