world of men's style / fashion / grooming

An UrbanDaddy Publication

Are They Here Yet?

  • Eric Twardzik
Are They Here Yet?

We now live in a world where strangers can bring you a cheeseburger at 3am with the push of an app. So it’s hard to believe that there are still things out there that you... just can’t get. Yet.

So we’re taking a deep look into some international brands that aren’t (or have just begun) shipping stateside. We’re calling it Are They Here Yet?

Today we turn our eyes to that tailored wonderland that is Sweden...

The New Swedish Knits

The Swedes have a way with knitwear.

Case in point: one of our finds from Capsule was the Malmö brand Svensson, which combines soft Italian fabrics with a Swedish appreciation for extremely warm sweaters. The result is cozy versions of some of our favorite knitwear, including the shawl collar cardigan and the SNS Herning-style button-up, both coming in under $300.

They haven’t trickled into US markets yet, but there’s plenty of good stuff to be found on their site. Our suggestion: a white sweater in February is legendary stuff.

The Deep Winter Pant


Tweed and corduroy start getting a lot of love once cold weather rolls around, but it’s still remarkably hard to find our favorite wintry fabric—the velvety wonder known as moleskin.

Unlike its corded equivalent, this is basically a December-and-January item, but don’t be surprised if it becomes your favorite pant in the world for that nine-week span—something like the lower-body equivalent of a Barbour coat.

Dunderdon is responsible for the best version we’ve found, this slim-fit cotton pant. (Trend or no, we’ll skip the cargo pockets, but suit yourself.) It’s the latest in a long line of good winter gear to come out of their Gothenburg shop. Not coincidentally, those Swedish winters don’t kid around.

Olivia Wilde Has an Unorthodox Approach to Swimwear

The Black Hole: Breaking: Courtney Love is out of her goddamn mind. [NYTimes]

For Victory: Free & Easy takes a look at the triangle of fabric above the close of a buttoned jacket, traditionally filled by a tie, a scarf or a dense matt of luxurious chest hair. [Mister Crew]

Favorite Son: A new batch of never-before-seen JFK snaps, including some advanced crew necks. [LIFE]

Bundle Up: The Swedes at Dunderdon continue to win the winter. [Hypebeast]

The Return of Specklewear


New York’s Fjallraven shop just completed a transformation into a full-on camping store, and amid the sardine tins, scout harmonicas and reindeer pelts, we stumbled onto a surprising slice of Americana. Ladies and Gentlemen, feast your eyes on the wonder that is Specklewear.

It’s been a U.S. camping staple since the 1880s—the kind of thing you find in your grandfather’s attic—but finding it in a Swedish outerwear shop in Soho is a sign of the times if we ever heard one. Score one more for Americana.

Erin Heatherton is Always Summery

erinheatherton_crop.jpgvia WBE

Frame by Frame: Impossible Cool’s Sean Sullivan nails down the brilliance of Antonioni’s L’Avventura in six frames. And one of them’s the title card. [Complex]

Take a Hike: For their 50th birthday, Fjallraven takes a 50-mile hike through the Swedish Laplands. Can’t they just buy a convertible like everyone else? [GQ]

The Crafty Swedes: Speaking of which, Sweden is outpacing us in per GDP pop hits. We must not allow a club jam gap! [Foreign Policy]

To the Moon, Alice: Are the next generation of tech entrepreneurs headed into space? [TechCrunch]

Putting it on Wax


The beloved Swedes at Fjällräven launched their eCommerce site last night, which means those ubiquitous backpacks are one step closer, and we finally got a chance to peruse some of their more functional items, like this Oban parka.

It’s the same waxed cotton that keeps the packs sealed up, but with a fuzzy inner shell warm enough to get you through a Scandanavian winter. It’s a lot more low-tech than it looks, which might be its biggest strength. After years of seeing Barbour on the backs of outdoorsy scenesters for so long, it’ll be nice to see a fresh Swedish version.



On the heels of Mr. Varvatos, the Swedish Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair has finally opened up an online shop. The prices, while not bad for a boutique brand, are also all in Kronor, so you’ll want to keep Google handy. (It’s 15 cents to the kronor, if you’re the calculator type.) There’s all the avant-Scandanavian gear you’d expect—drop crotch trousers, check; contrast patch dress shirts, check—but on the off-chance you aren't signed on for the Swedish look just yet, there are still a few items ripe for broader appeal—these wool scarves for one. If Sweden can be counted on for one thing, it’s a good muffler.

Staying the Night


At the high end, hotel swag can include anything from a dash of cologne to a full tweezer set, but one Swedish hotel is venturing a little further. Check into the Berns Hotel in Stockholm and you’ll get this impeccably packaged 3-pack of condoms, known to the manufacturers as “a pack of love.” It’s a good idea, considering what goes on in most Swedish hotel rooms, but turn the box over, and you’ll find a more sentimental inscription: “It’s about love.” Well, not necessarily…

Well Red


Nantucket reds have a pretty solid rep as the preppy pant of summer, but they’ve made things easier for less pinkish hues to get in the door as well.

Take this gentleman, caught by Street Peeper on the streets of Oslo. The blue-on-cream getup is straight out of the GQ playbook, but our interest is in those pants. The orange-red trousers sub for the bottom half of a khaki suit just about perfectly, but it has to be seen to be believed. This time of year, they’re a whole lot more versatile than you’d think.

Pleats Cannot Be Stopped; You Can Only Hope to Contain Them


The Swedes are Different From You and I: The Swedish press continues to supply us with artful cheesecake. [Refinery29

The Grand Design: The National Design Awards are upon us once more, bearing overwrought chess sets and a warehouse full of weird looking cars. [Material Interest]

The Magic Number: A rundown on three piece suits, specifically whether or not vests should have lapels. High level stuff. [Esquire]

Please Pleat Me: Like disco, pleats are back with a semi-ironic vengeance. [WWD]

The Continental Look


We weren’t quite sold on the Swedish label POUR, but it’s hard to be sure until you see their goods in the wild.

This gentleman, for instance, pulls off the monochromatic look just about perfectly, and POUR’s big-cuffed button-up is the best part of the look by far. The sunglasses don’t hurt, of course, but the best part is that, he was snapped on the street in Melbourne, which is about as far from Stockholm as you can get.

Maybe we just needed to see how the shirt looked in sunnier climes.