August 30 2014

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The Citizens Band Prepares For A Few New Additions


Former Cardigans singer Nina Persson was in New York last night to celebrate her new, collaborative collection with the Swedish label Hope, and luckily, her new, collaborative collection was, too. (An earlier date for the party had to be postponed after Eyjafjallajökull stranded the clothes on the far side of the pond.) The capsule collection of fur-trimmed coats, mesh layering skirts, floral dresses, and, yes, a cardigan was Persson’s first stab at designing, but the soft-spoken Persson (pictured, left, with husband Nathan Larson) was just as concerned with another first: her first child, currently in attendance as well—in utero. The pregnancy may have kept her away from the free-flowing Champagne, but it didn’t keep her offstage. After sharing a few timely maternal anxieties—”I don’t want to be one of those blog moms,” she confided about the overly anxious, neurotic Internet set—Persson performed a few songs with her new band, A Camp. There to cheer her on were James Iha and her friend, sometime housemate, and fellow expectant mother Sarah Sophie Flicker, who also performs with Persson in the collective the Citizens Band. Flicker’s second baby, a boy, is due in the fall. Has the baby boom inspired a bout of creativity in the moms-to-be? Flicker and Persson were mum on the Citizens’ future, but fellow member Karen Elson—mom of two, and with her own album coming out later this month—let it slide today that the Band is in the very beginning stages of discussing an upcoming New York residency.

Photo: Jörgen Ringstrand

The Cardigans’ Nina Persson Tries Her Hand At Design—Cardigans Not Included


It was only fitting that Nina Persson, former lead singer of a band called the Cardigans, would eventually get around to dabbling in fashion. Now she has, teaming up with Swedish label Hope for a Fall ’10 capsule collection. No cardigans, but the Nina Persson + Hope range does include ten-odd thirties vintage-inspired pieces distilled from many beloved yet not-quite-perfect things hanging in Persson’s own closet. The limited-edition collection will be previewed at a party later this month at Project No. 8‘s Ace Hotel store; in the meantime, Persson chats with about her debut as a designer.

How did the collaboration with Hope come about?
They asked me if I would be interested in doing a collection, and I thought—why not? I don’t have much else going on.

That can’t be right. Didn’t your new band, A Camp, release a record last year? Haven’t you been on the road, and all that? And you’re part of Citizens Band, too…
Well, that’s all true, but around the time Hope contacted me, I had just finished touring, and I was doing about what I’m doing now, which is being pleasantly lazy. I’m giving myself a chance to say “yes” to things—recording a track with a friend, doing different interesting projects. This seemed like an interesting project.

Had you been nursing a desire to design?
God, not at all. I’m very happy to be, like, an inspired consumer. I think I have good taste—I think that’s why Hope had the idea to work with me. But, to be totally honest, the few occasions before this when I’ve entered into the fashion world, I haven’t been too impressed, you know? Maybe it’s just that it’s quite different from the music world, but at the end of the day, that’s it—I’m a musician. I write songs. I have no idea how to construct clothes. And that’s not something I’ve been dying to master.

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