Marimekko is a Finnish lifestyle design house founded in 1951 with a mission to empower people to be happy as they are with bold prints and colors.
In the 1950s, when predominant fashion was rather restricting, Marimekko started making empowering dresses in abstract prints and vibrant colors, for women who are bold in expressing their personality. Marimekko translates as “Mari’s dress” in Finnish.
Over the years Marimekko’s anti-fashion became not only fashion but also a lifestyle approach. Marimekko is considered one of the first lifestyle brands in the world, and it combines ready-to-wear, bags and accessories, as well as home decor, into an expression of joyful living.
Timelessness is in the brand’s DNA, and Marimekko designs are renowned for being passed on from one generation to the next. 88% of the brand’s cotton is sourced from the Better Cotton Initiative, and long-lasting, sustainable design is at the core of its design philosophy.
Ultimately, Marimekko’s story revolves around the art of printmaking. Each Marimekko print represents a collaboration between the designer and the company’s printing factory in Helsinki, which one of the last remaining ones in the Nordics to operate on an industrial scale. The Marimekko print archive contains over 3,500 prints to date, and new prints add to this continuum of ambitious artwork each year.
For more information about Marimekko’s story, please visit: https://www.marimekko.com/eu_en/world-of-marimekko/our-story
Today, already some 150 Marimekko stores and shop-in-shops serve customers globally, and the brand is currently sold in around 40 countries worldwide.