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”I create a more playful and sexy approach for the modern day man”

Plus more about the old bank vault transformed into art space — starting with the best of Swedish fashion photography until today, Sunbuddies teaming up with Carhartt WIP, Bang Olufsen joining forces with Rimowa, and nine(!) Nordic cities in the top at the list of the world’s smartest cities.

”A more playful and sexy approach for the modern day man”

Designer Martin Asbjørn Bjerre is born and raised in Copenhagen, where he also studied Traditional Menswear Tailoring, before launching his own label in 2014.

Your SS19 just dropped, which pieces would you like to highlight?

— My favourites are the Aidan two-piece, a corduroy biker jacket with matching flared trousers, where the set comes in a golden yellow or bright aqua. And also the Neal Blazer and the Neal Shorts. This collection saw me revisit my tailoring background and this single-breasted blazer with sportswear inspired oversized shorts is an elevated look for the summer months. It’s made from 100% lightweight wool so you can wear it with ease under the blazing sun.

Martin Asbjørn is stocked all over the world in some of his personal favourite stores: Machine-A in London, Tom Greyhound and Printemps in Paris and Lane Crawford, Beams International Gallery, and Shine in Asia plus online destination Ssense.

— I believe we offer something different from other Scandinavian brands, Asbjørn says. Although my design ethos is still deep-rooted in the ideals of Scandinavian design — craftsmanship, simplicity, and attention to detail — Martin Asbjørn offers a more playful and sexy approach for the modern day man but in a subversive way meaning that it still feels sophisticated.

— And for FW19, we collaborated with upcoming, super cool shoe brand PREGIS. We created a military-inspired boot in our signature Camo/Leo print of the season.

martinasbjorn.com


Old bank vault transformed into art space — starting with the best of Swedish fashion photography until today

Stockholm’s new boutique hotel Bank Hotel opened last year with a clear art profile, carrying their own art collection and letting young and promising Swedish artists design the rooms. Today marks the next step, with the opening of their very own Art Space.

— This will be the most exciting and important part of our art initiative, where everyone interested in modern art can take part of it in a unique environment, says Per Gunne, Vice president at owner Stureplansgruppen.

The first exhibition in the former bank vault in central Stockholm, Swedish fashion photography 1952—2019, opens today. It includes 42 works by 13 acclaimed photographers, including Mikael Jansson, Camilla Åkrans, and Denise Grünstein. The style goes all the way from the innocence of the 50s to today’s strong attitudes and features unique portrays of Alicia Wikander, Nathalie Portman and many more.

The entrance is free and all the works are available for purchase via CFHILL.

— I love the idea that people arrive at a beautiful hotel and come in immediate contact with amazing art. At Bank Hotel’s Art Space, the guests will learn something as well as having a great time, says CFHILL’s Michael Elmenbeck.

The exhibition is open until May 19.

bankhotel.se


Nine(!) Nordic cities in the top at the list of the world’s smartest cities

For the second consecutive year, American Future Today Institute is listing the world’s smartest cities. The criterias are urban and sustainable development, cybersecurity, the scope of 4G network and free wifi, and public transports. And after being #1 at Lonely Planet’s list of cities to visit in 2019, Copenhagen is now also considered as The World’s Smartest City this year. The city’s being followed by Gothenburg, Oslo, Bergen, Odense, Stockholm, Turku, Aalborg, and Jyväskylä while French Strasbourg (#10) is considered being the smartest — non-Nordic — city in 2019.

futuretodayinstitute.com


SUN BUDDIES FOR CARHARTT WIP

Launched yesterday, Carhartt WIP has collaborated with premium Swedish eyewear brand SUN BUDDIES, reworking three of the latter’s unisex sunglasses.

Ranging from classic to experimental, the SUN BUDDIES FOR CARHARTT WIP line includes SUN BUDDIES’ Shane silhouette – a classic square frame, executed in both black and tortoiseshell. There’s also a cat-eye Juliette frame – also in black, and a transparent red. The collection is rounded off by two iterations of the brand’s Jean shape — which takes inspiration from 70s eyewear and has been created in rose gold with accents of cloudy yellow, and silver with soft blue. Each pair features subtle Carhartt WIP branding and is fitted with Carl Zeiss lenses with 100% UV protection.

The accompanying campaign for this collaboration was shot by photographer Peter Sutherland in New York, styled by Stephen Mann.

sunbuddieseyewear.com & carhartt-wip.com


RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen

This week, Bang & Olufsen announced its first collaboration with global leader in premium luggage, RIMOWA. Rooted in design, craftsmanship, and innovation, the two brands with strong ties to aluminum have joined forces for a partnership about the link between sound and travel.

That comes to life in the form of a limited-edition Beoplay H9i headphones that hone in on the craftsmanship that characterises the two brands. Made from authentic and long-lasting materials such as anodised aluminum and genuine leather, the headphones are housed in a signature RIMOWA aluminum case and come in a warm light grey colour that accentuates the aluminum expression. With powerful and precise Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, the wireless Beoplay H9i headphones feature active noise cancellation and an innovative touch interface.

bang-olufsen.com & rimowa.com

Martin Asbjørn SS19.
The new Art Space at Bank Hotel in Stockholm.
Copenhagen, the smartest city in the world.
SUNBUDDIES FOR CARHARTT WIP. Photography: Peter Sutherland
RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones.