Dress Danish in Copenhagen. Stay at the Absalon Hotel
6 Nov 2017
- The fashion scene in Copenhagen is contemporary and elegant with plenty of choice
- Copenhagen Fashion Week , open to all, is the largest fashion week in Scandinavia
- Absalon Hotel in the meatpacking district is one of the city’s most vibrant hotels
- Cycle between boutiques and discover the leading Danish fashion brands
Copenhagen has always been recognised as a design capital of excellence. Its fashion scene has been growing each year and the fashion week events every February and August have become Scandinavia’s largest. The Absalon Hotel located in the heart of the meatpacking district is the ideal base to explore both emerging and established Danish designers.
Visit Copenhagen[i] suggest the following Danish designers to explore in the city:
GANNI is a Danish fashion brand, based in the heart of Copenhagen. It’s a family-driven business that thrives with Copenhagen’s casual but straightforward culture. Scandinavian at heart, GANNI is very inspired by Copenhagen women and even feature selected ’Ganni Girls’ as a tribute to independent women all over the world.
Danish designers Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave founded Baum und Pferdgarten in 1999. The store is located in Copenhagen city centre close to The King’s Garden. Characteristic for the two designers are their fascination of contrasts which gives their collections a dualistic touch. It can be as a meeting between feminine and masculine, minimal contra grandiose, shiny versus matte.
Danish designer Mads Nørgaard’s philosophy behind his clothing line is to “make women sexier and men rougher – with a modernist gleam in the eye”. You will find both basic t-shirts, edgy denim and cool dresses with an edgy yet feminine touch. The prices are reasonable and the clothes wearable. In 1986 he opened his own shop Mads Nørgaard Copenhagen for both men and women on the main pedestrian street, Strøget.
Danish fashion’s rebel kid Henrik Vibskov runs a shop in Krystalgade in Copenhagen. Both the decor and collection are designed with the fantasy and originality that characterise Vibskov. Think colourful knits and dresses, and original graphic prints – the clothes is trendy yet wearable, and loved by the Copenhagen hipster crowd as well as a growing number of fans abroad.
Won Hundred is a rock and roll inspired Danish fashion brand that offers both men’s, women’s and unisex clothing. The inspiration clearly shows in many of Won Hundred’s designs, where raw attitude and a love for denim and leather have become trademarks for the brand. Won Hundred has existed since 2004 and was founded by the creative director Nikolaj Nielsen. His vision for the brand is to “create utilitarian fashion, with a focus on details and longevity”.
Copenhagen Fashion Week is Scandinavia’s largest and one of the biggest recurring events in Denmark. Aside from the obvious audience of buyers and industry professionals, the event is also open to consumers with an interest in fashion meaning many get a seat at leading Danish fashion events. The next fashion week is between 30th January and 2nd February 2018.
The Absalon Hotel is located in the heart of Vesterbro in central Copenhagen. The hotel was founded more than 75 years ago by the grandparents of managing director and general manager Karen Nedergaard. It re-launched in mid-2015 following a complete refurbishment which included the conservation of the stunning exterior classical architecture which dominates the street. The hotel is home to 161 suites and bedrooms and plays a large role in bringing locals together with visitors to this city.
The hotel includes designs from the Designers Guild in the UK with three colour themes. From the ‘Grass’ theme on the top floor with great views of the city, to the ‘Ocean’ and ‘Berry’ themes for the standard rooms on all other floors. In total, there is six room types including a beautiful uniquely designed suite. All suites and bedrooms at the Absalon Hotel are modern in design maintaining the classic foundations of this iconic building.
The Absalon Hotel offer guests “Velorbis” bikes to rent to further explore this magical city and its fashion boutiques. From Vesterbro, the colourful elevated bike bridge connects cyclists to Islands Brygge. Cyclists cross the harbour 7 meters above the water and ‘The Bicycle Snake’ allows cyclists to arrive in style and with the most wonderful views of Copenhagen’s harbour and towers.
Copenhagen’s fashion scene merits a visit in its own right and the city is full of stylish inspiration.
The Absalon Hotel: Helgolandsgade 15, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 24 22 11
B&B is priced from 1125 DKK (around £132)
Copenhagen airport is 20 minutes away (5 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)