Throughout history, the most beautiful folk costumes have been displayed at Skansen, not least by the many folk dancers who wore them while dancing here. All textiles used in the museum´s operations are manufactured, maintained, and stored in the clothing chamber at Skansen. The same goes for textiles and clothes that were used as props but are no longer needed in the daily operations. In June 2020, Skansen took the first steps to make this treasure trove of props available to a larger audience by launching “Skansen Vintage” in the Skansen store.
Skansen Vintage brings a new lease of life
– Skansen Vintage has come to life based on an idea to extend the life cycle of the prop objects and let them come to new use. It feels great to witness the warm reception and see so many incredible prop objects live on with a renewed purpose, says Åsa Magnusson, Head of Cultural History Activities at Skansen. Skansen Vintage Pop- up store will be a completely unique shopping experience in an otherwise usually closed environment, she continues.
On the first floor of Stockholm’s landmark Bredablick you´ll find textiles and objects from different eras for sale. Each item is unique and is available in one copy only where the condition and quality will vary.
– A circular economy is not really new; throughout history it is how we have consumed. Thus, it is also deeply rooted in Skansen’s entire operations, historically as well as in the future. For us at the Skansen shop, it feels completely natural that it should be factored into everything we do. It is truly a privilege to work with these fantastic props, says Anna Bodén, unit manager for sales and markets at Skansen.
Skansen Vintage Pop- Up opens on June 9, at 10 am. The collection is available in the temporary store in Bredablick at Skansen, Djurgårdsslätten 49-51.
We care for each other and therefore only allow a limited number of visitors into the store at the same time. As the Pop- Up store is reached via a staircase, please note that accessibility is unfortunately limited.
About Skansen Vintage
Skansen Vintage was launched in the Skansen store in June 2020. The collection is made up of selected items from the Skansen Foundation’s prop collection. The prop collection consists of clothes and interior textiles that have been manufactured or purchased by Skansen’s Clothes Chamber since 1893. Items that can no longer be used in the operations are now sold to the public under the Skansen Vintage label.
Bredablick, which is located at the top of Skansenberget, was built as a look out tower mimicking an Italian belvedere. It was inaugurated in 1876 as a well movement – a kind of water shop according to continental model. Artur Hazelius, Skansen’s founder, bought the tower and the land around the year 1892.
Upstairs – where the temporary shop will be housed – a café is being built.
By investing in recycling, Skansen contributes to achieving sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources. (12.5)