Ever since the early 1960s, when Jacqueline Kennedy was photographed wearing Marimekko outfits, the name has been familiar to Americans. Meaning "Mary's frock," Marimekko offers a large variety of prints in vivid colors. This is the company's flagship store, a three-storied marble womb flooded with sunlight, with an emporium of men's fashion in the cellar. The company, founded in 1951 by Armi Ratia, and radically reorganized in the early 1990s, now includes a collection of unusually textured fabrics sold by the yard for decorating homes and offices, and housewares. Equally important are the dresses, suits, coats, bags, interior accessories, and many other goods that are sold here, including Marimekko's famous striped T-shirts and dresses. The inventory of shirts and colors changes with the season.
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