Count on the Swedish – a nation known for its restrained chic and pragmatic bent – to reinvent a garment as mundane as a raincoat and elevate it to a cult item.
The Stockholm-based label Stutterheim is proud of its artistic heritage, steeped in melancholy.
“What if August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, Karin Boye and hundreds of other famous Swedish artists had felt happy all the time? Would they have produced their fantastic work?” they ask ruminatively on their website.
The winter months are notoriously dark in Sweden, and the weather frequently rainy all year round. Stutterheim has made it its mission to view this melancholic climate as an impetus for creativity rather than a depressing fact. “Let’s embrace Swedish melancholy”, they propose.
“Embracing rain is a good start.”
Founder Alexander Stutterheim took his grandfather’s raincoat as the blueprint for the label’s cornerstone, ‘The Stockholm’ raincoat. Handmade in an exclusively developed water resistant lightweight and breathable coated cotton, the hooded raincoat has a minimal amount of detail, honoring the tenets of Scandi design aesthetics.
Other pieces, like bombers, overshirts, and accessories like bags and hats are hand-crafted from rubberized cotton.
Each piece is subjected to rigorous testing in harsh weather conditions at sea or in nature, and in the city.
So, when you are traversing the capital’s many bridges to go shopping in fashionable Södermalm, delving into history in the Old Town or heading back to the intimate, Studioilse-designed Ett Hem Hotel, or exploring the idyllic nature of the Stockholm Archipelago, you’ll be securely protected from nature’s elements in a Stutterheim cover-up.
Water is life, they say - don’t let a pouring of rain keep you from living it.