It was first Printex, a company producing oilcloth and printed fabrics, which bought Viljo Ratia in 1949. Armi Ratia, his wife, asked young artists to design patterns for the company. The result was a very innovative fabric collection, with bold and colorful patterns. As people looked up but did not buy, not knowing how to use them, Armi Ratia decided to give them ideas by creating a small collection of clothes. She founded a separate company - Marimekko Oy - and entrusted the implementation of the first clothing collection to Marimekko Riitta Immonen. The inaugural parade was held at Kalastajatorppa restaurant in Helsinki in May 1951.
> 1949: Maija Isola draws its first fabric Printex. It will continue to build until 1987 for Marimekko. Artist independent author of a work painted parallel Maija Isola revolutionized textile design. The pattern Unikko (poppy) of 1964 is his most famous creation.
> 1951: Marimekko is officially enrolled in the Finnish Trade Register, May 25
> 1952: Opening of first retail store.
> 1953 Marimekko Vuokko Nurmesniemi joined as a designer of clothing and fabrics. It will play an important role in defining the Marimekko style, both fashionable as interior decoration. She sees the striped fabric Piccolo in 1953 and 1956 Jokapoika shirt - both still in production.
> 1954 The Marimekko logo is designed by the artist Helge Meth-Borgström.
> 1956 exports begin. The tissues are exposed in the Finnish Pavilion at the Exposition Universelle in Brussels and a special exhibition in Stockholm Marimekko.
The 1960s saw the rapid development of Marimekko, which became famous in the world. The product range widens (up to and including the design of houses) and Marimekko is a way of life as a company. Towards the end of the decade, the company knows that financial difficulties are resolved after a major restructuring between 1968 and 1971.
> 1960 Internationalization of Marimekko is accelerated by Jacqueline Kennedy, who bought seven dresses Marimekko cotton once and the door during the presidential campaign of her husband. With it, a Marimekko ranks of some 400 newspapers and magazines.
> 1960 Marimekko opens its first retail store abroad, in Stockholm.
> 1960 Annika Rimal begins his work as a fashion designer Marimekko. His clothes are always innovative on the covers and pages of fashion magazines worldwide. In 1968, Rimal Tasaraita designs the collection, which is still in production. Annika Rimal work for Marimekko until 1982.
> 1960 Liisa Suvanto introduced a new look in fashion with her clothes Marimekko wool knitted by hand. Marimekko Suvanto works until 1975, and in the 1970s, also designs clothing printed cotton. Many fabrics are created by Japanese designer Katsuji Wakisaka, who worked for Marimekko in 1968-1976 and 2001.
> Kristina Isola in 1964 began working as a designer with her mother Maija Isola. It continues today to create fabrics and interior decorating products for Marimekko, while being responsible for creating new colors and new variants of Maija Isola patterns.
> 1968 Marimekko signed its first licensing agreement in Finland.
> 1969 Pentti Rinta joined Marimekko as a stylist. It will work with the company until 1987. In 1972, the first costume designs Rinta men Marimekko; Kuski model has become a classic.
In the 1970s, the production tool Marimekko is modernized and expanded. The licenses are increasing rapidly. The company is publicly traded.
> 1970 A Marimekko factory is created for the production of bags and small objects in canvas. Ristomatti Ratia is the chief designer. Many of her bags have become classics of world famous and are still in production.
> 1972 First signed licensing agreements in Japan and the United States.
> Marimekko 1973/1979 A new plant is built in the neighborhood Herttoniemi in Helsinki.
> 1974 A clothing factory devoted to Marimekko is built Kitee in eastern Finland.
> 1974 Opening a store Marimekko Pohjoisesplanadi 31, Helsinki's main avenue. The shop is still at this address.
> 1974 Marimekko is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
> 1974 Fujiwo Ishimoto began designing printed fabrics for Marimekko. Its production includes surprisingly large over 300 fabric patterns.
> 1979 Marja Suna joined Marimekko as a fashion designer. She created the first collection of Marimekko fabrics. Along with its popular knitwear, Marja Suna many other designs clothing, from coats to T-shirts during his twenty-five years of collaboration with Marimekko.
> 1979 deaths Friend Ratia - founder, director and thinking soul of Marimekko, Oct. 3.
Armi Ratia's death gives birth to over a decade of uncertainty and upheaval for Marimekko. In the early 1980s, the company's business is still flourishing. In 1985, Marimekko is sold to Amer Group Ltd.. At the end of the decade, Marimekko is on the verge of bankruptcy. The public image of the Marimekko brand has become blurred.
> 1983 The plant expansion is completed Herttoniemi and all operations of Marimekko in Helsinki are moved to new premises.
> 1985 Amer Group Ltd. buys Marimekko, whose shares are removed from the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
Marimekko begins to bloom again in the 1990s after being bought by by Kirsti Paakkanen. Thanks to her, Marimekko found a charismatic figure and visionary worthy successor to Friend Ratia. The company is entering a period of strong growth and profitable. Innovation, creation and design find a central place and new product lines are emerging. New designers are hired, bringing youth and talent, as Erja Hirvi Jaana Parkkila, Mika Piirainen Jukka Rintala and Marjaana Virta.
> 1991 Kirsti Paakkanen buys Marimekko September 27.
> 1999 Marimekko amounts to the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
The 2000s are Marimekko for a new golden age. The company's position on international markets is increasing significantly with the opening of new Marimekko concept stores. Several exhibitions are organized Marimekko worldwide, contributing to increased exports and the Marimekko brand recognition. The production is modernized, the wider product range. New talent join the company regularly, like Anna Danielsson, Samu-Jussi Koski, Maija Louekari and Teresa Moorhouse. Big names in global design as Björn Dahlström, Harri Koskinen and Ilkka Suppanen perform numerous collaborations with Marimekko during the decade.
> 2002 Marimekko shares were transferred to the main market of the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
> 2004 A digital printing machine and new digital devices are added to the plant Herttoniemi to modernize the printing of fabrics.
> 2006 Marimekko organizing a design competition aimed at finding new ideas for the line of Marimekko interior. The winners are called Iiro A. Ahokas, Anna Ervamaa, Pia Holm, Kaakinen Tuula Elina Keltto, Aino-Maija Metsola, Jenni Katriina Tuominen and Viitaniemi. Their creations have been included in the Marimekko collections of clothing and interior decoration.