Visit Helsinki has been one of my most favourite sections on the blog and one of the most read ones too! I’m more than happy to present you with all of the gems which my city holds on it’s hospitality and “hedonistic” map. 🙂 Thank you for the shown interest and support, I appreciate it very much and am motivated to keep on bringing you stories about shops, hotels, restaurants and such in Helsinki that are worth the visit or spending your time and money at. Nest Factory is one of them!
If or when visiting Helsinki, you simply can’t miss out on this wonderful little store located in the Design district, Punavuori. Ever since making my first visit to the Nest Factory’s shop I’ve fell in love with the looks and concept of the shop. As a big lover of Anthropology, I have immediately felt at home browsing through Nest Factory’s goodies such as beautiful and handmade carpets, unique jewellery, robes, kaftans, home accessories, etc.
Something that’s equally important as the products which are being sold at the shop is it’s owner. By noticing how well thought and carefully curated Nest Factory’s interior and selection of the items was, I knew that the owner must be somebody very special… and she was! Enter Mrs. Tracey!
Wonderful boho soul, coming all the way from States over to the Nordics and stationing herself in Helsinki being married to a Finnish husband. One always feels “at home” when visiting Nest Factory. Tracey is such a welcoming and enthusiastic shop owner that you get this fuzzy, warm-homey feeling when visiting. You know that bit “odd” feeling when visiting some shop for the first time and not being all comfortable, maybe even bit “scared” to ask questions or tips… Well, that’s not the case with Tracey and Nest Factory, just after talking a little bit with her you’ll fall for her personality and will see her “mini Antro” shop for what it truly is, colourful wonderland to all things boho and chic you might want to bring home.
Nest Factory shares space with the well known and liked among the locals breakfast cafe Kuuma which is ran by two lovely sisters which are always ready to “jump in” and help out Tracey if she’s not around since she’s also a very dedicated mom of three and a hands-on business woman so she travels a lot in search for the new items to be sold at Nest Factory.
Tracey prefers small, predominately female owned companies from various countries, mostly from India, Ethiopia and Thailand, as well as tons of small US designers.Tracey is also very much into making her own designs and making them as unique as possible by sourcing special textile made in an “old times” way. In her own words: “A lot of the textiles I sell are products of dying professions since labor force and skill sets are changing. Ethiopia is making a comeback but they used to be textile giants…”
In the future, Tracey would love to concentrate more on the wholesale world and she is very proud of the fabric which she has designed for the loungewear and she would love to design some more too.
Possible travels to Kenya and India in the near future, her family and visitors of her shop are what inspires her the most, so don’t be a “stranger” and stop by to say hi to Tracey! 🙂 If you DO stop by her shop by the end of this month and mention my name: NATALI you can get a special “something” with your purchase.
Same goes for all of you who won’t be able to come shopping at Nest Factory, just type in NATALI to get one ROAM candle with all of your purchases made in the next two weeks (by 15.9.).
*This post has been made in collaboration with the Nest Factory but all of the opinions are my own.
*Thank you to Tracey E. for everything, much love to you!
*Photography by: Natali K. photography