‘I was born in Kolding, in the western part of Denmark called Jylland (Jutland). I now live a little north of Copenhagen in a place called called Skovshoved. I love that it is 10 minutes from the city centre and that is right next to the ocean. Whatever happened, I would still live in Copenhagen. I really love my city. It is truly an amazing place, especially when you have a family. The attitude towards children and possibilities concerning daycare, schools and everything else is unique.
‘The Designers Remix boutique on Pilestræde was my first flagship store and it holds a special place in my heart. Everything great from the world of Danish design is available at Illum. You will find yourself needing things you never knew existed. Hay offers cool Danish design for your home.
‘Holly Golightly sells shoes and accessories from a nice selection of brands like Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Alaïa, Marni and more.
‘I like the Geist restaurant, owned by the super-talented chef Bo Bech. The food uses the best quality ingredients and it is always inventive without being over the top. La Glace has an amazing history and the best cake in town. Restaurant Kul is a funky new restaurant with simple, elegant dishes and an international feel. It’s located in the hip Meatpacking district. My regular hangout place is a classic bistro-style restaurant called Café Victor. I have been coming here forever with my family. It is always good service and good food – and such a good location.
‘I always love to show guests Copenhagen from the harbour side. It is a trip that takes you past most of my favourite spots, such as the harbour pools, the Royal Library (also called the Black Diamond), the Queen’s castle and the old stock exchange building – super-old and super-modern architecture all in one beautiful mix.
‘If I’m celebrating, it has to be Noma! It is the world’s best restaurant so it’s an obvious choice. The food and the concept is Nordic and very unique – the food itself is a little piece of art. If not Noma, I like to celebrate at my house. I guess it is a very Danish thing. We love our homes and spend a lot of money and time on and in them.
‘One of the best views in Copenhagen is from the world-famous Arne Jacobsen Radisson Blu Royal Hotel [formerly the SAS Royal]. The Bar Royal on the 18th floor offers both drinks and a view. All the little local marinas in and around Copenhagen are great hangout spots for a lunch or just a nice stroll. Torvehallerne, selling food, flowers, coffee and much more, is where the locals do a lot of their everyday shopping and has a great atmosphere. My latest discovery is the Blue Planet, Copenhagen’s new aquarium. I showed my latest spring/summer collection at the venue, and it is so cool.
‘My favourite building is the national bank designed by Arne Jacobsen. The best visitor attraction is the Queen’s palace. Denmark is the oldest kingdom in the world; that is something truly unique to us. I also really like coming to the national gallery. They always show grand exhibitions and they have a super-cool kids art work shop where my two girls like spending hours. Louisiana is inevitable. It is located north of Copenhagen, but it is a nice trip up there and the gallery is in a league of its own.
‘The Copenhagen canals are some of the cleanest in the world and you can take a nice swim in one of the dedicated areas. They are located at the Brygge, Fisketorvet and Svanemøllen islands. Or you can go to the Amager beach park and swim in the sea.
‘Don’t miss out on trying the Danish hot dog. Go for the organic version. You can find it at the hot dog stand next to the Round Tower on Købmagergade.
‘Travel by bicycle, like the locals. Copenhagen is so small and it is such a good way to experience this city and its mood.’