>> A commenter said on the previous post with sublime authority: "Get a reality check darling…all these clothes and the world is in a financial mess…". I thought it best to politely point out that despite the fact that I am more than the sum of what's on this blog. I've barely posted once a day (that will be rectified too) and apparently that little nugget of a post is meant to represent everything and anything that runs through my head. What said commentor doesn't know is that the rest of my time, outside of gorging on clothes and fashion, my head is an anxious wreck – anxious to catch up on episodes of Downton Abbey, anxious that my flat hasn't been burgled, anxious that my parents are still alive, anxious that Foxy Knoxy may have gotten off scot free, anxious that the Western economy will collapse and we'll be bartered to the Chinese as slaves to pay off our debts, anxious that I'll have to be cremated when I die because there isn't enough land space on Earth, anxious that this will all collapse onto itself and disappear in a nano second. See, a head full of worries, DARLING!
Before I address all of these anxieties though, here's a thought. Hows about we find something positive in amongst this mess. An escape route that the fashion world are so good at perpetuating even if it is all fantasy and fluff. In this instance, from a country beleaguered with financial crisis, comes a product that contributes in its own little way to projecting an image that goes beyond deficit figures, protests and Euro scape-goating. Ancient Greek Sandals are exactly what they say on the tin. I'm a fan of plain speaking and this label doesn't get any plainer. I know we've just abruptly left sandal weather in much of Europe (from blistered mosquito bites to cold wind-rashed cheeks in two days is extreme stuff in September), but at this very acute moment in Greece's current profile, I found their presence in a showroom quite significant.
Christina Martini and Nicolas Minglou were born and raised in Greece and Martini went on to work for Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton as shoe designers. Minoglu came from a family of well-established footwear and together they returned to their home country to ignite their passion for ancient Greece and thus created a line of shoes inspired by Greek Gods and myths, pottery and sculpture – all the romance of Greece that is instilled from childhood lessons (remember those super fun lessons of learning about each and every Greek God on Mount Olympus – I related most to Artemis). Furthermore these sandals are crafted in Greece, maintaining and improving upon traditional methods and local craftsmen and fusing them with designs that whilst are reverent of history, still feel relevant as a quality product due to the use of chemical-free, natural tan leather that is meant to age with time and wear. Just as brands like Swedish Hasbeens play on a country's heritage whilst moving with the times, you feel Ancient Greek Sandals can do the same. Clearly, Greek lovin' resonated with retailers too as I've been told Barney's, Dover Street Market and colette have picked them up for next season. It won't save the Euro but upturned winged sandals are better than negative % signs.