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In the early 2000s, the fashion world first got swept up in the Scandi style movement. You might have been walking down a cobblestone street in Tribeca or a bustling neighbourhood in Tokyo, and you were bound to spot its signature blend of effortless minimalism (you can read more in “Our Guide to Scandi Style”). 

And even today, it hasn’t overstayed its welcome. Its clean lines and pared-back approach has kept it feeling as fresh and relevant today as it did 20 years ago – with much credit due to the brands who continue to evolve it in fresh ways. Because three of them recently landed on our site, we thought we’d take a minute to sing their praises – not just for their creative approaches to everyday clothing, but for the sustainable way they take them from design to your doorstep. 

Cos

Confession: Cos is technically based in London, but it borrows heavily from Scandinavian culture. And like the best Scandi brands, it focuses on high-quality, seasonless clothing that blends function and style – know someone in a creative role? They probably wear Cos. And its no wonder when you consider just how supportive the brand has been to art in all forms, from architecture to photography. 

If you’re partial to earthy tones, oversized silhouettes, and tactile design, this brand will slot seamlessly into your wardrobe. It’s also cool without trying too hard, especially when you opt for a tonal look. 

Sustainability approach 

Since it was founded, Cos has put longevity first. It designs clothing with quality in mind with the intention that you’ll wear them 10 years from now. One of its central goals is also to reach 100% recycled, repurposed, or more sustainably sourced materials by 2030, if not sooner.

Highlights 

1. Rollneck jumper

If Steve Jobs bought his rollnecks today, he’d probably look to Cos for the most uncomplicated iterations. The knits are well made, super soft, and ethically sourced – there are no bells and whistles here, and that's what makes them so appealing. 

2. Cashmere joggers

In the market for a refined pair of joggers? The premium make and dark melange colour of this these cashmere (yes, cashmere) joggers will make your work-from-home wardrobe feel a notch or two more considered.  

3. Long-sleeve polo shirt

If you think the traditionally preppy polo should be reserved for the golf course, this pared-back take will have you thinking again. Its clean, barely-there placket and contemporary feel will be a smart addition to your workday and off-duty wardrobe. 

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Arket 

Arket means ‘sheet of paper’ in Swedish, and we think it sums the brand up pretty perfectly. Its philosophy is rooted in the Nordic tradition of functional design, which comes through in the pared-back clothing. And because this Scandi brand is all about democratising quality and sustainable clothing, you can expect long-lasting designs made with the earth in mind. 

Sustainability approach 

In 2020, 76% of Arket's assortment was made using sustainably sourced materials. It’s committed to using 100% sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and becoming fully climate-positive by 2040. Arket aims to play a proactive role in ensuring that the rights of workers in its supply chain are upheld. It also advocates for wider changes in labour practices to enable systematic progress. 

Highlights 

1. Utility shirt

Leave it to a Scandi brand to make utility clothing even more structured, minimalist, and cool than it was before. This linen-blend utility shirt is the perfect year-round staple – just layer it under your outerwear during colder weather and use it as you top layer on chilly summer nights. It already comes with a worn-in feel, making it as effortless as they come. 

2. Wool-blend trousers

Not all smart trousers are created equal, and this pair is proof. They’re made from a relaxed cotton-wool blend, but what really sets them apart is their elasticated waist and loose fit. They may look as refined as any smart trousers in your wardrobe, but their design that makes infinitely more comfortable.

3. Midweight t-shirt

It pays to invest in a quality t-shirt. This one is made from a single jersey fabric that’s slightly heavier than average, ensuring a firm drape and long-lasting design. If you prefer a t-shirt with a more vintage-like feel, Arket also makes a heavier weight style in both regular and oversized fits. 

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Weekday

If you’re looking for younger, fresher takes on Scandi style, Weekday will come in strong for you. The minimalism is still here, but instead of being trend agnostic like so many Scandi brands, it embraces them via the occasional pattern, out-there graphic, and voluminous shape. It’s denim assortment is one of its strengths, and you can expect looser, relaxed silhouettes with an emphasis on lighter washes. 

Sustainability approach 

Sustainability is core to the Weekday ethos. The brand uses low-impact recycled and sustainably sourced materials, with 100% of all its cotton products made from either organic or recycled cotton. It participates in the Fair Living Wages Program, and it has a goal of achieving a climate positive value chain by 2040.

Highlights 

1. Oxford shirt

If you’re looking for a fresh take on the Oxford shirt, Weekday’s take is slightly looser, so it’s perfect for wearing untucked with relaxed-fitting trousers, and yes, even trainers. 

2. Puffer parka

Scandinavian winter or not, you’ll want a jacket as insulated as this one in your wardrobe. It’s expedition inspired, so you know it'll keep you warm on the harshest days. True to its Scandi roots, it maintains a sleek design, but the voluminous silhouette gives it a decidedly of-the-moment slant. 

3. Half-zip sweatshirt

In true Scandi form, this sweatshirt is a minimalist-lover’s dream. But the black shade and half-zip silhouette makes it feel a bit cooler than your standard grey crewneck. 

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Words: Allison Pavlick