Copenhagen Cartel Founder Katrine Lee Larsen stands with swimwear and fishing nets Copenhagen Cartel Founder Katrine Lee Larsen stands with swimwear and fishing nets


Ambitions that go far beyond creating clothes, however.

"For me, it was about both challenging the way we create clothes, but also the way we consume. I want to make it easy for consumers to make an active and responsible choice'

An ocean of ​​plastic

The sun's rays dance on the water, you grab your surfboard and paddle out into the waves while soaking up the impressions. In the middle of the cool blue sea, something touches your leg underwater. You expect it to be seaweed, but instead it's plastic you pull out of the water. And you realize that - you are surrounded by plastic.

Katrine's experience in Bali made her aware of how many millions of tons of plastic are floating around in the world's oceans and what a threat it poses to all life below and above the surface.

Drive and dedication

The belief in being able to re-establish the untamed magic of the sea was and always will be Katrine's, and thus Copenhagen Cartel's, driving force. A drive and dedication to create change, combined with the curiosity to learn and the willingness to make mistakes to create solutions, made it possible to turn waste into value.

Thus, the idea for Copenhagen Cartel was born in Bali, brought to life in Copenhagen and continues its growth internationally.

Founded in 2020

Together with her good friend Martin (co-founder), Katrine launched her passion project. Their shared desire to make a difference to the sea gave them the strength to start Copenhagen Cartel alongside their full-time work.

In January 2021, Katrine and Copenhagen Cartel put purpose and green entrepreneurship on the agenda when she opened the 6th season of DR's popular programme, Løvens Hule.

The authentic, emotional and purpose-driven pitch got the lion Christian Arnstedt on the hook and made it possible for Katrine and the two partners, Martin (co-founder) and Anne Karina (co-founder) to go "all in" on Copenhagen Cartel. After that it took off.