I was born and raised in Thessaloniki. Ive been in the field of fashion, and more specifically in the field of women’s bags, from a very young age, due to our family business. For the past 3 years, I work on my personal collections, which I design and fabricate.
I started doodling my first designs in winter of 2011, while I was at the traditional workshop of my family, in Thessaloniki, which operates since 1992. The truth is that things went relatively quickly from there, since my first Elena Athanasiou Bag was sold in January 2012.
I mostly work with 100% genuine leather from Spain.
Inspiration comes from the simplest, everyday stimuli, which could be a painting or a quick glimpse through the car window while driving through the center of the city.
Fashion is definitely something that influences us all, more or less. But I’m always trying to make my creations timeless, so they can last much more than one or two seasons.
The process has the following stages: Design, Pattern, Sample Final Product. There is no particular timeframe in the creation of a bag. Each bag, can stall you more or less than another one, in each of these stages.
I don’t have a favorite piece, but I do have a favorite series, and that is «vacchetta».
After establishing my brand in my own city, Thessaloniki, I would like to open up an Elena Athanasiou Bags store in Athens.
There are certain collections that I present every 3 months, but what makes us special is that we can intervene many times at the first stages of our collections, and create bags that are close to the taste and the aesthetics of each of our clients. We can customize the bags by changing the straps (long or short), the color (many options), the inside of the bag (with or without a lining), the outside (with nickel, gold or without any metallics) or anywhere else, according to the order of our clients. So everyone can create the bag of their dreams, based on our collections.
You can find them at our workshop: Eleutherias 52, Ampelokipoi, Thessaloniki. Tel. 2310 742 968. On our site: www.elenaathanasioubags.gr. On Instagram athanasiouelena, and on our Facebook page: Elena Athanasiou Exclusive Bags.
I’ve known Natalia since we were little kids. We were actually classmates and friends since elementary school. Even back then she was restless, with artistic concerns and she loved to create. Not much has changed since then; Natalia is still a creative soul, but this time she transforms her artistic concerns into gorgeous designs that every woman would love. A visit to her store, Largenti, will convince you! She loves her work and it shows in each of her designs, since she makes sure that all her customers are more than happy and satisfied, with taking care of every single detail.