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    SUIT MY TOWN: Copenhagen Signs

    This is Jakob Engberg from Copenhagen Signs. If you've ever wondered who's got the steadiest hands in town, this is probably your guy.

    Jakob makes hand-painted signs for a living, delivering customized pieces to clients all over the world.

    Check out this video to see his work:

    I love what I do. I gave up setting the alarm a few years back, but this day I still wake up every morning at seven all ready to create. I can do this for 17 hours straight, and still be on for a new challenge.

    I will never achieve perfection - no matter how much I concentrate, or how hard I work. That's the beauty of what I do. There's only one of each, and they all have their own personal touch. If you look closely, my product will always reveal that it's painted by hand. A small trace of the hand that lead the brush. My personal signature.

    Everything I've ever done has kind of led up to this. I've worked as a painter for some time. I've also been doing graphic design and photography, trying to explore different creative fields. Around five years ago, I decided to go in this direction and ended up here.

    After finishing my education, I went all in on hand painted signs. Luckily, it has been going very well ever since. There are surprisingly few doing this, which means that I get to work a lot!

     

    A lot of what you see on the streets regarding logos and posters are made on a computer. My clients like my work because they want to differentiate in their field. My way of contributing to a brand identity is seldom these days.

    When I spot a handmade sign, I associate it with personality and effort. There's a certain compelling charm to it when you're able to see the man behind the product, whether you're looking at leather shoes or painted china.

     

    It's nice to aim for perfection. If you do, you'll end up with something special, but it will never be perfect.

    We weren't made that way.

     

     

    SUIT MY TOWN: Luc Boris André

    Meet Luc Boris André, 26, professional dancer and one of the campaign models in our aw_2017 collection. He prefers to spend his time in Nørrebro - a part of Copenhagen that houses many different cultures, pedestrian streets with cafés and low-key concert venues.

    Earlier this year, we had him and his crew from Uppercut dancing through Copenhagen where he lives - check out the video by following this link:

    The profession I’m in demands hard work, everyday. I love dancing because it puts a lot of pressure on me. It’s an amazing rush when you’re on the floor and everyone’s looking - the adrenaline pumps through your veins. Your only goal is to show off and inspire.

    I have to give all I've got at every opportunity. Challenges make me feel alive. I don't want just to be the guy behind the artist doing the same as everyone else on stage. I want to be respected for who I am and what I bring to the floor.

    Dancing is life - a way to express yourself through moves; sometimes without even knowing where it brings you.

     

    A great dancer is able to show his personality through his choreography – that’s what makes you unique, and being unique is mandatory if you want to be respected in our line of work.

    I reckon my style reflects my personality. It has to, otherwise moves wouldn’t mean a thing. Being real is everything. That rule applies in every matter if you ask me.

    On the floor, I often bring different genres together, creating compositions that allow me to be different from my competitors.

     

    I combine hip-hop and modern when I dance - the same way I assemble suit pants and hoodies when I stroll, always with the aim to create a look that portraits who I am, without necessarily reflecting what’s trending. I feel better when I wear a fresh outfit. Great style is possessing the ability to combine old and new, and I get inspired when I spot a person who manages to do so. 

     

    I see a lot of similarities between dancing and picking outfits. Both show a side of me as a person. The most important thing for me is to feel great about how I dress – cause a confident attitude always make you look better.

     

     

     

    FAIRS THIS SUMMER

    Find us this summer in London and Copenhagen for our new SS18 collection.
    Jacket Required in London 26th - 27th of July.
    The Old Truman Brewery | Hanbury Street | London E1 6QL

    Ciff in Copenhagen 9th - 11th of August.

    Bella Center | Center Boulevard 5 2300 | Copenhagen S