Based mainly around pyjamas and dressing gowns, the collections have widened to incorporate fine knitwear and silk scarves in signature prints.
Such focus is a bold step for the young design duo but already they are catching the attention of some major players in the fashion industry. The-Counsel joined them for a catch-up…
Describe your design DNA?
The Danish design tradition is a cornerstone for us. Our designs honour the simplicity of this tradition and reflect life in Copenhagen. We mix it with the exquisite taste of the English gentleman with his house coats and handmade velvet slippers as well as with the aesthetics of Japanese culture.
The backbone of All At Sea is of course silk. Silk is a natural fabric and for centuries it has been famous for its high quality and luxurious feel. It will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the bright Scandinavian summer nights. These qualities are essential in both our knitted silk-cashmere, printed silk shirts and in our daytime pyjamas. When we introduce our brand we always encourage people to feel our clothes - there is nothing like the feel of pure silk.
What made you become a fashion designer?
Coincidences really. Our backgrounds are in exhibit design and economics, but for years we had talked about doing some kind of apparel together. After we both ended our studies in 2014 we agreed to give it a go. In the end it was our shared passion for high quality clothes that led us to embark on our adventure to make silk a part of a modern man's wardrobe.
Who is your muse?
We don't really work with the concept of a muse. Perhaps we will some time in the future if we stumble upon someone exceptionally brilliant, who can fill the open position.
How do you seek inspiration?
The inspiration for our designs comes from a variety of places. We are inspired by art, architecture, fashion history and the list could go on. For our first two collections we have found inspiration for our prints in an old Japanese pattern for waves originally used on maps. This print has grown to become our signature print because it captures the essence of our brand name while transforming an ancient shape into a modern interpretation.
What is a typical day for you?
We meet in the morning around 09.00 and Christian makes coffee - he's a wonderful self-taught barista. While drinking coffee we chat about nothing and everything. Then we work on some practical stuff such as bills, emails, production issues etc. When that has all been taken care of, the fun begins: working on the designs for new styles, prints and shapes. And you never now - maybe a Gin & Tonic or an Old Fashioned gets the creativity going in the late afternoon hours.
If you should not have been a fashion designer, what would you do?
Benjamin: Actually, parallel with my work with All At Sea, I'm a part time Exhibition Architect at Statens Museum for Kunst. Had I not founded my own menswear brand, I would probably be pursuing that full time.
Christian: With a background in economics, a very different but highly interesting path to pursue would be one as a banker or commodity trader.
What is the next step for the future?
Paris Fashion Week is next stop for us. We are working towards presenting our SS17 collection during Paris Men's Fashion Week in June as well as in Copenhagen in August. Our goal is to expand our presence in markets such as the British, North American and Japanese. The Nordic gentleman dressed in silk from top to toe is a citizen of the world.