In 1951, in an effort to brighten up postwar life, Helsinki-based Marimekko started commissioning local artists to create colorful graphic textile patterns. Sixty years and more than 3,000 prints later, Finland is topping Gallup polls as one of the happiest places on earth, and Marimekko is celebrating its anniversary by collaborating with Converse on a line of limited-edition sneakers that will surely put a bounce in your step. But our favorite Marimekko design is the lightweight cotton-canvas Unikko tote, with a motif created by Finnish designer Maija Isola in 1964. There’s something undeniably uplifting about a travel-friendly bag (or a dress, or a shower curtain, or a mug, for that matter) adorned with oversize poppies in palettes that always say spring.
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