We arrived in Greece last week with feelings of nostalgia and excitement like we have every year, except this time, with extra room in our luggage. We have spent summers in Greece since before memory and it never gets old - not even when the heat waves come or when you've lost count of the number of Greek salads you've eaten. For us, it is as much about reuniting with relatives and traditions as it is exploring downtown Athens and its burgeoning creative scene which seems to grow more each year.
A lot can happen in a year so each time we visit, we take note of changes - some slight, some more noticeable. What doesn't change is the vast amount of treasures to be found. A few items we are always looking to add to our personal collections: Greek leather sandals, handmade and painted ceramics, olive oil and spices, and without a doubt, jewelry. It's as if we wait all year to return and restock on these precious goods which makes the hunt for them all the more sweet.
We've come to Greece this summer with a longer wish list than before - a list that will soon fill sections of our shop over the next few months. After visits to artisans and vendors new and old, our bounty is now too big for our luggage, but all the more exciting. While we are keeping most of our new products under wraps until we return to the States, we just couldn't wait to share a few with you now.
These incredibly unique, handmade earrings come from sources we have been collecting from for years now. The textures and earthy tones met with eclectic and geometric shapes of these pieces remind us of those we see every day in Greece. These are some of our personal favorites and we can't wait to get these in your hands before summer's end.
(Photos by Angelica Connelly. Edited by Bess Tassoulas)