In the first of our Christmas blogger specials, we chat to Danish fashion blogger Patrick Pankalla about Christmas in Scandinavia, the best shopping spots in Copenhagen, and his aversion to… moon boots!
So, it’s nearly Christmas! What’s on your Shopcade wish list?
I’ve ran out of perfume, so that’s on my wish list. Otherwise you’ll find clothes, accessories, shoes, and a new Canon camera that I want so badly.
What has been the best present you have received? And the one you would rather forget about?
The best present must have been a trip to the United States that my father arranged for me. One of the worst was a karaoke machine. I can’t sing – everybody knows that!
What would be your dream holiday destination? Would you prefer Santa’s village or some place warm and sunny?
I’d love to travel to a warm and sunny destination. It’s so damn cold here in Denmark; however, it’s part of Christmas I think. I would find it strange to celebrate Christmas somewhere sunny. That’s just not how we do it in Scandinavia.
Do you have an ‘it’ fashion item that you are planning to wear for this year’s holidays?
Not really, but I’m always wearing something red!
What are your favourite tunes for the festive season?
I have a mix tape with the best and all the classic Christmas songs. I always listen to it during the season.
What is the one thing that you can’t have enough of during Christmas? Also, what is the one thing that you absolutely can’t stand anymore?!
I can’t get enough of confections and the Christmas dinner – so delicious. I can’t stand mulled wine.
Dolce & Gabbana were the designers behind the famous Claridge’s Christmas tree. Who would you choose to design it and why?
I would love to see Maison Martin Margiela design it. I can imagine that the tree would be the strangest seen ever, but beautiful in its own way.
And what about you, what kind of Christmas tree would you be?
I love to break traditions, so I’d probably be a Christmas tree that no one has ever seen before. A non-traditional, but amazing Christmas tree!
Let’s talk about your blog now… How did you get started?
I’m a Danish fashion blogger – the biggest in Denmark in my age group. Besides that, I’m working as a freelance photographer. I always put quality in the first row, especially when it comes to my blog and its design and photo material. I try to inspire my readers in my own way, and my blog is mostly about fashion and photography, with a touch of travel and my everyday life. It all started because I wanted to inspire and share stuff with people other than my friends and family. Now I’m loving it and can’t see an everyday life without it.
You also run your own e-shop. What kind of items can we find there?
I basically sell items from my wardrobe, stuff that I can’t fit in anymore. It gets updated with new items once in a while.
Traveling seems to be an important part of your blogging life. What’s the best place you have visited so far?
I love traveling and have been doing it a lot. My all-time favourite city must be New York. I’ve been there twice and I fell in love with the city both times. I wanna live there some day – it’s a big dream of mine.
What are your favourite shopping spots in Copenhagen?
You’ll find everything on the main street called “Strøget.” You can compare it with Oxford Street in London – it’s just smaller. If you take a walk down the side streets, you’ll find the best and cosiest shops and cafes. It’s there where you’ll find the hidden treasures when it comes to shopping.
Where are we most likely to find you on a Friday night?
It’s very different from Friday to Friday. As much as I like going out drinking and clubbing, I enjoy staying home and relaxing with a cup of coffee and a great series on TV.
What’s the funniest/weirdest email or comment you have received from a fan?
A few days ago I received the following comment to an outfit post: “What size do you use in shoes? I think your feet look way too big in your shoes and it’s a no-go.” Dude, sorry that my feet are big. It’s not like I can do anything about it!
Let’s talk about personal style now. What’s the one thing that you wouldn’t want to be seen wearing?
A kilt. That’s just odd!
What kind of combinations make you cringe when you see them?
It makes me cringe when I see people wearing denim from head to toe. I just don’t get it!
Guys and shopping seem to be a little contradictory. What about you? Do you enjoy going to the stores?
I love going shopping. I don’t understand why it’s a taboo in some circles of friends. There’s nothing better than new clothes. Get yourself together guys.
If you could press a button and control everyone’s taste, what would you make people wear?
I won’t tell what I would make them wear, but what they shouldn’t wear. Moon boots and checkered Vans is a huge no-go.
What’s the one thing that you are waiting patiently from a fashion designer to come up with?
That’s a tough question. I actually don’t know. If high street stores like H&M, Zara, COS and Cheap Monday just made clothes that were more fashionable and still with budget-friendly prices, then people would look more stylish.
To see more of Patrick’s fab style, check out his blog here >> By Pankalla and don’t forget to check out our latest Christmas. Sorted theme Boys Festive Fashion: King of Cool vs Geek Chic We promise there isn’t a moon boot or kilt in sight 😉