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.
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.
I wore this beauty with some very old H&M earrings and Acne ‘Pistol’ boots.
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.
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.
I especially love showing accessories on the blog, because no matter your shape or size, they are your size! (Well, except for shoes). Here’s a sneak peek at some shoes, bags, and other adornments that will be hitting the shop soon.
1940s platform shoes, USA size 10
1960s Joseph Magnin bag
1940s tilt hat
1940s red Bakelite brooch
1940s Whiting and Davis metal mesh bag with celluloid closure and chain handle
vintage late 1960s red shoes, size USA 9
1930s art deco brooch
1940s cloth bag with lucite closure