• Helene Schmitz – Thinking like a Mountain

    Written by Fashion Tales

    October 6, 2018 - February 17, 2019
    Helene Schmitz is today one of Sweden's most noted photographers. Her work brings great interest, both nationally and internationally. With her impressive and expressive photographs, she has in recent years actively and purposefully devoted herself to the exploration of man's complicated relation to nature's forces, time and forgiveness. The exhibition Thinking Like a Mountain presents a series of new works, where Schmitz's motif is the extraction of natural resources in Sweden and Iceland. In the photographs, it combines beautifully with the threatening and scary.

    As a photographer, Helene Schmitz works analogously in large format with powerful compositions and technical sharpness, enabling the viewer to explore both overall structures and individual details. The precision and accuracy are combined in her work with measurable values ​​and mood-bearing expressions in the form of shifting lights, clouds, clouds, atmospheres and temperatures. The exploration of the sublime forms an important part of her artistry. The beautiful and recognizable combine with the unexpected, threatening and scary.

    Thinking Like a Mountain can be considered as an in-depth and further development of the themes in a number of Schmitz's previous projects, including The Forest and Linnaeus Project. In this context, she has analyzed human colonization of nature through systematic, natural and natural resource extraction, as well as the consequences of it for landscape, flora, fauna and humans. The subject is urgent and has a special topicality with the summer's many forest fires and climate change in mind.

    In Thinking Like a Mountain, Helene Schmitz has explored four forms of natural resource extraction, the forest, the bedrock, the river and the hot spring. Helene has been in the middle and northern part of Sweden where she photographed forestry and mining. In Iceland, she has explored a dust farm and a thermal power plant for the extraction of geothermal energy. The work began in autumn 2014 with the previously mentioned photographic series The Forest, and is being collected for the first time at Waldemarsudde. About the project Thinking Like a Mountain in its entirety, Schmitz expresses this as follows: “In this work I have wanted to figure out the violent transformation of nature in northern Europe today. My experience is that during my lifetime the perception of the wild, and the untouched nature of man, has broken. My photographs can be seen as meditations about man's relation to nature's resources - a global, high-tech and automated landscaping. Something that has been happening in much of the world over the past three hundred years at an ever faster pace.”

    The title Thinking Like a Mountain refers to the influential American natural philosopher Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). One of his thoughts was that when man extracts a single element in nature, it has enormous consequences for the entire ecological system. Thinking Like a Mountain comes after the exhibition at Waldemarsudde to be displayed at the Photographic Center in Copenhagen. At Waldemarsudde, the exhibition is supplemented with a richly illustrated catalog of texts by Helena Granström, Olivia Berkowicz, Cecilia Sjöholm, Hanna Horsberg Hansen and Andri Snær Magnason, and a film interview with Helene Schmitz, an artist interview, a panel discussion, a concert and program for children and young people.

    Program in connection with the exhibition:

    Thursday 25/10 kl. 18:00
    Artist talk with Helene Schmitz
    Meet photographer Helene Schmitz in a conversation with museum director Karin Sidén about her artistry. Helene tells about the background to the exhibition Thinking like a Mountain. There will be a discussion about the extraction, resources and landscape image. The artistic process underlying the exhibition and Helena's work on analogue large-format photography will also be highlighted.

    Tuesday-Friday 30 / 10-2 / 11 at. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Autumn leave: Workshops in photo
    In autumn holidays we explore photography! We get inspiration from the autumn's photo exhibitions and Waldemarsudde's beautiful surroundings. Rec. from 9 years.

    Wednesday 7/11 kl. 18:30
    Musik på Udden - Helene Schmitz “Thinking like a Mountain”
    Contributing musicians: Gothenburg Combo / David Hansson (guitar) and Thomas Hansy (guitar)
    Recitation: Elin Klinga
    Music by: Gothenburg Combo
    Texts by: Aldo Leopold, Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ingibjörg Haraldsdottir and Gerður Kristný,

    Thursday 22/11 at 18:00
    The emergence of the photo art
    PH.D. Niclas Östlind talks about the history of photography from the 19th century up to today from a Swedish and international perspective, starting from the two ongoing exhibitions, the painter as a photographer and Helene Schmitz - Thinking like a Mountain.

    Wednesday 28/11 kl. 18:00
    Landscape in transformation
    Helene Schmitz is one of Sweden's most successful art photographers. Her work in Thinking like a Mountain can be seen as meditations about human relation to nature - a global, high-tech and automated transformation of landscape. In connection with the exhibition Thinking like a Mountain, a conversation is being held that raises the relationship between human nature and nature. Contributors: Helene Schmitz, artist, Helena Granström, author, Nyamko Sabuni, Sustainability Manager at ÅF. Musei Karin Sidén participates as moderator.


  • Japanese influences in Svenskt Tenn’s Tea Room this autumn

    Written by Fashion Tales

    In 2018, Sweden celebrates 150 years of diplomatic relations with Japan, and Svenskt Tenn’s Tea Room will be commemorating the anniversary. Japanese elements in the Tea Room range from the tea menu to the food and pastries. Tea makers Hiroaki and Hiroko Otsuka from Japan will be at the Tea Room for two evenings in October, inviting guests to a Tea Makers Dinner. The Tea Room will also offer a simplified tea ceremony that can be booked throughout the autumn.

    Svenskt Tenn’s Tea Room opened in 2011, in conjunction with an extensive renovation of the store on Strandvägen. The Tea Room, which is unique in its kind, is located upstairs, adjacent to the office of the company’s founder, Estrid Ericson. It is on view for guests of the Tea Room.

    Estrid Ericson was a real tea fanatic and is said to have drunk two and a half cups of tea at breakfast and two and a half cups of tea at lunch. Bringing in one of the world’s top tea ceremony masters and offering the Tea Makers Dinner to other tea enthusiasts is a way for us to administer Ericson’s legacy,” says Thommy Bindefeld, Marketing Manager.

    The Otsuka-San couple lives and works in Shizuoka, one of the main provinces in Japan for cultivating green tea. They run a farm there that is a cooperative with several tea plantations. Every morning during the harvest, before the sun rises and the plants’ theanine turns into bitter tannin, the farmers cultivate a small portion of their crops and present them to the Otsuka-San couple. The teas are refined until the taste is perfect.

    Both Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson were inspired by Asian aesthetics, which is something that is clearly visible in their designs and choice of materials. For example, both of them used bamboo in various forms in everything from furniture to candlesticks. Estrid Ericson enjoyed decorating the store and her table settings with Bonsai trees. It was one of her ways to bring in what was then called Oriental influences,” says Bindefeld.

    The Tea Room itself will also have Japanese undertones this autumn, with Svenskt Tenn highlighting the Japanese designers and items available in its product range.

    Tea Makers Dinner and tea ceremony
    In October Svenskt Tenn will offer two occasions when guests have an opportunity to participate in a new concept: Tea Makers Dinner, held by the multi-award winning tea makers Hiroaki Otsuka and Hiroko Otsuka, in collaboration with the Tea Centre of Stockholm.

    During the autumn, the Tea Room will also be offering a simplified tea ceremony, where guests can see how matcha tea is prepared and whisked in the traditional Japanese way.

    For reservations, please visit svenskttenn.se


    Written by Fashion Tales

    The Swedish design brand PRINTWORKS has launched a new collection of stickers called Power Up. The collection is created as a tribute to women around the world and consists of ten powerful messages in the form of various faux leather stickers. 20 percent of sales revenue via the website printworksmarket.com between september 28th–december 31st will be donated to the organization Kvinna till Kvinna, to support their work for female rights.

    Printworks is a Swedish design brand that creates products for everyone to express their personal style with unique everyday accessories. One of the signature products is stickers that can be attached on bags, shoes, computer cases, computer and mobile phone shells. The new Power Up collection consists of ten new ones, unique stickers with messages such as Future is Female, Flawless, Queen and BadAss. Power Up is dedicated to all the amazing women out there. With Power Up we want to show that women are unique, loved, cool and best. We want to remind everyone that you should not let someone else says something else, says Annette Gårdö, CEO and founder Printworks.

    In conjunction with the launch of the new collection celebrating the organization Kvinna till Kvinna, Female 25th anniversary. Printworks and the organization Kvinna till Kvinna starts running a cooperation where 20 percent of sales for each sold Power Upsticker which is sold at printworksmarket.com goes shortly to the organization. The partnership continues for the period 28 September to 31 December. “In connection with the launch of Power Up, the collaboration with Kvinna till Kvinna was obvious to us, to draw attention to their work for women's rights. They provide women around the world the ability to take over their own lives, which we want to support on PRINTWORKS, continues Annette Gårdö.


  • A peaceful collaboration; Weekday x Non-Violence Project

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    For autumn/winter 2018, Weekday will launch a comprehensive collaboration with Non-Violence Project (NVP), a non-profit organization that promotes solving conflicts without violence through educational programs. The partnership consists of two parts: a newly formed network of spokespersons for peace and a collection, available from October 11th, that enables Weekday customers to promote peace in their daily life.

    The new network, dually dubbed Peace Force, is comprised of 9 individuals who in some way or another have been affected by violence* and therefore decided to take a stand against it. The start of their Peace Force work is a campaign with Weekday promoting the initiative, followed by a chance to work closely with the Non-Violence Project to inspire, engage and motivate young people to solve conflicts without violence. Each member has been offered an introduction course/session from NVP, focusing on the importance of a healthy self-esteem and the use of conflict management skills. They also have an opportunity to become certified trainers to schools, sports teams and community centers.

    Along with the goodwill collaboration, a collection inspired by the Non-Violence Project and their work will be launched online and in stores. The main graphic is the “knotted gun” NVP logo, originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, as a tribute to John Lennon who was shot and killed in New York City in 1980. European emergency vehicles influenced the use of colour, which is green, orange and black. The idea of using Peace Force as the main message is the same as creation of the network, the want for streets to be overtaken by a Peace Force instead of a police force.

    Since 1993 we have held violence prevention programs around the world, focusing on conflict management, self-esteem building, and non-violence. With Weekday lending us their voice and support, we hope to reach an even broader audience; a young group of aware and active social influencers who can spread our message in new inspiring ways” Blaise Oberson, CEO, The Non-Violence Project Foundation.

    This collaboration feels very personal and close to our hearts, as violence in some form has affected the communities we live in, our friends and our families. This is a major problem on a global scale and we cannot be silent on such an important issue that affects so many. Our work with the Non Violence Project helps us start a conversation and hopefully inspires others to be role models for a world without violence.” Nadine Schmidt, Head of Marketing, Weekday.

    *Violence comes in many forms; verbal abuse, domestic abuse, cyberbullying, and street/gang violence.

    Weekday is a Swedish denim and fashion brand influenced by youth culture and street style. Founded in 2002, Weekday currently ships to 18 markets and has stores in 10 countries, offering a unique retail experience and a curated mix of women’s and men’s assortments as well as a small selection of external brands.



    Written by Fashion Tales


    Over 55 years of knowledge has been distilled into every Marshall speaker for an explosive sound that will make any room come alive with music. Each speaker combines advanced components such as class D amplifiers, a bass reflex cabinet system and custom-tuned drivers engineered to provide a balanced and dynamic response. Classic Marshall details such as a textured vinyl covering, salt & pepper fret and the iconic script logo adorn each Home Bluetooth speaker’s sturdy wooden frame.

    The line-up of Acton II Bluetooth, Stanmore II Bluetooth and Woburn II Bluetooth feature Bluetooth 5.0 that provides a wireless range of up to 30 feet (10 metres). In addition, the Marshall Bluetooth app means you can customise your listening experience or control the music you’re listening to via your device. Use the app to switch between EQ presets, set up stereo or ambient mode, and adjust the intensity of the LED lights on the top panel. You can also wake up your speaker or put it into standby mode in a matter of seconds.


    Acton II Bluetooth is the smallest speaker in the Marshall line-up, but don’t let its size fool you. This dynamic compact speaker features three dedicated class D amplifiers that power its dual tweeters and subwoofer for a sound that is nothing short of large. It produces a well balanced, powerful audio experience, yet can fit in the tiniest of spaces.


    Stanmore II Bluetooth is the most versatile speaker in the Marshall line-up and is perfect for any room, big or small. It delivers on the promise of highperformance sound that is synonymous with the Marshall name. Stanmore II Bluetooth produces clean and precise audio, even at the highest levels, due to advanced components such as two 15 watt class D amplifiers powering its tweeters and a 50 watt class D amplifier to drive its mighty subwoofer.


    Delivering a sound that resonates with the presence and power of live music, Woburn II Bluetooth is a carefully crafted machine, designed to attain the
    trademark Marshall tone. The largest speaker from Marshall, Woburn features a robust sound and hits high trebles cleanly, handles low bass with ease and has a clear, lifelike mid range. Two tweeters and dual 5.25” subwoofers are individually powered by class D amps for a total of 110 watts of power.


    Marshall is a true rock legend. A distinct and expressive sound combined with an iconic stage presence that has inspired music fans around the world for over five decades. This unparalleled amount of wisdom has been distilled and fused into every part of Marshall headphones and speakers. Nothing has been compromised when expanding the Marshall heritage of big stage performance to the individual enjoyment of good music. The legacy began in a small Hanwell music shop in 1962, where Jim Marshall sought to give a bunch of then-local guitarists the sound they wanted – a sound that was harder, crunchier and more rich. The result was the JTM45, an amp that reverberated with a sound that was much heavier than anything heard before. In a twist of rock and roll fate – those guitarists, much like the Marshall name, would go on to revolutionise music forever.

  • Garrett Leight

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    Eyewear legend Garrett Leight from Los Angeles came to Stockholm to launch two exclusive collections at renowned Bågar & Glas.

    Bågar & Glas is Stockholm’s largest independent optician with stores in Gamla Stan and Norrmalm. The store in Gamla Stan opened its doors in 1982 with the vision of bringing an experience beyond the usual to people in need of glasses. To celebrate the carefully completed renovation of the store in Gamla Stan, CEO Louise Stering has invited one of the great stars within eyewear to Stockholm, Garrett Leight, the man behind two of the most exciting eyewear brands today.

    ”There are different types of eyewear in the luxury segment, and we work with brands known for exclusive designs, intricate craft and technical innovations, where also much time is spent on designing the perfect fit. Garret'Leight is a good example for this. Garrett is an optician and son of the founder of iconic Oliver Peoples, Larry Leight. Growing up with the optical industry in the blood, he launched his own brand in 2010. Based in Venice, California, Garrett Leight strives for perfection in materials, designs and details. Garrett Leight’s design stands for playfulness in a classic style and is leading fashion forward rather than following it”, says Louise Stering, CEO Bågar & Glas.

    Mr.'Leight'is Garrett and Larry Leight’s new common brand, a limited edition of top of the line eyewear, consisting of acetate and titanium frames handmade in Japan in vintage colours and with 24 k gold and silver details. Designed with features such as removable top bars and adjustable sidepieces and with manufacturing in Japan at factories that worked for the Leight family for decades, Mr. Leight reflects the balance between heritage and luxury that the brand stands for. The exclusive launch of Mr. Leight at Bågar & Glas is the third in a row after Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Dover Street Market in London.

    The prices for Garrett Leight glasses are between 2,800 and 3,500 SEK and for Mr. Leight between 5,000 and 8,000 SEK.

    About Bågar & Glas
    Bågar & Glas is the eyewear destination in Stockholm and supplies fashionable locals and tourists from all over the world with the latest eyewear trends. The store’s passionate opticians take great care of customers and help to find the best possible eyewear for each and one of them. Bågar & Glas is located in Gamla Stan at Kornhamnstorg 47 and in the city centre on Norrlandsgatan 7.