Axel Arigato is known for its sustainable focus; can you share with us any initiatives?
Albin: For us, sustainability is something that needs to be integrated into everything we do. We have spent the last 12 months taking the necessary steps to better understand our product lifecycle and production, and in doing so, we have gained great insight into our entire value chain through our climate measurement efforts and our partnership with BCOME and STICA. Not only has this given us a precise understanding of our entire supply chain, but we have also empowered our customers to make better buying decisions by allowing this information to be made public and accessible.
Furthermore, our commitment to sourcing, manufacturing, and producing our products within Europe has played a crucial role in allowing us to scale, smart. The partnership we have with our suppliers is of the utmost importance to us. Together, we share the mutual responsibility to adapt to the UN’s goals for sustainable development and use this as our collective roadmap going forward. Strengthening these bonds with our suppliers has resulted in some very positive changes, such as the transition to renewable energy across many of our production facilities.
We believe the best way to transform this industry for the better is by letting consumers make educated decisions in their purchasing. We welcome this coming year with great confidence, seeing opportunities and setting a solid commitment to reduce our climate impact.
Can you tell us more about Axel Arigato’s ‘Drop of the Week’?
Max: Each season we design the full collection, across ready-to-wear and footwear. Then we strategically flight out each drop across the 52 weeks of the year according to seasonality, special events, collaborations, etc. Each week we have the “drop” which is the heartbeat of our brand and due to the collections being designed and produced in season this allows us the ability to move quickly and bring newness across all of our customer touchpoints, such as the website, social media, in-store, gifting, etc. which then builds a closer relationship with our community and prevents overstock.
Please share with us one of your proudest moments since launching Axel Arigato.
Albin: I do believe that the best moments are always in front of us but so far I do think that the proudest moment was when I saw our shoes abroad for the first time, it was in London.
Max: In 2019 we hosted a one-day festival in Copenhagen featuring artists such as IAMDDB, GIGGS and Aminé. The festival was free of charge for all guests and embraced all cultural disciplines from music, art, fashion and technology. We feel very fortunate that we are in a place where we can offer our customers these unique experiences.
What’s next for Axel Arigato?
Max: We will continue to take risks and constantly find new ways of creating innovative products and reaching our customers. Our vision is to become a global brand known for our values and products.
Albin: We want to continue with what we’re already offering, but on a larger scale and through a bigger platform. We focus a lot on digital for both sales and awareness, but we still really believe in physical retail and want to roll out more stores. Connecting with our customers through physical experiences and activations is a big part of our DNA.