Slow and steady wins the race in the case of Skall Studio, a brand founded in 2014 by Julie and Marie Skall, which is now one of the busiest salons on the Copenhagen calendar. The sisters took their time getting up to speed, growing from a team of two to over 20 in nine years. “From the start, we had a very clear vision of what we wanted to create, and then it went at our own pace and we didn’t compromise anything in the process,” Julie said. She’s not kidding either: “We have a rule,” the designer explained, “we don’t produce anything we don’t like ourselves.”
Some of the things the Skalls love are tonal palettes, vintage menswear (especially sleepwear), and The Beatles. They are particularly fans of the lifestyle of Paul, Linda and Stella McCartney. Before founding the brand, Marie and Julie became vegetarians; as a result, they decided not to use any leather or fur. But what about knitwear – which is such an important part of Nordic satrorial tradition and key to Skall Studio’s aesthetic – since wool is an animal product? In their native Jutland, the Skalls discovered one of the last spinning mills in Denmark, a local wool mill, and they left. The burly guy wearing one of the cable knits made from this yarn in these photos is the mill owner’s son, which really comes full circle.
Although the collection feels very Danish due to its soft colors, responsible manufacturing and minimal aesthetic, it is inspired by the Scottish countryside, which the sisters visited as children. The show included a live performance by local artist Selma Judith, and the lineup included familiar Skallisms like pinafore dresses and shirts. Well-tailored outerwear was new for the season; it had been put on hold until the designers could find the right suppliers and producers. “You could say we’re a slow fashion brand because we only do what we think is right,” Julie noted. This new category has added a bit of urban polish to a brand that tends towards the intimate, the rustic and the hyggeligt.