The relation between Greece and Lebanon dates back to early antiquity, with the early trading activities between the ancient Greeks and the Phoenicians.
In modern times, Greek – Lebanese bilateral relations are very good at all levels based on mutual respect and trust.
The participating designers in the Athens Love Beirut initiative will be selling design pieces, limited editions and uniquely crafted authentic products via ALB channels and all returns will be donated to trusted Lebanese NGOs supporting different on field missions, aiming to help those who have been severely affected by the Beirut tragedy.
Meet the designers
(LIST UPDATED DAILY)
Kooreloo is a distinguishable brand of unique handbags and more. Our philosophy has been built upon the principles of art, endless creativity, age-old tradition and uniqueness. The beauty of long-standing craftsmanship is reborn with the natural materials and handmade techniques we adopt to create unique goods. Colorful pieces of textiles are woven together to reinvent tradition in a contemporary and fashionably elegant way!
Kooreloo was born out of artist Leila Karr’s realization that the European chic style and the Mediterranean culture invited for an unforced, if not natural, fusion. Each creation blends together the idiosyncratic modern personality of the artist with locally-sourced materials, traditional weave and luxurious, one-of-a-kind fabrics. Handcrafted with exceptional care, they are best described as art objects. Every little detail in our creations unveils a part of the story we want to tell…from the ancient-inspired lining to the colorful embroideries embodying Athena’s aura… Her aura transforms into something new, taking new art forms over time…It is never permanent. It evolves. It revitalizes everything in its path. It constantly changes as art does…
Stathis Alexopoulos is a contemporary sculptor born on 1976 in Athens Greece, where he currently lives and works. He studied Sculpture at the School of FineArts of Tinos, as well as at the Fine Art School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he graduated with distinction.
He has participated in many group exhibitions and won numerous awards in Greek and international sculpture symposiums. His sculpting technique, attempts to link the past with the present bringing together the concepts of time and art, is characterized by “hubs”, which are formed by blending together belts and stripes, encircled and embraced eternally. His sculptures combine modern aesthetic with the enduring values of classical sculpture since the form has the power to define the artworks meaning and mission. The artist strives to redefine the form and hold it captive through time.
His pieces can be found in major museum art shops, galleries and private collections. Many big Municipalities in Greece as well as abroad are elaborately adorned with his sculptures.
Furthermore he has collaborated with a number of distinguished corporate companies in order to creatively promote their advertising campaigns.
Athens-based fashion designer Liana Camba creates versatile yet sophisticated women wear since 1987.
The epitome of the Liana Camba woman is a combination of intelligence elegance and glamour. Inspired by the multiplicity of a contemporary woman’s roles, Liana Camba’s designs focus on flattering a female body and adapt a woman’s personal style to her demanding everyday life.
Liana Camba has a trustful and dedicated clientele, has notably been worn by celebrities and has been featured in a wide range of press. Her wedding garments are uniquely crafted sur-mesure for each and every bride to fit her wedding style and personality.
All fabrics are sourced with care and all garments are created in her premises under her personal supervision.
Kontaki design by Spiros Kontakis is an established Greek company that exclusively designs and produces handcrafted objects and furniture. All objects and furniture are designed and manufactured in Greece. Each piece is unique and only a limited
number of copies are produced. We conceive the object as a work of art which does not lose its functional purpose, while at the same time we use only the finest materials. That is the Kontaki Design Philosophy.
We do not perceive the furniture as a “transformer” object that serves us in many ways. Instead we try to sustain its personality and character and try to engage into a “conversation” with it in the space that is rightfully its own.
We attempt to create a dream like effect in a world where we coexist with the objects, as they “move” throughout our space, almost as if they existed before we even discovered them. Our source of inspiration combines spontaneity and an escape from elaborate design and also from the rigid rules that surround it.
Our desire is that the object “shed” itself from any excess “weight”. We are not interested in mass production or in the impression created by it. We strive for quality of life and why not, perhaps even reveal a flaw in our environment, by our inspiration.
“The garment is the house of the body.” An essential truth combined with visual boldness, directs the future aesthetic into the eternal now. The silhouettes of Ioanna Kourbela define their own dimension of archetypal elegance.
Energy from classical and modern art, greek radiance, natural raw materials, vibrant polymorphic forms and lines that extend motion, create the ethereal but earthly world of Ioanna. The respect towards man and nature, the instinctive comprehension of traditional ideals and the quest for futuristic harmony, constitute her unique design and expression principles.
Starting with different inspirations, she is currently presenting four prêt-a-porter collections, along with her abrupt haute couture bridal collection, while working in parallel designing costumes for major theater and art performances.
In every corner of the world people embrace Ioanna’s design work, “co-traveling” on an aesthetic journey of self-awareness and self-liberation.
Lito has a rare ability to gracefully roam between the realms of modernism, romance, science, ancient tribes and tradition with a sui generis finishing touch that few visionary artists can achieve.
It is the deep knowledge of all the worlds every woman carries inside her, alongside with meticulous craftsmanship and a taste level that has been perfected by sculpture studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris and technical drawing at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie et Orfevrerie.
From India to Japan and Egypt to Russia, Lito travels the globe with the heart of a modern age pirate, in search of magnificent stones and uncommon materials.
Her always curious eye never stops astonishing us with ever changing ways of translating her sensitive yet bold view of the world into pieces that a woman can place on her body as symbols of who she is, where she came from and what her dreams are made of.
Pieces so unique and inspiring that become instant collectibles and have honored the fashion shows of Kenzo and Jean Paul Gaultier couture and “pret-a-porter” collections.
Lito’s avant-garde work is showcased in Olivier Dupon’s book by Thames & Hudson Ltd titled “The new Jewellers” – an anthology of rising talent in the field of jewellery creation across the globe, introducing the most emblematic new designers.
Silk scarves that tell a story and exist for a reason is what Elena Zografou creates with her signature. This signature all by itself does not imply male or female but a quality not necessarily attributed to the creator but existing nonetheless within her name and thus builds a story that will unravel through roles’ reversal, surrealistic surprises and well kept secrets that reveal themselves in various future times.
Zografos narrates stories echoing voices from the past paying tribute to each Greek historic period from ancient times to our days aiming to travel to other cultures since each one of them encloses glorious myths, imagery and meanings.
Besides, the first and most prevailing characteristic of Elena Zografou is her insatiable thirst for discovering, her persistent quest for history annales that have no end and the depths of eternity define them. Zografos touches with discretion, sensitivity and tenderness each unique theme. The initial pattern is put under scrupulous processing and observation to be able to address the modern world without distorting the original source the least bit. Respect to the artistic approach is what defines the way that the inspirer of the brand works and lives by. These silk scarves manufactured with the highest silk quality are not just a random choice. Everything depicted in them carries memories, symbolisms and humanity’s plights, so scarves bring along the aura, the sentiment and the life of their wearer.
Elena Zografou devoted to her dream creates symbols of love and faith that honor our culture. With passion, power and her unparalleled persistence in quality and substance “Zografos” sets new standards for the concept of accessories and jewelry, longing for the next treasure to bring to life as ZC / Zografos Concept.
For more than a century, Zoumboulakis Galleries have been narrating the story of Art’s journey through works full of stories and have been bringing Contemporary Art closer to Greek homes.
Leonie Yagdjoglou was born in Athens. She studied Design both in Athens and in the prestigious Art Center College Of Design in Switzerland. Inescapably, Leonie grows professionally through excelling in design projects and artistically by ceaselessly expressing herself through ceramic art, drawings and painting.
In recent years Leonie finds herself feeling more and more a devotee of the ceramic art, as it combines the two basic elements of her artistic ways of expression: design and painting.
“In my atelier ceramic objects are born. Every single object has a story to tell. Each unique piece, a fusion of joy, inner resistance or an unfortunate moment, is hand-thrown and hand-painted. The visual lack of perfection is an intended expression of creativity. I do not wish to form something that looks flawless, but to let the whole process of creation undisguised and, therefore, open to interpretation. The way I see it, the objects are never finite. They are recreated again and again or at least revisited by the person that will love them.”
Angęlos Tsakiris studied Fashion Design, Creation & Styling at Fashion Workshop Mod’Art International in Athens. Fashion for him has always been a driving force and a limitless source of inspiration. While studying still and also following his graduation, he got the chance to collaborate with key figures of the domestic and foreign fashion scene.
In 2017 he presents his first capsule collection titled “Alliberament” (“Freedom”) inspired by paintings of the Spanish painter Joan Miro, building quickly a loyal followership for his vision.
Two years after his debut collection, having acquired invaluable technical experience on the garment-making process, he decided to establish his own atelier / showroom, housed in a neoclassical, all-white, high-ceiling apartment of 1890s Athens.
His collections have been photographed for some of the most prestigious magazine titles such as: VOGUE GR, L’OFFICIEL Switzerland, VOTRE BEAUTÉ GR, GYNAIKA & InStyle GR.
Johanna Daniil has an individual approach to jewellery design. Her imagery is derived from natural arrangements and materials are formed into fantastical landscapes, carried out with intricate embroidery. Influences from dressmaking and vintage couture differentiate the anatomy of the jewellery, resulting in statement objects that question the art of embellishment. Beauty is found in non-symmetrical formations that become glamorous ornaments, meant to adorn eccentric necks, ears, heads…
Shapes and materials reflect this contrast between natural and man-made, creating jewelry that befit contemporary, urban everyday life.
Stathis Samantas: The predominant characteristics of the collection are clean austere lines and geometrical patterns which are further enhanced by intense coloring and usually combined with dual tomes or trichromes thus creating an au courant relevant to the seasonal style and trends result, ensuring a classic non ephemeral effect.
Frequently the designs are characterized by pastel coloring and quieter lines in order to amplify design details. The high-end design shoes are handcrafted with luxury Italian leathers and are already celebrated for being comfortable and anatomical. Inside each shoe box there is a story, written by the designer himself.
Everything is written from the designer’s point-of-view as a man who doesn’t think that being in touch with our desire and ability to talk about it is negative. This is a celebration of the desire of human psyche, which is seeking what is missing.
Sofia Papadopoulou was born in Athens, where she currently lives and works.
She is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts. As part of her studies, she has attended various workshops, including Painting, Scenography, Photography, Mosaic & Sculpture. During her Bachelor studies, she participated in the Erasmus Student Exchange Program, spending a semester at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and is featured in private collections.
Pantelis Vitaliotis/Magneto is a Creative Director, Graphic Designer, and Visual Artist always searching within, with no fear holding back his desire to expose what he discovers lying in his subconscious. After dabbling in different forms and shapes of art, it is now the canvas of a silk scarf that plays the part of a talisman to his new obsessions. This project marks the artist’s shift into a more intimate relationship of his creations with their audience, breaking the gap between artwork and viewer.
His unisex designs are printed on 100% silk from Soufli, a traditional silk processing town in Northeast Greece and offer the chance to either be treated as a work of art to frame, or a work of art to wear. The artist’s restless graphic design DNA is evident in the way he masters to convey the objects or geometrical shapes he chooses to depict in a three-dimensional manner, protruding from the silk’s surface to the viewer’s space: Metallic chains and spheres, nooses, knots, hoops, playboy bunnies, a pile of cocaine, alternate with forms and shapes of relative weight and a soft/bold color play, all treated in a detached, code-like manner, handled only by their symmetry and usefulness to the end result of his frame.
Kanella is a conceptual artist with a celebrated background in graphic design. Art and design harmoniously coexist at her studio-meets-gallery in downtown Athens.
The driving force behind Kanella’s installations and experimental art projects is to view things from an unconventional perspective and place them out of their ordinary context.
In this artful mind-set, Kanella embraces brand identity design as a strategy that adds value to new or existing brands, products and services. Traveling, appreciating life, and a decade of teaching at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens have been stimulating her inspiration.
Fashion is one of the few concepts that inspire women to be confident through wearable art, and the ‘The C Edition’ was created to bring together fashion with the joy of life as a woman. We are the Community, we are the Circle that brings together important women and selected garments.
The ‘The C Edition’ collections of bodysuits symbolize women’s power from within, passing the baton to each new member joining us, inspiring confidence through their immaculate design and fit. ‘The C Edition’ aspires to unify women under the bold “together we can achieve it all” attitude, where the experiences of life are shared with a common passion for fashion.Choose your bodysuit style; wear it with self-confidence knowing you are a member of our circle, The C Edition; together we can achieve it all.
All the bodysuits are designed by Christina Katsaouni and are handmade by a very small team in Athens, Greece. The bodies are named and inspired by the women who support the idea and that have given, each in her own way, the energy to jump start the project.
Yiorgos Trichas: My journey starts in Siros – this wondrous island which brought me up. Syros offered me a unique sense of freedom and a deep appreciation of art as an essential part of the quotidien. It is the memory of that place that brings me back to my raw state; It reminds me of who I am and who I want to be. It is there that I draw my inspiration from; the cycladic light streaming in through the shutters, the smell of bare earth, the pastel hues, the neoclassical architecture.
As a speech therapist, I get daily reminders that in life, there is plenty of room to change and reshape, once you bring something back to its unprocessed, unrefined state and resculpt it. The making of ceramics is no different; the creator imagines, handles, manipulates, sculpts, withdraws and ponders the result.
Moments after I walked into the ceramics studio for the first time, my instructor’s voice echoed into the room: “Make something. Whatever comes to mind.”
This simple direction has been internally guiding my creative process ever since.
Andreas Lagos was born into a farming family in Samos. He spent his childhood in vegetable gardens, fields and orchards. He studied to become a chef and pastry chef at the Le Monde Institute in Athens. At the age of 19, he was awarded the gold medal in the European Competition of Mediterranean Cooking in Crete.
He collaborates with restaurants, hotels, delicatessens and also writes recipes for magazines and sites on gastronomy. He has also come up with the idea of the “nomad chef”, where he cooks for private tea parties, brunches and dinners.
He is constantly traveling throughout Greece and also visits other countries in his ongoing exploration of the Mediterranean Cuisine.
American Influence. Christina P. Mallaki, a Parsons School of Design graduate, has worked with ELLE Accessories NY, VOGUE Hellas, KCD, Vera Wang, Mickey Rourke, etc.
Christina, a Greek Jewelry Designer designs and creates handmade costume jewelry for independant, free spirited, elegant ladies and gents who travel and like to explore the unexplored …
Giannis Mamoutzis was born in 1980 in Maroussi. He was engaged in painting, clay sculpture, ceramic glazing technology. Since 2008 he works in a personal workshop on the implementation of his inspirations, taking advantage of all the knowledge and stimuli he has in his hands.
To date he has held two solo exhibitions and has participated in group art and design exhibitions in Greece and abroad.