I recently attended a fun and interesting event organised by Ozon magazine and Ozon Boutique, a Greek magazine which I really like, called Fashion Room Service XXL. They do these every year but usually I’m not in Athens when they happen so that was the first one I attended. The concept is simple, you go to the specified hotel (this time it was between Fresh Hotel, City Circus and Grecotel Pallas Athena) and you can discover all the different brands that have checked-in in a hotel room. The great thing is that you get to talk with the designers and founders of the brands and have the chance to see their inspirations and get to know their collections. Below I have documented the pieces of (most of) the brands that were on display. Have a look and let me know what you think.
First on my list was the Fashion Revolution room, which is a cause I knew about beforehand. Basically it was created to commemorate the collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory in complex in Bangladesh in 24th April 2013. The event (which happened the same day of the collapse in 2014) attracted millions of people from across the world and it’s now in its second year. The organisation also acts as a platform for people from across the world to create their own events and raise awareness. This is basically the Greek version of it. The team that organised this also collaborated with Athina Korda, a Greek designer who participated in the Athens Exclusive Design Week and represented Fashion Revolution, using the logo ‘Who made my clothes’. You can see pictures from her catwalk show here. I recently interviewed the co-founder of Fashion Revolution, Orsola de Castro and I was pleasantly surprised to see the organisation having affected people from my hometown as well. I think more people should get involved, as so many workers around the world are not paid fairly for their work and they are treated badly and sometimes even get injured or might die. The conditions need to change.
Next I observed the intricate drawings and creations by Lila Ruby King.
These were the beautiful vintage-inspired clothes by Demi Jo, who completed her studies at Central Saints Martins and now lives in Athens. Her website is currently under construction but you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VA_DOT is the photography project of Vasilis Nikolopoulos, who finds ordinary details and angles of Athens and transforms them into special pieces of art. They would look great on a wall and are really affordable too, with prices starting from 100 euros.
Clothes and accessories by JP John Pan
Double-sided scarves and snoods and super-soft luxurious T-shirts (below) by Constasy
They supposed to be for men, but I would totally wear them!
This was a collaboration between two Greek brands, Karavan Clothing that do amazing boho style clothes, and Prigkipw that do intricate jewellery. They came together to create a fake septum ring in gold and silver. You could try on and head to the photo booth, which of course we did!
And this was the result!
These bags and accessories are by Convert Art. This brand comes to show how many things one can create through upcycling, since most of these products are made by re-using old car tires, car-seat belts etc.
These are the minimalist designs of Athena P Gerard
This room presented an interesting collaboration between a lady that makes soaps (Clean Thoughts) and jewellery designer, Vally Kontidis. The two came together to create a line of handmade soaps that not only smell amazing but hide a little surprise. Basically when the soap is finished there is a semi-precious stone in the middle that can be transformed into a necklace for you to wear. The little note that comes with the soaps tells you the properties of each particular stone.
They even make magnetic soaps which would look like so much fun scattered around your bathroom mirror!
This room made me dream of the summer! The line of beautiful beach towels by Cleo Gkatzeli made me really excited for warmer days, with their colourful prints, pompoms and patchworks. She also makes gorgeous printed beach cover-ups and printed backpacks.
Treis (which in Greek means ‘three’) are the creations of three friends, who make beautiful leather sandals, ballerina flats and clutch bags. They are produced in Bali, where the 1/3 of the team resides. Exotic to say the least!
Feelwood Bags have such an amazing concept behind them. They are created using wood, that has been processed in a way that they bags are light enough and practical. They are produced in Nafplio in Greece at the family business of Sandy, the designer.
A.L.E is a line of gorgeous, relaxed clothes and accessories produced in Greece. Its characteristics are the unique cuts and designs. The fabrics are really nice and soft and the collection is beautifully made.
Eri de Sign make cute espadrilles and clothes the feature various prints. They are really affordable too!
This is a dress by Nicolaos who makes Grecian dresses that feature unusual details such as cork.
KOMONO is a brand from Belgium, that makes beautiful sunglasses and watches. They have three different lines; Core, Crafted and Curated, which is great if you’re looking for something with particular characteristics. The Curated line is especially interesting since it presents the result of collaborations of the brand with different artists.
Drinks and after-party around the rooftop pool of Fresh Hotel
Last but certainly not least was Fishbone Design, whose jewellery were so up my street. Their collection for summer is called ‘Tropicana’ and it’s easy to see why. There is everything from rings to ear cuffs, long necklaces and amazing bracelets. Definitely check them out!
On my way out I borrowed someone’s skate board and almost fell off! So smart
I’m so in love with this necklace by Greek jewellery designer Zoe Kompitsi! She has taken the ‘friendship bracelet’ technique to a whole new level and makes gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings using coated thread (which kind of feels like leather on the touch) and beads. She even has a line of bracelets with precious metals and stones. To inquire about an item email her on email@example.com.