I first created the first "kourelou" bag in 2009 and since then l have sold hundreds of them all over the world, from Paris to Tokyo and from small boutiques to museum shops and galleries.
I was inspired by the everyday life of the people in the Greek islands that find usefulness and beauty in things that seem to have closed the circle of life.
Seeing these colorful rugs lying on benches and doorsteps in tiny white washed island homes (little did l know that l would be living in one a few years later!), to me, they were a very strong visual that captured the essence of carefree summer days.
I wanted to hold onto this feeling of summer nonchalance just a little bit longer than my usual week long vacation and creating my first kilim bag was first and foremost a way to do just that.
My first bags came only in one style and did not have any professional finish, (looking backwards l am surprised they sold at all!) but they were made with love and enthusiasm and this made them stand out. Steadily, the collection has evolved, and now it features more that 20 different styles, large small, embellished and plain. It is the most popular item in my Etsy shop (closely followed by the newcomer Espadrille Collection) and l still jump with joy whenever l receive a review from a customer, saying how much they love their new kilim bag.
Fast forward to today, my Kourelou Bags collection keeps going strong, often imitated never duplicated!
We just published our Fall2014 Bags Look book using Readymag and we love it so much:) Have a look
We just launched a partneship with TShopping.gr, THE fashion e-store for the greek market. This is their first editorial featuring items form our collection and the pics are soooo beautiful.
The Boheme Leather Fringe Necklace has been one of the best sellers since l started Maslinda Designs. I love to re invent it every season with new colors, materials and lengths.
Considering that this spring fringe was a huge trend at the fashion shows l was delighted to add more gorgeous colors to the Boheme collection,
Using re claimed leather, the new colors are Mint Green, Rose, Magenta and my favorite, Orchid Purple.
When l first designed this statement fringe suede necklace l had in mind the woman that is not shy of making a statement.
Made of soft, re claimed leather and suede each piece of leather is cut by hand and threaded it though waxed cord along with tiny wooden beads.
The result is most dramatic yet the necklace is very lightweight and a pleasure to wear.
It was a lovely tactile and sensual feel and falls beautifully on your collarbone and frames your face illuminating your complexion.
It will look fresh and gorgeous with one of the season's shift blouses in a creamy neutral, a cool stripy dress, like the look we styled below, or simply with your fave tee.
If you want to make a fashion statement without trying too hard then this bohemian chic fringed piece of jewelry is perfect for you. More colors will be available in the next weeks, so keep an eye on our blog.
In addition to the necklaces, the Spring Collection also includes whimsy and fun Fringe Cuff Bracelets in all three gorgeous colors.
They are all available for sale in our web store with free international shipping
Our collection of signature Greek Kilim Bags just got a new addition. A super convenient and practical version of a cross body (or messenger if you prefer) model in an oblong shape and a comfortable fabric handle.
It is perfect for long walk around the city, leaving your hands free and fitting everything you need inside.
You can purchase the bag from our store and get Free Shipping too!
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