Christina Martini and Nikolas Minoglou’s love for Ancient Greece and its history, combined with their individual technical skills naturally led to the creation of Ancient Greek Sandals. And their brand has become within three years a “can’t-live-without” part of the summer wardrobe for stylish women who appreciate its authentic quality, with sandals handmade by traditional methods in a family-owned factory near Athens (by co-founder Christina Martini, who used to design shoes for Balenciaga). Now they are introducing us to their latest precious collection in collaboration with the historic jewellery house of Ilias Lalaounis. These ten designs are too precious to miss. A sight for sour eyes.
According to an Ancient Greek myth, the gods and goddesses had their sandals made on the beautiful island of Crete by a gifted sandal maker who enriched each pair with magical powers. Famous for having made the flying sandals for Hermes, the sandal maker also embellished them with his personal signature… a “golden wing” buckle.
Ancient Greek Sandals are handmade locally by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques that have existed for centuries. A raw, yet feminine aesthetic distinguishes this new sandal brand. The chemical free, natural tan leather ages beautifully with time and wear.
These ten designs are embellished with 24ct-gold-plated motifs taken from Ilias Lalaounis‘ ranges, referencing Minoan and even Neolithic art, on simple, clean shapes. Each pair is named after a Greek island, and comes in various neutral colours (white, pale grey, natural, chocolate or black, in different occasions). And each one reminds us of the famous Lalaounis crafted cuffs and necklaces.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Martini collaborates with a designer on a special project (she has already designed for Marios Schwab and Carven), but this is definitely her first with a jewellery house. In some ways, the link with Lalaounis, arguably the best known Greek jeweller, was… almost inevitable. Having always been inspired by Ilias Lalaounis’ designs, Martini approached his daughter Maria, now the brand’s Creative Director. “The idea of designing a line of jewelled sandals, steeped in ancient Greek history, resonated with me. We brainstormed, exchanged ideas and really enjoyed the process, underlined by our mutual love of our Greek heritage.”
The rest is already history. A new chapter of it 😉