Skifter ties in very good company!

In our Made in Denmark shop in the Tivoli Garden Skifter ties always draw a lot of attention. Hopefully also because of the superior quality and great design, but most certainly because of the beautiful girls keeping the ties company.

And all our customers who buy a tie get a girl as well – at least a paper version girl! So time for a new date for you?

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5 Questions with Søren Skifter

Søren Skifter has been in the tie making industry for almost a century. His clients range from world renowned fashion houses to the Danish royal family. I recently paid Søren a visit to chat about his work.

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What’s the history of Søren Skifter A/S?
My grandfather started the company in 1919. It was just ahead of the second industrial revolution and business boomed. It was easy to set up production lines and there were some important inventions in the weaving industry that made it possible to produce fabrics for ties. In the beginning my grandfather started the business with a small shop, then my father decided instead of paying rent to buy our own place so he bought the building which we are in today. I came on board in 1992 with an ongoing internship at the company. Originally my father and I did not plan for me to take over this business but I love it and I’m all about this.

How has the company changed since then?
Since those days, we trimmed the company to what we need today. It is very important to not be too stubborn and adapt with the times. For me small is beautiful. As we found out that marketing and sales is not necessarily the answer, but doing the right thing for our clients and focusing on quality.

Did the product also changed with time?
Production-wise we remain loyal to product quality and service. But what has changed is that before we were very retail orientated, we had salesmen in the field canvassing with suitcases; that was the main source of sales. Today the focus is more on the professional production market. Again, it is important to adapt to change.

What’s your relationship with Copenhagen?
We always wanted to stay in Copenhagen. A lot of people have moved their offices abroad, Hong Kong, Italy, etc. [But] we are Danish, the typical old-school Copenhagen company. It influence us in everything we do, the way we think, the way we approach business.

You mentioned earlier that you didn’t plan to be in the tie business; if you weren’t here, what would you be doing right now?
I would be a skipper on a boat, sailing around the world.

 

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Orderly Disorder

Work spaces at different scales can be quite photogenic. When zoomed in close enough, even the most organized system will exhibit departures from order. The following is a collage of candid shots from CPHmade members: Butchers & Bicycles, SØREN SKIFTER, Andersen & Berner, Sort Slips Hvidt Slips, Emdal Colorknit and For Holding Up The Trousers.

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Tie Girls

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If you are among the many who visited us in our Tivoli SHOP, these lovely girls have probably caught your eye. Covered only by the fantastic ties by Søren Skifter, the lovely “tie-girls” are actually strongly inspired by one of Copenhagen’s biggest tourist attraction, the Little Mermaid. Instead of The Little Mermaid’s fishy tail, the tie-girls are elegantly dressed in ties by Søren Skifter.

As the photo reveals, one of the girls are wearing a woolen tie, and particular the woolen ties we carry in our SHOP has a great story to tell. The woolen ties are actually an exact remake of some of the very first designs by Søren Skifter in 1919. Designed more than 94 years ago, the pattern design the shapes and the choice of material is still the same in this fantastic re-make. Subtle colours and a timeless cut.

The ties, shirts and bow ties are running fast as Christmas is slowly approaching, so make sure to swing by our shop and secure yourselves a piece of local production history!

Right now, we have some great deals for the man who has everything. GO GO GO!

Søren Skifter ties to the Danish police force

CPHmade member Søren Skifter has just won the Danish police’s order for new ties to all police constables and officers. Søren Skifter was chosen because of the tie’s high woolen quality, durability and wear resistance. CPHmade of course is not surprised by the Police’s choice – and we say congratulations for an excellent choice. – says Asger