About Marimekko

About Marimekko

Marimekko is a Finnish design house that has been celebrated for its original prints and use of colour since it was established in 1951. Sharing their mission to bring joy to people’s everyday lives, UNIQLO has partnered with Marimekko on a new collection of LifeWear. This unique collaboration marries simplicity with creativity and features timeless silhouettes in bold and vibrant Marimekko designs.

A joyful summer picnic

UNIQLO and Marimekko are pleased to announce the new limited-edition collection just in time for the joyful summer sun. The new collection offers a wide array of breezy, comfortable dresses, T-shirts and skirts made from cotton and linen, along with hats, shoes and bags to add the finishing touch. This collection features Marimekko’s world-renowned prints: Melooni (melon) and Ruukku (flowerpot) by Maija Isola, Lirinä (sound of gurgling water) and Asema (station) by Pentti Rinta, along with Demeter by Katsuji Wakisaka and Galleria (gallery) by Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi. These vibrant and colourful patterns, full of the feeling of summer fun, are available for women, kids, and babies.


Print designer biographies

The Summer 2024 UNIQLO and Marimekko limited-edition collection is a celebration of unforgettable and sunny summer picnics spent in nature with friends and family. The lineup features iconic Marimekko patterns by Maija Isola, Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi, Pentti Rinta and Katsuji Wakisaka.

Maija Isola

Maija Isola's (1927–2001) career as a fabric designer began in 1949. During her time at Marimekko, she designed more than 500 patterns for the design house. Maija Isola laid the foundation for Marimekko as a print house with her joyful and abstract designs.

Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi

Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi worked at Marimekko from 1953 to 1960. With her architectural, clean-lined clothes, she changed the perception of clothing in the 1950s. Her functional, seasonal design gave birth to timeless clothes such as the Jokapoika shirt (1956), Marimekko's longest continuously-produced garment. Nurmesniemi also designed prints for Marimekko.

Pentti Rinta

Pentti Rinta joined Marimekko in 1969 as a fashion designer. He remained with the company until 1987, also designing bold and colourful Marimekko prints. In the 1970s, Pentti’s Marimekko pieces appeared on the pages of fashion publications and magazines around the world.

Katsuji Wakisaka

Japanese designer Katsuji Wakisaka created print patterns for Marimekko from 1968 to 1976 and again in 2001. Katsuji’s designs are characterised by a free and playful approach to pattern composition and a vivid and exuberant colour palette.