Offline Lovers

4 June 2018

What are your three favourite things?
Mikko: Lucas, food, laughter and love
Lucas: Mikko, carbs and coca cola

As children, we are conditioned to believe in the fairy-tale. Signs come and go; the knot in your stomach, the clammy, awkward butterflies that scatter across your mind. Perhaps what is most perfect, is the unknown. One boy who never forgot the depictions of a classic romance is Mikko Puttonen, Finnish stylist and influencer. When he met new beau Lucas, a German-raised Spaniard, 7 months ago - all was right and as expected.

The pair can be seen as collaborators, in love and in creative projects. Photographer Melanie Tjoeng captures their intimacy in a dream-like state; in frames that lay their connection bare. Body parts meet in a mirage of boyhood and tenderness. Styling the shoot, Mikko plays with re-worked tailoring and a 1960s sensibility. Keeping it strictly Scandinavian, he clashes draping cuts against streamlined suiting (all monochromatic, of course).

There is hope in these encounters. Two lovers meet, despite all streams leading towards different ports. Their story started the same way as most modern love stories do - with the tap of an Instagram post, and the courage to take their connection offline. Lucas was travelling to London for love of the city and ended up leaving (and coming back) for Mikko.

Crawling into the same hiding places together; they both shared the same adolescent urge to forget the mundane. For Mikko, it was a blue-haired, teen rebellion that lit up his small hometown in Finland – while simultaneously, Lucas was busy sporting latex trousers down in Germany. Like overgrown waterlilies returning to their tiny pond, they agree on the same ‘happy ending’. It looks like a small cottage somewhere in either Finland, or Spain (ideally both). Skiing on the icy lake in winter, basking in the golden light during spring. Either way, their real home seems to be built in one another; rather than any place, near or far.

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Above left: Mikko wears Jacket and Trousers by SANDRO, Pullover by & OTHER STORIES, and Shoes by CALVIN KLEIN
Above right: Mikko wears Top by PETER DO

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Above left: Mikko wears Top by PETER DO. Lucas wears Top by SANDRO
Above right: Mikko wears Trench Coat by FILIPPA K, Top by L ́HOMME ROUGE, and Jeans by DRIES VAN NOTEN

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Above left: Mikko wears Suit by COS
Above right: As before

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Above: Lucas wears Suit by COS, Zip Cardigan by FILIPPA K, and his own hat (throughout). Mikko wears Suit by COS

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Above left: Lucas wears Suit by COS, Zip Cardigan by FILIPPA K, and Shoes by PHILLIP LIM. Mikko wears Suit by COS, Polo by WOOD WOOD, and Shoes by AALTO
Above right: As before

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Above left: Mikko wears Top by PETER DO and Jeans by DRIES VAN NOTEN. Lucas wears Top and Trousers by SANDRO

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Above: Lucas wears Jacket and Trousers by & OTHER STORIES, Jumper by DRIES VAN NOTEN, and Shoes by DR MARTENS. Mikko wears Trench Coat by FILIPPA K, Top by L ́HOMME ROUGE, Jeans by DRIES VAN NOTEN, and Shoes by ADIEU

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Above left: Lucas wears Top by CARRIER COMPANY and Corduroy Trousers by WEEKDAY.
Above right: As before

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