Bringing joy to everyday life through bold prints and colors since 1951
It all started with a dress
Since the beginning, the Marimekko dress has been an emblem for women who walk their own path with confidence and style. Marimekko is Finnish for "Mari's dress".
In the 1950s, when the predominant fashion was rather restricting, Marimekko started making liberating dresses in abstract patterns in vibrant colors for women who are bold in expressing their personality through their choice of attire. Marimekko designers had an ability to sense the pulse of the moment – their clothing design was a source of enchantment and provocation around the world.
Over the years Marimekko's anti-fashion became not only fashion but also a way of living. Marimekko is considered one of the first lifestyle brands to combine fashion, handbags, and accessories, as well as home decor, into an expression of joyful living.
The heart and soul of Marimekko's print design is its printing factory in Helsinki – that's where the bold prints and colors come to life. Since the beginning, large-scale patterns and the overlapping of vibrant colors have been the hallmarks of Marimekko's designs.
Striped, checked, and floral patterns comprise Marimekko's rich and varied artistic legacy. Over the years, Marimekko's artists have created some 3,500 designs, which have graced clothing, bags, accessories, ceramics, bedding, fabric, and more.
In Marimekko's creative community, doing things together has always been key to innovation and originality. The iconic patterns have been reborn time and time again in thousands of imaginative color palettes. New prints add to this continuum of ambitious artwork each year.
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