An iconic brand turns 60
The recent Stockholm Design Fair may have brought new Scandinavian goodies to our attention, but we've long-loved the Nordic countries for their innovative fashions and home decor--especially Finnish design company Marimekko, which turns 60 this year.
In celebration, the renowned textile-makers, known for their simple style and bright prints, have partnered with Converse to create an adorable collection of women's sneakers ($75 to $85).
Available in high- and low-top styles, these kicks feature the brand's signature patterns from the 60s, 70s and 80s, some of which you may remember from back in the day, and all of which bring a cool, retro flair to the classic Chuck Taylor. Our favorite is the punchy, red Kirppu, designed in 1980 by mother-daughter team Maija and Kristina Isola.
Marimekko is also marking their anniversary with the Gems collection of 60 new and re-issued classics. While all the offerings--from the 2010 Kanto container ($95) to the 1953 Jokapoika shirt ($119)--exhibit the brand's recognizable aesthetic, it doesn't get much more iconic than the 1964 Unikko fabric ($39 a yard).
You'll think you've died and gone to Helsinki.