In the 1970’s, ECCO captured attention with three Scandinavian classic styles – JOKE, FREE and TIME. To celebrate our 50th year, we’ve taken these classics as inspiration for a new shoe— the ECCO MIND.
Kate joined the ECCO team in Denmark for Copenhagen Fashion Week and has clearly fallen in love with her new boots!
Get your pair here.
Earlier this week we shared with you the ECCO team’s adventures during their first day in Copenhagen. On the second day of the trip the team headed through Copenhagen’s meatpacking district to attend a session taught by the ECCO leather team. One of the girls snapped this picture of some graffiti on their way to the leather class.
Once seated for the tutorial, the ECCO team and our media guests heard from four of the ECCO leather specialists all about their creation and design process.
During the session, attendees learned fun facts like, how much leather is needed to produce a bag versus a shoe and the different ways the leather team tests their designs for color, shape and durability for a bag versus a shoe.
The team also heard about the way the designers work with trend experts to know what is hot and emerging in each market.
In the room it was hard to ignore all the bright colors of leather on display. The ECCO leather team went into detail about their dying process and how they ensure that the colors and textures they choose don’t stain or rub off on the person who wears them.
Since ECCO owns their entire leather manufacturing process, the ECCO leather team is able to play with different colors, textures and styles. They can really push to design new and innovative creations.
To help the session attendees feel inspired and start thinking about their own leather items, each attendee was presented with a leather journal as a keepsake.
Did you know ECCO makes all of our own leather?
Last week the ECCO team took a group of esteemed style writes to Denmark for Copenhagen Fashion Week. Before the fashion shows began the ladies had time to explore and enjoy the city.
The team began their adventure in Copenhagen with a distinguished breakfast at the Royal Café.
The interior of the café is stunning and has a very whimsical spirit.
When dining at the Royal Café, guests feast on the queen of Denmark’s china.
After breakfast the team walked through Nyhavn, a long cobble stone street along the canal. It was bitterly cold that weekend and the canal was partially frozen!
Despite the cold, the team was able to enjoy a boat ride down the canal where they saw the Copenhagen Opera House, the Amalienborg Palace, the Little Mermaid sculpture (in honor of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen) and several buildings showcasing Copenhagen’s best architecture.
Post-boat ride the girls walked around the Nyhavn area, enjoying time on Stroget Street, the world’s longest pedestrian street. Stroget Street is home to the ECCO store and several department stores. While popping in and out of shop, the team couldn’t help but stop at the window of this bakery! Mmmm.
Later in the day, the girls were able to witness something very special and unique – the changing of the guard at the Amalienborg Palace.
The ceremony takes 30 minutes and includes marching, formations and music. The girls tried to applaud the guard on his performance, but he wasn’t such a conversationalist.
That evening the team celebrated a great first day in Copenhagen with dinner at Madklubben Steak.
During the meal a true fashion icon watched over them.
We hope you enjoyed traveling to Copenhagen with us today. Stay tuned for more details on the trip including a lesson on the making of ECCO leather and of course, the ECCO Walk In Style Fashion Show!
Julia DiNardo is the editor of Fashion Pulse Daily, a website that prides itself on being the “heart beat of fashion.” Julia has worked as a designer, professor, writer and editor using her eye for great style to share the very best products and emerging trends with her readers. A fashion devotee, Julia has covered both New York and Los Angeles Fashion Week for the past nine years. Come along on Julia’s scouting adventures by following her on Twitter, @FashionPulse.
ECCO: Where do you find your fashion inspiration?
Julia: I never know when inspiration will strike, so I tend to devour a variety of fashion-related media, from magazines to blogs, Women’s Wear Daily, Instagram, and Pinterest pics and pins. Sometimes I can revisit my closet, or my Mom’s closet, and pull out pieces that ignite a look, born anew, or re-imagine a silhouette mash up or color combination in a fresh way.
ECCO: Whose style do you must admire and why?
Julia: I am most interested in what is functional for every day, and who better than my fellow women of NYC to take as an example of great style? From a celebrity perspective, I am always loving the sartorial choices of Cate Blanchett; she isn’t afraid to take fashion risks, and does it with an incredible regal, confident quality that certainly exudes. I think that is dressing well at its core — knowing yourself and being comfortable and assertive with what you are wearing.
ECCO: Describe your personal style in three words.
Julia: Vibrant, fresh and modern.
ECCO: How do shoes play into your outfits?
Julia: Shoes are an integral decision to my daily wardrobe — I usually work from the bottom up - creating an outfit around what footwear I need/want on that particular day, because if the shoe doesn’t work with an outfit, in my opinion, it can throw the entire look for a loop! Comfort is key, so finding the right pair, that I can wear with anything, is my ultimate goal.
ECCO: You tried your first pair of ECCO shoes this holiday season. What do you think?
Julia: My first ECCO shoes ever, are the Ouyen Ankle Strap Heels, which look absolutely stunning and have the perfectly balanced amount of heel lift, support, and comfort. It’s going to be hard to wear any other heels, as I have a feeling that they will just pale in comparison to these! The leather is gorgeous and the higher cut look great matched with tight streamlined pants, pencil or swinging skirt hems, and I think I could even match the Ouyens with a dressier pair of shorts, come the warm weather. They are versatile, but also comfortable, which oftentimes needs to trump all other issues!
ECCO: What spring/summer 2013 trends are you most excited to try?
Julia: I loved the oversized pearl accessories from Chanel’s collection, Lucite jewelry from MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, lace dresses, and am excited for the return of strappy footwear, which I haven’t really embraced since the late ’90s!