Founded in France in 1854, Louis Vuitton has more than earned its reputation as one of the biggest and best-loved fashion houses in the world. Currently under the creative direction of Marc Jacobs, with Kim Jones at the menswear helm, the brand produces collection after collection of fashion-forward apparel and accessories, while remaining true to the heritage Vuitton aesthetic. Buy into the brand with a monogrammed bag, a classic piece that will never go out of style.
Louis Vuitton, Pohjoisesplanadi 35, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 6811 6615
Finnish brand Marimekko is known for its original prints. From spots and stripes to flora and fauna, there are few motifs that haven’t found their way onto the company’s colourful fabrics since it was founded over 60 years ago. As well as their delightful interior designs, the creatives at Marimekko are known for their quirky clothes and accessories. Marimekko stores stock new seasonal collections as well as perennial pieces – favourites with staff and customers alike which are available all year round.
Marimekko, Galleria Esplanad, Pohjoisesplanadi 33, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 686 0240
A high-street hero, Swedish brand H&M is a front-runner when it comes to fast, affordable fashion, stocking everything from relaxed wardrobe staples to show-stopping party pieces, all at some of the most competitive prices on the high street. H&M is a pioneer of designer collaborations; some of the biggest names in high-end fashion, from Lanvin to Versace, have produced collections for the label, bringing catwalk style to a new market. New collaborations are announced each season – these limited-edition projects allow customers to buy into fashion history without breaking the bank. The H&M homeware range is also stocked at the Aleksanterinkatu branch.
H&M, Aleksanterinkatu 48, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 2528 8166
Lacoste was among the first brands to display an external logo on its clothing and the well-known Lacoste crocodile is synonymous with quality and understated sporting style. The company’s first tennis shirts were produced early in the 20th century and the brand has retained its credibility ever since, gradually developing into an all-round lifestyle brand which offers catwalk fashion and accessories as well as its signature preppy-cool sportswear.
Lacoste, Galleria Esplanad, Pohjoisesplanadi 33, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 622 3252
A firm favourite with the fashion-forward, Nike’s trainers have become more than just a workout must-have. New styles and colours are offered each season and the classic trainers offered by the American sports brand, from the sporty Air Max to the more relaxed Blazers, are worn by everyone from hipsters to fashion editors, not forgetting genuine sports enthusiasts. Catering for men, women and children, Nike offers some of the coolest sportswear around, without compromising on quality. Whether you want to look good at the gym or add an edge to a casual outfit, Nike is the place to go.
Nike, Kauppakeskus Kamppi, Urho Kekkosenkatu 1, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)5 0569 6492