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CNCPT Meets Johan Lindenberg

Johan Lindeberg | The Style Raconteur

Concept by Cruise recently grabbed an interview with Mr Johan Lindenberg of BLK-DNM, scan your peepers over the inverview below:

CNCPT – Hi Johan, pleasure to meet you. You’ve got an impressive CV in the fashion industry with most of us are familiar with your iconic J. Lindeberg line, but for those of us just discovering BLK DNM can you tell us a little bit about the label and how it all come about?

Johan – BLK DNM is a manifest of my entire career, there are pieces from my time at Diesel in the early 90′s, in jeans, leather jackets and also the way I packaged Diesel. J. Lindeberg was a lot of tailoring, which is now something that is very important at BLK DNM for women as well as men.
After leaving J. Lindeberg I worked on other things like with Justin Timberlake for a while on his brand and as his personal stylist, then I went through a separation after a long marriage in March 2010 and it was the hardest period of my life so far. I decided to used the energy of that change to create a new project and I wanted to make it something very personal. In this stage of my life, I felt a need to express myself in a deeper way, so while the name BLK DNM is more generic, I am more pure in my taste than ever. Somehow there’s just a constant flow of ideas inspired by things I feel deep inside myself.

What was your earliest experience of fashion and how did this shape/influence the way you design?

I grew up in the south of Sweden in a university town that was politically engaged. I remember the student protestors wearing denim and leather as a symbol of freedom, it is something that always stayed in my mind. I also like sharp shapes as it shows confidence and strength. I always went to Copenhagen for vintage shopping, that is where I found my first leather jacket that I adjusted the length of. My first girlfriend and my sister were also both designers. Every label strives to develop and progress, to capture and hold our interest.

What is your vision for the future of BLK DNM?

I want to build a brand with a voice, to build the BLK DNM culture through images and to work contrarian to certain industry standards, using streets as the runway.

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The creative process is well documented for being both cathartic and difficult. Which is it for you? Or is it a healthy mix of the two?

The creative process for me is freeing, it’s getting the pain out of my body. I go deep into my self to find what I really think, strip away the outside influences and try to go deep to really feel what I like and I don’t like.
The brand reflects the life I live. Our stores are as I like to live, BLK DNM is the most personal project I’ve done. I am using it as a vehicle to explore new levels of creativity. It is through BLK DNM that I found photography and I am also now working with film.

If you hadn’t found your way into the fashion industry, what else would you want to be doing?

Was there any other profession that appealed to you?
I just do what I like and follow what I feel intensely. In creating BLK DNM as such a personal expression I got really interested in film so maybe a director. But in the end, BLK DNM is who I am, I don’t see any borders of what to do. I can experiment and cross over in many different fields, I just want to create energy and inspire people.

What are your daily essentials that you wear/carry with you?

BLK DNM Jeans 25, leather jacket or blazer, silk scarf and I sleep with my Fuji X Pro 1 under my pillow.

Which city do you think expresses fashion in the best way?

I think it’s more personal but I like how you are free to be yourself in New York City as well as the energy downtown. And I’m always inspired by a chic Parisian twist.

What’s your personal soundtrack at the moment and does it affect the design process?

Thom Yorke, Thom Yorke, Thom Yorke. I just feel connected to his music like (the songs) True Love Waits, Exit Music For a Film and Street Spirit. I also listen a lot to Pearl Jam and I just think Black is such a beautiful song. Every morning to wake up my daughter, Blue, I play her Agnes Obel.

Buy BLK-DNM’s Spring Summer Collection HERE

Moncler x RIMOWA 2013 Autumn Winter Luggage Collection

moncler-x-rimowa-2013-fallwinter-luggage-collection-1 moncler-x-rimowa-2013-fallwinter-luggage-collection-2Moncler and RIMOWA are back with a new luggage collection for Winter 2013. Again sticking with the RIMOWA Topas Stealth, this season’s collaboration offers the iconic piece of luggage in two sizes. Each suitcase features the same riffled aluminum shell with polished and reinforced corners and comes complete TSA-approved locks set into the case, a telescopic handle, four independent wheels, and a unique serial number. The interior compartment is classic Moncler, with padded nylon lining each piece and a set of matching padded nylon pieces for your toiletries, dirty laundry, and shoes. Both sizes are available now at select Moncler boutiques.

BBC x A Bathing Ape Capsule Collection

billionaire-boys-club-x-a-bathing-ape-2013-capsule-collection-1Both Billionaire Boys Club and A Bathing Ape are definers of ‘fresh’, and when the two come together, the result is undeniable. Such is the case with the recently unveiled collaborative project between BBC and BAPE, released in continuing celebration of A Bathing Ape’s 20th anniversary. The two brands come together to not only commemorate, but also celebrate their long-standing relationship – given Pharrell Williams and NIGO started Billionaire Boys Club in 2003. Accordingly, a series of t-shirts have been released with custom graphics that overlap BBC and BAPE’s intergalactic motifs. Look for the t-shirts to drop at Billionaire Boys Club in Tokyo and selected A Bathing Ape retail locations.

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DKNY x Opening Ceremony 2013 Spring Summer Collection

dkny-opening-ceremony-2013-spring-summer-collection-1Today marks the official announcement and debut of the DKNY and Opening Ceremony collaboration for Spring/Summer 2013. With an undeniable design aesthetic pulled from 90s hip-hop/sportswear culture, monochromatic pieces include tees, pants, jumpsuits, hooded sweatshirts and more. In speaking about the project Carol Lim commented, “DKNY was a pioneer of streetwear fashion in the Nineties. We have been longtime fans of the brand and were very excited to bring back select, quintessential styles that feel fresh even today.” The entire range of products that make up the collaboration can be purchased online for between $145-$315 USD

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H&M Autumn Winter 2012 Lookbook

 

Despite being categorized under the umbrella of “fast fashion,” H&M has always maintained a decidedly high-end approach to its seasonal lookbooks, imagery and visuals. Presenting its Winter 2012 range, the Swedish retail and fashion giant debuts a minimalist and cleaned up pictorial highlighting its range of menswear. For this season, the brand initially displays an affinity for all things formalwear via tailored blazers, skinny ties and knitwear. While overtones of formal garb are heavily promoted.Obviously the swing to streetwear is is there in Letterman jackets & hoodies. Dont expect any of these items to be amazing quality or last more than a season..

 

Maharishi Autumn Winter 2012

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Inspired by the US Army Air Force uniforms of 1947, Maharishi presents its Autumn Winter ’12 collection. The collection touts technical characteristics such as waterproof wool outerwear while impressive bag pieces with quilted surfaces complement the sharp lines and fashion forward attitude of the line.

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Givenchy Minotaur Print T-Shirt

 

Inspired by the Greek mythological creature, Givenchy presents its latest graphic tee for Summer 2012. Featuring the black cotton jersey favored by the Parisian luxury label, the shirt sees a Minotaur graphic emblazoned across the chest.

Thom Grey Varsity Jacket

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So Thom Brown is going all diffusion and grey on us… Thom Grey is going to be 40-50% cheaper that its Brown counterpart. One of the first garments to emerge is this Stripped Varsity Jacket. It features grey and charcoal strips on the wool body, white leather arms, a snap button closure, three white slit pockets with snap finishes, large Grey logo on the back…jury is still out for me, think it looks a lil Jack Wills!!

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The Great British Fashion Stamp Set

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The Royal Mail launches their latest theme collection of official stamps. The “Great British Fashion Stamp Set” collects garments and styles from 10 local fashion houses including Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen – all beautifully photographed by Sølve Sundsbø with clean silhouettes.

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Happy Birthday TSR

April 2010, I decided I wanted to start a blog somewhere I could catalogue product I like…pulling together posts from the 30-40 blogs I read on a  regular basis and adding in some insight to my day job as a menswear buyer, So 20th April I did my first post The Sneaker Colouring Book  so here we are 2 years and over 1200 posts later! I still cant get my head around thousands of people a day looking at TSR. So thank you to each and everyone of you for the love over the last two years and I hope I can keep you interested for many more to come.

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