Visiting Linnea Levoskin
IN HER PRIVATE HOME, COPENHAGEN S
23 YEARS OLD
OWNER OF THE VINTAGE SHOP WWW.CCVINTAGE.DK / @COUTURECRASH
Trine: WHY DOES FASHION INTEREST YOU?
Linnea: I have always defined my identity by the way I dress. My mood has always been reflected in the clothes I wear, and it feels the most natural for me to dress according to my mood and who I am as a person.
Trine: SO THE CLOTHES ARE AN EXTENSION OF YOUR PERSONALITY?
Linnea: Yes, and that hasn’t always had the best outcome… But it has always been the most important to me. I have, ever since I was a child, been insanely concerned with and aware of what I was wearing, and would never just wear what my mum gave me.
Trine: I WAS LIKE THAT TOO… EVEN FROM THE AGE OF 3, AND APPARENTLY TO MY MUM’S
ANNOYANCE… IT COULD BE QUITE THE SIGHT FOR SORE EYES.
Linnea: Exactly the same scenario here, - and now, when I look at pictures from that time, I can see my sense of colour co-ordination had not yet fully developed.
Trine: YES; THERE HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN A FEW HITS AND MISSES; BUT THAT’S TO BE EXPECTED WHEN YOU HAVE SOME PRETTY STRONG OPINIONS ABOUT HOW THINGS GO TOGETHER. BUT WHAT IS IT CLOTHES CAN DO?
Linnea: Clothes are your window to the world. They are your first-hand impression. I am almost always in a good mood, and so I like my clothes to reflect that. I very often wear colours, even though something sad and tragic has happened, then I still prefer to signal something positive. Unfortunately, I recently lost my father and even at his funeral, where everyone else came dressed in black, I chose to wear a light-blue silk dress with flowers on. Despite it being a day full of grief, it was also a beautiful day and I felt that by dressing in something joyful and beautiful, I honoured my dad. Clothes can do so much… Almost more than words.
Trine: YES; IT IS A STRONG FORM OF COMMUNICATION… I ALSO THINK THAT'S WHY I LIKE MAKING CLOTHES SO MUCH. I LOVE THE IDEA ABOUT THE STAGING ITSELF AND THAT YOU CAN TELL A STORY BASED ON THE WAY YOU DRESS, AND IT MAKES ME WONDER IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD A DREAM TO BECOME A DESIGNER?
Linnea: I might not be creative enough to create the actual clothes, but I love to work with putting things together, and in that way create a story. To create expressions through style has always meant so much to me, and now it has become my livelihood. I have started a web-shop, Couturecrash Vintage, with vintage clothes and I love all the little stories that are hidden in these things. It is a treasure chest of fun things and that’s why I find it so inspiring to work with.
Trine: BUT YOU ALSO WORK WITH STYLING, RIGHT?
Linnea: Yes, I also do that, - both on my web-shop and on my own profile @lensedbylinnea. Other than that, I have started having a couple regular customers that I collaborate with. It is luckily working out really well, even though we have just started and for that I am very grateful.
Trine: I UNDERSTAND THAT, - IT IS A CHALLENGE TO COMBINE A DREAM YOU HAVE INSIDE YOUR HEAD WITH A BUSINESS CONCEPT AND MAKE IT WORK… I KNOW ALL ABOUT THAT.
Linnea: Yes, and I have for so long been wanting it to work, and it is really nice to finally feel that it does. I am able to do what I like the most, and I allow myself to fully go for it. I have thought about it for many years, and I really needed to prepare myself for it, so in that way it is even more satisfying bringing it all together. Maybe, it has also been through the process of losing my dad, that I have learned not to procrastinate things. You never know when you will leave this place, so that has probably also given me that extra push. In that way, I also have him with me while doing this. He also knew it was my big dream and that I never was one to fit in the conventional boxes. I’ve always had to live my own quirky dreams.
Trine: THAT IS A LOVELY OBSERVATION LINNEA, AND SOMETHING I RECOGNISE FROM MYSELF. AND BACK TO THE CLOTHES; IT MIGHT BE THAT OUR MOTHERS WEREN’T ALLOWED TO DRESS US AS KIDS, AND THEY WERE FED UP BY IT. BUT NOW THEY CAN SEE IT ALL MAKES SENSE, THAT THERE WAS A REASON FOR OUR VERY OWN OPINIONS ABOUT THESE THINGS.
Linnea: Exactly… It makes perfect sense now in its own right.
Trine: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR WORDS LINNEA.