Combine what you love with your travel photos
One of my favorite Instagrammers in my son. He takes his Lego mini-figurines with him everywhere we go and takes pictures of the Lego men in Times Square in New York City, skiing in Sweden or admiring Icelandic landscapes. Legos are not for everyone, but I love how he combines something familiar like Legos with a new territory.
I think it’s a great idea to combine something you love and then either bring it with you on your travels and shoot it in different locations, or start spotting your favorite things on all of your trips. One of the things I love are doors – I always photograph doors on my trips. I also like to spot bicycles and use #bikesofeurope hashtag for my bike pictures. I have also noticed some bloggers tend to do a same pose (jump, handstand, silly face) in different locations. It’s a great way to bring continuity to your Instagram-feed even when your locations change.
One of my favorite Finnish design brands is Marimekko, and while in a way Marimekko doesn’t have anything to do with travel, it does have everything to do with global lifestyle. I often check out the #marimekko hashtag on Instagram to see how people around the world are decorating their homes in Marimekko designs, or dressing up in Marimekko clothes.
Marimekko’s Unikko turns 50 years old
This year Marimekko’s most well-known print, the Unikko-print with bold red poppies, turns 50 years old, and Marimekko is encouraging you to spot the ever-lovely Unikko on your travels and share the pictures with #Unikko50.
Read more about Marimekko on our new magazine issue, starting on page 26.
There are several celebrations happening around the world in Marimekko stores and in major cities to celebrate the 50-year-old poppy print. I would LOVE to see more pictures of the Unikko around the world, so I hope you will join me in Marimekko Unikko-print spotting this year and tag your photos with #Unikko50.
I already visited the Marimekko flagship store in Helsinki, in January.
… and I have now seen this Marimekko store opening promotion at Copenhagen airport a few times, and can’t wait to see it opening.
You can also follow the official Marimekko Instagram-accounts to get more pictures of Marimekko.
Best Marimekko spotting places in April
Helsinki, Finland and Tokyo, Japan, are always good places for Marimekko-fans. For example there are several new Marimekko stores in Helsinki, close to the flagship store, including a brand new store only for children.
There are great newer Marimekko store also in the USA, including in NYC and Boston.
Are you going for the Milan Design Week? Marimekko will be there this spring too. The Milan Design Week is one of the world’s most significant furniture and interior design events gathering around 300,000 industry professionals and media representatives annually. Marimekko created a celebratory installation just for the Milan Design Week.
Are you flying in Japan with Finnair this spring? You have a great chance of spotting some Marimekko on your flight. In celebration of Japanese Sakura, the cherry blossom viewing, Finnair will feature specially tailored kimonos created for the cabin crew by Marimekko on Japanese flights taking place between March 26th and April 16th. During this three week period three kimonos will be worn per flight during boarding and in-flight sales. The kimonos will be used for a week at a time on each route starting:
· From Nagoya between March 26th and April 1st;
· During the second week in Osaka from April 2nd to 8th;
· During the last week in Tokyo between April 9th and 16th.
After all… Marimekko has everything to do with travel, and the global #Unikko50 campaign is a great reminder for you to start spotting your favorite familiar things in new locations during your travels.
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