Including brands celebrate EuroPride with limited edition drops and new app aiming to bring the LGBTQ+ community together
Also more on the new concept showcasing curated Nordic art talents to a global audience, and Skagerak to present its first-ever cabinet.
Including brands celebrate EuroPride with limited edition drops
With the major pan-European LGBTQ+ event taking place in Stockholm this week (and in the co-host, Sweden's second city, Gothenburg in a few weeks), the fashion community in one of the world's most inclusive countries is obviously supportive.
Fashion label Hope is launching a limited edition of their carry-it-all Zack Bag, to be worn either as a backpack, a tote or a small pouch when not in use, in a rainbow print. All profit goes to the RFSL organization to support their work for LGBTQ+ people's human rights.
For this special occasion, Swedish sneaker success Axel Arigato is adding special pieces to their apparel line. The hooded sweatshirt Ai is part of their "Love All" campaign, features the Pride flag colouring with symbols embroidered in contrast lettering – translating as “Love All” in English.
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...and this new app aims to bring the LGBTQ+ community together Stockholm Euro Pride also marks the launch of the new app Gayze, after two years of development. Founders Stelios Vasilantonakis och Elin Wibell have put together travel guides with reviews within different categories by local editors and guides to the different situations for the LGBTQ+ community within specific regions, always with the security in mind. They also let you get social and connect with nearby users, and even to get matched with locals based on interests. Initially, Gayze address to a male target group, and is yet to be introduced on markets outside of Scandinavia in the close future.
Curated Nordic art talents brought out to the world Based in Umeå in northern Sweden, ARTBY is the first Scandinavian art house mimicking fashion companies' work procedure, where they present three collections a year of premium art prints. It's produced on heavyweight paper with high-density pigments in limited editions. The latest one, In Between, was launched right before the summer. It's being described as "a love declaration to the state of being ’in between’ – undecided, undefined, ’both/and’ or ’neither/nor’" and feature works by Wenche Crusell, Jonas Silfversten Bergman, Malene Mathiasson, and Kira Leskinen. They're all selected by the concept's very own advisory board consisting of art experts and internationally recognized artists.
Skagerak to present its first-ever cabinet Developed in collaboration with the Oslo-based, British designer Thomas Jenkins, Danish Skagerak's new Jut Cabinet is the very first of its kind in their indoor collection. By placing the round legs on the outer corners of the cabinet, Jenkins wants to bring a negative space to the piece while enabling an interplay with light and shade. This also conceals the brass-handles which are aligned right under the table top. The key is to find the right balance.
– It needs to have enough presence that you grow attached to it, but not too much that you lose interest over time, Jenkin says.
To keep things simple while aiming to make it extraordinary and durable at the same time, Skagerak has chosen a base of oiled oak wood for the cabinet with a table top in either oak as well or Spanish black marble. It's available from September.