Friday, January 8, 2010

globetrotting adventures - finland iii - marimekko

downtown helsinki is relatively small. you could probably walk through it in 30 minutes. maybe more, maybe less, depending where you start from and where you think downtown ends. regardless, it's not large. yet, there are three marimekkos downtown (there used to be four). two are even on the same street. aside from their stand alone stores, their products can also be found at all the department stores, and even at the local grocery store. marimekko is the only brand i have ever come across where it's possible to find the same design on your clothes, bedding, mouse pad, coffee mug, umbrella, tv, paper napkins, upholstery, purse... the list goes on.

with such a presence in the market, it's no wonder that marimekko goods can be found in nearly every finnish home. marimekko, like some of the other finnish brands such as iittala/arabia (also one of my favorites) is fully ingrained into finnish culture. and as i am sure you are fully aware of by now, it has completely sucked me in.

pictures from one of my several visits during our trip below.


i broke down and bought one of these bags (the big one toward the bottom). don't worry i had a gift card.


i. spent. a lot. of. money.

happy new year!


  1. Ahhhh! I'm so jealous! You know how much I love Marimekko!

  2. Just found your blog and love it! That store looks amazing!!! I would have spent a lot of money too! Oh and your Etsy shop is gorgeous- I love it as well! Have a great weekend XOXO

  3. Looks like such a fun fun store! eee is right :) Love it!

  4. I bet it was worth every penny!

  5. Gorgeous pics and we visited that Marimekko store too. It's just gorgeous and I adored Finland :D



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