I’ve always loved the feeling of traditional crochet and knit material whether its jackets or bedspreads. Maybe it’s something to do with the magic of the many hands and their many memories that went into the work; or because of the creativity that goes into each unique pattern.
So it was with no surprise that while visiting Athens last year, I fell in love at first sight with the amazing One & Only Crochet handbags of Irini Papadopoulou. She is passionate about handicraft and her greek heritage in her bags she beautifully mixes the two.
How and where are your stunning handbags made?
One & Only bags are all 100% handmade creations. We don’t use any kind of machine in their production. Initially all the bags were braided by my own hands. With the ever increasing demand both from Greece and abroad, a need was arose for a production line. After over 100 interviews the best 12 hands were chosen and, after a training and guidance period, they became todays production line of O&O.
What is your favourite piece in your collection and why?
The combination of black and white has always been my favourite! This, in conjunction with the technique and difficulty of Macramé, has arguably made the macramé bag my favourite for this summer.
Where would you recommend someone to go for dinner in Athens?
There are so many beautiful places in Athens, and indeed in the rest of Greece ,to visit and enjoy truly good food. One of my favourite places in Athens is the Aleria in Metaxourgio. A combination of beautiful modern Greek flavours and stylish design for the demanding clients! I would strongly recommend it!
One and Only is available at many shops worldwide these are a few to visit
-Online shop@ www.aesthet.com
- BRACCIALETTI CONCEPTS , KIFISSIA-ATHENS
-BETTINA ( Anagnostopoulou 29, KOLONAKI-ATHENS)
-GOLDEN HALL (Wyou corner @ Attica)
-THE MALL (Wyou shop)- ATHENS