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Happy Plugs teams up with Saint Laurent for a mobile accessories collab

And Berg & Berg joins Mr Porter for a special drop, paper couture designer presents her first major art installation after her celebrated, masterful paper works in fashion and stage costuming, and Rains releases urban Color Block collection, presented on an organic chicken farm.

Happy Plugs teams up with Saint Laurent for a mobile accessories collab

The Swedish brand adds Scandinavian minimalism — and a few animal prints — in a special drop, designed together with the iconic fashion house. Lightning charging cables and earphones, plus wireless premium earphones by the sistercompany Yevo are all included in the launch, consisting of 11 products and available exclusive on Saint Laurent’s e-com. &

Berg&Berg joins Mr Porter for a special capsule collection

Stockholm-based menswear brand Berg&Berg has partnered with Mr Porter, creating a range of tailoring and casual pieces. The focus of the collection is relaxed tailoring and modern casual wear — classic style for the modern man — think soft shoulder jackets, seersucker suiting, and pleated trousers.

— This capsule collection presents what we are about — classic style from a Nordic, modern point of view — to a large international audience. We believe classic style has a great future, this capsule collection shows our vision of how that future could be, says Berg&Berg Creative Manager Andreas Larsson, continuing,

— We didn’t grow up in this era when you had to dress up. This is a choice for us. We want a blazer, but our blazer. That’s quite big difference. We’ve been able to choose how we dress. In Sweden, we have Spotify and Klarna, technology companies where people dress more casually. People want to dress up too, but in a modern, young way, with classic garments which fit into a modern environment.

As a primarily direct to consumer company, Berg&Berg has a very limited wholesale distribution, only working with a selected few partners.

— The company’s capsule collection for Mr Porter was negotiated via DM on Instagram. If there were such a thing as a disruptive tailoring start-up, it may well look a lot like Berg & Berg, style writer Alfred Tong writes in the MR PORTER journal.

Photography: Milad Abedi

Rains releases urban Color Block collection, presented on an organic chicken farm

Inspired by streetwear of the 80s and 90s, Rains introduces a collection of outerwear, trousers, bags, and headwear in color-blocked combinations.

In order to explore the signature trend from the mentioned centuries, their design team dove into everything from portraits of hip-hop phenoms to family holidays on snow-laden ski slopes. The Rains Color Block capsule collection brings the theme to life through classics like Long Jacket, Anorak, Backpack, Dad Cap and Boonie Hat; as well as new styles introduced with the capsule, including Tracksuit Jacket, Pants, and Bum Bag Mini.

Juxtaposed to its ultra-urban vibe, the Color Block collection is presented against a flock of chickens living in black camping trailers set on a green eld of grass. Just a short five kilometres away from Rains’ headquarters sits Topkærgaard, the organic farm and home for chickens run by young farmers and setting to the presentation of the collection.

Paper couture designer presents dogs in major art installation

Artist Bea Szenfeld’s enchanting paper creations are already familiar and much-loved outside the art world, where she has won herself an audience among fashion and theatre enthusiasts. Bea Szenfeld is one of the most appreciated and eye-catching creators in the country, and her works have been worn both on red carpets and at the opera. Her brand-new project is a dreamlike hall of mirrors full of dogs in exhibition At Least We Have Dogs at art space CFHILL in Stockholm.

— This is the first time I’m making something that’s entirely intended for an art context – an installation, basically – and I’m finding it incredibly exciting and scary all at once. I can’t wait to see how the audience will receive it! The work is very much about myself and where I’m at right now, she says.

Szenfeld’s first paper collection, titled Paper Dolls, consisted of handmade fashion garments made from everyday materials like coffee filters, garlands, and laced cake liners, and was made to be exhibited in museums and galleries rather than worn. This was how the idea for her successful collection Haute Papier came about. It consisted of a series of sculptural paper garments and accessories that were designed to be worn on the body. She has also made a lot of more conventional items of clothing. Some of the stars who she has managed to convince to wear her paper creations are Björk, Lady Gaga, and Loreen.

The exhibition runs until June 29.

Rains’ new Color Block collection, Yevo’s collab with Saint Laurent, and Berg&Berg’s Andreas Larsson wearing the collab capsule for Mr Porter.
Bea Szenfeld at CFHILL.