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These Shoes Are Bananas

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Ancient Greek Sandals x Carven

“I was quite shocked by the bananas,” said Christina Martini, the creative director of Greece-based footwear range Ancient Greek Sandals. Let us explain: Martini, who designed shoes for Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton in Paris before launching her line of handmade leather sandals with business partner Nikolas Minoglou in 2011, was approached earlier this year by Carven’s Guillaume Henry. The designer asked her to create a collaborative range of gladiators for his tropical-tinged Resort ’14 collection, and apparently, he requested the fruity look. The result is a capsule of surprisingly graphic wares, which, having debuted at Carven’s Resort presentation yesterday, are offered in three heights and a palette of black, nude, and, of course, banana yellow. “They were easy to design but difficult to make, because all the bananas are at different angles,” offered Martini, who notes that cutouts and hand-stamping were particularly difficult. “And we had to make sure that the tall styles fit nicely on the leg.”

No stranger to runway collaborations, Martini has also worked with fellow Greek designer Marios Schwab on footwear capsules for the past two seasons, and notes that she pulls inspiration from ancient Greek jewelry, ceramics, and classical sandals (hence the name) when creating her collaborative and signature styles. Crafted in Greece using traditional techniques, Martini’s shoes are available at over eighty locations worldwide and online at the label’s Web site. The Carven kicks will start at about $320 and hit stores during Resort ’14 shipments.

Photo: Courtesy of Ancient Greek Sandals

Greeks Unite

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For his Spring collection, Marios Schwab focused heavily on the traditions and rituals from bygone Grecian eras. Who better to collaborate with on the shoes this season than Christina Martini of Ancient Greek Sandals (previously a shoe designer at Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga)? “Last July, I had the chance to meet Mario at Rainbowwave showroom at a mid-summer party in London,” she tells Style.com. “The fact that there is a Greek connection gave an extra dimension to it.” There are two styles of the handmade leather sandals, made using the traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations in Greece, featuring painted raffia fringe, lacing, and tinted raw edging. Here, Style.com has the up-close look at the shoes (and we spotted Lisa Marie Fernandez already sporting a pair of them at the Christopher Kane show). Look out for them in stores including Bergdorf Goodman and Kirna Zabête and on Net-a-Porter.com come spring. Martini’s also launched a collection of menswear shoes for Spring and has her first kids line on the way. On whom she would like to collaborate with next, she says: “I love the work of Phoebe Philo at Céline, but this is a total dream. At this moment, I like the idea of working with other fellow Greek fashion designers such as Sophia Kokosalaki and Mary Katrantzou.”

Photo: Courtesy of Ancient Greek Sandals