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Founded in 1918, the Tarkiainen jewellery shop is one of the best in town. The selection ranges from charming antique silver and jewellery to the company's own handmade designs. This is also a good place to have your broken valuables, watches and jewellery repaired. They have an excellent selection; the only downside is, as you might guess, that the high quality is reflected in the prices.
Kämp Galleria is a shopping arcade for the well-off people of the centre of Helsinki. Various designer labels have boutiques here, including Marimekko, Bang & Olufsen, Mexx and Bam Bam. You will also find the Moomin shop here, and several other small boutiques. When you need a break from shopping you can sit down and relax in one the galleria's cafés. Kämp Galleria is located next to five-star Hotel Kämp.
The high society of Helsinki often shops at this boutique, which offers designer labels, albeit at high prices. The owner of the boutique, Kaarina Kivilahti, is herself a well-known elite of Helsinki. The selection here includes Gaultier, Moschino, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Lacroix, Givenchy, Chloe, Narciso Rodriquez and Charles Jourdan. Accessories, shoes and bags are also available.
Kalevala Koru gets inspiration for its designs from ancient Finnish jewellery and utensils, discovered in archaeological findings from the Iron Age and Viking Era. Materials used include gold, silver, bronze and precious stones. Some items' designs are figurative; others are more geometric. This jewellery is traditional Finnish history at its best. The company also has a line with more modern designs, called Kaunis Koru.
The Kiseleff House, formerly known for local handicrafts, has undergone a makeover and re-emerged as an ultra chic bazaar showcasing contemporary Finnish fashion and design. The versatile boutiques include such brands as Globehope, with fashionable items made of entirely recycled materials; Jukka Rintala, one of the most appreciated evening wear designers in the country; as well as Tiia Vanhatapio, known as the queen of cocktail dresses. The design aesthetic is not just limited to garments, but also visible in the products of the second-floor patisserie as well as in the Italian-style cafe. A visit to the Kiseleff House is essential if you're touring the neo-classical quarter of the city. -Paula Holst