Paola and Pirjo Suhonen

Paola ja Pirjo Suhonen

Hotel Rantapuisto was a new find even for us East Helsinki girls.

The sisters Paola and Pirjo Suhonen are especially known for their fashion label Ivana Helsinki. Paola is a fashion designer, artist, designer, filmmaker, and musician. Pirjo is the producer behind the brand. Together the sisters have, among other projects, written a children's book, produced a TV series, and launched the one-of-a-kind Superwood Festival in autumnal Eastern Helsinki. 

Paola and Pirjo Suhonen identify more as East Helsinki girls than anything else. Growing up in Marjaniemi, for the two sisters Helsinki means beaches, shoreline rocks, and the nearby islands of Eastern Helsinki. Sometimes they would pack some food in a cooler and spend the night in a tent. In winter, the girls would ski over the ice from one island to the next. Many of their favourite Helsinki spots are to be found in the east. 

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