A sandal collaboration between a jeweler and shoemaker means cute new kicks for collectors
Designer and creative director Maria Lalaounis of Lalaounis has a new endeavor that would make Achilles proud. Maria runs Lalaounis—founded by Ilias Lalaounis—with her three sisters Aikaterini, Demetra, and Ioanna, and celebrates their Greek roots in a new collaboration. The Lalaounis jewelry brand designed 24k gold-plated bronze accents for six pairs of Vachetta leather sandals made by Ancient Greek Sandals (AGS) in the Ophion collection.
The shoes are already being sold online at Net-a-Porter and Goop, as well as a few brick-and-mortar outlets. And Lalaounis’ adornments, not surprisingly, feature Greek-theme designs like snakes because of the Hellenic connection.
“Snakes are so extensively seen in jewelry and the decorative arts of classical and Hellenistic Greek art and have been a source of inspiration for many Lalaounis designs,” explains a company representative. “Their fascinating shape and symbolic nature were perfect for complementing beautifully Christina Martini’s (AGS’ designer) elegant leather sandals.”
Wholesale orders can be placed at a minimum of 40 units, and sandals range in retail price from $285 to $780. And while no manufacturing production limit exists, the obvious cute factor of the kicks will likely lead them to fly quickly off of shelves.
Agapi Snakes sandals in white Vachetta leather with 24k gold-plated bronze accents, $450
Rhodes sandals in black Vachetta leather with 24k gold-plated bronze accents, $650
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