These Greek leather accessories will give you the attitude of an urban goddess
We were doing excessive research to find new products for our brick and mortar store. The goal was to find the ultimate Greek accessories that combine urban, ethnic, mythic and contemporary styles without being kitsch.
We thought it would be great for our customers from all over the world that visit us in Katakolon Greece to have such an option.
We were right.
It was a hard task but we found "Zacharias" brand and managed to make an appointment with Zacharias Petrakis and Alejandro Hernández.
Zacharias studied fine arts in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and specializes in sculpture while Alejandro graduated from the Escuela de Arte Número 10 in Madrid as an Art director and graphic designer.
These guys are the driving forces behind this unique brand that specializes in modern handmade goat leather accessories that are silkscreen printed. The leather is a byproduct from Cretan goats.
It was love at the first sight. The quality of the products, the ideas and the talent of the creators and also the personal connection between us was inspiring and exciting. Since then (2017) we have an amazing and fruitful collaboration.
Without further ado here are some picks from our collection that will give you the style of an urban Greek goddess. You can find the full collection in our store in Katakolon, Greece.
Aphrodite and Diadumenos tote
Two of the most characteristic statues depicting the ideals of Greek beauty:
The female Aphrodite of Milos and the male Diadumenos by sculptor Polyclitus.
Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty in ancient Greek mythology. She was later called Venus as the Roman equivalent goddess. The marble sculpture of her found in Milos Island in Greece can be admired in the Louvre museum, Paris.
Diadumenos is the winner of an athletic event, depicted while lifting his arms to knot the winners ribbon band he was awarded.
Both statues stand in contraposto.
The heads of the sculptures are silkscreen printed on each side of this goat leather tote bag, in a Pointillism style.
Golden ratio journal
A small, fine leather notebook depicting the analogies of Greek Doric architecture in contrast to a contemporary diagram (like a Kandinsky exercise on lines and forms) that shows the attributes of the magic number "φ", the golden ratio.
Especially if you are in architecture or design, you know the significance of this number and the influence it has in every visual artistic expression.
This journal will inspire you to write again.
The Minotaur and Labyrinth leather pouch
The mighty Minotaur, a creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull was fortunately locked in the Labyrinth of Crete. The hero Theseus gave an end to the gory story of the Minotaur by killing him.
Minotaur's head is silkscreen printed in the one side of this pouch and a schema of the labyrinth is depicted on the other side.
The theme of Minotaur has inspired artists of every century. Great examples of the use of this theme is Dante's Inferno or P. Picasso's Vollard Suite.
Geometric period backpack
A drawstring backpack made of original Cretan goat leather with shapes and figures of geometric period art.
The dominance of geometric motifs, as they were painted in Greek vases can not be unseen.
This special bag has a depiction of a chariot from the Iliad.
The abduction of the daughters of Leucippus leather bracelet
Meidias painted a vase titled: "Castor and Pollux abduct the daughters of Leucippus from a sanctuary of Aphrodite".
The twins abducted and married Phoebe and Hilaera, the daughters of Leucippus. Castor was almost killed by the nephews of Leucippus while Pollux got immorality by Zeus himself.
The story has a happy ending, since Castor pursued Zeus to rise his brother from the dead and give him half his immortality.
Again this is a theme that was processed by many artists in history with great example "The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus" by Rubens.
All this in one leather bracelet - it is really cool.
The owl of Athens small pouch
The owl is a universal symbol of wisdom and the symbol of the goddess Athena that gave her name to the city of Athens after a famous fight with Poseidon.
Why are owls considered wise and not doves for example?
According to Greek thinking back then:
1) Owls can see in the dark, ergo they can "see" things (and ideas) others can't.
2) They are excellent predators. Back then wise was he who knew among other subjects the art of war. Goddess Athena was wise since she was born directly from Zeus brain and is also usually depicted in full armor, being a great commander-in-chief.
There is so much someone can say about the symbolism of owls during the history of mankind.