First look: Banana Republic x marimekko

The first Banana Republic collaboration for the year is coming and it’s perfect for summer. Launching May 22 in stores and online, the Banana Republic Marimekko collection features five of Marimekko’s iconic patterns by three of its storied designers.

Banana Republic marimekko collection 2014

Here’s your first look at the limited-edition capsule collection:

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Peplum Top in Siirtolapuutarha Print,

Hampton Short in Siirtolapuutarha Print

Banana Republic Marimekko skirt




Crew Neck Sweater in Kivet Print,

Mid-length Patio Skirt in Kivet Print

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V-neck A-line Dress in Siirtolapuutarha Print,

Clutch in Siirtolapuutarha Print

Banana Republic Marimekko pants



*Poplin Top in White (regular collection)

Hampton Pant in Kivet Print

Clutch in Kivet Print

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V-Neck Shift Dress in Jurmo Print

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Peplum Top in Jurmo Print

Hampton Short in Räsymatto Print

Banana Republic Marimekko patio dress




Patio Dress in Siirtolapuutarha Print

Gorgeous collection, right? I love the mix of bright colours and graphic prints. What’s even cooler is that the collection’s featured patterns, created by three of Marimekko’s designers, each tell a unique story.

Jurmo: Designed by Aino-Maija Metsola
Inspired by the remote island of Jurmo, this print draws inspiration from the rocky beaches, cliffs and high ground

Kivet: Designed by Maija Isola
A pattern built on circles cut with scissors, the print resembles rough-edge stones from the artist’s atelier

Räsymatto: Designed by Maija Louekari
Translates to “rag rug,” this print uses the texture of a woven rug, with braided strips of colour, to create a pattern that resembles circular dots dancing in a single file

Siirtolapuutarha: Designed by Maija Louekari
Translates to “allotment,” this multi-colour print is inspired by a journey from a bustling city to a lush garden allotment overflowing with flowers and vegetables

Tamara: Designed by Maija Isola
A 1960 classic, this black and white print draws inspiration from East European folkore, handicraft and ornamental patterns

My must-have pieces from this collection are the peplum tops – can’t get enough peplum! – v-neck dress and the Patio Skirt in Kivet Print.

Apparel (including petites) is priced between $50 – $175 while accessories are between $69.50 – $98. With almost 25 pieces in the #BRxMarimekko collection, there’s something for everyone whether you’re into a dramatic full printed skirt or would just rather pick up a fun clutch.