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Two companies from neighboring countries joined forces to create a collection inspired by the archipelago province of Åland and its long maritime history.
The archipelago province of Åland lays in between Finland and Sweden in the Baltic Sea. This demilitarised and autonomous group of islands belongs to Finland, but is mostly Swedish speaking and related. The region has a long maritime history from an early trading post, to today’s hub for sailors and cruise ships alike. This is why it was only natural to share its history as an inspiration for the Makia & Tretorn – “Peace islands” capsule collection. The collection is built around the theme of peaceful marine life and timeless sailing culture, inspired by the Tretorn Wings collection originally launched in the 60’s for sailing, with accompanying products great for life on the sea.
Watch Lead Designer Johanna Gartmyr from Tretorn discuss the inspiration behind the Tretorn x Makia ‘Peace Islands’ collection.
Part of the proceedings of this collection will go to preserving the Baltic Sea through the John Nurminen Foundation. The target of the foundation’s projects is to bring about a visible improvement in the condition of the Baltic Sea, by reducing the nutrient load of the sea.
Rasmus Tikkanen is a Helsinki-based artist and a friend, who has collaborated with us with a series of print designs. Rasmus also hosted the Makia x Tretorn launch party in August at the old military island of Vallisaari in Helsinki where he has his studio. We interviewed Rasmus about his career as an artist, his inspirations, style and love for Helsinki.
Ivar Fougstedt was one of the original founding members of Makia along with Joni Malmi and Jussi Oksanen. Ivar spent a few days in his local neighbourhood in Tokyo with photographer Antti Rastivo.
Makia Clothing and Alvar Aalto Foundation have partnered up for a first of its kind collaboration. Introducing a collection of timeless streetwear inspired by Alvar Aalto’s groundbreaking work as an architect and designer.