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Maria Korkeila teaming up with iconic Fiskars for a modern gardening workwear collection and here’s Europe’s best restaurant in 2019

Plus: Organic skincare pioneer launching magnesium oil and CIFF appoints Machine-A founder Stavros Karelis as Artistic Director for special Paris edition.

Maria Korkeila teaming up with iconic Fiskars for a modern gardening workwear collection

Established in 1649 as an ironworks in a small Finnish village, Fiskars is now a leading global brand producing high-quality gardening, cooking and crafting products available in more than 60 countries. The orange-handled Fiskars Classic scissors – the company’s most iconic product – were designed in 1967, and more than 1 billion pairs have been sold since then.

During this week’s Fashion In Helsinki, the brand announced a new capsule collection with Finnish designer Maria Korkeila featuring clothes and accessories inspired by gardening. The Paris-based fashion and textile designer reimagines handcrafted punk aesthetics: following traditions of deconstruction and DIY. She preposes a vision where rich textures, prints and colours meet deviance and sensitivity. The Fiskars by Maria Korkeila collection will be inspired by Fiskars’ centuries-old Nordic design heritage and will feature unisex clothes and accessories for a variety of tasks. It will be presented in January 2020 at Pitti Uomo and launched in selected stores during spring 2020.

— At Fiskars, we thrive to empower everyone to shape their world, and with this capsule collection we want to explore the possibilities of modern workwear, says Marika Orkamo, SVP, Brand and Marketing at Fiskars. As with all our design, the basis of the collection is to provide innovative and purposefully designed products that encourage everyday creativity. We are very excited to partner up with Maria Korkeila to see how our brand, focused on tools for gardening, cooking and creating, translates into an area of products we have not had before.

— I am very thrilled about this collaboration with Fiskars and to explore the possibilities of traditional gardening workwear turned into something more and new, says Maria Korkeila. Rooted in the design heritage of Fiskars, the collection will explore new possibilities of traditional and multi-functional workwear, both in and out of the garden.

Photography: Jussi Kantonen &

Organic skincare pioneer launching magnesium oil

As Maria Åkerberg was planning to start her own skincare salon, in 1995, she needed to find the right products. It turned out to be impossible to find skincare without mineral oils, silicones, and synthetic ingredients. And there was no law that regulated ingredient declarations. However, since Maria wanted to know for sure what she used on her skin and based on her own needs, she then created a product range herself. She thought there must be other people who felt the same way. There were! And there still are. Over time, her brand has grown to comprise over 400 products.

The latest launch, Magnesium Oil, is a powerful nutritional supplement in spray form that is suitable for everyone, but especially for people with a magnesium deficiency. The product consists of magnesium and mineral-rich brine. It is quickly absorbed into the skin restoring magnesium levels and improving well-being. You cannot overdose as the skin never absorbs more than it can manage. The product contains 31% magnesium, 58 mg/pump.

Spray 5–10 times on the desired area of the skin, such as legs, arms, stomach, neck or back. You may experience a tingling sensation on the skin, which is completely normal. If you wish to further speed up the absorption of the oil, apply a body lotion of your choice afterwards. Use daily or as needed.

Europe’s best restaurant in 2019

When Opinionated About Dining (OAD) present their list of top 200 restaurants in Europe 2019, 25 (an eighth) of them are Nordic. It is the only dining survey that factors experience into its rating system and the results are based on over 200,000 reviews contributed by more than 6,000 people who registered for the survey. At the top: 3 Michelin starred Restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm. From Denmark, not fewer than 12 restaurants are included, with Noma 2.0 being in ninth place. Sweden, on their part, can be proud of having Daniel Berlin (5) and Fäviken (11) in the top. And so can Faroe Islands, with Koks in Leynavatn featured on the list, while Norway has three restaurants and Finland has two. Iceland has Dill restaurant on a special list of ”Other recommended restaurants” along with a bunch of other Nordic restaurants.

CIFF appoints Machine-A founder Stavros Karelis for special Paris edition

One of Scandinavia’s leading fashion trade fairs, CIFF in Copenhagen, is expanding to Paris Fashion Week Men’s on June 21-24. Taking over Garage Amelot they’ll showcase a diverse curation of pre-Spring -20 Womenswear and Spring -20 Menswear from emerging brands and designers, balanced with established names, alongside special projects with collaborators and artists.

— Paris is long established as the fashion capital of the world, where the industry converges. CIFF Paris will add another dimension at Garage Amelot during the upcoming fashion week by providing the perfect energy for our community to engage and connect, to push boundaries, to drive business and is also an opportunity to add some of our Danish culture of sharing and sustainability, says Kristian W. Andersen, Chief Innovation Officer of NorthModern.

Stavros Karelis of London retailer Machine-A has been appointed Artistic Director of Special Projects for the inaugural 4-day event. Stavros has brought his considerable flair, expertise and creative eye to Special Projects at CIFF in Copenhagen for the past two editions in 2018 and is set to expand on these with a series of immersive, experiential and collaborative installations across the 4 days.

Frantzén, Europe’s best restaurant in 2019 and Maria Korkeila doing a capsule collection for Fiskars.