INSIDE BLK DNM WITH JOHAN LINDEBERG

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Johan Lindeberg…visionary, designer, director, photographer and the man behind cult label, BLK DNM. TLM was fortunate to chat to Johan earlier this month to gain some insight into what inspires him, his design process and his present state of mind when it comes to BLK DNM.

Can you tell us how you got your start in fashion?

In my early 20s, I worked as a businessman and didn’t like it, I began to dread it so much that I couldn’t eat. I felt trapped and blocked and just not like myself. I saw this leather jacket in a film one day and decided then to change my life completely. My sister and my girlfriend at the time were both designers and I was always inspired by the look of the student revolts, growing up in a university town in the south of Sweden and also in Paris.

If you could describe the label in five words, what would they be?

Paris chic. New York grunge.


What kind of music do you listen to when you create?

Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Portishead, John Lennon, Ami Sioux, Patti Smith are always on rotation.

Who are your style heroes?

Alaia.. Patti Smith.. Bridget Bardot.. Coco Chanel.. Also the women I photograph and collaborate with inspire me to create new things, women like Caroline de Maigret and Anja Rubik.

The quality you admire in a man?

Someone who isn’t afraid to let a woman take charge. A man that’s open to having a feminine twist in their dress or personality. I always like a silk scarf for example. I am a major feminist; macho men have had their chance already.

The quality you admire in a woman?

Personal strength and integrity to be her authentic self. I always tell this to my daughter, Blue, she has her own ideas and taste and I want to encourage that. I try to inspire her but not to influence her.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travel. I’m just returning from Morocco, for the film festival and some personal photography projects. And also buying vintage, from Art-deco Cartier to classic Yves Saint Laurent.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My daughter Blue, she is the foundation of my life and gives me strength every day.

What doing you enjoy doing most when you’re not creating?

I like to dance free in my studio like Picasso.

What is your present state of mind?

I am inspired to open up more than ever and to explore and express. You might think I should be tired at this point of my career but I am more inspired than ever.

To shop Johan Lindeberg’s BLK DNM collection, click here.

BLK DNM T-SHIRT 28 FREEDOM

BLK DNM
BLK DNM T-SHIRT 28 FREEDOM

BLK DNM JEANS 11 STARR BLUE

BLK DNM
BLK DNM JEANS 11 STARR BLUE

BLK DNM SWEATSHIRT 16

BLK DNM
BLK DNM SWEATSHIRT 16

BLK DNM VEST 26

BLK DNM
BLK DNM VEST 26

BLK DNM COAT 11 ORGANZA

BLK DNM
BLK DNM COAT 11 ORGANZA

BLK DNM T-SHIRT 2

BLK DNM
BLK DNM T-SHIRT 2

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