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The iconic Finnish glassware, iittala, is 100 years old. They have turned blue to celebrate.

The window in Esplanadi looked amazing when I wandered past.

iittala

iittala

iittala

iittala

iittala

Here’s to the next 100 years.

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When I was in Helsinki late last year I was disappointed to find the main Marimekko shop on Esplanadi closed for renovation.

I returned earlier this year and was very pleased to see the newly renovated shop. It is not quite as big as before, and it is no longer on Esplanadi, but further down Mikonkatu.

Marimekko

Marimekko

Marimekko

Marimekko

 

Marimekko

Marimekko

It can also be entered via the Kampi shopping centre. There are several other places to buy Marimekko in Helsinki, but this one has always been my favourite.

 

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The very first Sarpaneva watches were made in the home of Stephan Sarpaneva, using a metal lathe in his kitchen. In 2003 he moved his workshop to the old cable factory by the Helsinki seaside.

Stephan Sarpaneva was born in 1970 to a Finnish family with a long heritage of craftsmanship. Son of jewellery designer Pentri Sarpaneva, and nephew to Finland’s renowned product designer Timo, it was perhaps inevitable that Stephan would grow into some sort of artist, or artisan.

Stephan likes to work in steel…and his watches are very special indeed.

My friends Jodie and Alan visited his workshop to show us some of the beautiful work.

All Sarpaneva watches are designed by Stephan himself…exceptional timepieces intended for exceptional people.

Stephan Sarpaneva

http://www.sarpanevawatches.com

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Otzi is the name given to the “Ice Man”, the frozen man discovered buried in ice in the Otztal Alps between Austria and Italy. He was remarkably well preserved and is now refrozen and in the Museum of Archeology in Bolzano, northern Italy.

His clothes and shoes were also well preserved in their icy grave and some clever people have recreated his shoes for modern times. There is a shop in Helsinki selling them.

Ots shoes Helsinki

Ots shoes Helsinki

They don’t really look much like the original shoes, but not many of us would want real Otzi shoes. The inner shoe was composed of grass as insulation. The outer part was deer skin fastened to an oval sole made of bear skin. The shaft around the ankle was bound with grass fibres.

There is a reasonable version recreated in the shop.

Ots shoes Helsinki

Here is the delightful updated versions of the shoe. I can report that they are very comfortable.

 

Otzshoes Helsinki

There is a canvas espadrille shoe for summer. These would be in store now.

Otzshoes 

Mikonkatu 3

http://www.otzshoes.fi

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Touko Laaksonen (1920 – 1991) is best known by his pseudonym, Tom of Finland. He was a Finnish artist notable for his stylised homoerotic fetish art.

Finlayson is a Finnish textile manufacturer founded in 1820 when James Finlayson, a Scottish engineer, established a cotton mill in Tampere.

What do these 2 have in common I hear you say. Finlayson is proud of its progressive heritage…looking forward, courageously welcoming new ideas and embracing tolerance and respect.

It it was in this spirit that the Tom of Finland collection was produced and installed in Finlayson’s flagship store in Helsinki in December 2014. You can sleep on Tom sheets, rest you head on a Tom pillowcase, carry a Tom tote, dry yourself on a Tom towel…and much more.

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Tom of Finland Finlayson

 

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Many products sold out immediately…well done Finlayson.

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On Pohjoisesplanadi opposite Stockmann is a wonderful bookshop…Academic Bookshop.

Book shop Helsinki

I could spend hours there, in fact I have. There is an excellent range of Finnish language books, as you would expect, as well as lots of books in English and other languages.

It was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962 and completed 1969.

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

While you are there take the time to have a coffee and snack at the delightful Alvar Alto cafe.

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

Academic Bookshop Helsinki

The Academic Bookshop is one of the largest in Europe, I’m sure you will find a suitable book or two there.

 

 

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Marimekko has 7 factory outlets located in Finland. There is a very good one just outside the Helsinki city centre at Kirvesmiehenkatu 7.

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

Take the metro to Herttoniemi, leave the station, walk across the overbridge and down Linnanrakentjantie, turn left at Laivalahdenportti, cross the road just after the shopping centre to McDonalds, turn left then first right and you should see it.

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

The shop is very well set out and has an excellent range of stock…clothing, ceramics, fabrics, children’s wear and home wares.

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

There is also a section with new stock

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

 

If you get hungry while shopping there is a very good cafe.

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

Marimekko outlet Helsinki

I have found some excellent bargains at the outlet…well worth the visit.

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