The sun has finally found its way to Scandinavia, so now we have beautiful white snow glimmering from the sunny backdrop. And that can only mean one thing - time for all the winter activities to begin!
On Wednesday 18th February the World Ski Championships gets underway, which this year takes place in Falun, Dalarna. It'll be interesting to see how Charlotte Kalla and the other Swedish skiers get on - needless to say we'll be cheering from Stockholm!
And to mark this occasion at The Local Brands we've just got in some new products from the Kiruna-based company Skigo. The company founder, Christer Majbäck, is a former Swedish cross country skier who competed from 1985 to 1999. He also won a bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. Skigo's products are some of the best on the market and even used by the pros, take a look for yourself here!
It's no secret that Swedes have a sweet tooth. The Local Brands finds out about a 156-year-old candy favourite, the polkagris, its humble origins, and how it took over the world.Ah, the humble candy cane. Is there any candy so iconic, so well known throughout the world?Word has it that peppermint sticks have been loved [...]
Hello and 'god fortsättning', hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year.I myself spent some time up in Lapland skiing, snow-mobiling and even enjoyed the midnight sun, absolutely wonderful - I highly recommend it! I'm very excited to kick off the New Year with the Formex Fair (Swedish design fair) next week where I [...]
Happy New Year to one and all! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday season. Here at the Local Brands we're really exited for the year ahead - new brands, new products and new Swedish things! And to kick us off we've already added two new Swedish brands to our webshop - Aveva and Ballograf. Aveva's aim is to [...]
Christmas shopping is a challenge every year. If you're looking for something particularly Swedish with a special touch, it can be even harder.Our colleagues at The Local have created their own guide to the top Christmas gifts of the year - its definitely worth a read. From Dala Horses to Ski Hats to Snowball Candles, and we sell it all here at The Local [...]
Two years ago I bought my first Triwa watch. I'd been looking for a stylish, practical watch with a finely braided leather strap - the sort of leather that gets better with age. I carried out my usual research online and finally found the perfect watch in a small fashionable shop on Södermalm in Stockholm.After wearing [...]
Before there was chewing gum, there was pine resin. Before there were lighters, there were tinderboxes. And all along, Swedes in the far north have been living as one with nature, taking only what is offered. The Local Brands speaks with one such Swede.Tomas Danielsson. Photo: Wilma NaturprodukterTomas Danielsson spends his days wandering through the [...]
Though it doesn't feel it. Its 10 degrees Celsius in Stockholm today and my roses are still blooming! So I decided to get into the Christmas spirit and wrap my first Christmas present of the year. Its so lovely to use Christmas colors to make a vibrant package - in the light of my favourite [...]
Having spent a lovely weekend up in northern Sweden, hoping for snow, we instead enjoyed some beautiful autumn days but the sun. We took the opportunity to visit my friend Ann-Louise who along with her husband Mattias have started a candle factory in Skellefteå.They previously lived in Germany for nearly ten years where Mattias played hockey professionally, but on [...]
This morning I took delivery of some new bracelets from northern Sweden and I started to reminisce. I actually received my first bracelet as a little girl and have since had numerous others in all sorts of colours and varieties. However, in recent years I've decided the black and brown bracelets from Trapper Produkter and not only the best made, but the [...]