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Sweden Shopping

Acne Jeans
Norrmalmstorg 2
Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 46 8 611 6411
www.acnejeans.com

Few visitors realize that Acne Jeans's flagship store on Norrmalmstorg in central Stockholm is one of the most famous buildings in the country. Formerly a branch of Kreditbanken, this was the setting for the 1973 bank heist that introduced the world to the concept of Stockholm Syndrome. (Two robbers took four employees hostage and demanded money and a fast car; during the five-day siege that ensued, the hostages became emotionally attached to their captors, fearing them less than they did the police.) Now, the vaults are storerooms full of Acne's narrow-cut, low-waist jeans—currently the hottest brand to be seen in around town. Recently, a man came into the store asking to see the storeroom for old times' sake: He was one of the hostage-takers.

Bruno Götgatsbacken
Götgatan 36
Stockholm
Sweden
www.brunogotgatsbacken.se

This mini-mall on Götgatan, one of the city's best shopping streets, is full of great Scandinavian fashion and design. There's Filippa K, H&M, David Designs, Whyred, Munthe plus Simonsen, and more. In the middle of it all is Ljunggrens, a café that on the weekends is full of cool iPod-wearing Swedes all refueling for another round of shopping.

Design Shopping
Stockholm
Sweden

Sibyllegatan has become the best street in town for classic pieces of 20th-century design. For anyone who covets a Poul Henningsen lamp or an Alvar Aalto chair, Jacksons (Sibyllegatan 53; 46-8-665-3350; www.jacksons.se; closed Sun.) and Modernity (Sibyllegatan 6; 46-8-208-025; www.modernity.se; closed Sun.) are heaven. Both have great collections of mid-century Modern furniture, glass, and ceramics. Asplund is better for newly produced designs, including furniture by contemporary Swedish favorites Mats Theselius and Thomas Sandell (Sibyllegatan 31; 46-8-662-5284; www.asplund.org; closed Sun.). Don't expect to find any bargains, but if you're ready to pay for quality, you'll find it in abundance.

Designtorget
Kulturhuset, Sergels torg
Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 46 8 219 150
www.designtorget.se

DesignTorget provides a forum for new designers to get their products to the public. The stock changes regularly, but no matter what they're showing, you're bound to find something you like. There are ceramics, fabrics, funky kitchen items, inventive things for the living room, plus lots of original souvenirs, such as CDs of the sounds of Stockholm, trays decorated with maps of the subway, and baby clothes with the city's "three crowns" motif. There are several stores around town; the Kulturhuset location is the largest.

Efva Attling
Birger Jarlsgatan 9 or Hornsgatan 44
Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 46 8 642 9949
www.efvaattlingstockholm.com

For a while Efva Attling was a model, then a pop star in a band called X Models, then a jewelry designer. Now she seems set to take over the world—starting with new stores in Denmark, Finland, and England. Both Madonna and Sharon Stone are fans of her distinctive pieces, which are often embossed with words or phrases: "From here to eternity" wedding rings, "Homo Sapiens" necklaces, "Human" bracelets.

Closed Sundays.

Filippa K
Grev Turegatan 18 (and several other locations)
Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 46 8 5458 8888
www.filippa-k.se

Sometimes it seems that Filippa Knutsson dresses every professional young office worker in Stockholm. Her hard-wearing, sharply tailored suits, narrow-cut jeans, and white shirts are distinctly Scandinavian. Simple and limited in color range, often to the point of being basic, they can go straight from work to the bar. She's equally adept at men's and women's collections, and her spin-off store, Ease, sells sportswear for women (Grev Turegatan 12; 46-8-678-6500). There's just one weak spot: Skip the underwear and buy Björn Borg's brand instead.

NK (Nordiska Kompaniet)
Hamngatan 18-20
Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 46 8 762 8000
www.nk.se

Unquestionably the best, most elegant department store in town, NK is the Baltic equivalent of Barneys: full of fashion, housewares, cosmetics, jewelry, even upscale produce in the mini-supermarket. All the key Swedish brands—Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden, J. Lindeberg—are here, and fashion shows frequently take place in the main entrance. It's the perfect place to start any exploration of Stockholm shopping, a fine stop for lunch (there are several places to eat, from a top-floor French café to seats at the fish counter in the basement), and a city landmark. The revolving NK sign with the neon clock is visible from all over town.

Tiger of Sweden
Jakobsbergsgatan 8
Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 46 8 440 3060
www.tigerofsweden.se

Tiger of Sweden is a schizophrenic brand. On one side is the fashion line worn by teenagers hanging around outside Kulturhuset: superskinny jeans; brightly colored underwear; slightly scruffy shirts, jackets, and knitwear. Yet the brand also produces superslim men's suits and beautifully tailored womenswear in black, gray, and other modest hues—the staff at Esperanto, one of the most expensive restaurants in the country, wears them exclusively. It's a very modern, very democratic, very Scandinavian approach to fashion.

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