Denmark is quickly becoming one of the world’s most fashionable countries, and it’s for good reason. The rise of Scandi chic is something that continually influences our day-to-day wardrobes and on an industry level, Copenhagen’s seasonal fashion week showcases are becoming a staple event within the cultural calendar.
As a result, more and more of us are looking to the distinctive locale for inspiration on what clothes to wear, what products to buy and most importantly: how to use and style them. With that in mind, the market is continually growing, bustling with new beauty and fashion brands for us to devour. That’s where the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair comes in, a bi-annual trade fair that showcases the best of the best in terms of rising brands, and helps its attendees discover what’s worth investing in for the season ahead.
As guests of CIFF this year, Hypebae assessed the fair’s extensive portfolio of brands, curating a must-have list across apparel, accessories, skincare and beauty. From tan-empowering SPF and outdoors-inspired athleisure to chunky fine jewelry and B Corp-certified body care, let this list be the ultimate guide to achieving Scandi girl chic this season.
Read on for our list of the best brands from Copenhagen’s International Fashion Fair 2023.
Design house CDLP once specialized in menswear, focusing on crafting quality essentials and basics. Recently, the brand made its foray into womenswear, offering a curated range of midweight and heavy-weight T-shirts, bralettes, underwear and socks. Crafted with lyocell, the heavy-duty yet super soft pieces offer superior breathability and boast natural moisture-wicking properties, alongside matching sets and separates in a range of varying silhouettes.
Premium vegan skincare brand Darling offers high performing products with sun protection at their core. Designed to safely enhance your tan, the brand’s range of broad spectrum SPF products include sun sprays, face creams and body washes with antioxidant properties that aim to promote long-lasting, healthy tans while delicately moisturizing the skin.
Danish fashion brand HVISK draws inspiration from the vibrant streets of Copenhagen, offering a playful range of bags that prioritize high quality and standout color palettes. The brand’s name derives from the term ‘word-of-mouth’ and acts as a nod to the ways information spreads in modern times. Combining a mix of useful silhouettes, HVISK offers handbags, shoppers, wallets and crossbody styles in a range of printed fabrics and floral designs.
JOSEPHINE, Alvin Santos
Fine jewelry brand JOSEPHINE prides itself on offering contemporary styles with a high quality heritage. For many of us, the term “fine jewelry” naturally lends itself to dainty chains or stacking rings, but JOSEPHINE aims to offer chunkier styles with more of an edge, that still retain the same level of quality and craftsmanship. Designed with the idea of “creating future heirlooms” in mind, the brand offers a range of rings, earrings and chains in sterling silver and 18 karat gold.
Lifestyle and clothing brand Résumé was founded by sisters Emma Lohmann and Anne Louise Faurholt, united by their family bond but each with their own distinctive vision. Treading the line between normcore and femme fatale, the brand offers a range of timeless athleisure pieces with a twist, alongside classic pyjamas, loungewear styles and summer dresses in varying color palettes of bright pink, lime green and neutral brown hues.
Bodyologist is a B Corp-certified skincare brand that’s on a mission to get more people treating their bodies like their faces. Prioritizing natural ingredients and vegan formulas, the brand was created by Copenhagen-based founders with over 30 years of experience within the cosmetic industry. Working with active ingredients like AHAs and Niacinamide, Bodyologist offers a selection of serums, creams, cleansers and scrubs for the hands and body.
The Jogg Concept
The Jogg Concept caters to women with an active lifestyle. Centered around a core theme of colorful expression, the brand creates clothing to support both everyday life and sporting activities, resulting in simple, playful pieces spanning outerwear, athleisure and loungewear. Featuring matching sets, cozy fleeces and accessories, the brand will make a vibrant addition to any wardrobe.
COPENHAGEN MUSE is an affordable luxury fashion brand based in Copenhagen. Developed with the aim of creating timeless designs that can be reinvented season after season, the brand focuses on simple silhouettes with sculptural details and contemporary tailoring. Offering a range of elevated basics with a twist, COPENHAGEN MUSE fuses subtle Scandi minimalism with cutting edge creative.