Vibe Harsløf is a Danish jewellery designer that I discovered last year when I was in Copenhagen. What sets Vibe apart from other jewellery designers is that she doesn’t limit herself to the traditional pieces we’ve come to expect, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, but also creates foot pieces, trainer jewellery and in a recent collaboration with Wackerhaus, torso pieces! Her designs are simple and elegant.
Read on to find out more about Vibe…
What was the inspiration for your latest collection?
I wanted to work with pearls, so the challenge was to make something contemporary that I would like to wear myself.
What’s your favourite stage when creating a new design?
That’s when I crack it. The first stage is trying to sort through all the vague ideas. I only sketch to remember, so to me the real creative phase starts when I sit down in my workshop and start playing around with the materials. It feels a bit like climbing a mountain because I know it takes time (and hard work) to get into the right mode, where the ideas start to make sense and seem coherent, where new ideas arise with every model, which is my absolute favourite stage.
Do you have a part of the body in mind when you start a new design?
I find it very intriguing to find new ways to adorn the body and challenge the wearer, so I often have a specific part of the body in mind when I start a new collection.
The past seasons I have focused on the foot, making jewellery for both your shoes but also to wear on your feet in the shoe. Before that I had a thing with challenging how to wear earrings, as well as adorning the whole hand.
Which material do you most enjoy working with, and why?
Silver!!! It is such a nice material to work with, it is fairly soft and bends easily but can obtain hardness that makes it flexible, if that is needed.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
All the practical work I have to do whilst being self-employed, I’m a one man army, paperwork in all varieties…
Which photographer would you most like to shoot your jewellery?
Never really thought about that, maybe Nan Goldin?
Who would you most like to see wearing your jewellery?
It would be an honour to see Charlotte Gainsbourg with my jewellery, as she never wears any.
If you weren’t a jewellery designer what would you be?
I have no idea. I can’t really see myself doing anything else but I would like to expand into bags and shoes though.
Today I’m wearing…
My Wood Wood boots, loose woollen Acne trousers and a Wackerhaus silk shirt, which has a collar that fits perfectly with my neckpieces, and a lot of jewellery obviously.
What do you do first thing in the morning?
I drink a large glass of lukewarm water with lemon – it feels like an internal shower.
What’s your favourite accessory?
I think jewellery can really accentuate a look. Right now, I think it’s my footpieces or my trainer jewellery, it feels like such a new and easy way to wear jewellery.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I have just bought tickets for a trip to Tokyo with my son, I feel so privileged to be able to show him a part of the world so different from ours.
What five items in your wardrobe/jewellery box could you not live without?
My anklecuffs (I wear them all summer long with both trainers and sandals), a pair of well-tailored trousers, a silk blouse to pair with one of my neckpieces (one of my favourite pieces of jewellery), my three double ring that I always wear on one hand (they have grown to be a part of me) and finally a very warm winter coat, I am always freezing in the wintertime.
Something people don’t know about me…
I am actually very systematic and organised even though my studio is always messy.
My top 5 hangouts in Copenhagen are…
Copenhagen Harbour - Islands Brygge 14, 2300 Copenhagen
My number one hangout is the harbour in the summer. I live 5 minutes away and I love to go swimming in the morning. In the evening, my son and I often take dinner there and will go for a dip afterwards.
Sønder Boulevard – Vesterbro, 1720 Copenhagen
It’s a “park” in-between two streets with ping pong tables, basketball courts, football yards and occasionally flee-markets. It is right off where I live and more or less my backyard, I hang out there with my son and/or my friends.
Ph: Nordic Nibbles
Manfreds & Vin - Jægersborggade 40, 2200 Copenhagen
They serve an excellent tartare.
The Coffee Collective - Jægersborggade 10, 2200 Copenhagen
They serve the BEST coffee in Copenhagen
Loppen – Sydområdet 4B, 1440
A small, very chilled venue in Christiania, that book really good bands and always with an affordable entrance.
I love the smell of…
Coffee, I’m seriously trying to battle that addiction.
My mother always told me to…
“Get an education before you get married and have kids” and “you can be anything you want”, she has always been super supportive!!
Thank you so much Vibe, x
Check out Vibe’s website to see all her designs, some of which are sold on these websites: FarFetch, Valery Demure, & Anthem Wares.