How to look after your Fjällräven Känken

After the iconic Swedish outdoor brand went viral in late 2015, the rise and rise of the Fjällräven Känken hasn’t stopped. Making its way to the UK on the backs of hipsters in the summer of 2015, and later adopted by everyone from Hypebeasts to schoolkids and their mums upon recognition of its genuine necessity, the Scändi vibe was here to stay in its adorably practical form. With sturdy zips, bold bright colours, the iconic badge, and an overly fun take on the European minimalist vibe, the Känken was here to stay.

Throughout 2016 its roaring popularity triggered realisation of factors beyond style, people began to understand this bag’s amazing durability and practicality alike. Soon after the original canvas version, available in both mini and large (accompanied by this adorable map showing how much general bag stuff you can fit inside) came the Känken No. 2, a more durable, hard-wearing version made with 1000 Heavy Duty material, and Re-Känken, made with 11 recycled plastic bottles (and for only £10 more!!).

A few year’s on, and the opportunity only grows to ensure you’re making the best in bag investments (but if you’re here, you probably already are). We thought we’d give you some very handy tips n’ tricks to know when acquiring your very own Fjällräven Känken, here’s a quick how-to:

Change the length of the straps:

  • Un-pop the press studs at the top of the two back straps (no matter how stiff, they do un-pop!)
  • The strap should unfold.
  • Use the adjustment toggles at the bottom to choose your perfect length.

Prevent colour-run:

  • The Känken can be known to rub colour on to light coloured clothing, especially if damp or wet.
  • To prevent this:
  • Soak your bag in lukewarm water for 30-60 minutes before you start using it.
  • Hang until fully dry (in the bathroom is your best bet).

Store your beloved camera:

  • Well with this adorable and handy insert, of course!

Wash your Känken:

  • Don’t put it in the washing machine!
  • Instead use a soft brush or sponge and lukewarm water to brush away marks.

Loosen the zip:

  • Don’t yank!
  • Use some oil or lip balm to loosen the zip and it should gently release.

Fix a break:

  • If wear and tear creates small rips or breaks, fix them straight away!
  • The canvas is easy to sew, so do this as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Prevent colour fading:

  • Don’t leave your Känken in direct sunlight!
  • If possible leave it in the shade, this will prevent fading and make sure your vibrant statement bag stays that way.

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By Alex Neilson-Clark

Alex Neilson-Clark

Alex Neilson-Clark

Writer and expert

Follower of street style trends by the dozen, you'll rarely catch me in anything but trainers. Accessories and outerwear are my calling, and in my eyes there's no such thing as overdoing them.