FRIDAY CHALLENGE - JULY 29, 2016 - LOCAL CHALLENGE - Page 2
Poll Results: Who rocked the show?
22% of voters (5)Sycsyc
36% of voters (8)Claghorn
18% of voters (4)Claghorn's Derek's cowboy
22% of voters (5)Prince of Paisley
18% of voters (4)Diplomatic tie
27% of voters (6)Mr Knightley
I don't think you can get Burke & Wills products anywhere else in the world; they are actually quite hard to find in Australia as they don't make very many jackets, don't have much of an online shop, and they are quite popular.
For those of you not up on your Australian history, Burke & Wills were a couple of nutters in the 1800s who decided it would be a good idea to walk to the far north of Australia, starting from Melbourne - a distance of about 2,000 miles through uncharted, inhospitable territory.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, they died on the way back.
But their name lives on as a small company here produces waxed cotton swags and jackets under the BW brand. Here I'm wearing one of their moto jackets with a pair of custom storm welt boots from the slightly better known Australian bush outfitter RM Williams...
Unfortunately the pictures are of poor quality but since I thought the challenge was an interesting one I participate anyway. I give you:"The Swedish wrist".
Sweden has slowly become a serious player in the menswear arena. In the SWD part of the forum you will find plenty of Swedish brands but over the last decade or so we've seen more and more CM as well. The problem, in the context of this challenge, is that most of it has no particular Swedish or even Nordic style. Most clothes are not produced in Sweden but rather in Italy (the high end stuff) or Portugal and the Baltic states. The general look for most of it is heavily influenced by Italy. One exception is leather goods where we have a very long tradition. Unfortunately I dont have anything with me where I am now, but I have seen others in the forum with Swedish leather goods.
On the "Swedish wrist" we have an Eton shirt from their top line, DNA, the only line of Eton shirts that are actually made in Sweden. The watch "Tusenö" comes from an absolutely new kickstarter project. The name translates as "Thousand Islands" and is a reference to the archipelago outside of Gothenburg, where the company started. The two bead bracelets are from Viola Milano. If I'm not mistaken Viola Milano started as a Swedish brand but now it's Swedish/Dutch. I have to be honest and say that when they started I thought their stuff were overpriced, but I have to say that especially their ties have become better and better since they invested in their own factory in Italy. Now they justify their pricetag.
But even if I like the items that I have listed so far it is difficult to argue that there is something uniquely Swedish about them. That is not the case with the last item, which is a Sami bracelet. Sami are of course the indigenous people we find in the far north of Sweden, Norway and Finland, with a small community in Russia as well. The bracelet was made by Sara Björne and is an update of a traditional design. Normally a bracelet like this would be made in the traditional, heavy, blue wool fabrics that the Sami favour. This was instead made in denim. The use of metal thread as decoration is an ancient Sami tradition, in this case she has used copper thread. The button is made from reindeer horn. Unfortunately their website is confusing in English with a lot of mistranslations, but worth checking out anyway.
Exaggerated, but not entirely untrue. But that goes for most western countries. European food culture has its roots in the cuisines of only a few countries like Italy and France. Traditional food in most other European countries is either very heavy or very simple, or both. We were saved by the french and italians and then later on by non-European cuisines. Thank god for that. Ironically all rankings of the best restaurants in the world today include a huge number of Nordic restaurants. Many of them claim to work within a Nordic tradition and serve things like moss with elderberry infused reindeer cheeks with salt extracted from seaweed. Nobody in any Nordic country have ever eaten things like that before. They ate herring and potatoes.
The interesting thing with Swedish (and Nordic) design is that we have an extremely strong and easily identifiable tradition in areas like architecture, interiour design, arts & crafts etc. But even if there are a large number of successful Nordic fashion designers, it's more difficult to identify a "Nordic look". Maybe with the exception of a few designers of womens clothes like Marimekko in Finland. Dont know why though.