How to do Copenhagen Fashion Week the right way
CEO of CPFW, Cecilie Thorsmark, and Soulland cofounder, Jacob Kampp Berliner, guide us through the busiest week on the Scandinavian fashion calendar
Thursday 2 February 2023 By Sagal Mohammed
Copenhagen Fashion Week is fast becoming the fashion week of all, beating veteran cities like London, Paris and New York for the industry’s attention. Home to Soho House Copenhagen – our first House in the region – the Scandinavian hotspot has made a name for itself as a leading force in sustainability, with British Vogue recently dubbing it the most sustainable fashion week.
Soho House member Cecilie Thorsmark is the woman at the helm of it all. As CEO of Copenhagen Fashion Week, her three-year action plan for sustainability includes a checklist that requires brands to increase their ethical and environmental practices – a successful initiative that has done wonders for eco-friendly fashion and recently got her inaugurated into The Business of Fashion’s 500.
Similarly, cofounder and CEO of Soulland, Jacob Kampp Berliner (who happens to be her husband) has an equally impressive CV, having founded numerous creative ventures in Copenhagen, including everything from popular eateries, like Gasoline Grill, Café Granola, Italo Thai, Italo Caffé and Café Pixie, to music label Fake Diamond Records – not to mention Gallery Steinsland Berliner in Stockholm, which he cofounded with Jeanette Steinsland.
It’s safe to say that Thorsmark and Berliner are quite the creative power couple, and when it comes to fashion week in the Danish capital, they can all teach us a thing or two. Here, they talk us through what they’ll be wearing, where they’ll be shopping, and the names to be following for style tips this season.
What will you be wearing during fashion week?
Cecilie Thorsmark: ‘I will be representing a good portion of the show brands of Copenhagen Fashion Week.’
Jacob Kampp Berliner: ‘Vinny’s loafers, Prada jacket and Soulland x Distance Store collaboration sweatshirt.’
Where do you go for a haircut before the shows?
CT: ‘Grau CPH, always.’
JKB: ‘Mette’s kitchen.’
Any stylish people our members should follow on Instagram?
JKB: ‘Herbert Hoffmann is always a good choice, same with Silas Adler.’
How will you be making the most of the House over fashion week?
CT: ‘I have all of my interviews and meetings organised to take place at Soho House Copenhagen. Plus, Copenhagen Fashion Week will be co-hosting a roundtable together with The Business of Fashion featuring market leaders across the value chain, also at Soho House.’
JKB: ‘I will be going there for a pre-fashion week dinner hosted by DM&T for The State of Fashion. I’ll try to stay away from the parties, but will probably end up at one of the afterparties at the House.’
What are your favourite stores in Copenhagen?
‘Holly Golightly is a legendary store, which sadly will be closing at the end of February. A true “end of an era”. Bibi (Barbara Maj Husted Werner, the owner) has created the most amazing and personal space.
‘Storm, a Danish fashion staple to keep the flag flying high.
‘Tutsi, a small second-hand store carrying international designer gems and I Blame Lulu, which is a well-curated pre-loved store.
‘Illum – not only is Soulland here, but there’s also a great selection of contemporary brands.
‘Also, make sure you check out the Copenhagen art scene while you’re in town: Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, CC, Arken and, of course, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Plus, Italo Caffé – it’s not a gallery, but there’s great coffee and paninis, and you can buy hand-blown glasses there, too.’
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