Jiho Yoo, Erika Bor, Daewoong KimOulu University of Applied Sciences Finnish Survival Course
I. Marimekko introducing II. History of Marimekko III. Commercial growth IV. Marimekko productsV. Secret of Marimekko - video VI. Literature
Marimekko Corporation is a leading Finnishtextile and clothing design company that wasestablished in 1951. The company designs,manufactures and markets high-quality clothing,interior decoration textiles, bags and otheraccessories both in Finland and abroad.
Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Finnishcouple, Armi and Viljo Ratia. Marimekko,translated literally means “Mary-dress.”Vuokko Nurmesniemi designedthe simply-striped red and whiteJokapoika shirt in 1956.Maija Isola designed the iconicUnikko (poppy) print pattern in 1964.
At the beginning, Marimekko was a company made bywomen for women. The company’s CEO, Armi Ratia,was responsible for making the avant garde designs offemale artists like Maija Isola a part of the Marimekkoidentity.In the 1960s the patterns of Marimekko were famous inFinland and abroad.Today Marimekko is a leading textile company,producing different kind of fabrics, accessories andmugs for stores all over the world.
Marimekko was first introduced to the UnitedStates by the architect Benjamin C. Thompson.Jacqueline Kennedy, who bought 8 Marimekkodresses which she was wearing throughout the1960 US Presidential campaign.In the mid-1960s, Crate and Barrel began arelationship with Marimekko, which continues tothis day. Crate and Barrel also uses Marimekkopatterns in their stores.
1990s Marimekko was in a bad financial condition(bankruptcy).Later on the 1990s Marimekko achieved publicity in thehit series Sex and the City; the fictional main CarrieBradshaw was wearing a Marimekko bikini and aMarimekko dress.In 2007, Marimekko has opened its doors in the UnitedStates and Canada as well.Currently there are stores located in New York,Cambridge, Massachusetts; Oxford, Mississippi; Miami,Florida; and Vancouver, British Columbia. By September2011 there were 84 stores across the world.