Helly Hansen’s Ask Winter Coat Collection

Technologically advanced outerwear with crisp Nordic style

As far as high-performance heritage brands go, very few carry the history of Helly Hansen, who’ve been snatching up consumers and awards for their technological advancements since 1877. For their latest line of men’s winter coats, the Ask Collection, the brand references the deeper history of Norse mythology—Ask was the first man on earth, born of Odin’s breath upon a log on the seashore. All …

Word of Mouth: Reykjavik Nightlife

With seasons of never-ending light, in this city parties start late and stay strong

Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice—and for good reason. Contrast is part of the Icelandic landscape and identity. Glaciers sit alongside steaming hot springs, snow-capped mountains run into black-sand beaches and in the capital of Reykjavik, the island nation’s rich cultural heritage exists in harmony with cutting-edge art and design. In the daylight hours (which change drastically with the season of …

Mirror of Threads Blankets by Emdal Colorknit

The Danish artist tames a German knitting machine from the '80s to produce symbolic colors and unusual patterns

Designer Signe Emdal has an affinity with the year 1984. That’s the year her 1.25-ton German knitting machine was made, as well as the Nikon camera she uses to create patterns from photos. However, Emdal (who entered the industry in 2006 by helping fellow Dane Henrik Vibskov construct physical knit-samples) is no old school artist: using a mixture of Photoshop, hand-drawings and programming on a …