weekends / saturday six (2016.04.16)

(1) Marimekko for Target is launching on Sunday, April 17, which means midnight tonight-ish. Aside from studying their lookbook, check eBay auctions (there was a press preview last weekend) and also understand Marimekko retail prices (no need to overpay for a Target collab piece!). I anticipate a crazy launch.

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to shop / marimekko x converse

It’s hard to believe that I used to wear black from head to toe. Over the years, I’ve learned to love the art of accessorizing and accenting, including appreciating prints – especially from Liberty of London, Marimekko, and Orla Kiely. Not to mention, it can be more challenging to match blacks! Even if I don’t buy and wear them, I love a good print.

Marimekko has been getting more mainstream in the States. Previously, you could only find some items at Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, or boutiques. Many prints have been around for decades, which contributes to the timelessness of the prints. My mother introduced me to Marimekko while I was growing up. Living abroad helps you have a more global, not a US-centric focus. In 2011, Marimekko opened a store in NYC off of Madison Square Park and they started a collab with Converse. I still remember catching the first glimpse of the collection in the Marimekko store on Garosu-gil in Seoul with my friend, Mari.

For the Marimekko fans, the good news is that this seems to be an ongoing collab. It’s approaching its fourth collection and each collection focuses on a few prints. The last thing I need is another pair of shoes, but I can’t help but look! Many of these styles are over 50% off at Saks.

  • First collection – Spring 2011
    • Tarha (1963), Pikkusuomu (1965), and Kirppu (1980)
  • Second collection – Fall 2011
    • Unikko (1964), Paprika (1965), Kaleidoskooppi (2011), Poni (2011)
  • Third collection – Holiday 2011
    • Paprika (1965), Varpunen (1966), Poni (2011)
  • Fourth collection – Spring 2012
    • Unikko (1964), Lokki (1961), Appelsiini (1950), Muija (1968), Kameka (2012)

(Image source: Saks.com)

(Left to right, top to bottom (*) indicates sale.)

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to read / marimekko, orla, and gwyneth

My dad surprised me this week and bought my mom a Kindle, so she didn’t have to weight lift massive hardcovered books. He surprised me more when he insisted that I needed one. I am more often than not behind on email and didn’t respond for days. In his impatience, he went ahead and bought me one anyways.

I rarely buy books. Partially, because I rarely read books. I blame lack of time (and I adore my RSS feeds). I bought a few fun books lately that I wanted to share: Orla Kiely’s Pattern and Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. I also recently purchased a Marimekko “mook” which is affectionately known as a Japanese magazine+book. I’ve been a huge fan of Orla Kiely, Gwyneth, and Marimekko for years. These books could never come across on the Kindle, or would be difficult to view on the iPad.

I saw the Orla book in a department store boutique in Taipei – which reminded me to purchase it once I got home. If you love Orla and want the book, don’t wait. The first time I ordered it from Amazon, my order got cancelled because they ran out of stock. I scoured other booksellers online and placed another order. That one got cancelled too. I re-checked Amazon and was ecstatic to see that they restocked. Orla and Gwyneth’s books arrived on my doorstep in 2 days. Thanks, Amazon Prime!

Pattern has six chapters on Orla’s life, inspiration, color, print, collections, and home. The book is filled with beautiful images. I like all the color interpretations of the stem print and especially the home products. I still regret returning most of my ceramic mug stash from the Target collab. It is one of the best home collabs to date and I reasoned that I didn’t have much kitchen cabinet storage. All of the ceramic products go for a lot on eBay these days. BIG regret. Like Marimekko, I don’t own many Orla products. I prefer to gawk at the prints instead and wait to invest on something I love.

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