Have you ever heard the expression ”smultronställe”? Obviously, if you’re from Sweden, you have. But those of you who aren´t, don’t even go for Google Translate for translation. Because some words needs to be put in context otherwise they loose their purpose.
”Smultronställe” is such a word that if you translate it from swedish into english without a context, describing it would be difficult and also a bit goofy. If you translate this word using Google or any other translation tool, the answer returned will be ” a raspberry place”or in best scenario ”hideaway”. And that is the meaning of ”smultronställe” for me; a place to go to, where I feel comfortable with the people, the interior, the coffee, food, art or whatever the place has to offer.
One of Syster P´s and my smultronställe in Stockholm is a small restaurant nearby the office, ”Sibiriens Soppkök”. It´s a little place in the corner of Roslagsgatan and Frejgatan in Vasastan.
”Sibiriens Soppkök” gives more of the feeling of entering a living-room rather than a restaurant. Among the dishes you´ll find homemade soups, some pasta and also a few sandwiches. If there are any food left when the popular lunch is over, they´ll serve it at the evening.
My absolut favorite from their is their Clam Chowder. I remember the first time I ate Clam Chowder, it was in Seattle 2003 and I loved it! Can you imagine my happiness when I discovered that one of Stockholm´s most cozy restaurants serves this soup:)) I was very, very happy!
Anyway, the weekend has almost arrived and if you´re in the neighborhood stop by ”Sibiriens Soppkök” for a soup and some ”fredagsmys” (translate: ”Friday cozy”).
One of the highlights in the capital of Scandinavia is Stockholm Fashion Week. I just love how the city turns into a jungle of fashion bloggers, editors, actors and photographers running in between shows and events.
As a fashion editor, I get the chance to visit fashion shows and in some cases even have a moment with the designers backstage to discuss collections, thoughts, philosophy and things in between.
For me, to have a moment with a person who is dedicated to create pieces of wearable art is truly inspiring and I always bring the new insight with me to put it in my box of ”Box of inspiration”.
The Fashion Weeks schedule was expected hectic, however, running in between the well-styled fashion shows and runway is a part of the big picture. Fashion Week is not what it is without the fast-and-curios atmosphere, the good stress vibes and not to forget, the meetings!
So I have A LOT of favorites among the designers and collection, and since it would be nearly impossible to list them all here, I´ve handpicked one to present for each day!
Day 1: Whyred Women
The collection ”A scene in Between” sets out to wash away the sartorial treasures of UK indie youth scenery.
Whyred is not only a label of fashion. It´s main core is a brand dedicated to lifestyle, art, music and tailoring. The charasteric if WHYRED design is wearable garments with a modern touch.
The collections and garments are inspired by everyday things such as various forms and classic forms; t-shirts, chinos and parka.
Since I LOVE Syster P jewellery I can´t help myself accessorize outfits with Syster P pieces.
For this collection I would definitely go for a simple and chic. And since I adore contrasts in fashion, I would choose accessoars that are female since Whyred has a lot of masculine vibes in their collections.
Single Nugget Necklace
Feather Silver Bracelet
Designer A/W 16 : Roland Hjort & Jonas Bladmo
Day 2 Valerie
A few years ago when I bought my first Valerie dress and jacket, I almost didn´t dare to wear them. The new pieces became quickly my ”precious dress”. But what good comes from design that are not worn? None… right?
Valerie Aflalo, creative designer of the brand has a long experience of high fashion: Her father was the one to introduce Yves Saint Laurent in Scandinavia in the early 70s.
After returning from a trainee position with Renato Nucci in Paris, Valerie returned to Stockholm to start her own brand.
Today, Valerie is well known established Swedish fashion brand. Her way to design and create unique looks combining Swedish design and French luxury and her passion o finding characteristic European made fabrics: embroiled tulle, jacquards, lace and silk crepes makes Valerie a favorite on and off the runways.
Since Valeries design has a lot of details, a would once again go for something simple to accessorize. Beloved Bracelet (silver & gold) from Syster P is a favorite that goes with different styles and outfits. Another bracelet that I really love is ”Aruba”. This lovely one comes in a variety of colors:)
Valerie A/W 16 Runway
Day 3 Beckmans College of Design
Founded in 1939, The Beckmans College of Design, the college is a small art college for advertising and fashion. The third-year Fashion students mark the middle of their final-year studies with collaboration project with seven of Sweden´s most well-know fashion brands: Carin Wester, Cheap Monday, Filippa K, Hope, House of Dagmar, Ida Sjöstedt and Whyred. Fourteen students have interpreted the fashion brands and created new visionary collections. Students in Visual Communication have created the communication concept, including web and fashion films.
I just love the idea of having projects including established brands and design students. I believe the creations that are born from these kind of collaborations are something extra, something new and something different.
To this collection, that are dare, colorful and with a lots of details, I would go for a simple jewellery such as Dangling earring and Hera ring:)
Hera ring, silver crystal
Designers: Josephine Bergqvist, Amanda Blom, Filippa Borenius, Olle Daunfeldt, Siah Javaheri, Livia Schück, Isabelle Larsson Knobel, Jenny Larsson, Victor Lind, Klara Modigh, Petra Norden, Emma Röstlund, Anna Scholz, Johanna Welinder.
Long time no see! Our only excuse is that we´ve been busy designing upcoming Syster P collections. Anyway, a lot have happened lately, among this we´ve added a new team member to our crew.
Let us introduce Merih, our digital PR-girl who is going to update you with the latest news and happenings from Syster P. Merih loves fashion, food and shopping! Like many she has a passion for sharing inspiration, and at our blog she will be showing you captures from Syster P and you´ll also get to see her life as a fashion editor for online fashion magazine Getstyled.
Finally the fall has arrived, and we get to update our outfit to suit the darker times and colder mornings. Although I can miss the sunlight and the warm weather, the crisp mornings, the clear air and the dark evenings with lit candles are just lovely. I also like bringing out my fall outfit, maybe updating it a bit, and using all kinds of accessories to make it feel right for me. A warm, wool scarf can make any old coat look alive, and there is nothing to give my face confidence as a bold pair of earrings. Do you agree? Please check my inspo pics below for ideas on how to enhance you own outfit!
The native narrow bracelets come in different colours and can be mixed together or worn separately
This bird is gorgeous, isn’t it? The silver bracelets are snake wrap, Beloved and Sister Power.
These scarves are made of the softest wool. They keep me warm as same time as lightening up my black coat. Perfect!
September has started with sunshine and heavy rains, chilly mornings and lovely, warm afternoons. Life is like that, and I feel grateful for all the mixed feelings and ups and downs of everyday life. With the fall follows the will to update your wardrobe. Where do you get your inspiration? We are shipping new jewelry to all the stores, and really enjoying seeing all the new models before they move out the door. We have also sent out all the warm, cosy, beautiful scarves, to make the summer outfits last a little longer. Join our September inspiration, with earlier favorites and newcomers combined!
Sparkle bracelets, true Syster P. Which one is your favorite?
The summer is slowly coming to an end, and bringing the start of an exciting fall. For us, this means a new season is starting in the beginning of August. We get to unpack all the new products, and show the collections at the different fairs and here in our showroom. It is an exciting time, and we welcome both ”old” and existing customers. We just came back from FORMEX, the largest design fair in Sweden, and 4 wonderful days together with lots of people from all over Sweden and the other Nordic countries. Being at a fair is different each time, but a few things are in common – the nervous preparations, and the will to make everything look perfect at the stand. We are very proud of our stand at Formex this time, and what do you think, doesn’t it look awesome? Before Formex we were at the CIFF in Copenhagen, and this week it is Gave&Interiør in Oslo together with our agent Close2Home. Then we conclude the fair tour with Precious jewelry fair here in Stockholm next week. I will get back later and show you the most popular new jewelry and scarves. Until then all new items can be found in the Syster P Webshop, see you there!
The summer is a time of lazy days, and on the same time in great expectation and preparation for the fall to come. I don’t know about you, but I can certainly feel the change of mindset now, and winding up for going back to work. We are doing everything to get ready, and preparations for the new season are intense. We have already received the first deliveries of new jewelry and the scarves are on their way. It is such a wonderful time, opening all the boxes with news, showing to stores, going to fairs and meeting all the customers in our showroom. The new lookbook has been printed, and the images are just lovely. Times are hectic at the office, and the first fair starts already next week, the CIFF in Copenhagen. We look forward to seeing everybody there, and promise to make the very most of our booth. August 5th-7th at the Bella Center, see you!
Below a selection of a late summer favourite, the Aruba bracelet available now in many different stones. Super easy to wear, and to combine with other bracelets for the right summer look.
Change of place, change of minds. The summer vacation is a time to get new energy, new ideas, but also to relive memories we are fond of. This view is always spectacular for me, even on a cloudy day like today. Sitting on the terrace with crossword puzzle, looking out over the horizon with oceans of time – it gives me piece, reminds me to be grateful to life, and recharges my batteries. I look forward to a new fall season full of hard work, great meetings, surprises, and most of all of course our new collection. We are currently working on the last draft of our upcoming lookbook and very soon it will hit the prints.
The collection is fabulous; Syster P´s awesome designer Emma created the collections and she did a fantastic job as always.
Since we are eager to carry the items this summer already we hade to release a teaser collection: Syster P 2015 Pre-fall collection.
What I´m wearing this summer? It´s a combo, Shark necklace and Yogi necklace and together they create the perfect look. What do you think?
Anyway, Enjoy your own summer holiday, use the time well and take care of each other and of yourself, you deserve it!
Are you, like us, enjoying the summer? Finally it decided to come all the way up to Sweden, the warm weather and the sunshine. It is amazing what it does to us and our city – we just feel so full of energy, it’s as if the world is at our feet! With the summer, the Spring collection has been updated with some summer news, and some other models will be making place for more news in the early fall. We have had a great spring at Syster P. More than ever we have had presence in social media and printed press, which has contributed to strenghten our brand, and to welcome many new Syster P friends and followers. To celebrate the summer and the closing of a fantastic season we had lunch for the whole staff at our office yesterday. Delicious salads, drinks and personal gifts for everyone. Guess what was in the gift bag? We each now have the new beloved bracelet with our own letter, mine will for sure not leave my wrist all summer.