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Spinnova contributes to Finnish design pieces for Baltic Sea

Saima has made two Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi’s iconic Myllynkivi (millstone) dresses with a 100% wood-based fabric, a blend of Spinnova’s sustainable fibre and lyocell.

21st January 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Helsinki, Finland


Sustainable materials company Spinnova has announced its collaboration with Saima Helsinki and legendary Finnish designer Vuokko Nurmesniemi, in a charity collection and auction for the Baltic Sea Action. As part of the charity benefit, another fabulous Spinnova demo product is introduced - the ageless classic, Myllynkivi dress with a Pyörre print, the company reports.

Saima is a new Finnish apparel brand that produces sustainable clothing in its own factory in Helsinki. In addition to its basic collection, Saima produces collaborative limited editions, meant to promote contemporary artists, designers and phenomena. Part of the profits from these collaborations are donated to charities chosen by the collaborators. Today, Saima along with Vuokko Nurmesniemi and Spinnova introduce the Vuokko x Saima Helsinki limited edition.

Saima has made two Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi’s iconic Myllynkivi (millstone) dresses with a 100% wood-based fabric that is a blend of Spinnova’s sustainable fibre and lyocell. The dress fabric was printed with the classic, original Pyörre (vortex) print by the Finnish textile print house Printscorpio.

The two coveted, unique Spinnova Myllynkivi dresses will now be auctioned for charity, Spinnova says.

“The Vuokko and Spinnova teams loved our idea, and we also included Printscorpio that works with both Vuokko and Spinnova already. Everyone is involved in this pro bono, so the entire profit from auctioning the dresses goes to a charity of Vuokko’s choice, explains founder of Saima Helsinki, Ville Hulkko.

The chosen charity is the Baltic Sea Action Group, which works to protect the Baltic Sea and the climate. The dresses will be auctioned on the Stockholm Actionverk platform, starting on 27 January.

“We are honoured to be part of this tribute to Vuokko, for the Baltic Sea that we all love. We are also proud of how beautiful the dresses came out! Vuokko’s clothing stands the test of time in both design and quality, and never age with trends. This is the kind of fashion we want to promote,” comments Spinnova’s Chief Commercial Officer Lotta Kopra.

Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi is the undisputed pioneer of Finnish apparel and fashion design. Her ground-breaking work has gained recognition both domestically and internationally ever since the 1950’s. The Myllynkivi dress was originally designed by Vuokko in 1964. This classic can be seen in, for example, the collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Finnish Design Museum in Helsinki.

Based in Finland, Spinnova has developed breakthrough technology for making textile fibre out of wood or waste, such as textile or food waste, without harmful chemicals. The patented Spinnova fibre creates 0% waste or side streams, 0% microplastics and has minimal CO2 emissions and water use. Spinnova is committed to using only sustainable raw materials such as FSC certified wood. The company has been awarded as a World Changing Idea and Innovation by Design by the Fast Company, as well as Sustainability Achievement of the year by the ISPO and Scandinavian Outdoor Awards.

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