Torsgatan 53, Vasastan
This space is not only Acne's flagship store and design archive, for all the true crime enthusiasts reading, it’s also the location of the 1973 robbery that coined the term "Stockholm Syndrome." Browse through pieces from past Acne collections and reminisce about those sculptural sweaters and perfect-fit jeans you wished you’d bought at the time. Alongside their latest collections, the store sells restored and re-sewn pieces for a great price.
Grev Turegatan 13, Östermalm
A slew of interesting, young Swedish designers have opened up shop in the past few years, but Anna Holtblad is actually part of an older (and much smaller) generation of designers–her brand has been around for more than twenty-five years, and she's thought of locally as a pioneer in her field. Inside her shop (designed and decorated by her husband, architect and designer Thomas Sandell), you'll find cozy knits, drapey tops, and perfect-fitting wide-legged pants.
Fridhemsgatan 43, Kungsholmen
Grandpa has a robust online business, so it's—blessedly—very easy to shop their selection from home, but there's no substitute for seeing and trying on in their Stockholm boutiques. While they mostly stock Swedish brands, you'll also find familiar names, like Levi's and Adidas, all at a refreshingly approachable price point.
Österlånggatan 21, Gamla Stan
This little store, owned by three friends, is full of ridiculously cute, tongue-in-cheek textiles—all made in Sweden from organic cotton grown in Europe. Take your pick from tablecloths, placeholders, coasters, and towels in a myriad of colors and patterns—the perfect place to pick up a gift for a loved one or for yourself.
Sibyllegatan 53, Östermalm
Founded by Paul and Carina Jackson back in 1981, Jacksons specializes in vintage Scandinavian design, sourcing everything from lighting to furniture to rugs. Paul and Carina often curate exhibitions to showcase their pieces, so a visit to the showroom inevitably results in a lesson in the history of design (and with a list of new designers to learn about). There's a satellite location in Berlin, too.
Bondegatan 48, Södermalm
While Stockholm is definitely better known for its vintage furniture than clothing, Lisa Larsson is the exception to the rule locals have been trying to keep secret forever. Occupying the same spot for more than twenty years, this store is a major treasure trove of designer collectibles and unlabeled vintage. Be prepared to dig through the racks for the best haul.
Sibyllegatan 6, Östermalm
Owned and operated by Scotsman Andrew Duncanson since 1998, this showroom-slash-gallery collects and sells rare, impossible-to-find 20th-century Scandinavian furniture by the likes of Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, and Alvar Aalto. Aside from their Stockholm space, Modernity often sources and supplies pieces to MoMA and LACMA, as well as being a constant feature on the international art circuit. One of the few places in the world where iconic pieces by the aforementioned Scandinavian design heavyweights are actually available for sale, you'll also find antique textiles, ceramics, and light fixtures.
Birger Jarlsgatan 9, Norrmalm
This eclectic little boutique stocks great pieces from some of our favorite brands, and is nicely spaced out over a few rooms. Expect flowy Ulla Johnson vacation dresses, architectural Ganni sweaters, Nili Lotan trousers, plus great jewelry and a thoughtful edit of beauty products including Eve Lom, Kai, and Swedish brand Björk & Berries.
Birger Jarlsgatan 5, Norrmalm
This beautiful boutique (right in the middle of Norrmalm) houses a thoughtful edit of designers like Phillip Lim, Marchesa, Ulla Johnson, and Lisa Marie Fernandez. Though the brands are familiar, the shopping experience here is decidedly Swedish–the entire operation is set in a stunning, black-and-white, minimalist space where shoes, bags, and even dresses are displayed almost as though they were pieces of art.
Nybrogatan 11, Östermalm
If you go to one furniture store in Stockholm, make it Nordiska Gelleriet, where the tags read like a who's-who of contemporary Scandinavian design–with a healthy dose of modernist influences from abroad, like Charles and Ray Eames and Le Corbusier. Carl-Magnus Heigard, who laid the foundation for the company's aesthetic (and its rise to prominence in the '50s and '60s), pioneered the concept of curating furniture galleries like art exhibitions, which the company still practices in its carefully considered merchandising.
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