Kånken in the world of fashion
September 03, 2014
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Kånken in the world of fashion

Schools are back (finally!) and both Zanders boys have been sent to learn with their Kånken backpacks on their backs, just like their Mama did sometimes in the eighties…

 

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Did you know…

Kånken means Arctic Fox in Swedish. Fjällraven originally designed the Kånken in 1978 for kids with back problems due to book carrying. Today this iconic Swedish brand hasbecome a beloved icon and a fashion accessory for generations all around the world.

From a small cellar space in Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven has expanded to all corners of the world. It all started with a 14-year-old boy who didn’t think that the backpacks of the time were particularly comfortable, and who decided to do something about it.

 

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The year was 1950, and Åke Nordin was going on a trek in the mountains of Västerbotten together with a good friend. Åke was a scout and loved being outdoors. But carrying his provisions uncomfortably was not the young boy from Örnsköldsvik’s idea of fun. And backpacks of the 1950s were certainly uncomfortable, as they hung like shapeless bags from your backside and forced the wearer to walk bent doubled to compensate for the weight.

Åke had read that if you were going to carry anything heavy, the weight should be positioned high up and close to the back. In a lodge adjoining the family’s holiday house outside Örnsköldsvik he made a wooden frame. Using his mother’s treadle sewing machine he sewed a bag out of strong cotton material which he fastened to the wooden frame using leather straps.

Åke was happy. The frame distributed the load better across his back and increased the ventilation between the back and the backpack. In addition, he could carry a heavier pack.

First customers were Samis….

The backpack attracted attention in the mountain world, not least among the Sami who spent several weeks at a time in the mountains. They understood the importance of a robust backpack that was comfortable even when heavily loaded. An older Sami asked Åke to make a backpack for him. Next time Åke went into the mountains, talk of the carrying frame had spread and Åke sold several more examples of his design.

What happened next, well… Kånken has become a classic. A hardwearing companion for years to come.

Have you got yours already?

Selection of Kånken backpacks available from here.

 

 

 

Here are little peeks into the fashion world of Kånken… Images from Pinterest.

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History text from Fjällraven webpage. All images from Pinterest.

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Saana ja Olli. Made in Finland.
March 25, 2014
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Saana ja Olli. Made in Finland.

Durability, sustainability and local production are the three key elements behind Saana ja Olli- product family.

These young designers from Turku, Finland, pull their inspiration strongly from nordic aesthetics; nature, folklore and myths and use 100% hemp fabrics supporting local production to the smallest of details.

Pure gorgeous!

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All photos by Unto Rautio | www.untorautio.com

 

 

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Saana ja Olli - Maailman synty - Tea towel-Table mat 45x70cm - Photo Unto Rautio lo-res 

Saana ja Olli - Maailman synty - Interior pillow 60x80cm 2 - Photo Unto Rautio lo-res

Selected products available now from ZandersandSons. Teatowels here.

Saana ja Olli also got a mention in the Monocle Design Directory in its’ November 2013 issue.

Monocle cover 2013

Monocle 2013 iso

 

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Happy Birthday Unikko!
February 24, 2014
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Happy Birthday Unikko!

       Marimekko Unikko Classics

 

This year Marimekko’s  Unikko pattern celebrates its’ 50th Anniversary. It was designed in 1964 by Maija Isola, who was a versatile artist foreseeing future trends. Isola designed Unikko Print as a protest against the company founder’s statement that Marimekko does not manufacture floral prints! Funny that is, since this print started a new era for Marimekko and has became Marimekko’s most iconic design.


I love it. I have to be truthful that when I was growing up in Finland, Unikko print was everywhere, and I did get a bit tired of it. My Mother used to have the print in the kitchen curtains, in a tablecloth, and not just at home, in our summer cottage too! Most presents I received as a teenager, involved Unikko print… When I moved to UK, the print followed me as various presents – placemats, purses, fabric pinned as wall art…Oh dear. Then I had to pack it all away. I had Unikko allergy.

 

However, it was not until I was having a catch up with my lovely finnish friend Nina last year, and she pulled out this vintage fabric she had received from her Mother from Finland – gorgeous navy blue and yellows – my old flame got relit there and then!

(seen here as a little purse, soon available from Zanders & Sons)

Marika

(all images by Marimekko)

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Grass by Normann Copenhagen
February 09, 2014
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Grass by Normann Copenhagen

New in from Denmark, GRASS, by Normann Copenhagen.

Made in stoneware by the hands of Karen Kjældgård-Larsen and Tine Broksø, these Grass vases were designed for the ordinary flowers we walk past everyday and take for granted.

Made to resemble tufts of grass, Grass helps you bring nature into your home, and breathes new life into ordinary cut flowers. Watch the video, GRASS VIDEO.

Each Grass vase is handmade from clay, so like nature, every one is unique and has it’s own individual character. Watch how they were made, MAKING GRASS.

The Grass Vase

 

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Bit of Moon charm – The Moon with a Moustache
January 19, 2014
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Bit of Moon charm – The Moon with a Moustache

Fell in love with this cute Moon with a Moustache print by Berlin based illustrator and artist Martin Krusche when I first saw it some time ago. I don’t know if it is the moustache or the general friendly shy*ish look that first made me smile, but he certainly brings tranquility to our house!

It took a little while to find this print and we are so glad that he has now arrived across the seas to our collection. Hope you will fall in love with him, too!

Rakastuin Moon-julisteeseen ensisilmayksella jo jokin aika sitten. Juliste on Berliinilaistyneen kuvittaja/taiteilijan Martin Kruschen kasialaa ja en tieda oliko ensihuuma viiksissa vai ujossa yleisilmeessa, mutta Kuu-ukko tuo tiettya rauhallisuuta kotiimme!

Etsimisen jalkeen juliste loysi merten yli luoksemme ja kokoelmaamme; toivottavasti Kuu-ukko hurmaa sinutkin!

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Moon print by Martin Krusche

Moon print by Martin Krusche

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Ideal Home Magazine
January 16, 2014
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Ideal Home Magazine

 WELCOME TO OUR HOME

In October 2012we were lucky enough to be selected by Ideal Home magazine for their 60 second tour feature. Have a nose around our house!

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The Cat Wearing Glasses Print – by Audrey Jeanne
January 05, 2014
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The Cat Wearing Glasses Print – by Audrey Jeanne

We are in love with the Fur & Glasses print by french artist Audrey Jeanne.

Fur & Glasses

Fur & Glasses

Although it’s called Fur & Glasses,  we think it’s going to be more commonly known as The Cat Wearing Glasses print, much like Tretchikoff’s The Chinese Girl is more commonly known as The Green Lady.

Fur & Glasses is a poster of a cool Cat wearing glasses against a pink background. It measure’s 50cm by 70cm,  and like all of our prints, it will fit standard frames.

There are different animals with glasses available… but we don’t sell those.

Short Sighted Spike.

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