Born in Odense, Denmark and currently residing in London, Trine Lindegaard is an incredibly talented menswear designer and was rightly labelled “One to Watch” by Vogue.com and Vauxhall Fashion Scout. She specialises in combining simple menswear design with unique, quirky textiles, and, thanks to the lovely Maylis at Temomanin PR, Trine is probably one of my favourite emerging menswear designers at present.
On that note, I couldn’t help but bug her for an interview…
What is Trine Lindegaard?
It is a small London based Menswear brand.
What were you doing before you established your own brand?
I was studying Menswear at the Royal College of Art. I did some freelancing and worked on different projects straight after graduating, but quickly decided to start my own brand.
What do you do when you’re not designing?
I spend a lot of time doing all the other stuff around the brand. I do more or less everything myself so to be honest designing is a very rare thing. I also still do some freelancing on various projects.
Aside from your own, who and what are your favourite designers and brands?
Menswear in general is amazing at the moment. It has really been moving forward the last couple of years. Louis Vuitton by Kim Jones and Givenchy showed amazing collections last summer. I always love the use of textiles and colour of some of the well-established Italian brands, such as Prada and Marni. There are also a lot of amazing younger menswear designers in London and I am a big fan of James Long, Matthew Miller and Agi & Sam.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from everyday moments, things I find on the street, and stuff that doesn’t really relate to fashion in an obvious way. I am very fascinated by people I see locally. I live next to a big African market, so my SS13 collection using woven African fabrics fitted in well.
There are a lot of weird and eccentric people around Dalston, where I am based. I love people that are naturally stylish, but in an unusual way. For instead the most stylish person around is this older homeless man who carries himself so well and always looks super stylish even though he is a drug addict and sleeps rough on the street. He is a gentleman too.
Where do you see yourself in 5 year’s time?
I hope to be doing what I am doing today, but I would of course wish for the brand to grow and become more successful. I would also like to be doing more collaboration, and perhaps move away from London. Who knows? I have been here for nearly ten years now. Time really does pass quickly. I love it here, but I do miss my home country Denmark at times.
What is your idea of an ideal weekend?
A weekend completely off. I don’t remember when that last happened. For an ideal weekend I would like to go to the English seaside. I love the British deserted beaches this time of year. Saying that I am off to Australia on Sunday and I am sure the beaches and weather there will be amazing.
If you could collaborate with another designer or brand, who is it that you would ideally like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with a sports brand making cycling clothes. I have been into cycling for years now, and even though there are more and more cycling clothes available, I still don’t think there is anything around that truly pushes in terms of design and functionality.
What has been the highlight of your fashion career so far?
There have been many great moments. It is funny because things keep on moving so what seems like the most amazing moment one day will move on to something even better. My first editorial straight after graduating was being featured in Vogue Homme Japan. That was amazing at the time. Then I was named “One to Watch” by Vogue.com and had my first show the year after. Now I am really happy that I am getting some amazing stockists for SS13, and that really allows the brand to grow.
What is your favourite film?
Harold and Maude, a film by Hal Ashby from the 70s.
What initially made you want to become a designer?
It kind of just happened. When I was growing up I wanted to either become a designer or a chef. I am now addicted to Masterchef, and often wish I had taken that route.
Why did you decide to design menswear and not womenswear?
I started out doing womenswear, but I only designed clothes I would wear myself, by swapping to menswear I took the focus away from me and was forced to look at it in a different perspective. When doing menswear it is important to keep the clothes wearable. So I am always aware of functionality when I design, but I try not to be boring. -I guess it is always about keeping the balance. I think that is why I enjoy menswear so much; it is somehow more challenging than womenswear.
Do you have a ‘signature’ aesthetic?
Bold, bright and playful. I also use a lot of different textile techniques within my collections.
Do you have a design process?
I always start with the mood and colours. Then I choose the fabrics and develop the textile techniques and the whole collection is developed around that.
What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers and menswear designers in particular?
Work hard. It is really hard work… every day. It is important to have a good balance between commercial pieces, to be able to get stockists and bolder pieces that work well for press. And most importantly; always stay true to yourself.
You can view more of Trine’s brilliant work on the Trine Lindegaard website.
Images courtesy of Trine Lindegaard
Sports jackets have never really been my thing and I’m definitely not the kind of guy you’d imagine wearing one, but this Sci-Fi School Jacket from London based menswear designer Sean McGirr‘s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection that I came across whilst flicking through Not Just A Label yesterday is kind of cool. Made from 100% technical polyester with 100% soft cotton lining, this really is where sports meets luxury fashion. The jacket has four pockets including two chest pockets with a chunky short zip and two front bellows pockets. The drawstring and cropped length also helps to add a luxury aspect, giving the body a little shape. If I were to purchase a sports jacket, this would definitely be the one!
You can purchase Sean’s Sci-Fi School Jacket alongside numerous other pieces from his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection on Not Just A Label. However, if you’re looking for something slightly more classic and “normal”, you should definitely take a look at the wide selection of MA.STRUM jackets on Cruise Fashion.
Images courtesy of Sean McGirr via Not Just A Label
JÖR by GUÐMUNDUR JÖRUNDSSON is a menswear brand that was established by Icelandic menswear designer Guðmundur Jörundsson, who is also the Creative Director & Co-Founder of popular Icelandic menswear brand Kormákur & Skjöldur, and Gunnar Örn Petersen earlier this year. The brand focuses predominately on traditional tailoring that has been intertwined with contemporary design, which is evident through his use of luxurious materials and vibrant patterns throughout ‘JEWLIA’, the brands debut Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The collection is luxurious and quirky, and I can’t wait to see how the brand develops, especially after seeing the superb Spring/Summer 2013 video from the JÖR by GUÐMUNDUR JÖRUNDSSON launch show!
Video by Thor Eliasson
‘Death Proof’ is the title track from the upcoming Kate Nash EP and I can’t get enough of it. She’s grown and developed as an artist over the course of the past year or two and, in doing so, she’s gone a little crazy cool, and I think it’s bloody brilliant!
I’m a bit of a fan of Peter Pan collars and this one by Swiss accessories and womenswear brand YVY that I just found whilst sifting through Not Just A Label is absolutely beautiful. The collar is made from 100% leather and features numerous decorative double-cap rivets made from a mix of brass and nickel around the edge. The collar is simple, edgy and beautiful, and I highly recommend that you purchase this piece and use it to add some edge to an otherwise simple white blouse, sweater or dress.
You can purchase this collar via Not Just A Label alongside a selection of other handmade YVY accessories.
Images courtesy of YVY via Not Just A Label
I never really thought to browse through the women’s section of the Zara website but after having a look this evening I can honestly say that I regret not doing so sooner. Admittedly due to my gender and preference I do find the men’s pieces more interesting and admirable but, in spite of that, I do think that Zara’s women’s section is nothing short of excellent.
This A-line Dress, which retails at just £49.99, jumped out at me instantaneously and I was, and still am, very impressed. The dress may be simple but its shape is staggering and perfect if you’re a girl who’s looking for something that’s a little bit fitted, enabling you to show off your silhouette. The dress is made from 50% polyester and 50% polyurethane, and available in black only. Depending on when and where you’re planning on wearing this piece, I would recommend that you style the dress with a biker jacket and some heels, but each to one’s own.
You can purchase this dress on the Zara website alongside numerous other admirable dresses.
Images courtesy of Zara
For Spring/Summer 2013 Belgium based womenswear designer Katrien Van Hecke has presented us with this beautiful presentation video. Her Spring/Summer 2013 collection features an array of carefully crafted pieces, all of which feature her signature handmade prints. The collection is unique, simple and attractive, and the colours Katrien has incorporated are incredible, helping to give the collection a very earthy, unconventional edge!
You will be able to view the full collection momentarily on the Katrien Van Hecke website.