Brands We Desire: Acne Studios

Acne Studios is a multidisciplinary luxury fashion house based in Stockholm, Sweden. Founded in 1996 as part of the creative collective ACNE, an acronym for Associated Computer Nerd Enterprises that was later changed to Ambition to Create Novel Expressions, the fashion house specialises in men's and women's ready-to-wear fashion, footwear, accessories and denim.

Founder and Creative Director Jonny Johannson's interest in photography, art, architecture and contemporary culture has helped Acne Studios to become a respected creator of clothing, publications, furniture, exhibitions and special collaborations.


 Wallpaper* and Vogue Paris quickly picked up on the popularity of Acne Studios so they rapidly expanded their fashion offering outside of denim. In 2006, Acne Studios became a standalone company and separated from other entities within the collective ACNE such as Acne Film, Acne Advertising and Acne Digital, at the same time launching their e-commerce. Since launching, Acne Studios has grown into a global fashion house with retail stores around the world including Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Antwerp and Tokyo, offering women's and men's ready-to-wear collections, showing at Paris Fashion Week twice a year and turning over $215 million annually in 2016.

“Acne Studios are all about making something a bit wrong the height of cool. Expect denim and light knits paired with chunky sneakers, which’ll have you dying to leave the house to show them off.”

Acne Studios has collaborated widely with representatives from the creative industries to produce limited edition collections. Some examples include a range of bikes with the world’s oldest bike manufacturer Bianchi Bicycles, a furniture line of sofas based on Swedish designer Carl Malmsten’s sofa Nya Berlin, a capsule collection with couture house Lanvin, an art installation and a collection with artist Katerina Jebb, a cross-gender blouse collection with transsexual magazine Candy, an art book and blue shirt line with Lord Snowdon, limited edition prints with William Wegman, a rodeo-themed book and capsule collection inspired by Bruce of Los Angeles, a collection based around artworks by abstract Swedish pioneer Hilma af Klint, and a capsule collection with Liberty London.

More recent collaborations include a limited-edition monograph and unisex silk pajama collection with American sculptor Peter Schlesinger, small leather goods monogramed with Jack Pierson's custom lettering, and a custom rug collection for Acne Studios' Madison Ave. location designed by British designer Max Lamb and Swedish rug company Kasthall.

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Written by David Breathnach
Art Director at Laundry Magazine

David Breathnach is also the founder and creative director of Industry Design.