Friday, March 4, 2011

Converse and Marimekko

It's no secret I love bold bright prints. I also have a slight Converse obsession (I even own a sequined gold pair... words cannot describe how amazing they are). So you can only imagine my delight, no extreme euphoria, when I heard about the collaboration between Marimekko, the incredible Finnish textile design house, and Converse, the classically quirky American shoe brand.

Unikko, an iconic Marimekko print.

For those unfamiliar with the brand, Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratia. Armi asked some artist friends to apply their graphic designs to textiles. The fabric was then made into a collection of simple dresses. Jacqueline Kennedy, ever the purveyor of style, made the line famous in the United States when she wore eight Marimekko dresses during the 1960 presidential campaign. Today, Marimekko is known for its bright, cheery prints appearing on a range of clothing and home furnishings.

A video explaining the history and creation of the collection.

The collection, entitled 'Converse ♥ Marimekko', is available here. Picking just one pair's the hard part. If only they could all magically appear in my closet...

Images via Marimekko and High Snobiety

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