IVANA HELSINKI IS A FINNISH INDEPENDENT FASHION, ART AND FILM
BRAND FOUNDED BY PIRJO AND PAOLA SUHONEN IN 1998.
Combination of art, fashion design and film
coolest Scandinavian print design;
unique prints made by Paola Ivana Suhonen
Scandinavian-slavic style with
bohemian Americana twist
IVANA HELSINKI DESIGN IDENTITY
Ivana Helsinki uniquely combines Scandinavian design heritage with Slavic elements and brigs
this mixture up to date with the Pop culture attitude. As a result classic design with an edge is created.
The design ideology of Ivana Helsinki comes from art and that why it is sustainable.
Paola Ivana Suhonen does not follow trends, but rather creates them.
Paola describes herself as a story teller. Ivana Helsinki collections always have a strong,
personal story behind all the prints and silhouettes of the dresses.
Art is the starting point of all Ivana Helsinki’s design work. Everything begins with art
– influenced by photography, music and personal memories. The inspiration behind
Ivana Helsinki´s collections stems from strong emotions and lived moments. Much like
art, Ivana Helsinki designs are ageless investment pieces.
Timelessness is the core of Ivana Helsinki’s collection – including fashion, fabric
and interior lines. Ivana Helsinki’s products are designed to last a lifetime. The brand
creates durable and functional design items that are not based on trends. Products
that don’t go out of style, but continue to look and feel modern year after year.
Ivana Helsinki is a way to express oneself and beauty through style. Ivana Helsinki’s
clothing collection is a contrasting combination of strong and delicate, feminine
aesthetics. The brand is known for its original cuts, authentic materials and visually rich
pattern designs. Like any design classic, Ivana Helsinki’s fashion and accessories add
beauty to styles of women of all ages.
Storytelling is a vital part of Ivana Helsinki’s design philosophy. The collections are
inspired by strong stories and emotions – the world of memories, beautiful items and
prints. Film as a way of expression is a natural continuation for Ivana Helsinki’s brand
saga – the story that comes alive in collection videos and short movies.
NEW IVANA HELSINKI
Everything has changed in the past 18 years. Fast fashion brands manufacture products at a record speed; it takes approximately four weeks for them to produce a garment after a design has been made. Social Media plays a big role in all of this; there is no more patience in the fashion world. When you see something interesting on your screen you want to have right at that moment. Traditionally the runway photos would spread to the audience months after the fashion shows, nowadays you will get a live stream from the runway via your favorite SnapChat influencer.
In this world where you need to be innovative and have a strong vision, how can you define what the consumers need and most importantly want a year in advance? How can you offer something new and never-seen-before material when you need to showcase your collection 6 months prior to the actual launch? We do not believe in this old fashioned approach, not anymore. We want to proceed with honesty and keep true to ourselves, not follow any trends set by the fashion society. We want to react to the world around us and deal with the unexpected when it sneaks up on us. This is the only way Ivana Helsinki can be a true visionary and a pioneer in fashion.
Starting from August 30th 2016, New Ivana Helsinki will offer three new products every week. New products will be premiered in our online shop every Tuesday morning at 9am. New Ivana Helsinki products won’t be just dresses, since who would need 200 dresses or other new garments in a year? The answer is no one.
Ivana Helsinki is a way of life, a choice of values, a style genre. We will offer the consumers souvenirs from the soul world of Ivana Helsinki. These souvenirs are for all the Ivana Helsinki boys and girls, those who love deep dark forests and the white light of the spring, for those who catch the fleeing moments of summer nights and always feel the calling of the open roads in their hearts. These are the people who live in the moment and collect their own souvenirs along the way.
New Ivana Helsinki will offer you a selection of locally grown food and organic drink products, handmade rugs, drink nights with friends, men’s knitwear, private music shows, unique handbags, collaborations with different artists, children’s wear, glitter pillows, without forgetting the ever so lovely dresses we are known for!
“Ivana Helsinki started as my personal art-project; now it’s a way of living. I could easily spend my life as a nomad, raising stories of love and life and going to my road trips – but it is pretty much ok to do cute, straight cotton and woolen dresses for charismatic drummer girls and girl-women with beautiful souls instead. My world is for the ones whom love moonlit fields, pirates, dark forests, crummy motels, champagne states of drunkenness, fragile butterflies, passionate relationships, cowboys and guardian angels. After all, they all are just after a love of their lives, rarely seen peaceful madness; just waiting to see, will he be a rockstar, a motor biker, a gnome, a cosmonaut or a sailor,” explains Ms. Suhonen.