A brand new start for the world’s oldest leather company
Dahlman1807 has been making leather goods in the heart of Copenhagen since master saddle maker Wilhelm Ludvig Dahlman founded it in 1807. As mentioned, new owners have brought a new life to the brand and today, they are just as committed to creating beautifully handcrafted products as their predecessors, celebrating old and proud traditions in a contemporary context.
– We have a selection of made-to-order products, but also offer completely customised and bespoke products, says partner Jeppe Dencker. Our shop and atelier in Copenhagen is the heart of the business, and here you can get a first-hand look at our production, choose the leather you like, the thread to match and talk to the people that will make your order by hand.
Tell us about the different products in the current range.
– Our heritage products are key. We produce the “Architect Bag” all by hand, just as it has been made since 1942 when it was designed as a collaboration with Danish architect Erik Herløw. Another key product is our “Architect Belt” featuring the Saumur hook, adapted from our Equestrian heritage and made here by hand for more than 75 years. We also develop new designs continuously.
What are your future plans?
– This fall is all about the belts. We are working with a new production partner to be able to make a greater selection and produce in slightly larger volumes than we have been previously. We are very happy that we found an old family business that is as passionate about craftsmanship and quality as we are. One of the most important things in the near future is to be able to offer some of our products through carefully selected retailers worldwide. And of course to keep up the good work in our atelier, doing made-to-order leather goods and custom orders.
Address: Fortunstræde 5 in Copenhagen
Scandinavian signature cocktail – infused with hay
If you’re visiting Gothenburg for Way Out West music festival this weekend, make sure to visit the Adler restaurant in the city centre. Nordic cuisine based on seasonal ingredients and a cocktail bar ran by Erik Söderlund, one of Sweden’s top 3 in the world’s biggest bartender competition, Diageo World Class, earlier this year.
– The bar also focuses on seasonal products and what makes us special is that we try to work with products that are not so common. We always want to give our guests something they’ve never tried before.
Tell us about one-of-a-kind signature cocktail.
– That drink is one of the first things we did here and it really gave me what I was looking for: something that most people can relate to how it smells but never tried to consume. I believe that everything can taste good, you just need to find the right balance and that was what we managed to do.
It is a cocktail infused with hay?
– I would like to say that it’s a special taste the first time you taste, but after that, it’s actually easy to enjoy the drink. The hay does scare some people but it’s a really good combination with hay and tequila. It reminds a little bit of a margarita, including tequila infused with hay, mezcal, a roasted hay syrup, a little lime juice and a smoked salt on the glass.
Address: Viktoriagatan 2B
Social media maven fronting luxurious velvet swimwear collection
The region’s most exclusive men’s underwear label, CDLP, now expand their range introducing swimwear. The debut collection’s campaign is fronted by social media maven Jay Alvarrez, shot in Ibiza by co-founder and filmmaker Christian Larson. The 3-piece capsule includes a short in black velvet, limited to 50 pieces, and one presented in army green and black nylons. Jay Alvarrez is the latest chapter in the CDLP world of “intellectual masculinity” following Rio de Janiero’s La Suite hotelier François-Xavier Dussol, and Swedish film directors Johan Renck and Jonas Åkerlund. A new design collab with Tom of Finland Foundation is set to launch this September.
Sneaker icons come to life again
As one of Scandinavia’s leading players on sustainability, Tretorn is now expanding their eco-friendly consciousness from outerwear to footwear. The iconic sneaker models Racket (launched 1961) and Nylite (1967, rocketed to celebrity status when Björn Borg and other tennis stars wore them in the 70’s both on and off the stars) is now becoming a part of their Eco Essentials line. It’s made of either eco-leather, traceable all the way back to the cow’s farm, or organic cotton and natural rubber soles, making it heavier, even more long-lasting and with a more premium feel. The two models are available in the Spring/Summer 2019 offering in either leather or suede in a wide range of colours.