Satu Maaranen is appointed head designer of Marimekko's ready-to-wear, bags and accessories
Satu Maaranen has been appointed head designer of Marimekko's ready-to-wear, bags and accessories. She will take up her duties on 8 January 2018.
Satu Maaranen, a graduate of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, is an international award-winning and experienced designer. In 2013, she won the Grand Prix at the highly prestigious Hyères Fashion Festival in France. She has also been awarded at the Finnish Elle Style Awards gala and at Copenhagen Fashion Week. Satu Maaranen has worked for a number of international brands, such as Petit Bateau of France and the Chinese Exception de Mixmind. She has designed clothes and prints for Marimekko since 2010. She is also one of the founders of Pre Helsinki, an organisation focusing on the internationalisation of Finnish fashion designers.
"We wanted to find the most suitable approach to design management for us. Marimekko is known as one of the world's first lifestyle brands, and our design has been based from the start on the idea of a community in which designers from different backgrounds create something new together. We believe this is still unique in our field. Satu Maaranen's highly international profile and experience, and - above all - her fresh and modern views on the direction of Marimekko's ready-to-wear, bag and accessory design were decisive factors in her selection. Satu's vision and ambition are exquisitely combined with her knowledge of our form idiom and our heritage of design. I believe that this combination will be a great asset as we build Marimekko internationally as a phenomenon that engages an ever-wider clientele," says Marimekko's President and CEO Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko.