Saila Härkki

  • Clothing and Accessory Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Visual Art
  • Designer
  • Artist
  • Pirkanmaa

Saila Härkki Design Oy / Clothing Design

Saila Härkki / Art

  • Competent

I’m Saila Härkki, clothing designer and creative artist.
I graduated from the Lahti Institute of Design in 1994 as a clothing designer and have since completed a specialized vocational degree in Product Development. I had the honor of being awarded 2013 Clothing Designer of the Year by Ornamo ry.

As a clothing designer, I have strong professional skills and know-how in the design of technical leisure, outdoor and sportswear, as well as product development. I have been designing in Finland’s most famous outdoor clothing companies since 1994, and in 2016 my work took me to Sweden as design director. As the chief designer of Luhta Sportswear Company Oy’s Icepeak brand, I was able to take part in creating one of the most significant success stories in the Finnish clothing industry. My professional skills and creative courage were a big part of the developing design team and the style direction of the brand.
In the spring of 2022, it became timely to start the business Saila Härkki Design Oy.

CLOTHING DESIGN – Saila Härkki Design Oy
– Experience the combination of fashion and functionality in future clothing design! –

THE GOAL is to increase the customer’s brand value with individual design, which is supported by a deep understanding of going through the entire design and production process and strong three decades of experience in technical outdoor, urban and sportswear design.

MY WORKING WAY inspires a strong sense of color and trends, which gives the ability to create and modify the design to suit changing market conditions. A good knowledge of fabrics and different techniques, as well as knowledge of technical solutions, enables the ability to choose the best combination for each plan.
This creative combination of product development and design leads to a successful fit, functionality and appearance of the product, where the right pricing is also taken into account.


ART – Saila Härkki
As a self-taught artist, my journey into the fascinating world of art began in 2014 and since then I have been making art mainly on commission. Passion for painting is more than just a hobby for me, it is a counterweight to industrial clothing design. Above all, art is a liberating experience for me, an “exploration of new horizons”, which fascinates and inspires me to test its different forms and techniques. Finnish nature, forests and trees, inspire with their diversity and beauty. The play created by nature’s light and shadow transforms into impressive visualizations in my works.

Description of my art:
In the mixed-media relief spiritual works painted with acrylic combined various qualities, techniques and in layers of different levels. The unifying factor is metal, in shimmering shades of silver or gold. The metal elements bring the artwork to life and change it according to the lighting, through the morning dawn, the sunlight of the day and the twilight of the night.



Work experience

Saila Härkki Design Oy

Head Designer / CEO

2022 – present

Five Seasons Försäljnings AB

Design Manager / Head Designer

2015 – 2020

Luhta Sportswear Company Oy

ICEPEAK / Head Designer

2003 – 2015

Luhta Sportswear Company Oy

ICEPEAK / Designer

2002 – 2003

Luhta Sportswear Company Oy

SKILA / Designer

2001 – 2002

Polap -Team Oy

RUKKA-PETS / Designer

2011 – 2015

Halti Oy


1998 – 2001

Reima-Tutta Oy

LASSIE / Designer

1994 – 1998


Rastor -Institute Ry

Specialist Vocational Qualifications in Product Development

2022 – 2023

Lahti Institute of Design

Apparel Designer

1990 – 1994

Pirkanmaa Hand -and Industrial Art School


1989 – 1990