Ancient Greek Sandals may just be the perfect summer sandals, and they’re on Gilt tomorrow at noon ET. They’re classic with modern details, handmade in Greece, have a serious celebrity following (see below), and are designed by Greece-native Christina Martini, who cut her teeth at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton. “I was toying with the idea of creating a line based on the traditional tourist sandals that one can find on the Greek islands,” she says. “I imagined developing the original designs, creating iconic styles using traditional methods, improving quality, and adding a softer more feminine aesthetic to the design.” That idea is now a three-year-old brand that has major buzz.
StyleFile: How do your years at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton influence your designs today?
Christina Martini: I learned so many things from these two amazing fashion houses. I learned how to think, to design and to form a complete shoe collection. In addition, every week I was at the shoe factories in Italy where I got to witness how the most luxurious shoes are made by specialized craftsmen. This knowledge has helped me a lot and I use it to design and create sandals of high quality.