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A Special Second Hand Dress

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I mentioned in my previous post about my recent flea market finds that there was one dress that deserves a post of its own – and to do the dress justice I thought it would be nice to match this Finnish vintage creation with some very Finnish landscape. So one night after the kids had fallen asleep, Matthew and I got in the car and drove 5 minutes into the woods near my parents place to take some photos! 

I picked up this colourful dress in Fida second hand shop on Iso Roobertinkatu in Helsinki for 18€. It said “Arola” on the tag and when I googled it I found out it’s an old Finnish brand that doesn’t exist anymore. It was a woman called Pirkko Arola who founded a weaving mill in 1948, and during their best years the company exported their textiles to 15 countries and employed 300 people. Unfortunately the Finnish economic depression in the beginning of the 1990s resulted in bankruptcy for the company.

Don’t know if anyone out there will find this information interesting, but I think it’s so nice to wear clothes with a history! And I love the floaty cotton fabric and those little beads on the chest. Wearing it makes me feel even more Finnish than usual!

What do you think? Would you wear this dress?

x Nina x