Tell us about your grandfather.
He lived an adventurous life. He was an impresario (an impresario was a person who organized concerts, plays, or operas, a role similar to that of an artist manager or a film or television producer) in Stockholm for artists from all over the world. After the age of 60 he decided to live the rest of his life in his summer house at Arholma Island, in calmness close to nature with long walks and fishing. During Summer, his house was open to artists, poets, painters; every day was a different party or happening. We spent several months each year together there. And this is where I, many years later, discovered his old raincoat that inspired me to start the brand.
Do you have one specific memory from him that is especially dear to you?
He was out fishing in bad weather and I saw his figure go up and down in the waves and he screamed loud for me to hear: "I am not catching fish boy, I am catching life.”
"You cannot create slow fashion and at the same time live in a big city." - Alexander Stutterheim
You live in small island in Sweden. Why?
True creativity needs peace and calmness. You cannot create slow fashion and at the same time live in a big city. It is like trying to write a love letter and at the same time listening to a talk show on the radio. You cannot concentrate.
Tell us about your The Standard collaboration.
We share a lot of common values. You want The Standard hotels to be performance and art hubs; this is how I dreamed Stutterheim from day one. A living organism with emotions continuously evolving as a personality.
What's your favorite color?
Black. But as I get older I find magic in almost every color. The other day I saw an old man—he was about 85 years old wearing a t-shirt—I guess it was in his wardrobe from the 70's with tribal colors; almost every color was on that t-shirt. He looked stunning!
Do you have one particular clothing item that you would wear every single if you could?
I have a handmade drivers cap. It was custom made for me in NY by Victor Osborne. I loved it so I ordered four to cover the rest of my life.
Of all the unbearable holidays Christmas is relatively pleasant.
Many. Good friends and great artists and personalities I love are Jesper Waldersten and Ane Brun.
"We have to think seriously about the world we live in, respect resources, move slow, make every product last for a lifetime—and have fun doing it." - Alexander Stutterheim
Listen to The Soundtrack of Stutterheim on Spotify.
What does the future for Stutterheim look like? Any next big projects?
Many and constantly. Stutterheim is now 8 years old. The way I see it we are still a new brand. I have ideas piled up. The fashion industry is now on uncharted waters; many things are happening at the same time. We have to think seriously about the world we live in, respect resources, move slow, make every product last for a lifetime—and have fun doing it.