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- Limited edition poster benefits the Kensal Rise Library in London
- Damian Hirst prints above a selection of accessories
- Free waffles make a regular appearance at Moods of Norway
- The dressing rooms, with videos in the doors
- Signature Moods of Norway intarsia
- Dapper menswear
- The french-seamed interior of the sportcoats
- Paul Stolper and MoN's L.A. ride this weekend
When Scandinavian sensibilities meet L.A. sunshine, you get waffles, dance music, library books and Damien Hirst. Helmed by the exuberant designer Stefan Dahlkvist, Moods of Norway on Robertson is the brand's first U.S. store, offering a playful reinterpretation of traditional Norwegian heritage.
Founded by a trio of fun-loving Norwegians, the brand's flagship features colorful intarsia knitwear, dapper suiting, brocade dresses, wood-paneled dressing rooms and videos of Scandinavian exploits (ski, après-ski) interspersed with needlepoint and contemporary photography. But Moods of Norway's happy-go-lucky spirit belies the brand's commitment to arts and culture in a broader sense. We stopped by this week in celebration of a new collaboration between Moods of Norway and Paul Stolper Gallery of London.
The storefront window is adorned with butterflies and replica prints from Stolper's collection. Inside, we nibbled on hot heart-shaped waffles, sipped bubbly and ogled the brand's sportcoats, with pins on the lapels and hot pink French seams inside. Besides the waffles, a few prints from Damien Hirst's new series, "The Souls," have quietly taken up residence at the store, atop a wall of colorful trainers. Stolper and Moods of Norway have also issued a limited-edition poster by artist Jamie Reid to benefit Kensal Rise Library, a local and beloved library in London.
Across town, Moods of Norway brings its energy to the LA Art Show, one of five art fair-festivals in town this weekend. The brand's outrageous baby-blue tractor will be on view in an installation with Paul Stolper Gallery through January 22.
· Moods of Norway [Official Site]
· Paul Stolper Gallery [Official Site]
· L.A. Art Show [Official Site]