Based in Stockholm, Acne Studios was born when its founder Jonny Johansson made a hit collection of jeans that he gave to friends. Since then, the brand’s cool Scandinavian take on style for every day has become the urban uniform for a global fanbase.
The super-feminine collections of Baum und Pferdgarten cover all bases in the modern woman’s wardrobe, from day dresses to office-friendly blazers and perfect jeans. Founded by Copenhagen design duo Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave, the label’s trademarks are strong colours and eye-catching prints.
Britt Sisseck’s blouses have a gained a cult following among women devoted to their amazing fit, quality and masculine v feminine edge. A citizen of the world, Britt is Danish, but has lived and worked in America, Norway, France and Spain.
Rising-star Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen has caught the eye of international fashion editors with her 21st century take on femininity, sculptural tailoring and focus on handmade pieces using traditional techniques.
Under the ten-year creative direction of wonder woman designer Phoebe Philo, Céline has continually set the global fashion agenda. Philo eschews trends in favour of creating a quality wardrobe for modern women – luxurious pieces designed make the wearer feel confident and strong.
The quintessential French fashion house, Chloé launched in 1952, its founder Gaby Aghion philosophy to give women “the freedom to dare to be themselves”. Ever since, Chloé has been synonymous with effortless, carefree boho, lustworthy blouses and hit bags.
Manuela Mariotti established Dondup as denim brand in 1999, but the label swiftly grew to encompass cashmere, leather jackets, shearling coats and fur, all embodying her cool sensibility and edgy, eye-catching aesthetic.
Cult denim label Frame unites the heritage and quality of manufacturing in Los Angeles with a European aesthetic. Its collections take inspiration from the French way of ‘dressing up casual’, as seen on style icons of the 1970s.
Danish cool-girl label Ganni is loved for creating easy-to-wear pieces that women find themselves reaching for… day in, day out. From shoes to ready-to-wear, each piece captures the free spirit of Copenhagen style.
Launched in 1986, Austrian designer Helmut Lang’s label swiftly acquired a fanbase with its cool, pared-back minimalism and sharp-tailoring. Lang parted from the brand in 2005, but followers have stayed loyal to its beautifully made, wearable wardrobe staples.
Rising star of the fashion world, Simon Porte Jacquemus launched his eponymous label at the tender age of 19. The self-taught designer continually pushes boundaries with his cool, conceptual creations, favoured by A-listers Rihanna and Solange.
Established by Iranian-German designer Leyla Piedayesh in 2004, lala Berlin is a label with its radar finely attuned to the zeitgeist of its namesake city, Berlin. Known for its cool girl, downtown vibe and use of fine natural yarns, lalaBerlin is a go-to for beautiful knitwear.
Magda Butrym is fast becoming the brand of choice for women seeking fashion with soul, and the uniqueness of pieces made by hand. Polish-born designer Magdalena Butrym creates pieces using traditional craftsmanship and hand-finished details such as crocheting and embroidery.
A break-out fashion hit in recent years, Mark Tan got his start early in fashion – designing a dress for Princess Alexandra of Denmark at the age of 12. After honing his skills at some of the best fashion houses in Europe, in 2012 he launched his own label of polished, high-glam womenswear.
One of Italy’s best loved brands Mauro Grifoni started life as a collection of handmade shirts in 1997. Today it is the cool girl’s go-to for seriously stylish and simple to wear separates.
The sister label of Prada, Miu Miu launched in 1993, taking its name from the childhood nickname of designer Miuccia Prada. ‘Miu Miu is what I’d like to be’, she has said of Miu Miu’s girlish aesthetic and playful tongue-in-cheek take on femininity.
Founded in 1953, and taking its name from a village in the French Alps (Monestier-de-Clermont), Moncler started out making garments for mountaineering. Today the brand’s philosophy is built on fusing heritage and style and with high-performance technical fabrics. Moncler’s down jackets are the luxury go-to winter coat.
Since his appointment in 2013, creative director Julien Dossena has overseen something of a revival at Paco Rabanne, injecting the venerable house with a fresh, exciting new look.
Even after more than seven decades in high fashion, the French house of Balmain contunies to reinvent itself and never rest on its laurels, which are plenty. In the menswear section, Balmain presents versatile and always eye-catching pieces of impeccable quality.
This all-American designer pioneered the monogrammed jeans concept, selling 200.000 pairs in a single week during the mid-’70s. Today, with the creative oversight of Raf Simons, Calvin Klein menswear collections cover the gamut from youthful street-ready jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers – to suits with a fashion twist.
With 70 years of history, the house of Dior is the epitome of French couture. Over the decades, it has attracted some of the hottest design talents in the fashion world. The Dior Homme universe is dominated by classic to casual styles with a current approach and slim-fitting silhouettes.
The Italian character is ever-present in the menswear collections of Dolce&Gabbana. The style is versatile and hedonistic with considerable attention to details in line with the Mediterranean spirit. With a fashion-forward take on everything from colourful leisure and streetwear to slim-cut suits, fragrances, and accessories, D&G has you covered.
With an ostentatious style favoured by the celebrities – they created 150 pieces for Madonna’s Drowned World Tour – the Caten twin brothers’ brand Dsquared2 covers all important bases in the modern male wardrobe. This is a vibrant world of ripped denim, mixed luxury materials, loud coats, and a versatile range of suits in slim cuts.
It’s a collaborative affair: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, formerly of Opening Ceremony, took over the creative reins from founder Kenzo Takada in 2011. The succes of their vibrant take on street styles and the much-celebrated jungle tiger theme has given this Parisian label an urban revival.
The realisation of a vision of fashion as a lifestyle, Lanvin was founded in Paris, 1909. Today, Lanvin’s menwear collections are in the good hands of Lucas Ossendrijver, an ambitious Dutchman, who has driven the label to new heigths of international acclaim with his courageous cuts, generous drapes, and loose-fitting silhouettes, which set new standards for sartorial streetwear.
Inspired by everything from sci-fi to punk rock, Martin Asbjørn is a newcomer to watch on the Danish scene for tailored street couture menswear. Tying his collections together are the soft-edged takes on classic silhouettes and calming lines of the cuts.
Named after a French mountain village, Moncler has catered to the mountaneering audience since 1952. The down-filled jackets they invented decades ago have undergone constant technological development to withstand harsh climates. The South European style of Moncler’s mainline collection hasn’t lagged behind, either.
This is what happens when Thom Browne’s modern sportswear approach meets the classic pieces from Moncler: You get a street-friendly and fresh range of top-quality menswear made from the best weather resistant materials.
The British designer Neil Barrett keeps the production of his top-shelf menswear in Tuscany, where each piece is finished to the highest traditional standards of Italian tailoring. His style spans widely: army-style cuts, fashion-forward suits and blazers; bucket hats and luxurious streetwear.
Zap! Boom! Pow! A dedication to the extraordinary, a devotion to beauty and a passion for rock’n’roll compelled German-born Philipp Plein to found his brand notorious for equal parts unbridled luxury and over-the-top look based on loud prints, destroyed denim, and biker-style jackets.
A sneaker isn’t just a sneaker: At Philippe Model, traditional Italian shoemaking techniques and luxury materials are matched with current, minimalist styles, taking the label’s comprehensive collection of casual men’s shoes to another level of urban luxury.
This is rock’n’roll and sportswear-inspired gear with a luxurious twist. Taking plenty of style cues from the street and stage, Valentino Garavani’s menswear range is raw and youthfully masculine, with quality to match the artisanal skills that built this decades-old Italian company.