The Row fall/winter 2018
me / aventurine, quartz, tourmaline
Giorgio di Chirico – The Double Dream of Spring, 1915
Hermès fall/winter 1998
Le Corbusier – Bronze Maquette for ‘Open Hand’ Sculpture, 1960
In Paris we are once again in lockdown, which doesn’t raise the hopes for this pandemic being over soon. However, I’ll try to use this period again to be more creative, something I’ve been missing a lot in my daily life. And I think this is a great moment to open up my mental landscape a bit.
Right before the first quarantine a friend of mine gave me a clear crystal to support my meditation, and most importantly to find the meditative mindset at any moment during the day, which got me researching more about lithotherapy. I’m not yet able to express my thoughts about it, but I definitely catch myself being around the subject quite often. There’s something similar on how I perceive crystals and the way I look at art; I try to understand everything in the rational level but then at the end it’s up to us to give meanings to what we see and what we experience. I don’t know if it makes sense, maybe I’ll get to the subject later. Anyway, anything that can help us to regain focus, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state is something to hold on to during these weird times.
And I must take my words back when I said fashion doesn’t inspire me anymore. It does, I just got too numb constantly looking at all the beige instagram accounts, all looking the same. I got my hands on some vintage Le Monde d’Hermès magazines from Margiela era – my favorite collections in fashion that ever exist – and while going through them I constantly got goosebumps. The coats he designed for Hermès are one of the reason why I ended up founding MIES. The magazines will be online soon, if I’m ever able to let go of them – the most difficult part of sourcing vintage, but I’ll surely share some of my favorite pages here.
National Pensions Institute in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto, 1956.
I started a new newsletter series for MIES called Remote Tours. The articles are available only for subscribers, you can add yourself to the mailing list from here. In each newsletter I will present an exquisite building I’ve had the chance to visit over the years, as I hope to keep my audience inspired even during the pandemic.
After months of silence I found my way back here, hi! And I notice my audience has been only growing, welcome all new readers. I’m not going to explain myself by saying I’ve been working something exciting and been busy et cetera. No, I’ve been just taking it slow and listening myself; reading, writing, meditating and doing pilates. But now I felt sudden urge to come and share all what inspired me recently. It’s constantly less and less fashion that gets my attention, but The Row spring/summer 2021 collection was a great exception. V-neck merino knits and vests suddenly feel fresh again. And I admire the decision to skip the show and rely on a beautifully done lookbook. The ignorance of some major fashion houses in the current climate has been quite tragic.
Images courtesy of The Row
Villa Cook by Le Corbusier, 1926 & Villa Dubin by Raymond Fichier, 1929 / me
From the exhibition book of Margiela the Hermès years
MR Armchair by Mies van der Rohe, 1973
It’s been two weeks since the containment started in France, allowing us to go only for groceries and a quick run/walk around the block. Obviously I do miss drinks at a terrace, restaurant dinners and my pilates studio, but my imagination has always been my best friend so the days have passed by fairly easily. During times like these what really keeps my head together is to stay more or less in the same routine when it comes to eating or sleeping. I’ve always been a morning person and especially now I’m really savouring the morning hours being alone, when my boyfriend is still sleeping.
There is no right answer how one should deal with the current situation and I’m not going to write a long list of activities to do, only one that fits to everyone; get lost in research. Pick any subject and feed your curiosity.
Whenever travelling to any city, I always first check out if there are any architecturally interesting locations worth to visit. Even I grew up in the surroundings of Helsinki, I still have a long list of places to visit for any time I’m in the city. This time I was smart enough to contact well advance the National Pensions Institute to book a visit in their headquarters. As the Alvar Aalto designed building is still in daily use, it is possible to visit only on mondays, when they organize guided tours.
I arrived well in advance so I got to wander around in the lobby by myself, which was my favorite part of the building. The black and white floor made from marble and belgian granite is so elegant and unique, and great combination with the signature ceramic tile -wall.
The Row FW2020
Sepiolite at MINES mineral library / me
Galerie Patrick Seguin / me
La Contre Carpet by Diego Giacometti
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that my early spring thoughts include The Row’s most recent collection, and especially look 8. The masculine classic silhouette gets a modern update with a balaclava, and the coat is close to perfection. Speaking of coats, I’m currently sourcing for new ones for Mies; there will be a selection of leather available soon for spring, but also I’m searching for long black cashmere coats, which are my most requested ones.
Raami glasses from Iittala, perfumes from Byredo and Loewe, hand soap from Aesop
The final weeks of 2019 for me went pretty much with hunting for an apartment – and finally changing one – and I couldn’t be happier to be done with all that stress and start the new year (and decade!) in a new home.
When it comes to new years, I don’t believe in resolutions but rather in all year long reflecting and consciousness. However, it is still a good moment to stop and look back, think about where you are in life and whether you are going in the right direction. 2019 was pretty good to me, obviously there were many moments of mental blur and clutter as usually in life, but in general I felt stronger than ever in my body, started some interesting projects and enjoyed Paris to the most. All what I wish to take with me to the new decade.
Happy new year.
Sweater from The Row, pants from Filippa K and shoes from COS
I bought these Filippa K silk pants from their second-hand store in Stockholm few years ago and I’ve been wearing them a lot since then. I love the pyjama feel they bring to the outfit, especially necessary for dark mornings when all you need is comfort.
I really enjoy visiting exhibitions that make me think, research and learn, but during the busy periods of life those can be quite overwhelming and you just crave for something aesthetically beautiful. Just like a Barbara Hepworth exhibition at Musée Rodin. It is a perfectly small, but well curated collection of her most important pieces to describe her life and works. Or I guess at least, to be honest I didn’t really study why those exact pieces were chosen, I only let my eyes wonder in the beautiful sculptures and emptied my mind. Maybe I’ll go back later with more curiosity, but for the moment it was exactly what I needed.
Vintage Max Mara coat from Mies (sold), vinatge Levi’s jeans and t-shirt from The Row