Of all the #ksworldtour destinations this year, Tallinn is of course the most personal. Being from Tallinn but living abroad always makes me nostalgic about the city. I really like how the town is developing and it´s always a pleasure to go back and visit new places that are popping up around town. Here are 5 of my favourites when in Estonia.
In the heart of the city, in Solaris shopping centre, you will find a very naughty yet cute store – Ulakas Kaunitar (Naughty Beauty). It is the only shop in Estonia selling exclusively Kriss Soonik collections and the only shop in the world selling our entire collection. From next week you´ll also have the chance to see the powerful Golden Needle (looks more like a sword) on display. The needle was awarded to us at Tallinn Fashion Week for Fashion Designer of the Year title.
One very nice café/restaurant off the beaten track with close proximity to the sea. This is the up and coming area of Tallinn, so the sooner you go there the better. They have a lovely garden that´s great for Summer lounging. The café also has an Estonian design shop Estonian Design House where you can get acquainted with local product and fashion designers.
This is what I call home. I know for a lot of locals living in Old Town seems an impossible task but at the right location it´s quiet and beautiful. The proximity to everything is priceless especially when you come from big cities. I am a junkie for Town Hall Square (just ignore most restaurants there) especially during Christmas time. Another reason why locals don´t like Old Town is because it has lost it´s authenticity. Most restaurants are expensive and meant only for tourists, so you won’t get to see many cool kids around. But luckily things are changing – places like Must Puudel, Frank & Paar Veini all have added a bit of young blood to Old Town.
When in Estonia, this is one of my favourite things! Estonians are similar to our Nordic neighbours being used to the Finnish sauna. I really miss it when in London because the London ones are not the real thing. What is the real thing? The wood stove sauna, with real fire. Most Estonians have a sauna at home, so being local it´s not that big of a deal, it´s more like a daily or weekly routine. And of course be prepared to get naked!
Diana Wings Wrap
We had decided to include the Kristiina Suspender Top as the product of the month. It´s a perfect mix of sexy, comfy & warmth. After all the idea for the top was influenced by the Nordic climate and the jersey underwear Estonians wear to keep warm.
But when we were in Estonia the weather got even colder. The season of “curling up on a sofa with a hot cup of tea” had arrived. And instead we picked the red Diana Wings Wrap for the Tallinn month. Now available with free monogramming service – it´s the perfect gift!
You can also read a short interview about my last trip to Tallinn on the Opening Ceremony blog.