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Mjolk is now based in New York with operations in Melbourne just for production administration. An interview with Lars by Dazed Digital about this collection can be read here.
Rugged and masculine elements, inspiration taken from military uniforms from the American Civil war, converge with adventurous, whimsical modern twists of tailoring, creating a poetic, melancholic beauty proposed in a muted color range varying from earthy tones to blasts of electric blue, yellow and red.
Rare and innovative patterns, techniques and finishings are featured in a luscious line of knitwear; hand-made oversized pullovers, cardigans and leggings with cozy organic linings.
Tell us a bit about your background. We understand that you are originally from Denmark, grew up in London, schooled in Japan, began your label in Australia, are now based in Brooklyn, but show in Paris?
Lars Stoten: When it’s put that way I certainly feel like a motley mix. My father’s business took my family all over the world growing up so I guess the nomadic rhythms have continued into my adult life.
Why did you choose New York as your new home; what does it offer to you, personally and professionally?
LS: I fell for NYC the first time I visited by myself in my teens. I think it is a city where you can choose anonymity or identity on a daily basis. The village feels like home, which is strange for me to admit. Professionally, I certainly feel some external creative impulse here that excites and motivates me to be better.
How did you get your start in fashion?
LS: My Grandfather and family were all wool pleaters, dressmakers, button makers and machinists- although none of my other 4 siblings are in the industry, it seemed very natural to me. I graduated in Design, Men’s Tailoring & went onto further garment engineering studies in Japan. I was working in costumery and bespoke suiting there until I decided to create full seasonal ranges under the name Mjölk.
We will be there next year!
As always, amazing work by Lars.
The brand is still based in Melbourne but now has an office in New York.