This Nordic gardening gear from Fiskars is blooming lovely
Finnish home tools icon Fiskars unveils a ready-to-wear offering by fashion designer Maria Korkeila
Whether it's venturing out into the great outdoors or just simply being outside in a park or garden, reconnecting with nature has been a welcomed byproduct of the pandemic and a luxury we certainly couldn't live without. A new collaboration between the Finnish home tools icon Fiskars and fashion designer Maria Korkeila celebrates this relationship to full effect, with a genderless line of outdoor garments designed for gardening and urban exploring in general. Made from organic and recycled materials, along with some vegan leather thrown in for good measure, the collection blends functionality with a cool streetwear aesthetic that should be appreciated in public.
As Fiskars' first ever foray into fashion, the 11-piece capsule collection re-envisions traditional garden wear through the lens of Fiskars’ Nordic design heritage. Korkeila, who works as a fashion and textile designer in Paris and Helsinki, has fused her flair for handcrafted punk aesthetics with rich textures, nature-inspired prints and colours.
Finnish home tools icon Fiskars' first foray into fashion
The styles range from modular outerwear, including a water-repellent coat that features a removable hood, sleeves and base, and a vest whose lower section can be detached for greater flexibility and comfort, to a gardening apron that boasts tear and abrasion-resistant pockets as well as elasticated loops to keep tools securely in place, as well as style-forward trousers and overalls that exude an stylish, utilitarian silhouette while still built for hard wear; adjustable openings and pockets allow for additional knee padding while working in the garden, while removable pant legs mean they can be instantly shortened, when the weather calls for it.
‘The collection found its roots in the immensely rich history of Fiskars and its surroundings. Looking at the tools, they are highly functional and streamlined, occasionally even futuristic, but they are also firmly linked to their ancestry, so to speak; traditional yet progressive all at once. I wanted to take this idea of the Fiskars DNA and try to distill that into the clothing,’ says Korkeila. ‘The shapes and forms of the collection are also firmly rooted in the activity of gardening itself – the different movements and positions you would take while crouching in your garden or the conditions the clothes would be exposed to while outdoors.’
She adds: ‘We also wanted to use materials that were respectful to the nature that they’re intended to be used in. In practice, that meant using materials that are PFC-free, vegan, organic, recycled.’
Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.
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