July 2012

Lasipalatsi Design Markets & Fashion Film Festival next week!

Lasipalatsi Design Markets is a sales event at Lasipalatsinaukio in Helsinki that brings together the most interesting fresh designers from around Finland, and this year also a few talents from abroad. The event has already an established reputation. And of course Paloni is there as well!

This year the event is even more special than before, since it has been expanded to also involve a Fashion Film Festival – just how great is that! The festival takes place at Bio Rex, and the films are partly fashion-classics, partly material curated especially for this event by e.g. Paola Suhonen.

Lasipalatsi design market

Actually our participation at Lasipalatsi Design Markets is quite special, as Paloni is proud to be the first participant ever representing several designers. We wanted to show Helsinki what the rest of Finland has to offer, and chose three labels from outside Helsinki that couldn’t represent themselves at the event. So, at our stand you will find:

– classic women’s clothing and accessories by SIPILÄ (designed and made by Linda Sipilä in Seinäjoki with the help of seamstress Riitta Mäki-Jouppi)

Linda Sipilä Huivi

SIPILÄ soy bean scarf 79€, SIPILÄ tunic with pockets 159€. Picture by SIPILÄ.

– interesting and different leisurewear and accessories for both men and women by POGOSTICK failure (designed and made by Minna Rytkönen & Emmi Korhonen in Kuopio)

Pogostick Failure

Fringe Tee in orange / black&white 68€, Macrame Bag 79€. Both from Finnish textile industry leftovers. Picture by POGOSTICK failure.

– the cutest toys (also as do-it-yourself packages), as well as posters and cards by PaaPii Design (designed and made by Anniina Isokangas in Alaveteli)

Paapii Mallisto Pöllöpehmo

PaaPii Design owls (big 36€, small 26€, do-it-yourself package for a big owl 21€). Picture by PaaPii Design.

And the most important – here are the opening hours of the Lasipalatsi Design Markets:

Wednesday 1.8. 17-20
Thursday 2.8. 12-20
Friday 3.8. 12-20
Saturday 4.8. 12-18

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Designer of the Month: Angel Iglesias


Paloni's Designer of the Month Angel Iglesias, Angel Iglesias receiving applause on the catwalk

Angel Iglesias receiving applause on the catwalk.

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Dressmaking, craftsmanship, elegance, trends, garments with charm.

How would you describe your label in five words?
Dressmaking, craftsmanship, elegance, trends, garments with charm.

Why handmade / locally produced?
Remembering the dressmaking made by my mother, I begun to design for my own clothing brand. Shortly after, I gathered together a team with family and friends to help me run the business, and we are still making garments in the old fashioned way with this team. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.

How is Angel Iglesias clothing ethical  and what does this mean to you?
I believe in dressmaking and selling in a responsible way, and that’s how I choose to work. As I said before, Angel Iglesias staff is made up of family and friends, working all together in one workroom, avoiding middlemen and staying close to our customers.

The artisan methods of cutting, sewing and finishing we use make our clothing more comfortable and even easier to care and wear through time.

That’s what makes the difference between our clothing compared to mass produced clothes.

What are your most important sources of influence / inspiration?
Women, colors, art, films, music,….the beauty in every day life.

I also draw inspiration from the fabric itself.

Paloni's Designer of the Month Angel Iglesias, LEFT The Elsa dress is here worn together with a tulle half-skirt

Angel's creations on catwalk.
Left: The Elsa dress (available at Paloni from XS to XL, was 145 €, now on summer sale for 100€) is here worn 
together with a tulle half-skirt.
Right: My personal tip for recognizing a designer with potential: the collections from several years back still
look fresh and interesting today. This picture is from the Angel Iglesias fall/winter 2010 collection.

How has your experience as a Paloni designer been?
It has been a very gratifying experience to be part of this project. It’s really different from our other customers, not only because of the country, but also because of the particulars of the store, the style, the projects, the marketing, taking part in fairs, making video clips, the blog… All of this makes us a part of Paloni and we love it!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Pay attention to and follow your instinct.

Your words of advice for aspiring designers / artists?
Reach for your goals and believe in yourself!

What is the most memorable highlight of your career as a designer so far?
My work is a daily experience that I’ve been living for the past 30 years. I have taken part in many projects, catwalks, fairs, … but one of the most gratifying was to be invited to present one of my collections on the 5th Ave. in New York.

Please continue the following sentence: My passion is…
..fashion. Constant innovation and being able to do everything I want.

Alive & kicking (both Paloni and me)

The spring has been – although very interesting – also hectic and intensive. Especially the Kauppatori Finnish Design Market was a big project for us. All that building and taking down the tent, unpacking and packing… I counted that we did some 90 hours of physical work only at the marketplace, not counting in the sales hours. I couldn’t have managed without the help of my husband, cousin, another cousin Maija and many of her friends including sweet Sini, for which they all deserve a very big and warm thank you.

Sini ja Minna

Sini and me on the last morning of our month at the Kauppatori market place.

But after all the efficient workout and the early mornings at the market place, the good news are:

1) I’m still alive!

2) We have so many new interesting things and a few truly interesting new designers at Paloni that I just need to tell to you about!

So, let’s start with Kaino. This knitwear label by the designers Niina Sinisalo and Sanni Salonen from a town in western Finland called Köyliö has definitely found a soft spot from our customers’ hearts, and has soon gained a strong position as a Paloni label, and all for good reasons. The designers make their garments from yarn (and ecologically grown whenever possible) – first design the patterns and garments, then knit the beautiful jerseys on their second-hand knitting machines, and then sew the beauties together with their helping hand seamstress Anna-Kaisa Lehmus. All of this is done in Köyliö. So, as local as production can get. Although Kaino seems to resign from the pace of commercial fashion trends, it manages to answer some of our unconscious visual needs, and the bright colors, simple forms and nostalgic roses look very fresh, comforting and current right now. Yet, these garments are the kind you wear from year to year.

Kaino at Paloni

Left: Kaino Loma dress in cotton, available at Paloni in four color combinations, 70€.
Right: Kaino Seilori tunic in linen blend, 97€. Pictures by Kaino.

There’s also another duet of ladies I want to tell you about: Sonja Krogius & Veronika Kantanen from Helsinki. This time the products are not clothes, but handmade soap! There are quite many people making soap in Finland, but I had to go through many before all of my criteria were met: the Doft soaps are locally handmade using vegetable oils and essential oils (no palm oil!), they are visually appealing, and the natural scents are lovely, yet not too strong. It means they’re also suitable for vegans, that there are no artificial chemicals, and the wonderful scents are all natural. Actually a part of the ingredients used in the soaps have even been extracted by the ladies themselves from flowers they’ve grown. Quite amazing. Washing hands with soap can be a dull routine, but I love that it’s now a moment that actually makes me feel good. The blog Kemikaalicocktail has also written about Doft.


Doft soaps at Paloni. Hope I could transport the wonderful smell with this pic...

There are also so many new things at Paloni from our designers we’ve worked with for longer, like Linda Sipilä, Minna Kaartinen / Vietto, Anniina Isokangas / PaaPii Design, Elli Hukka / Lempiväri jewelry and many more… Hope the pictures below give you a hint of it all, but the rest you can only experience at our concept store.

The Raksu dog by PaaPii Design and The Vietto Scarf Dress

Left: The Raksu dog by PaaPii Design / Anniina Isokangas, Alaveteli, 46€ as a finished plush toy,
21€ as a do-it-yourself package, both options available in blue, green, black and brown.
Right: The Vietto Scarf Dress (109€) by Minna Kaartinen, Helsinki, is made from second-hand scarves using
zero-waste design. The dress has a flattering open back and an asymmetrical, flowy hemline.

Next week we’ll get e.g. new earrings from Jennifer Loiselle, London, and white and silver-colored Wing and Owl necklaces from Avaruusmuovi by Petra Eriksson,Turku, Finland. We also have new designers starting cooperation with us in August, but I’ll tell you more about it when it’s all official.

Hope you enjoy the summer sun as much as I do, taking my break outside Paloni and crocheting! And oh, this crocheting thing is another story I’ll tell you more about very soon.

/ Minna