This Holiday Season We’re Falling in Love With Finnish Fashion

As the House of Uniikii (Uniikii) launches their brand in Toronto, the buzz begins! Working with names well known in the world of European design and fashion, Uniikii introduces its Scandinavian-inspired line of boots, handbags and jewelry to Canada and the U.S.Founded locally here in Oakville, the House of Uniikii provides lines for women and men as well as for children and infants. Hand-made styl- ish footwear (by Aki Choklat) and bags (by Jonas Hakaniemi) for Lahtiset are made from pure wool and natural spring water. The mastery requires the talent and skill of an artisan’s hands, where the process for a single pair rounds eight days. Each pair of felt footwear blends Lahtiset’s approach to stay united with nature and ensuring that the environment remains uncontami- nated by this art.AarikkaBeautiful wood jewelry by Aarikka. Original, bold and natural are key Aarikka attributes — they want the globe to stay round, which is why their production methods and materials are guided by a respect for nature. For the past 60 years Aarikka has maintained a commitment to employee at home workers and those living in centres to assembly their jewelry pieces.

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“Our products are fashionable and fun to wear and Canadians consumers are about to fall in love with Finnish fashion” says Susan Asunmaa, co-founder of Uniikii. “If you want to walk down the street and be noticed for your sense of style, wear a pair of our hand-made felt boots. They’re show stoppers — and conversations starters.”

Asunmaa and Joanna Walker, local residents, launched Uniikii in 2012 to import unique fashions from Finland, which is fast becoming a centre of Northern European design. Uniikii products can be purchased online at: www.uniikii.com, and will also be carried at select retailers in the coming months.

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“We are particularly proud to carry a line of fashionable items that are also eco-friendly, hand-made and of high quality,” says Joanna Walker, co-founder of Uniikii. “The ability to marry fashion and social responsibility is not only possible but is a focus at Uniikii.”

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The Uniikii line includes:

FOOTWEAR:

Uniikii’s felt footwear features creative designs by Aki Chokolat, an internationally known shoe designer and style consultant who also lectures in Polimoda, Italy. The footwear is manufactured by Lahtiset in Jamsa, Finland. Uniikii is the exclusive Cana- dian distributor for Lahtiset boots and shoes in North America.

HANDBAGS:

A collection of felt bags and backpacks has been designed for Uniikii by Jonas Hakaniemi, and manufactured by Lahtiset. Perfect for an urban lifestyle, the pieces combine the details of classic elegance while maintaining a thoroughly contemporary look.

JEWELRY:

Uniikii’s handmade jewelry selection features designs by Aarikka, famous for its clean Scandinavian lines, round forms, and the use of wood as the primary material.

CHILDREN AND INFANTS LINE:

Available for children and infants are an impressive collection of traditional Lahtiset handmade boots and booties, as well as fun, colourful add-on accessories and knitted boot cuffs for kid-friendly style and comfort.

www.uniikii.com

Toronto, Canada 5th December 2013

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