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Capsule Collection: Scandinavian Man’s Wardrobe

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not an expert on everything. Don’t look so shocked! Luckily for us here at Scandinavia Standard, we’ve made a host of amazing friends who are all experts in their respective fields. With that in mind, we’re launching our latest series: Capsule Collection. It’s a list of 20 items curated by someone who knows what they’re talking about.

First up is Kjetil Aas, head designer of Armoire d’homme and Armoire de femme. Originally from Norway, Kjetil now lives and works in Copenhagen, where he focuses on Scandinavian minimalist lines and sustainable design in his two collections.

One look at Kjetil and you’d understand why he’s the perfect man to curate the Scandinavian Man’s Wardrobe Capsule Collection. He’s just got it down pat. Crisp whites, perfect tailoring and touches of brown leather; how can you go wrong? So here you go: the 20 items every Scandinavian man (or Scandi-man wannabe) needs in his closet, hand-picked by Kjetil.

 
 

Number 1Briefs

A classic brief. These are from Swedish brand The White Briefs and are made out of 100% organic cotton. A must have in any man’s wardrobe.

The White Briefs - Classic Platan Brief

 
 

Number 2Crew neck t-shirt

This crew neck t-shirt, also from The White Briefs, is a true wardrobe staple. Made out of a soft cotton-cashmere blend, it will go with everything and anything!

The White Briefs - Crew Neck T-Shirt

 
 

Number 3Henley Shirt

This slim-fit, long sleeve Henley with a contemporary look comes from my line Armoire d´homme. Made out of 100% organic cotton, it’s a must have during the cold Nordic winter and is perfect for layering.

Armoire d'homme - HENLEY SHIRT - THEILL LONGSLEEVE

 
 

Number 4Navy Peacoat

This dark navy peacoat from the French heritage brand Saint James is an essential for those cold winter days.

Saint James Navy Pea Coat | Men's Capsule Collection

 
 

Number 5Tan Leather Belt

A classic belt with a modern twist, from the collaboration between Close up and Private and Leather Projects. Handmade in Copenhagen.

Leather projects tan belt

 
 

Number 6Leather Messenger Bag

For those things you need to carry around in your daily life. This version is from Danish brand Leather Projects and is handmade in Copenhagen.

Leather Projects Messenger Bag

 
 

Number 7Hand-knit Wool Socks

We should all have a mother-in-law supplying us with warm, cosy hand-knit socks.

 
 

Number 8The Sneaker

Every man should own a pair of white sneakers. No other sneaker combines old fashioned style and street-cred like these Chuck Taylor’s from Converse.

converse white sneaker

 
 

Number 9A Dark Navy Suit (Blazer and Trousers)

A dark blue suit is the backbone of a man’s closet. This set, in Italian corduroy, from Armoire d´homme has the perfect mix of classic and contemporary.

Armoire D'homme - A DARK NAVY SUIT (BLAZER AND TROUSERS)

 
 

Number 10A White Button-Down Shirt

You can’t go wrong when you start with a white shirt such as this plain poplin version from Margaret Howell. It will be the most versatile item in your wardrobe.

Margaret Howell Men Classic Shirt Plain Poplin

 
 

Number 11A Tie

A classic tie is an essential accessory for a man. This preppy version is from the emerging Danish brand An Ivy has a classic shape and colour with a light modern pattern.

Men's Capsule Collection - An Ivy Tie-2

 
 

Number 12Derby Shoes

A good pair of derby shoes works well with both a casual or tailored look. This tan pair from British B-store are perfect in combination with some dark navy chinos.

Derby shoe | Men's Capsule Collection

 
 

Number 13Dark Navy Chinos

A pair of dark navy chinos are ideal for any number of occasions. Wear these ones from Armoire d´homme with a classic white oxford shirt or a white crewneck t-shirt for a more casual look.

Armoire d'homme - Durin Chinos | Man's Capsule Collection

 
 

Number 14Raincoat

Necessary for those rainy days (there will be lots if you’re in Scandinavia). This navy version from Swedish brand Stutterheim has a classic look and is perfect for layering.

Stutterheim Stockholm Blue Raincoat

 
 

Number 15Merino Knit

A classic merino knit can be worn with mostly everything in your wardrobe. Go for a dark navy version, like this one from John Smedley, made out of fine gauge yarn from New Zealand.

John Smedley Navy Merino Wool

 
 

Number 16Striped Jersey

Nothing is more timeless than a navy striped t-shirt. In Denmark, the most obvious choice is this long sleeved iteration from Mads Nørgaard. A true wardrobe staple.

Mads Nørgaard Striped Jersey

 
 

Number 17Perfume

Never understimate the need for a good perfume. This classic eau de perfume from Comme des Garcons was launched back in 1994 but its still one of the best around.

Capsule Collection Comme des Garcons eau de parfum

 
 

Number 18Face lotion

Living in the cold north a good quality face lotion is a must have keeping your skin fresh and moist. The original facial cream from Swedish L:A Bruket are for daily use and suits both dry and normal skin.

LA Bruket facial lotion - Capsule Collection

 
 

Number 19Chunky Sweater

A warm and thick knit sweater is a must-have for your winter wardrobe. This one from Armoire d´homme is made out of organic alpaca wool. It will definitely keep you warm during those chilly days.

Armoire d'homme Marius Chunky Sweater

 
 

Number 20Gloves

These wool-lined gloves from Swedish brand Hestra will be with you for years to come.

Hestra gloves

 

Words by Kjetil Aas

Did we miss a foundational item? Do you have something in your closet you can’t live without? Tell us about it!

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