While his contemporaries celebrate the return of minimalism in soothing nudes and creams, Scandinavian designer Henrik Vibskov’s collections are packed with color. The Central Saint Martins grad is known for his vibrant knitwear and avant-garde styling, which he presents in full flourish with runway shows — past titles include “The Solar Donkey Experiment” and “The Fantabulous Bicycle Music Factory” — during Paris Fashion Week. Though his clothes and accessories are stocked at retailers like Opening Ceremony, Seven New York, No. 6, and Aloha Rag, on Friday he unveils his first U.S. flagship at 456 Broome Street (nr. Mercer; 212-219-3950), joining existing stand-alone stores in Oslo and Copenhagen. This spring, he’ll be returning to his alma mater to lead a lecture series, prepping for his spring 2012 show, and drumming with his electronic band, Trentemøller, which is playing at Coachella this Sunday. We caught up with the Copenhagen-based designer to discuss his penchant for bold colors, jaunty hats, and Marlow & Sons.
What’s something you never leave the house without?
Cigarettes and a hat.