The Finnish cult brand Marimekko may have given up its own store in Frankfurt and thus the only branch in Germany, but fashion, porcelain and decorative items with cheerful floral motifs still have a shop window in the city: in Younah Lee's store on Diesterwegstrasse in Sachsenhausen, which bears the composite name of the owner.

Here Lee also sells fashion that she has designed herself and has made in Korea.

Patricia Andreae

Editor in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

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The simple, straight cuts are inspired by traditional Korean clothing, says the fashion retailer.

For example, a women's jacket made from pure wool.

With its boxy cut, large patch pockets and three large buttons, the jacket, which is available in black and beige, looks simple and distinctive at the same time (230 euros).

Another model in dark gray can also be worn figure-hugging with a matching belt.

"Our products stand for high-quality materials, neat handwork and timeless yet elegant design," says the designer.

Korean classics

It is no coincidence that Lee combines her own fashion with Marimekko's models. She worked in the shop on Oeder Weg herself. Among other things, she was responsible for the decoration there. She loves the Finnish label, she says, and likes to combine it with her own things, which works so well because they are mostly plain. The current trend is wool, and linen in summer. From Marimekko, Lee not only has fine dresses and blouses, coats, skirts and trousers in its range, but also ceramic products in black and white as well as the classic pink and red flower motifs on cereal bowls, plates and coffee cups. They are also available in the autumn fox-and-bear decor and with golden Christmas trees. Bags and pillows with the classic motifs (around 20 euros) are also suitable as small gifts.

And since socks and hats are classic gifts, the shop has a suitable range here too.

On the one hand there are products from the Korean brand “Le Cashmere”, which, according to Lee, uses cashmere from the Mongolian steppe into cuddly soft hats.

On the other hand, there are fine socks from the French brand Collégien and a special cross between socks and barefoot shoes that look like socks with rubber soles.

They are available for adults as well as for very small feet in cheerful striped patterns and even in a golden glitter fabric.

Similarly elegant are Pampuschen's slippers, fluffy ballerinas that you could even leave on when you switch from home to office.

Younahlee, Diesterwegstrasse 26, Frankfurt;

Mondays 12 noon to 7pm, Tuesday to Friday 11am to 7pm, Saturday 10.30am to 5pm;