Uniqlo+Marimekko Equals a Bold, Playful Designer Collaboration
A hundred and one years ago, Finland explored the depths of its newly acquired independence from Russia, leading its people to establish their identity as a design nation.
From then on,
Finnish design has introduced the world to many iconic brands; one of which is design house Marimekko. Celebrated for its daring artistry and lively color palette, Marimekko has been producing unique prints since 1951. The brand integrated these artist-made original prints onto clothing, accessories, bags, home décor, and textiles, establishing it as one of the first lifestyle brands in the world. Each Marimekko print is a joy to behold, and this core value was kept in mind when Japanese retailer Uniqlo formed a collaborative special collection with the Finnish brand for the summer season.
“The joy of being bold,” the collection’s description reads. It pairs the quality and comfort Uniqlo is best known for and vibrant print design Marimekko champions. The collection holds shift dresses, wide-leg cropped pants, graphic t-shirts, totes, and canvas sneakers all presenting an iconic Marimekko print.
Similar to a masterpiece, every detail of a Marimekko print holds a meaning. This is what each print means:
This pattern might look like the typical polka dot design but in
This retro-seeming pattern features circular shapes in different colors and sizes. The name
Meaning “flowers for the loved one” in English, this playful print was meant to remind you to surprise your beloved with flowers. The printed fabric was used to accent the hems of solid-colored trousers and boldly used to create standout blouses, dresses, and drawstring bags.
Each of the designers at Marimekko is given the freedom of creativity, which is why every design is distinct to its creator. The brand merely guides its young designers and craftsmen to produce timeless and authentic results, which is the same philosophy Armi Ratia founded the company upon.
The Uniqlo and Marimekko collection will be available in stores on April 2.