BANANA’S BRIGHT FUTURE: Banana Republic is teaming up with Marimekko, the colorful Finnish maker of clothing, textiles, home furnishings and more. “The stunning thing about Marimekko is that everyone has heard of it or has had some history with it because of the beautiful prints,” said Melloney Birkett, vice president and head of Banana Republic’s women’s design.

The nearly 25-piece collection in May will be available in select stores worldwide. The line will include dresses and separates. There will also be zippered clutches in a variety of prints and printed ballet flats. Some of Banana’s iconic designs will also get the Marimekko treatment, such as the Hampton pant and Hampton short, which will be covered in a striking black and white design. Prices for the collection range from $39.50 for a tank top to $140 for a dress.

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