NOW AND THEN: Marimekko
by Lynn Byrne
By Lynn Byrne. Look how Marimekko has fancied up the plywood covering the construction of their new flagship store, currently being built in NYC. I can’t wait to see the finished store and learn what treasures lurk inside (and I will share it all right here). It is scheduled to open this fall.
Jackie Kennedy made the brand famous in the US when she bought 8 dresses.
Photo via Somelikeitvintage.com
And Jackie-O wasn’t the only chic lady to rock Marimekko.
Oh you want me to stick to real people, do you? (You mean C.B. isn’t real?)
Well then, here are the facts:
Marimekko is a Finnish company whose designs were first developed in 1951. Architect Benjamin C. Thompson introduced Marimekko to US audiences when he featured the designs in his Design Research stores. It truly was Jackie who catapulted the brand to fame when she wore her 8 dresses throughout the 1960 Presidential campaign.
In the mid-1960s, Crate & Barrel began offering Marimekko products in their stores and this relationship continues today. Here is a glimpse of the Marimekko shop located within the Crate & Barrel store in Soho.
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