There’s a reason that a tiny volcanic island at the edge of the Arctic Circle has produced some mesmerizingly original minds, whether in music (Björk, Sigur Rós), art (Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir), or even food (Siggi’s Skyr). Cloaked in darkness and frigidity for half the year, it’s as if creativity shields Icelanders from their harsh but beautiful home.
Launched in Reykjavík in 2011, the dark, minimalist, leather-heavy womenswear of Kalda represents a bit of a departure from typical Icelandic lines. No patterned woolen sweaters here, just simplicity and a few well-placed details. “I’ve always been attracted to opposites in life,” explains designer Katrin Alda about her process. A black lambskin motorcycle jacket from Spring 2014 sold out almost immediately.