What I’m Wearing: Vintage Marimekko

marimekko maija isola dress

A couple of weeks ago, while on a sourcing adventure for the shop, I found this Marimekko dress. Arguably Finland’s most well-known design house, Marimekko was founded in the early 1950s and has been producing bold, colorful prints, textiles and products ever since. I could hardly believe my eyes when I found this cotton dress. It’s a simple exaggerated a-line shape with pleats just below the bustline. And there are no zippers or other closures, it just pulls on over your head, so it’s meant to fit a bit loosely.

vintage marimekko basso textile

vintage 1975 basso marimekko

vintage marimekko basso label

Here’s the cotton tag sewn into the back of the neck. Maija Isola was one of Marimekko’s most prolific and popular designers. Basso is the name of the textile pattern. ‘Basso’ means ‘bass’ in Finnish. Some quick internet sleuthing lead me to the conclusion that this print (and dress) is from the mid-1970s, most likely 1975. While being almost forty years old, this dress still looks completely modern. I may put it in the shop eventually, but not any time soon.

vintage 1970s marimekko cotton dress

I wore this beauty with some very old H&M earrings and Acne ‘Pistol’ boots.

September Update

I filled the shop up with so many great pieces for fall over the long weekend. Have a look, and click the titles for product details.

1950s red dress party belt

1950s red dress with black velvet swiss dots and matching belt

1940s wool suit

1940s checkered wool suit with belt

1950s black wool bead cardigan sweater jumper

1950s black wool beaded cardigan sweater

vintage brown wool felt hat bow

1950s wool felt hat with bow

1920s dress 20s dress black flapper dress vintage

1920s dress with lace collar

1950s suit 1960s suit mad men silk skirt suit secretary

classic mid century tailored skirt suit

1960s mod dress bow black white

1960s black wool dress with cream bow

1950s cowboy western pin brooch novelty red fence lasso

1950s cowboy novelty brooch

1950s formal party dress ballgown black orange prom new look

1950s formal party dress

1960s dress 1970s dress red white print day shirt dress

late 1960s rooster print dress

1970s suede patchwork skirt

1970s suede patchwork skirt

1920s black coat

1920s black coat

1970s 70s plaid wool skirt blue red

1970s plaid skirt

1950s dress tan blue floral flower print dress

1950s cotton day dress

Oslo + Stockholm

norway fishing boats oslo

So last month I took a solo trip to the lands of my people: Norway and Sweden! Right off the bat, I need to say that because of time constraints (I had about two full days in each place) I can’t really say with confidence that I experienced the countries in full; it was much more like intensive city living and a lot of time spent on trains and in airports. Urban Nordic tourism. I only brought my iPhone to take photos with, and I’m sharing my favorites here on the blog. After all, my Norwegian and Swedish heritage played a huge part in the naming of the shop  – ‘Dronning’ means ‘queen’ in both languages.

sweden stockholm gamla stan

karl johans gata band oslo norway



norway river

oslo flower mart


stories stockholm coffee paper cup doorknob

acne bag

purple flowers

bicycle stockholm

bakery stockholm

chocolate and bun

Inner Mission Photowalk

I’ve wanted to do a Mission photowalk for a long time, and I set about doing so this past Sunday morning. I quickly realized, though, that the neighborhood is so big and so full of visually interesting things, that there was no way I could do it justice in a couple of hours. So I stuck close to Dolores Park (I was meeting my friend Mai there later that morning) and only ventured out into the surrounding blocks. But the Mission district is so big, so beautiful and colorful, that I have to return and go down many other streets. Not sure when that will happen, but I’m already looking forward to it.