Last weekend I travelled to the city of Stavanger, to meet the amiable Fredrik Risvik. The European oil and energy capital is notoriously famous for its nature, breath-taking fjords and the «Pulpit Rock» to mention a few. It is quite hard to ignore the original dockside warehouses, the 18th-century streets, climbing up from a bustling harbour, while it retains something of its small-town roots, an enchanting feeling of light and space, it is quite charming indeed.

Well-made products of genuine lasting value, from brands that take their manufacturing seriously.

I met Fredrik at a local café, to chat about life and to discuss a similar passion we both share, which simply is craftsmanship. Mr Risvik says that he quite admires the simplicity of things. Functionality. Clean lines. Longevity. Proportion. Well-made products of genuine lasting value, from brands that take their manufacturing seriously. Products with the ability to endure over time.

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On the question of inspiration, Fredrik tells me that all his inspiration comes from traveling, reading and simply spotting people on the street. We both agree that true style comes from within and not vice versa. We relax into ourselves, becoming less concerned with trends and more aware of the finer things in life. Mr Risvik’s style is well expressed, both on the inside and out. His persona would remind you of a gentleman that values good quality, in art, music and craft. “I fancy clean colours, navy and charcoal is one of them. A well-made polo shirt from the Norwegian Neapolitan inspired brand Cavour, paired with classic flannels and my all-time favourite, white kicks from Common Projects.”

I am quite fortunate to be able to do what I do, I have always been told to find something you love and be good at it.

Most of Fredrik’s possessions are gradually invested over time. He never buys things unintentionally. “I wanted to be an architect in my teens, but ended up in the creative field of menswear instead.” With the launch of his own site/journal he has build up a portfolio and managed to make it into a part time-job. “I am quite fortunate to be able to do what I do, I have always been told to find something you love and be good at it. I have good friends that I have met through Instagram, genuine people who share the same interest as me. Not only do you have a platform to share what you personally like to wear, but also you do it while approaching other people who do the same.”

 

Inspire to be inspired.