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.


A Sweet Shindig with SF Girl by Bay!

Last night I was thrilled to venture once again to the Jonathan Adler store in Pacific Heights for an evening of friends, bubbly, and some happy chic decor.
Victoria Smith, whom I have been breathlessly following on SF Girl by Bay for years now, was the guest of honor.  It was great to finally meet her in person.  She is so sweet!
The store was positively popping with life and color, and by that I mean the guests as well as the merchandise. Fun fact: ‘Sparkle’ was my nickname in college! True story. And no, it was in no way a reference to the abuse of prescription drugs.
 Everything I wore was vintage (1940s through the 1980s) except for the sweater.