Ivana Helsinki is an independent art, fashion & cinema brand, delicately mending Slavic rough melancholy and pure Scandinavian moods. The balancing between white arctic summer nights and endless winter sadness. Eerie hovering isolation and intense starkness. Ivana Helsinki collections are like small ballads with charming, soulful and savvy tones.
Ivana Helsinki started as a personal art-Project explain Paola Suhonnen, her founder and fashion designer. The designer told” 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.
Paola Ivana Suhonen is a Helsinki born designer, artist and filmmaker. As the artist behind the fashion pieces, she starts from her dark, naïve mind-landscapes, northern legends and western romantics, creating the prints, graphics and films to supplement her collections. The mix of past and present has infused her style with yester years’ flavourful sophistication along with a shot of contemporary charm.
A brand sixteen years in the making, the family-operated Ivana Helsinki atelier is based in downtown Helsinki where unique pieces and small-series production are done. All knits are manufactured in Finland and hand knits come from Lapland.
The brand is the only Scandinavian womenswear brand to be accepted into the official Paris Fashion Week “IN” Show calendar and has been featured in several alternative projects where fashion, design and modern art have been combined. In addition to her own projects, Ms. Suhonen has worked product development, print and concept design for several companies including Topshop, Google, Swarovski, Coca-Cola, Canon, Artek,Rovio, Moomin characters, Amnesty International, Mori Art Center in Tokyo, Finnish traditional porcelain company Kermansavi and her own jewelry line for Kaipaus. A graduate of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Ms. Suhonen has also studied at the prestigious American Film Institute, where she fulfilled her passion of great filmmaking.
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