It’s this ambition that makes the Trunk edit so enticing. On the rails hang beautifully soft, unstructured jackets and the odd suit in cashmere, camel or superfine wool, mostly from a cohort of Italian tailors: Caruso, Boglioli, Eidos, Lardini, The Gigi, Altea. Flannels and chinos come from Incotex or Aspesi (also Italian) or Japanese labels such as Camoshita or Comoli, while the store’s favoured denim brands are COF Studio from Sweden and orSlow from Japan. It’s the perfect reflection of the move in menswear in recent years towards a more versatile mode of dress for successful men whose schedule of regular travel and more relaxed business meetings mean that separates that work hard (a well-cut blazer and tailored trousers) are more vital than the old three-piece armour.
And if some of those labels are new to you, that’s Trunk’s USP: not to make you feel cowed that you’re not in some cool gang, but to offer customers the best artisan brands from around the world – not only from Italy or Japan, but also from the UK, US, Sweden and elsewhere – that they might other- wise not come across.
‘Before I opened in 2010, someone said to me, “Why would you want a shop with brands that no- one knows about?”’ says Klingberg. ‘It’s not about the specific brands, but about how they’re put together, about the aesthetic. I didn’t want all the big brands. That wasn’t what I was trying to do.’
The seeds for Klingberg’s obsession with travel and his magpie eye for discovering new things were sown when, at the age of 10, he moved with his parents from Järna, a small town outside Stockholm (population 8,000), to the Brazilian city of São Paulo (population 35 million). ‘My dad worked for Scania, a Swedish truck company, and lots of those firms were based there at the time. It was a big eye-opener for me – I got to meet a lot of business people as part of the Swedish expat community, even as a child. And I got to see a different part of the world.’ It was to be an education: he travelled with his family to Paraguay, Argentina and Chile, while every trip home to Sweden went via the US, whether New York or California.