This is the first in a series of City Shopping Features that Sorcery of Scent will be publishing. First stop: Copenhagen.
As a chap living in Denmark, I'm often asked by visiting friends to make some recommendations as to where good quality fragrances can be bought in the capital. Whilst I myself live 170kms from the big smoke, I am only too pleased to direct them to some of my favourite haunts. Unfortunately though, few stores offer much more than the stock-standard mainstream range that can be found in any major city. This morning however, I visited Storm - a chic and stylish retail space that is fast earning the accolade of the best fashion and concept designer store in the capital. Storm's shelves and countertops are tastefully arranged with designer clothing from a variety of Scandinavian and international brands, high-fashion eyewear; magazines, CDs and art books, and a selection of eclectic foreign art films.
Most impressive (to the fragrance aficionado at least), was their excellent variety of niche perfumes and colognes.
Storm carries a varied selection of scents. These include:
Mark Buxton Eau de Parfums (author of fragrances for Givenchy, Versace, Cartier, Comme des Garcons et al).
Byredo Parfums - Eau de Parfums, room sprays and votive scented candles.
Comme des Garcons including:
Guerilla Series Luxe: Patchouli
Leaves Series Red Series
Sherbert Series Cologne Series
Energy C Series Synthetic Series
Odeur Series CdG 2 and 3
8 88 CdG Parfum
Costume National Eau de Parfums.
Christian Dior Exclusives Eau Noire and Bois d'Argent colognes and scented candles.
Diptyque perfumed products including their EDT range, cologne trio and candle/room spray range.
Eau d'Italie perfumes and perfumed ancillary products
Miller Harris Eau de Parfums
Juliette Has a Gun Eau de Parfums
Ren Perfumes and skin care
Six Scents Series One - individually numbered bottles in a limited series of 2000.
Perhaps more impressive than the scents themselves, is the non-pretentious environment they are housed in. Storm Design Art Fashion is a boutique situated on a corner just meters from a busy Copenhagen street, however when one steps in from outside through the heavy glass doors, you can't help but feel a relaxed and welcoming shopping experience awaits. Soothing ambient music plays through concealed speakers and staff are warm, friendly and accommodating - something very atypical of service in Scandinavia. If you are fortunate, as I was, you might meet store owner Rasmus Storm who was only too happy to walk me through their range. You can get a sense of his impeccable taste and editing eye, which is apparent in the product selection and artfully decorated interior.
Storm is without doubt the premiere destination for anyone visiting Copenhagen who wishes to explore a contemporary retail environment brimming with sophisticated fashion, á la mode art and design literature, and hand-picked perfumes.
Store Regnegade 1
Tlf: +45 33930014
Sat, 11:00-17:00; Sun, closed