A couple of months ago DR shared some of its favorite Greek fashion designers whose collections are inspired specifically by the folk costumes and design traditions of Greece. But because the purveyors of neo-Greek style are bountiful (thank God) we present a few more of our favorites, just in time for late summer sales! Yes, it’s September, but if you’re able… now is actually one of the best times of the year to visit the Greek islands. (In fact, Condé Nast Traveler recently made the same case… but we said it first…) Crowds die down considerably, rooms are cheaper, and it’s still swimming weather.
Based in Thessaloniki, Greece, Yiorgos Koulasidis creates high-quality garments with a focus on summer friendly styles. His ultimate muses are the Greek islands and their traditions: think embroidered dresses inspired by intricate 18th century craftsmanship, loose tunics and luxury linens.
While “Greek chic and Hellenic cultural heritage” are major forms of inspiration, Yiorgos also sites current street style as an inspiration. “the pathways of Patmos Island or Santorini – how stylish Greeks and women from France, London and Milan are wearing kaftans in beautiful combinations and sophisticated styles with the right amount of Parisian cool-chic elegance.” Many of the colors (aka our favorite, the grey combo above… which we imagine paired with tights) can easily go from the island to the office.
Love this piece? Check out our feature on Ergon Mykonos for a deeper dive.
Luxe embroideries and feminine styles. Maybe you think it’s overplayed, but if you did, it’s unlikely you’d still be reading this blog post. We adore Karavan’s saturated hues and playfulness. The brand takes inspiration from many cultures, but the styles couldn’t be better suited to Greek summer vibes.
This popular brand can be found worldwide. A bit more delicate in their approach to embroidery, each piece has impeccable attention to detail.
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This SS 17 collection was inspired by the island of Hydra, which the brand itself notes is referred to as “one of the most important centers of artistic creation in Greece. The island’s name stems from hydro which means “water”.”
Ever sleek and popular with foreign editorials, we love their spin on Greek history. Instead of copying motifs, the brand uses Greece and its history as inspiration to run with their own aesthetic.
Want firsthand insight into the world of more amazing Greek designers? Read our feature on Ergon Mykonos!