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12 places to shop at in Stockholm

The counterpoint to homogenous chain stores, unique and sustainable clothing, a reaction to fast fashion practice and much more is included in our list with the best stores in town.

Words Nick Rice

OUR LEGACY WORK SHOP Unique and sustainable clothing. In 2016, Our Legacy launched the new concept and project Our Legacy Work Shop, with the goal of combining craftsmanship with retail. The venture comprises a creative studio/crafts atelier – Work – and a retail store – Shop. The store presents unreleased samples and rarities, vintage designs and re-worked pieces alongside other curios and collectables. Many pieces are made from the unused stockpile of fabrics that Our Legacy has built up during the 12 years since they started. Rödabergsgatan 6, 113 33.

ATELIER SAMAN AMEL Founded by childhood friends Saman Amel and Dag Granath. They are a company that define themselves by taking a counter-stance to the mainstream fashion world, and are well known for handcrafted bespoke tailoring and luxury knitwear. — Kommendörsgatan 21.

PAPER CUT A handpicked selection of magazines and books. Based in Sweden and shipping worldwide, Paper Cut is ’the ultimate store for people who consider fashion, art, design, music and film to be an important part of their life’. Be warned, prepare to lose hours of your life once you step inside.— Krukmakargatan 24.

NORDISKA GALLERIET The place to go for the highest level of interior design. Selling upscale designer furniture for over a century at Nybrogatan 11 in Östermalm. Nordiska Galleriet also offer a price guarantee that applies to all of Scandinavia – if you find an item cheaper elsewhere, they match the price. — Nybrogatan 11.

SNEAKERS N STUFF Sweden’s best sneaker store. For almost twenty years Sneakers n stuff have been a leading boutique in Europe. They carry all the obvious brands, such as Nike and Adidas, together with some more unusual brands. Known for rare items and for sneaker collaborations. — Åsögatan 124.

NITTY GRITTY The counterpoint to homogenous chain stores. It’s twenty-seven years and counting that independent store Nitty Gritty has been presenting Stockholm with a carefully curated blend of Swedish and international brands. With a personal and independent ethos Nitty Gritty has earned a loyal following of fashion conscious customers. — Krukmakargatan 26.

DRY STUDIOS Timeless pieces with a sense of authenticity. A renowned agency that focuses on creative direction and design within interior architecture and products. Creating strong, successful concepts and design within the fashion and lifestyle sector. Many products are developed in collaboration with like-minded artists and, overall, their ambition is to produce locally and to use sustainable processes, whilst bringing joy into their customer’s lives. Jenny Kästel Tavassoli, Co-Founder of DRY Studios describes the goal saying, ’We like connecting with and inspiring people in other countries’. Divided into DRY Things, which creates interior objects, furniture and graphic prints, and DRY Costume, a non-seasonal clothing brand making durable clean cut favourites in premium fabrics. The items are gender-neutral and made in northern Italy with Italian craftsmanship. ’It’s about choosing quality over quantity’. — Upplandsgatan 36.

DUSTY DECO A mix of design classics and contemporary art. It would be lovely if we all had time to scour the planet in search of those perfect objects to decorate our homes with. Because we don’t, Edin Memic Kjellvertz, founder of Dusty Deco, does it for us. He goes off globetrotting and brings back treasures for his exclusive boutiques. — Brahegatan 21.

BÅGAR & GLAS A temple to the finest eyewear available in the city. This independent optician provides a one-hour eye health examination and fits customers with tailor-made lenses intoned glass exclusively made by Zeiss. — Norrlandsgatan 7.

More to shop Aplace — Contemporary designers from Scandinavia and beyond. Norrlandsgatan 11.

Skoaktiebolaget — Exquisite store with brands like John Lobb and Enzo Bonafé. Nybrogatan 23.

Schnayderman’s — The first retail store of the Swedish shirtmaker. Mäster Samuelsgatan 10.