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Aino & Reino

28 May

This post is totally inappropriate for this hot weather… But we Finns absolutely adore these slippers! Worn by grannies (Aino) and grandpas (Reino) in our childhood these traditional Finnish slippers have seen a new coming in the past few years and are now more popular than ever before – and they are not exclusive to the seniors anymore! First Ainos were made in 1930 and Reinos followed two years later and their names are traditional old proper Finnish names.

Aino Slippers €39.90

These slippers are comfy and warm and most importantly happy! There are new colours available these days and sizes for children too.  It looks like my favorite red Aino is currently unavailable – most likely sold out.

Reino Slippers €29.90

Baby Reino in Pink €39.90

Baby Reino €39.90

Happiness starts from warm feet! Reinokauppa.fi also delivers abroad, contact them for prices. Reino blog can be found here

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Marimekko Cakes

11 May

Drool alert! No surprise if you’ve been reading this blog that I’m a huge Marimekko fan, not just because its Finnish and Cool, but the prints really are funky! And now they’ve made some cakes for the Summer from their prints! There is a competition going on on their Facebook page currently where you can vote your favourite and win a table cloth!! The samples can also be seen at the Marimekko flagship stores in Helsinki or NYC.

My favourite Marimekko Cake

Marimekko cake

Marimekko Cake

Hot New Shop: POP the fashion Store

26 Apr

Finnish mum of 3, Kaisa Larkas has just launched POP The Fashion Store. This shop is totally hot: only opened this week near London and soon going online – already creating buzz on Facebook and Twitter!

POP is full of funky independent labels, including Finnish Lumi, Finsk, Minna Hepburn, Poola Kataryna and R/H and Swedish Cecilia Hammarborg.

We’re loving:

Aura shirt by Nurmi £85

Skin by Finsk £287

POP the Fashion Store also stocks those uber cool Elkin skull bracelets that have already been seen in Grazia, Vogue and The Telegraph!

Skull Bracelet £40

 

Visit the store in Olney, Milton Keynes, or online on popfashionstore

Finnish Lush Labels: Korpi & Gordon

29 Feb

Can a potholder be cool? Yes, if you ask Maria Korpi and Adam Gordon!

Potholder

Last Summer I got a lovely gift: a funky Korpi & Gordon potholder – the pot holder is a rectangular shaped and big enough to cover your hand and fingers, yet it’s very soft and mine is lime green on one side and white on the other.

Korpi & Gordon (image from their homepage)

Korpi & Gordon is a Finnish textile and design company, run by Maria Korpi and Adam Gordon. They design textiles, trays, towels etc. Korpi & Gordon live on Aland island between Finland and Sweden, just about in the middle between New York and Tokyo they say.

Cheese Slicer Towel

Although the Scandi heaven Skandium is listed as their UK stockist unfortunately I was unable to find any of the Korpi & Gordon lovelies from there.

Finnish Label Love: Marimekko

15 Feb

Marimekko is one of the most colourful and most loved Finnish Brands that is known worldwide. Founded in the 50’s by Armi Ratia, the bold prints and striking designs are still very modern and loved by most Finns. Marimekko’s fabrics are probably their best known articles but in addition to the fabrics and garments Marimekko also makes glass wear for instance. Marimekko’s ‘unikko’ ie poppy print patterns are probably Marimekko’s best known print and they are featured in many chairs, pieces of clothing, curtains etc – even in one of the Sex And The City episodes!  The latest addition to the list is Fatboy beanbag, which we were lucky enough to get as a Christmas present!

Marimekko Unikko

I’ve grown to really like Marimekko whilst living abroad, and I’ve started to collect Mariskool i.e Maribowls. I’m planning to get us Marimekko curtains and a table cloth, and seem to stock up on Marimekko napkins when in Finland. Luckily Mr Moose also seems to like Marimekko and he’s got MiniMoose Marimekko bibs and socks, and for me Marimekko Oiva teapot and cups for instance.

Marimekko Oiva Teapot

My first memory of Marimekko is however, when my primary school teacher wore Marimekko’s crazy prints. Later on my friends had Marimekko purses, make up bags etc. and I wanted to have Marimekko’s stripy make up tote too. The Marimekko fever, as said, really hit me once living abroad – sometimes you have to go far to see near!

Marimekko 'In a Good Company'

Marimekko’s shops are also always worth a visit. They have recently relocated their flagship shop in Helsinki, Finland and also launched their New York store. Next, Marimekko is opening several stores in China. This year Marimekko also celebrates Helsinki World Design Capital Event with many special products. They also have an interactive Helsinki map on their home page!

Marimekko Helsinki Map