Marimekko (a combo of the designers first name and the Finnish meaning for dress) textiles gained traction stateside in the late 1950s when Jackie Kennedy bought six Marimekko dresses for the campaign trail and wore one on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Scandinavian design is characterized by simplicity and practicality, clean lines and hygiene, bright colors, and over the top references to nature. The poppy print and the one they became so famous for, was created as a protest against the insistence of the brand’s founder, Armi Ratia’s that they would not print floral patterns as flowers were more beautiful in nature than on fabric. It’s now one of Marimekko’s most iconic patterns. Fundamentally a textile company, their location in NYC also features women’s and children’s flowery apparel, fabrics galore and some hefty to wear but light on your feet priced jewelry. I snagged a few fabric samples for a chair that needs recovering, let me say, that that quick dalliance lasted nearly an hour. It was raining outside, and pouring inside with bright cheeriness and I was smitten with way too many options. So, I did what I always do, I went in for a piece of material and walked out with a giant necklace, made in Finland that was on sale.