Designers of the Month: Sanni Salonen & Niina Sinisalo / Kaino

Anni Hautala wearing a Kaino Rose tunic on The Voice morning show

Anni Hautala wearing a Kaino Rose tunic on The Voice morning show

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
We’re two innovative young women with faith in intuition, a yearning for beauty, and a healthy dose of recklessness -  plus a chronic shortage of time owing to an overflow of ideas.

How would you describe your label in five words?
Comfortable, beautiful, nostalgic, timeless, unique.

Why handmade / locally produced?
Simply because it’s more fun, more personal, more environment-friendly, more individual, smarter, more genuine, more soulful… And also because it allows us more opportunity to express ourselves as designers.

How are Kaino products ethical / ecological and what does this mean to you?
Both of us are friends of nature with common sense. In our products we favor pure natural materials such as cotton and merino wool, and most of the new yarn used is organically produced. We seem to have a tendency for hoarding and have difficulty in parting with anything that might prove useful someday. As a result, our production facility is sometimes about to burst with leftover knit, which we then use to create new products: pouches, potholders, quilts, jewelry… However, it’s impossible for us to utilize all the excess material generated during production so we also donate and sell it to craftspeople. The point is not to take any usable material to the landfill.

What are your most important sources of influence / inspiration?
Imagination, art, childhood, granny’s house, dreams, nature – new ideas can actually spring from anything! We play with the original idea until it gets refined into a finished product. Both of us bring our own vision and competence into the process and work it together into a seamless weave. We both have strong,  somewhat differing visions, but each new product is still a joint creation.

Member of Finland's Parliament Kristiina Salonen wearing a Kaino evening gown for Finland's Independence Day
 Reception. Picture by Jenni Gästgivar / Iltalehti. http://www.iltalehti.fi/linnanjuhlat/201212070011831_lj.shtml

How has your experience as a Paloni designer been?
During the past six months of cooperation we have only had positive experiences. It’s an honour to be among Paloni’s talented craftspeople and designers, and cooperation with Minna is smooth. They’re a great, inspiring bunch that enhance our faith in our own work.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Stay true to yourself and your vision.” Especially in the very beginning we were far too susceptible to the comments and opinions of others; it was a struggle to recognize our own voice and obey it.

Your words of advice for aspiring designers / artists?
Success consists of three parts, all equally important: head, heart and elbow grease. No matter how great your vision, success always entails work – even futile work – and sacrifice and disappointments, and you must be prepared for that. On the other hand: the more you strive, the greater the value and satisfaction you get from your achievement.

What is the most memorable highlight of your career as a designer so far?
It’s difficult to name just one: during our three years of the Kaino adventure, there have been many achievements that may seem inconsequential, but for us they’ve been priceless. Most of them begin with the words ”the first”: the first official fashion collection, the first dealership, the first Kaino appearance on TV, the first ball gown at the Independence Day Reception at the Presidential Palace (that’s right!)…

Please continue the following sentence: Our passion is…
…to produce Kaino garments with soul, sensitivity and a strong will – and see how far it’ll take us!

Sanni Salonen and Niina Salonen with their Kaino Spring-Summer 2013 collection on its way to New York

Sanni Salonen and Niina Salonen with their Kaino Spring-Summer 2013 collection on its way to New York

Vietto shows and grows

When buying an independent designer’s works, your every purchase counts and makes a difference. And when many customers acknowledge the talent of a designer and buy her/his items, that makes a huge difference. Vietto, the eco-fashion label by Minna Kaartinen from Helsinki, is the first of Paloni’s labels to grow its team solely because of sales at Paloni. On our hang tags for Vietto, there’s now a new name in addition to the designer: cutting and sewing is now partly done with the help of Maarit Suvinen, also from Helsinki.

Our customers are not the only ones who have acknowledged Minna’s talent lately. Her organic cotton turban – for which the material, by the way, is cut waste of Kaino, another of our labels – has been featured in blogs from the US to Russia. The turban has been so popular that Kaino should make more garments to be able to send Minna more material…

Vietto organic cotton turban
Picture by http://xthecoldfrontx.tumblr.com/

The Vietto transformable winter coat was photographed for the latest issue of REVS magazine. I got the chance to celebrate the launch of the magazine with her.

REVS

The picture by Federico Cabrera is stunning, don’t you think? (Styling: Heidi Marika Urpalainen, make-up & hair: Emilie Tuuminen, model: Minna Puro.)

The picture by Federico Cabrera

Thank you to all of our customers for making it possible for our talented designers to do the work they were meant to do! You’re the ones turning their dreams into reality.

Minna / Paloni

Merry Christmas!

I couldn’t run Paloni without the help of my family – or at least many things would be left undone and it all wouldn’t be the same at all.

When we organize courses and workshops at our store, it’s usually my mom who takes care of the catering. Her special are the roasted cinnamon almonds. Many of our customers have already asked for the recipe, so as a Christmas gift to our customers and friends, I decided to share it to you all.

With this recipe, I want to wish you all a very joyful and relaxed Christmas! I hope that you, like I, have the chance to spend some relaxing time with your families.

Roasted cinnamon almonds
 

Paahdetut kanelimantelit

3 dl kuorimattomia manteita
2 rkl hunajaa
2 rkl vettä
2 tl rypsiöljyä
1/2 dl sokeria
2 tl kanelia
1/2 tl suolaa

Levitä mantelit leivinpaperilla päällystetylle pellille ja paahda 225 asteisessa uunissa n 10 min (meidän uunissa n 5-7 min). Hämmentele manteleita aika ajoin ja ole tarkkana, etteivät mantelit kärvähdä. Kun mantelit ovat kullanruskeita ja tuoksuvia, nosta pelti uunista.

Sekoita teflonkasarissa ( wokkipannu kätevä) hunaja, vesi ja öljy kiehumispisteeseen. Kun neste kiehuu, lisää mantelit. Sekoita ja anna kiehua n 5 min kunnes suurin osa nesteestä on imeytynyt manteleihin. Nosta mantelit vatiin, jossa on puolet sokeri-kaneli-suolaseoksesta. Kierittele manteleita seoksessa ja ripottele loput sokeriseoksesta päälle.

Jäähdytä mantelit ja irroittele niitä toisistaan leivinpaperin päällä. Herkkusi ovat valmiita nautittaviksi!

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Roasted cinnamon almonds

3 dl almonds (un-peeled)
2 table spoons honey
2 table spoons water
2 tea spoons canola oil
1/2 dl sugar
2 tea spoons cinnamon (minced)
1/2 tea spoons salt

Spread the almonds on a baking tray and roast in the oven at 225 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes (or for a bit shorter time, 5-7 minutes, if the oven is effective). Stir the almonds once in a while and be careful that they don’t burn. When the almonds have a nice amber color and smell good, take the tray out from the oven.

Mix honey, water and oil in a frying pan (a wok pan is handy) and heat up until it boils. Then add the almonds. Mix and let boil for about 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the almonds.

Mix half of the sugar and cinnamon powder in a bowl, and add the almonds. Roll the almonds in the mix, then add the other half of the sugar and cinnamon powder to the top.

Let the almonds cool off, then pour them onto a tray / greaseproof paper, and separate them from each other. Your cinnamon almonds are ready to be served!

Minna / Paloni

Christmas card workshop @ Late Night Shopping

Late Night Shopping
 
The last Late Night Shopping evening of the year is here on Thursday. The theme couldn’t be anything else than Christmas, so let’s make it very Christmasy, shall we?

We have doors open until 9pm and we renew our free-entry Christmas card workshop from 6pm to 9pm. Also free glögg to all visitors and card crafters! Materials and a warm Christmas feeling are offered by us – just bring yourself.

Christmas card workshop

We love Tampere

Right after the opening party of the Ex Tempore Pop Up Shop at Kluuvi on Saturday evening, I continued to Paloni to prepare for the next day – I packed and inventoried all items for the Designtori joulu event in Tampere, finished after midnight and left home early the next morning to head to the next destination. Seems like sometimes (and lately a bit too often) my working days get over 12 hours long, but once again Tampere made it all worthwhile. There’s just the kind of energy at these Tampere events that is hard to describe. Maybe it’s because of the energy of the organizers (the Design on Tampere organization) or maybe it’s because there’s not too much of such events there yet. Whatever the reason, Tampere seems to like us, and we love it in return.

Paloni at Designtori joulu event in Tampere

Paloni at Designtori joulu event in Tampere

Paloni at Designtori joulu event in Tampere

Ex Tempore!

On Saturday we celebrated the opening of the Ex Tempore Pop Up Shop at Kluuvi shopping center, Helsinki. Ex Tempore brings together the most interesting uprising labels and designers for two weeks, until December 22nd.

The day before opening Ex Tempore I was first working at our concept store and at the same time packing for the pop up. I was a bit worried if I’d make it in time and get our department ready before the last doors of the shopping center were closed at 11pm, but luckily everything went smoothly. Jussi Salminen, the designer of Olav and the creative director of Ex Tempore, had done a great job in organizing everything and getting all the gear we all needed for building our departments.

This is how the place looked like the night before the opening at 10pm

This is how the place looked like the night before the opening at 10pm.

Along with the opening of Ex Tempore, we also presented Paloni’s new designer, the trashionista Outi Pyy. Her shredded shirts are now sold at Paloni’s department at Ex Tempore. Outi also talked at the opening party about the ideology of trashion and her brand new book. And yes, there was also some talk about the evening gown she designed and made from recycled leather jackets for the actress Laura Birn for the presidential reception on our Independence Day.

Jussi admiring at Outi's shredded shirts, while Outi shreds more

Jussi admiring at Outi's shredded shirts, while Outi shreds more.

Outi talks about trashion at the opening party of Ex Tempore

Outi talks about trashion at the opening party of Ex Tempore.

If you’re around Helsinki during this or next week, I recommend visiting this pop-up. At Paloni’s department we have e.g. Kaino knits, Emmi Malmström Shoes  Mari & Arrow jewellery, Vietto clothing and accessories, Min Goodie pot holders, 2. Elämä jewellery, Tauko dresses, POGOSTICK failure clothes and shopping bags and Ainokainen jewellery. And there’s also a bunch of other interesting labels at Ex Tempore: OlavDesign in a BoxHouse of PoViona BluSIPILÄ and Moiko.

Paloni at Ex Tempore
 
Paloni at Ex Tempore
 
Paloni at Ex Tempore
 
Paloni at Ex Tempore
 
Minna / Paloni

Paloni goes Kluuvi!

This is so exciting! Tomorrow the Ex Tempore Pop Up Shop opens at the shopping center Kluuvi, and Paloni will be there with a bunch of other interesting and upcoming labels and designers.

 Ex Tempore Pop Up Shop

So, for the coming two weeks, this will be the place to find the coolest Christmas gift (for yourself or) for your dear ones. Ex Tempore will be open every day starting from tomorrow, Saturday Dec. 8th until Saturday Dec. 22nd. It’s located on Kluuvi’s second floor.

We also have other very exciting news: we have a new designer whose creations will be for sale at Paloni for the first time at Ex Tempore. She is also known as an international blogger and as an author, and as a pioneer of making and promoting do-it-yourself high-fashion out of recycled materials. I’m sure many of you already guess who I’m talking about. Yes, she is the trashionista Outi Pyy, the blogger from behind OutsaPop Trashion and the author of the brand new book Trashion!  So, among all the other items at Ex Tempore, you’ll find Outi’s shredded shirts by the label OutsaPop Trashion. Starting from next week, you’ll also find them from Paloni’s concept store at Eerikinkatu.

Outi Pyy in her shredded shirt. Picture by Hanne Granberg

 Outi Pyy in her shredded shirt. Picture by Hanne Granberg for City.fi.

Tomorrow you also have the chance to hear a bit more about trashion and to meet Outi in person. She will be at Ex Tempore giving a presentation about the backgrounds and ideology of her book at 4pm (free entry!) after which you’ll have the chance to buy a signed copy of her book (35€). The book is amazing, and I’ve wrote about it before, here.

Hope to see you at Ex Tempore – if not tomorrow, then during the coming weeks!

Minna / Paloni

SIPILÄ dress and Finland’s former president on TV

The journalist Hannamari Hoikkala has just interviewed Finland’s former president Mrs. Tarja Halonen about the Finlandia prize and about tomorrow’s Independence Day on Finnish national TV. Hannamari dignified the occasion by wearing handmade Finnish design from Paloni – a SIPILÄ print dress by Linda Sipilä. The dress is also available on our online store.

Hannamari Hoikkala, Linda Sipilä
 
Hannamari Hoikkala, Linda Sipilä 2

Work practice program at Paloni

This week, I had two lovely girls doing their work practice program at Paloni. Thank you Eevi and Linnea for all of your help and hard work!

As a part of their week’s schedule, I asked the girls to write a small story of how their week was so that they could also share their experience with all of you. The story is below.

If you are looking for a place to do work practice or internship, we’re always open for new suggestions and cooperation possibilities. Internships can also be arranged so that the student can work a part of the time at Paloni, and the rest with our designers.

Love,
Minna / Paloni
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Hi, we’re Eevi Komaro and Linnea Kivelä, two nine-graders from Lauttasaaren Yhteiskoulu. We had a five-day-long work practice program at Paloni.

We started on Monday November 19th at about 9 o’clock. We had to come earlier so we had time to sort the shop that was pretty messy after last week’s fairs. We inventoried the shop’s products and took them to their own places.  By 11 o’clock when the shop opened, it already looked like a shop again. We continued inventory and put products on display until 3 pm when our workday ended.

On Tuesday we packed a closet for Glorian Koti magazine’s photoshoot A funny moment was when a deliveryman came to fetch the 2,5 metres high closet by  bicycle. Later, two men came to get the closet with a delivery van.
 
a closet for Glorian Koti magazine's photoshoot
 
The end of our day we spent rolling a 30 kilos pile of carpet rag into rolls for the evening’s crocheting course with Molla Mills.
 
The end of our day we spent rolling a 30 kilos pile of carpet rag into rolls for the evening's crocheting course with Molla Mills
 
On Wednesday and Thursday we cleaned the shop from dust that had came from the carpet rags. Dusting all clothes, jewelry and other products took one day. The other day we washed windows and the floor.
 
On Wednesday and Thursday we cleaned the shop from dust that had came from the carpet rags. Dusting all clothes, jewelry and other products took one day. The other day we washed windows and the floor
 
On Friday, which was our last day at Paloni, we played errand boys. Our first mission was to buy two magazines from a kiosk. The man behind the desk laughed at us when we tried to find the right ones. Then we ran to buy silver and white masking ink buttons for the shop’s display window’s Christmas decorations. We also wrote this report about our work practise program.

We liked to work at Paloni, which is a very nice little shop full of lovely clothes, jewerly and stuff. We liked especially the jewerly. We were suprised that Paloni is so international that you really need English here.
It is nice that there is this kind of a shop that supports Finnish designers, is ethical, ecological and stands out from the mass.

Eevi & Linnea

The super duper Saturday

Last Saturday was quite a day. Actually it was one of the busiest we’ve ever had. While our designer Elli Hukka was representing Paloni at the Design District Market at Vanha ylioppilastalo, our sushi chef Thomas was preparing international sushi rolls for our Restaurant day at Paloni, and I was running Paloni’s stand at the huge event Suomen kädentaidot in Tampere.

The preparations for this weekend had already started many weeks back when our designers made the products for the markets and when we started planning on the Restaurant day with Thomas. Our stand was built at Tampere on Thursday, and I drove there with the rest of the products that same night. Luckily the PaaPii toys kept me company on the way, although some of them were already sleeping…

PaaPii at Paloni
 
Building a stand (especially if you want to stand out with it) and taking all the products to such a big event as Suomen kädentaidot with its 36.000+ visitors and three halls is not something I wouldn’t call a small task. But it’s always worth the effort. I get a big dose of energy from these events, from meeting all those old and new friends of Paloni’s.

Paloni at Suomen Kädentaidot 2012, Tampere
 
There was one person that I especially enjoyed meeting at the fair, as I’ve admired her work for a long time. Anu Harkki, the editor-in-chief of the brand new mook (book/magazine) Koto living, fell in love with the Vietto Neppari dress that was presented to the customers for the very first time ever at this event. The next day Anu wore the dress as she was giving crafting tips on the “Idea stage”, and we soon run out of the dresses… Luckily the designer Minna Kaartinen is already preparing a new set of them to Paloni.

Anu Harkki, the editor-in-chief of the brand new mook Koto living, fell in love with the Vietto Neppari dress
 
Anu Harkki, the editor-in-chief of the brand new mook Koto living, fell in love with the Vietto Neppari dress 2
 
But while all this was taking place in Tampere, the most patient clients of our International Sushi Kitchen waited for 45 minutes while our chef Thomas was preparing more sushi for them. The restaurant run out of sushi a couple of times during the evening, but Thomas persistently made more and kept the restaurant open until the promised 7pm.
 
Molla Mills & Thomas Tsang - The international sushi kitchen
 
Molla Mills & Thomas Tsang - The international sushi kitchen
 
Thank you to all who visited the restaurant! It’s always great to have such a buzz in here, and to do something unexpected together. My big thank you also goes to Molla Mills for running the restaurant, and for our chef Thomas who made it all possible, came all the way from Amsterdam just to have this restaurant at Paloni and prepared all the delicious sushi in an apartment hotel kitchen. Like my mom said: “I’ve seen quite much, but this is utopia for me.” You guys made utopia reality.
 
Molla Mills & Thomas Tsang - The international sushi kitchen
 
Molla Mills & Thomas Tsang - The international sushi kitchen
 
Molla Mills & Thomas Tsang - The international sushi kitchen
 
Molla Mills & Thomas Tsang - The international sushi kitchen
 
Minna / Paloni