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An absolutely incredible find! 1960's authentic Marimekko wool dress, carried by the Design Research Inc. store (the dress bears a DR tag as well, see last photo).
Here is a quote from the Wikipedia page for Design Research Inc.
"Design Research was an innovative retail store founded in 1953 by Ben Thompson in Cambridge, Massachusetts; later it became a chain of a dozen stores across the United States; it went bankrupt in 1978. Thompson's goal was to provide "a place where people could buy everything they needed for contemporary living", notably modern European furnishings and in particular Scandinavian design.
“ Without question, D/R was the most influential force in twentieth-century America in creating an awareness and appreciation for modern design in the consumer world. ”
—Rob Forbes, founder, Design Within Reach
D/R has continued to have an outsized reputation: in 2000, a survey of influential design stores named D/R as number one, though it had been closed for 22 years. It influenced later retailers like Crate & Barrel and Design Within Reach."
The dress is a beautiful gray and black striped (almost herringbone). The fabric is a beautiful thick wool (100%) and lined in a lovely soft satin/silky gray material. It features 4 black buttons at the neckline and a snap. The dress should come on and off over the head -- There is no zipper in the back. There is a matching belt which comes with the dress.
This truly is an amazing staple piece in any style lover's wardrobe -- It is so modern looking and yet has the vintage appeal of being both an authentic 1960's Marimekko piece and one that was carried by Design Research. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like more images. In excellent vintage condition!
Brand -- There are 3 tags on this garment:
1) Marimekko / Suomi Finland
2) Design Research Inc
3) 100% wool / Marimekko Finland
Era: 1960's
Material: Wool
Marked Size: EU 36 (please refer to measurements below to determine fit)
Measurements (taken flat):
Shoulders: 16 1/2"
Bust: 18"
Waist: 17 1/2"
Hem Width: 26"
Total Length: 38 3/4"
Sleeve Length: 20 1/4"
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RESERVED for jensenkirstenm // Vintage Marimekko // Design Research Inc Wool Dress 1960s Authentic


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: wool
  • Only ships within United States.
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