Where to splurge

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Frenn The place to go for a ca­sual take on smart menswear clas­sics. Try the deftly tai­lored blaz­ers and pants, all of which are hand­made in north­ern Europe. Frenn also of­fers made-to-mea­sure ser­vices un­der the watch­ful eye of tailor co-founder Antti Laiti­nen.


artek Given the com­bi­na­tion of the Finnish aes­thetic and the coun­try’s tim­ber in­dus­try, Fin­land has al­ways been at the fore­front of fur­ni­ture de­sign. At Artek’s im­pres­sive two-storey flag­ship store in the mid­dle of Helsinki, prod­ucts de­signed in the early 1900s feel right at home with their mod­ern coun­ter­parts. spir­its kyrö dis­tillery Herbal and sweet, the dis­tillery’s small-batch Na­pue Gin won first place in the gin & tonic cat­e­gory at last year’s In­ter­na­tional Wine and Spirit Com­pe­ti­tion—not bad for an oper­a­tion that set up in a for­mer dairy in 2014. Kyrö also makes a cask-ma­tured gin called Koskue that’s per­fect to be en­joyed neat or in an Old Fash­ioned.

Beauty Frantsila or­gan­ics An or­ganic farm in cen­tral Fin­land is the ori­gin of Frantsila Or­gan­ics’ po­tent range of creams, salves, herbal tinc­tures, es­sen­tial oils, lo­tions and nat­u­ral cos­met­ics. The fam­ily busi­ness has been pro­duc­ing its skin­care po­tions for more than 300 years. in­te­ri­ors and home­ware iitala Formerly a glass fac­tory, Iitala trans­forms es­sen­tial every­day ob­jects into func­tional art. Its of­fer­ings run the gamut of ob­jets d’art, glass­wear, cut­lery, plates, cook­ware, fur­ni­ture, lamps and vases. If you only buy one item, let it be some­thing from the origami-in­spired col­lab­o­ra­tion with Issey Miyake.

marimekko Known for its vi­brant colours and prints, Marimekko is a na­tional icon, with ev­ery Finnish house­hold own­ing at least one item from the ubiq­ui­tous brand. There’s so much to choose from: porce­lain, linen, cush­ions, wom­enswear, bags, bed­room fur­nish­ings, bath­room ac­cou­trements... Daniel kong trav­elled to helsinki cour­tesy of Fin­nair

samuji Time­less menswear and wom­enswear, its ap­peal comes from the sim­plic­ity of its de­sign and the high qual­ity of the fab­ric and con­struc­tion. All ma­te­ri­als are sourced from Europe and Ja­pan. The store is op­po­site Es­planadi.

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