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My Stockholm: Emelie Törling

Musician-turned-designer Emelie Törling describes her label Leontine as a fashion and lifestyle brand that celebrates freedom, love, and rock ’n’ roll. Inspired by the music scene of the 1960s and 70s, Emelie makes jewellery, shoes, art and reinvented vintage clothing. She shares her insider knowledge of Stockholm, from the most picturesque place for a stroll to the coolest denim brand

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‘I love walking and the Royal Djurgården is the most beautiful place to walk in Stockholm. It is unreal that this natural area is just a five-minute walk from the city’s core. I usually start at the Royal Motorboat Club.  

‘My favourite restaurant in Stockholm is Riche. It’s ideal for breakfast, Sunday brunch for a glass of wine or for dinner – in fact for any occasion. It’s always crowded and there’s always something going. You’ll need to make a for dinner reservation since it’s always fully booked! 

‘Another great place for a meal is PA & Co. This place is very small and cosy and is the best venue for a romantic dinner; my husband and I eat here whenever we can find a reason to celebrate something. It serves classic Swedish dishes and you can’t book a table in advance, you have to call the same day. 

‘My favourite place for a glass of cava or Champagne before a late dinner is Teaterbaren. It’s almost always crowded. 

‘For clothes, I have a new favourite Swedish brand, BLK DNM. It’s a rock ’n’ roll label with superb styles for men and for women. If you’re looking for the perfect pair of slim jeans or just a plain grey tee in a slinky material, BLK DNM is the place to pay a visit. I bought a leather jacket there which I’ll probably keep for life.

‘My husband’s best friend Edin owns Dusty Deco, the best furniture store in Stockholm. He has two shops, one on the south side and one on the east side. He sells vintage furniture, a mix of rough industrial pieces with a great patina, design classics, photo art, beaten up leather chairs and beautiful objects he and his wife find on their travels. You can also find my handmade jewellery pieces for sale at Dusty Deco on Sibyllegatan. 

‘I first went to Fasching when I was 16, when I performed on stage. World famous soul singers and jazz legends have all performed here, but the stage is also open for new acts. On Saturdays, it’s a disco playing northern soul with dancing until 4am. There’s a long queue but everyone gets in, and it’s always worth it.

Obaren has been the place for live music in Stockholm for 15 years. The walls are black and the vibe is relaxed but usually busy.

‘I love reading books and my favourite bookstore is Antikvariat Oceanen. It is just a few steps from our apartment, so I visit the shop quite often. The store is very small but it has an enormous range of books, mostly fiction. The owner knows everything about the world of books. He tells me anecdotes about famous writers and he always recommends something new that never fails to be a fantastic read.

118 Second Läder is owned by my friend Eva. She collects and sells vintage leather jackets, boots and furs and has done so for more than 25 years. There is also a small jeans brand in the back of the shop that houses the underground label Clash Jeans.’ 



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