DEFINING SCANDINAVIA -the trade show for Design & Living

Defining Scandinavia launched this January, exhibiting a well curated selection of everything within Design & Living. Situated in the trendy and historical Øksneshallen (used to be a slaughter house in the oden days) in Copenhagen, the show was an immediate success with exhibitors, buyers and press alike.

And now the next show is coming together! Season 2 of Defining Scandinavia will take place 8th – 11th August 2013.

Defining Scandinavia presents the most distinctive trends, and in the August 2013 edition they will focus on ‘Functional Moxie’. ‘Moxie’ is colloquial slang for courage, daring and spirit. Using the term ‘Functional Moxie’, Defining Scandinavia accepts the challenge, focusing on the way existing trends, put in a new functional context, addresses the genre of design and living. We aim to embrace functionality by daring to choose only value-adding everyday objects. Sounds interesting?



© Louise Roe

Louise Roe is one designer that will be exhibiting again at Defining Scandinavia. Especially her textile products are truly sensational, bout in texture and colour. Make sure to pop by the stand if you are there or see more design essentials at

Buyers and press can register online at

Norwegian Designerkollektivet moves to GlasMagasinet August 2013

The designers collective, Designerkollektivet in Oslo Norway are about to expand. They will be moving from Aker Brygge to the prestigious GlasMagasinet in the city centre of Oslo. GlasMagasinet, located on Stortorvet, is one of Norway’s oldest and most famous department stores. Designerkollektivet was launched in 2009 by a group of Norwegian designers, with the aim of promoting emerging talents and great Norwegian design as well as making it more available to the general public. With the move the concept shop are hoping to include more designers.
© Vera&William

So far there’s been more than 50 independent designers involved in the project, with names including Jumina, Fam Irvoll, Vera&William, TSH, Tina Haagensen, Daniel Sørensen, Peter Løchstøer, Undorn and Arne&Carlos.
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Dalston Department Store -A retail experience for the 21st Century

Dalston Department Store is a brand new pop-up store and event, where you can shop for the latest luxewear direct from independent designers, fashion, jewellery, homeware, childrenswear, vintage, books and so much more.
Take the overground to Dalston Junction, walk down Kingsland Road until you meet Richmond Road to the left.

Upon arrival a doorman are there to greet you and to escort you down to the ground floor level by lift.
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Well inside you’ll enter a shopping haven unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s not big, but incredible well curated. In fact there was nothing I missed. Vintage pieces from leading couture houses, luxury British made mens wear, playful and arty shoes, fashionable jewellery, collectable books and cameras, handmade hats and gloves, art posters, women’s designer wear and lots more.

Dalston Department Store, being a pop-up-shop, is open this weekend only; ​Saturday 10-6pm and Sunday 11-6pm.
Located in the old tramshed, Star House, Unit 2, 3 Richmond Road, London E8 3HY –


Arguable best shopping experience I’ve had in London ever! Do not miss out!

Scandinavia Exhibition at London Fashion Week Somerset House

On from today is the largest ever Scandinavian fashion exhibition in the UK, located at the West Wing of Somerset House with AW13 collections and a curated exhibition focusing on up-and-coming designers.

Visitors to the Fashion Scandinavia showcase will have a unique opportunity to experience the very best of contemporary Scandinavian fashion and enjoy The Scandinavian Lounge by RENOUVE. In the RENOUVE lounge visitors will be able to enjoy a taste of Scandinavia in an interior fitted completely with Scandinavian craftsmen’s pieces. The bar will offer exclusive drinks that are served at the NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen and other Michelin-Star restaurants in Scandinavia.

The showcase Fashion Scandinavia includes more than 40 labels and designers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

‘Inspirational winds from the north are blowing. Scandinavian fashion is currently one of the most exciting trends to follow. Derived from Scandinavia’s rich heritage of culture and creativity, the region has produced a talented wave of edgy newcomers in fashion. Effortlessly they are looking to the future with optimism and vibrant energy’.
Zandra Rhodes, legendary British fashion designer and founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London

The Scandinavia Exhibition is in fact offering an insight into the Concept Scandinavia, not only for fashion, but a showcase where architecture, design, fashion, food and culture is all coming together in one submerged brilliant trend case.
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© Designer: Trine Hav Christensen (Denmark) Photo: Jeff Hahn

London Fashion Week
Visitor hours:
Friday 15 February – Monday 18 February: 10:00 – 19:00
Tuesday 19 February: 10:00 – 18:00

Helje Hamre at London Fashion Week 15th – 19th February 2013

One of the exciting brands out of Scandinavia that will be exhibiting during london Fashion Week is Norwegian Helje Hamre. Known for sleek contemporary Nordic design, for the modern women. Pure fabrics, classic tailoring and modern clean lines, with a astonishing attention to detail in fit and finish has made this a brand to watch. The HH collections is by all means not for all. This capsule collection is for a design conscious independent woman, as the Nordic style can be edgy and sometimes seem raw and slightly dark. I’m finding this promo video for Helje Hamre quite intriguing, presenting the concept and philosophy of the brand.. Let me know what you think!

Helje Hamre is an Oslo based designer, with 13 years of experience from the fashion industry in New York. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2002 before working for designers like DKNY and Narciso Rodriguez. In 2010 he returned to Norway and established his own label, Helje Hamre.

Helje Hamre will be presenting his collection for Autumn Winter 2013 at the Scandinavian Exhibition at Somerset House during London Fashion Week, 15th – 19th February 2013.
London Fashion Week at Somerset House features established designers, with catwalk shows, such as Burberry Prorsum, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood, as well as exhibiting emerging design talents. Visit

Defining Scandinavia is fully booked -see the full brand list here!

Defining Scandinavia is all set and ready to launch as the trade show is now fully booked! Previously mentioned this is a new trade show that combines design, living and fashion. Defining Scandinavia have had an overwhelming interest since they’ve launched the idea. As well as a fully booked fair international buyers and press have pre registered and will be attending Defining Scandinavia during Copenhagen Fashion Week, 31 January to 3rd February 2013 in Øksneshallen Copenhagen.
Defining Scandinavia Brand List

Buyers and press may pre register online at
The ticket will also give you admission to the other fashion trade show, Vision at Lokomotivværkstedet.

Defining Scandinavia Design and Lifestyle fair in Copenhagen

Defining Scandinavia is a brand new fair concept taking place in Copenhagen during the Copenhagen Fashion Week. Recognizing the trend where design and fashion merges to a lifestyle product, the trade show Defining Scandinavia gathers the leading Scandinavian designer brands as well as new exciting talents all under one roof. Brands include Design House Stockholm, Nomess Copenahgen, By Nord, Madam Stoltz and Lucky Boy Sunday.

Visit Defining Scandinavia 31 January to 3rd February 2013 in Øksneshallen Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Fashion Week 8-12 August 2012

Copenhagen Fashion Week featuring collections for the Spring/Summer 2013 season, is set for a strong offering of both Danish and international fashion talents. This summers schedule, running from August 8—12, is ready and the week is packed with exciting fashion events; Trend shows, shows, press-events, receptions and parties.

Copenhagen Fashion Week official show venue for SS13 is TAP 2, in the old Carlsberg brewery. TAP 2 is a 3,000 square meter raw factory space in the historic Carlsberg area and its unique historical surroundings makes the perfect location for fashion shows. The old brewery has now been transformed into an arena for cultural events as part of a reinvention of the area as a creative hub.

TAP 2 is situated next to TAP 1, which is housing the children’s fashion trade show CPH kids as featured on Little Scandinavian.

Both established and up-and-coming designers will showcase their collections in a professional venue that is our biggest to date. “We’re pleased to have so much young talent on the schedule to join the ranks of established forces like Designers Remix, By Malene Birger and Henrik Vibskov. Peter Jensen and Wood Wood return to bring us more of their underground sophistication, and opening the official venue at TAP 2 is the young and bold Danish newcomer Freya Dalsjö,” says Anne Christine Persson, Development Director of Copenhagen Fashion Week.

We recommend following CFW on Twitter on @cphfw for instant updates and general fashion chat with hashtag #cphfw

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Swedish Hasbeens, Pop-up Shop London

When Swedish Hasbeens launched a Pop-up Shop at Selfridges in London a month ago. I simply had to head over to see, feel and try on. So I went along with a Swedish friend, for some native advice on these fab retro Scandinavian must have clogs.

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I did find “my pair” of nude sandals with the beloved (high, but not so high so very practical when walking in the city) clog style heel. Luckily for my bank account, they didn’t have mys size. Unfortunately the super sweet and helpful shopping assistant will be calling me when they get them back in…

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