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Sandgrens x Not Perfect Linen

This autumn, we at Sandgrens decided to support and celebrate other handcrafted, local brands that value the same things we do, especially the appreciation for high-quality, handmade items. For our third collaboration in this series we ventured out to Lithuania to find a small family of creative people behind the brand called Not Perfect Linen. Their philosophy is simple - to create beautiful handmade linen items much as a response against mass produced products. The name Not Perfect Linen comes from the beauty behind linen which is that, it is not supposed to be perfect. Instead, letting the linen fabric age and be used are two things that allow this this type of fabric get even better with time. In many ways, this is how...

Sandgrens x Nadinoo

This autumn, we at Sandgrens decided to support and celebrate other handcrafted, local brands that value the same things we do, especially the appreciation for high-quality, handmade items. Nadinoo is another such brand. Their philosophy is simple – find a garment that you’ll love, and you’ll wear it for longer. Then, proper care is measured to ensure it’s the right fit for you. Based out on the British countryside, each item is made by hand and can be tailored towards an individual’s specific needs and preferences. The countryside has clearly influenced their clothing designs, while focusing on the intention of creating a classic style instead of a short-term fashion trend. The process is slow but straightforward, coincidentally inspiring the fitting name for these pants, Slow...

Sandgrens x Only Child

This autumn we at Sandgrens decided to support and celebrate other likeminded, handcrafted, local brands that value the same things as we do - namely the appreciation for high quality, handmade items. … Starting with Haley from Only Child. Haley is the incredible woman behind the brand Only Child - a sustainable, handmade clothing brand based in Oakland, CA. We fell head over heels when we discovered her passion and talent in handcrafted beauties like her Bolinas Duster vest and Dune wide pants. Each piece of Only Child’s clothing is made only after it has been purchased, which makes sure that each item has a purpose and is not piling up in a warehouse somewhere. This, alongside her dedication to ensuring the fabric being used...

Fashion Rewind: How the ‘70s Inspired Today’s Trends

It was a time now referred to as a “pivot of change.” With so many economic and social upheavals in the 1970s, it seemed the world’s population had craved a distraction. The most obvious outlet for this expression was also the most visible - fashion. It was as though designers “plugged themselves in” to fuse their creations and clothing styles with bright colors and eye-catching patterns. The silhouettes returned to more conservative shapes, thereby abandoning the futuristic themes made popular during the Space Race of the 1960s. Outfits were further influenced by what was worn by popular music groups and in Hollywood films. When the Swedish super-group ABBA was showcased wearing wooden clogs, the platform shoe became yet another one of Sweden’s most popular exports....

Holiday-Ready Nice Clogs and Berkeley Boots to Celebrate the Season

Swedish clogs have enjoyed quite a few moments under the spotlight. However as the most festive time of the year beckons, such a backdrop is instead illuminated by the sparkle of twinkling string lights and other cheerful decor. How will you stand out? We believe it’s as easy as stepping into a pair of clogs. With clogs’ humble beginning as a utilitarian necessity then growing to the height of its popularity in the 1970s, to now, surging as a coveted essential for reinvented, high-fashion wardrobes; this cycle has revealed what makes clogs such an enduring classic. They’re prized for their craftsmanship. Clogs remain a versatile statement-maker, yet are comfortable for even the busiest of holiday itineraries. With such invites forthcoming, the saturated tones of the...

A Guide to Clog Boots with Sandgrens

The brilliant foliage synonymous with the harvest season is unfortunately fleeting, but still it’s best to let the season fall into place. Now that it’s November, as temperatures and leaves drop, conditions are ideal for a strong pair of clog boots. But with such a varied collection to answer the call, the challenge can be selecting the one best suited for your unique, cold weather-ready attire. Basics are Best One of the most popular boot styles created, our Manhattan clog boot unites effortless style with a modern approach to a classic silhouette. The design is straightforward, delighting in the simplicity of an elegance that speaks for itself. The reason points to the everyday versatility celebrated by the clog boots’ aesthetic. Much like the New York...

Clog Mules and Socks: A Lovely Approach to Unpredictable Seasons

Don’t pack away your clogs just yet. In fact, clogs of the summer are morphing into the ideal cool weather footwear staple. When paired with heavily patterned, brightly colored or coveted cozy socks, this combination defines transitional style. Clogs with socks? Yes, absolutely! We at Sandgrens are quite excited about the versatility of our clogs, and we aim to surprise and delight with the suggestion of adding this unexpected texture. This time of year brings unpredictable temperatures, but the soles of our wooden clogs have treads that help prevent slipping. Many styles are perfect for wearing with different types of socks to help you stay warm. Our Tokyo in Nude makes a beautiful companion for this season-in-between, especially when paired with socks. Perhaps, upon a...

A Tale as Old as Time: The History of Clogs

There is a story hidden within the crisp lines and smooth curves of a Swedish clog. In fact, it is a beloved cultural icon that represents the pride of a nation. Few clothing and shoe designs celebrate such a storied history like the iconic wooden clog. In fact, the first clogs can be traced to the 1300s. The first guild of clog makers date back to 1570 in Holland, and people in the Netherlands have been wearing the wooden shoes for more than 700 years. But back then, function was emphasized over form and clogs were regarded as protective footwear in the field instead of the high fashion runways of the modern era. Most worn out wooden footwear of centuries past wound up as fire...

3 Essential Men’s Clogs for Fall

Online commentary from Vogue hinted at the possibility of men’s clogs hitting the Fall 2018 runways, but we at Sandgrens ask, “why wait?” Now is the ideal time to upgrade your shoe game. Already a popular choice for men in Europe and especially Scandinavia, the men in America are seemingly intrigued by not only the clogs’ comfort and construction, but also by its versatility. And though our collection of clogs for men is varied in style, the three most iconic are the Malmo, Halmsted and Nybro. In fact, for a century and counting, Sandgrens has upheld a tradition of quality handcraftsmanship by constructing each pair by hand in their family-owned factory in Sweden. Since they’re forged by hand, no two pairs are alike. Open-heel clogs...

Fall Clog Trend: Our Plum Leather on a Dark Wooden Base

While purple was once the color of royalty, Sandgrens declares it a color that reigns for all. In fact, this color has emerged as one of the top trends for Fall 2017, as it instantly calls to mind the season’s natural shades with its rich, deep hue. But what sets it apart, is its mix of red and blue (i.e., warm and cool tones) that designate this shade as an unexpected neutral. While the shades of purple may vary, it is clear our preference lies with Plum. Plum walks a seamlessly straight line between rock star and romantic with its surprising versatility. The color commands authority, but is much more feminine than a fundamental black. It’s suitable for business casual, but also energizes even the...
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