The 40-year fashion journey of Marja Kurki was celebrated in August with a fashion show organised at the Helsinki Music Centre. The show was arranged by two rising stars of Finnish design: Laura Juslin and Lilli Maunula.
The modern and fresh show was an enchanting experience, and allowed the audience to view the classic silk scarf in a completely novel way.
Marja Kurki launched its first jewellery collection in autumn 2015. Simple yet trendy, its items are made from high-quality materials, such as gold, silver, and pearls. The collection complements Marja Kurki’s range of fine silk, wool, and leather products.
In July 2014, Marja Kurki Ltd opens the doors of the company’s first store of its own in China. The store is at the Solana Shopping Park in Beijing, which is popular among young adults. The shop, with 80 square metres of floor area, is elegant and represents the minimalist Nordic style in its decoration.
In addition to silk scarves, the store’s product offering includes a broad range of clothing accessories, from hats to sunglasses and leather products.
Marja Kurki celebrates the opening of the brand’s new flagship store on Helsinki’s Pohjoisesplanadi in August 2013. Right next door to the shops of the most highly acclaimed fashion houses in the world and Finnish design brands, the new store is a dignified representative of a Finnish design house with a long heritage.
In addition to high-quality silk and wool products, the shop’s product range includes the Marja Kurki bag collection. Made from genuine leather, the bags offer playful designs and vivid colours for the fashion-conscious customer.
In 2012, Marja Kurki opens the doors of a shop specialising in bags and leather clothing accessories in Seoul, the trendy capital of South Korea. Bags decorated with golden beetles become a hit among Koreans. Marja Kurki has continued development of the bag collection and introduced these design bags in Finland too.
Held first in London in 1851, the World Expo comes to Shanghai, China, in 2010. Marja Kurki attends the fair, bringing the company’s own show. Presenting design, culture, and the latest trends in technology and economy, the World Expo is a major international event and a source of pride for the host country.
A time of celebration arrives for Marja Kurki in 2006. The company celebrates its 30th year of business, showcases its products in an exhibition at the Design Forum, and is granted the Golden Hanger award of the Finnish fashion industry for the improvement and successful export of Finnish fashion.
The highlight of the year 2003 is the fashion show held in Helsinki at which Finland’s top models show off Marja Kurki’s collection. Also, Finnish prima ballerina Minna Tervamäki gives a dance performance in the show.
A Marja Kurki exhibition is arranged for the Finnish Embassy in Washington DC. The magnificent building of the Finnish Embassy provides a great backdrop for the colourful scarves.
Marja Kurki celebrates the 20th anniversary of the company. An anniversary exhibition is held in the Gallen-Kallela Museum.
Marja Kurki begins operation in China. The high-quality silk scarves designed in Finland attract the attention of Chinese audiences, who fancy feminine style.
Marja Kurki’s son Tapani Kurki buys the company back from Amer, bringing it back into the ownership of the Kurki family. Marja Kurki remains part of the operation as a designer.
Founder Marja Kurki sells the company to Marimekko, which is owned by Amer.
In 1988, Marja Kurki opens the brand’s first dedicated store, in an atmospheric old red-brick building in Katajanokka, Helsinki.
A jury set up by the magazine Communication Art included Marja Kurki’s poster among more than 24,000 works of art entered, of which only 218 were recognised and published in the Design Annual Yearbook. Later on the Museum of Modern Art in New York asked her for the poster for its collection.
Marja Kurki makes an agreement with Chinese company China Silk on exclusive rights for the delivery of silk.
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