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Samsøe & Samsøe: Nordic Style with Latin Quarter Roots

At a time when a number of Scandianavian fashion brands were building the influential fashion houses that are now synonymous with minimal but casual Scandi style, a small shop in Copenhagen was quietly making a name for itself, too.

In 1993, in the Danish capital’s Latin Quarter, Klaus and Preben Samsøe, two brothers, started selling jewellery and premium T-shirts, initially for men only.  

Samsøe & Samsøe, fashion, style, design, brand

The brand had a singular design that was still so recognizably Scandinavian that its potential didn’t go unnoticed. After just 7 years of being in business, Peter Sextus and Per-Ulrik Andersen, acquired Samsøe & Samsøe – no small feat for a young brand operating in a relatively small market.

The millennium proved to be a turning point of steady growth and success, as the duo transformed Samsøe & Samsøe into an international fashion house focusing on contemporary clothes, footwear and accessories for men and women.

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So what differentiates Samsøe & Samsøe from your typical Scandinavian brand? The clue may well be its founding district, the Latin Quarter, which seems to have infused this fashion brand with a wearable street style sensibility that is just on the right side of utilitarian. 

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Samsøe & Samsøe, fashion, style, design, bags, brand Samsøe & Samsøe, fashion, style, design, bags, brand

Think silk, suede, cashmere and mohair for pieces that are fluid and comfortable, accessible yet always impeccably made, styled with respect for heritage and craftsmanship – and this goes for both the men’s and women’s collections.

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There’s simply no better attire to explore Denmark's Copenhagen with: refined but not precious, Samsøe & Samsøe is made for cosmopolitan travellers who don’t settle for anything less than quality – but interpreted with a casual and distinctive slant: exactly the vibe of the Sanders hotel, set to open this summer. Of a similar uncomplicated, classic beauty to Samsøe & Samsøe, the townhouse is elegant in a stylish, interesting way – sure to become Copenhagen’s newest cultural hotspot. 

EDITOR'S JOURNAL EDIT

If you're a fashion aficionado try our piece on Austria's Helmut Lang on for size, or Poland's similarly minimlist fashion-defying Thisisnon.

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