Finland boasts a thriving contemporary design scene and there’s a wealth of high quality, innovative and sustainable Scandinavian design to be found in its many dedicated design shops dotted around cities like Helsinki and Tampere, many of whose products are made in Finland.
A number of young, sustainable brands offer up contemporary fashion and interior items. Meanwhile, some of the best established brands in Finnish textile design, Marimekko and Finlayson offer quintessential quirky and colourful prints.
AW 16 clothing at Marimekko
Finland has been shifting steadily towards sustainable purchasing in recent years while second-hand shops and flea markets are ever popular.
Here are 10 Finnish fashion and lifestyle brands to get acquainted with Finland’s design scene.
earrings by Poola Kataryna made from Finnish birch plywood
linen top by Poola Kataryna
Samuji dress made from Cupro, a cellulose fibre made from recovered cotton waste
Cityleija dress from Tauko made from recycled material
Höö bunny ear hat to keep the young’uns warm and stylish
Papu children’s jacket, 100% certified organic cotton, designed and made in Finland
Nouki jacquard woven dress and printed leggings
Saana Ja Olli – this award winning design couple from Turku produces gorgeous and subtle everyday hemp textiles
Pure Waste displays of clothing at Costo, made entirely from recycled material. The infographic on the wall explains that using recycled cotton saves 11,000 liters of water per kilogram.
hemp, organic cotton and recycled cotton jeans
Lahti based transparent company Nurmi Clothing has has developed the first denim made solely of pre-consumer waste, certain to become a fabric of the future. Here you can find an article on their website that explains just why a 59 euro t-shirt is too cheap to actually return a profit. Sad but true.