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Σεμινάριο κατασκευής Χειροποίητης Εσπαντρίγιας – Make Your Own Espadrilles Workshop

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Σεμινάριο κατασκευής Χειροποίητης Εσπαντρίγιας

Make Your Own Espadrilles Workshop

SUPER Facebook ΔΙΑΓΩΝΙΣΜΟΣ! Γίνε κι εσύ ένας από τους 2 τυχερούς που θα κερδίσουν ένα δωρεάν σεμινάριο χειροποίητης εσπαντρίγιας…Δείτε εδώ!

Enter the Facebook competition to be one of the 2 lucky winners and win a free “Make Your Own Espadrilles” workshop. here!


Θα κατασκευάσουμε το πιο διαχρονικό παπούτσι του καλοκαιριού… χειροποίητες εσπαντρίγιες…. και τσάντα ασορτί…. αρκεί να υπάρχει το κέφι και η όρεξη για δημιουργία!

Στη τιμή του σεμιναρίου είναι ΔΩΡΟ τα υλικά που θα χρησιμοποιήσετε:

  • ένα ζευγάρι σόλες εσπαντρίγιας* PRYM

  • ποικιλία ειδικών διακοσμητικών νημάτων

  • δερμάτινη ή βαμβακερή επένδυση

        (συνολικής αξίας 15€)

*διατίθενται παιδικά νούμερα 26–35 και γυναικεία & ανδρικά νούμερα 36-41

Για την κατασκευή της εσπαντρίγιας απαιτείται χρήση γερού και ανθεκτικού υφάσματος, το οποίο μπορείτε να προμηθευτείτε από το εργαστήριο (υψηλής ποιότητας βαμβακερό καραβόπανο ειδικό για εσπαντρίγιες , Ολομέταξα σαντούκ-Σουά σοβάζ σε υπέροχα χρώματα, ή δέρμα nappa – ενα εξαιρετικό, απαλό και εύκαμπτο δέρμα, από 4 έως 20 ευρώ επιπλέον για κάθε ζευγάρι εσπαντρίγιες), ή να φέρετε ύφασμα της επιλογής σας.

Το κόστος του εργαστηρίου είναι:

– 45€ το ατομικό μάθημα –

-35€ το άτομο για ομάδα 2 ατόμων –

-30€ το άτομο για ομάδα 3-4 ατόμων.

Το σεμινάριο διαρκεί 3-4 ώρες και πραγματοποιείται στο εργαστήριο Milos Crafts στον Αδάμαντα Μήλου.

Ημερομηνίες και ώρες κατόπιν συνεννόησης.

Το σεμινάριο είναι κατάλληλο για αρχάριους και δεν απαιτεί ειδικές γνώσεις ή εμπειρία.

Πολύχρωμες κλωστές, υφάσματα, δέρματα, αλυσίδες, κορδόνια, χάντρες, τρούκ, και άλλα πολλά,  σας περιμένουν!

Make You Own Espadrilles Workshop. 

Always a summertime favourite, come and create your own unique espadrilles in our professionally equipped island  workshop!

Each class is 3 – 4 hours and is suitable for beginners.

Materials included in the price are:

  • a pair of PRYM espadrilles soles

  • a wide choice of decorative threads

  • leather or cotton lining

Total value of which is 15€

The fabric required for the espadrilles needs to be sturdy and hard-wearing and can be purchased at reasonable cost from the studio, or brought from home.

Our materials are especially suitable for footwear and range in price from 4 euro to 20 euro to complete a pair of espadrilles and include:

  • Heavy-duty woven cotton perfect for that boho-look.   4€

  • White woven cotton canvas suitable for *decoration and painting scenes and motifs.  6€

(*beading, embroidery, appliqué etc.  This requires further arrangements due to needing more time)

  • Beautiful canvas backed shantung silk in rich jewel colours, perfect for a special occasion such as a wedding. 10€

  •  Soft nappa leather, available in natural and metallic colours 15€ – 20€

 Class Costs

45€ euro for a one-on-one private workshop

35€ per person for a workshop of two people

30€ per person for a workshop of three or more people.

Maximum of 5 students.  Refreshments included.








Once Upon a Time…..Sustainable Cork Tales

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Sharing some behind the scenes of one of our current sustainable design series called “Once Upon a Time” which will soon be available in outlets on Milos, as well as at the studio shop.

Using eco-friendly cork as an alternative to animal leather, these cruelty-free, vegan bags are lined with non-bleached cotton which is hand screen-printed with water based Eco-inks, all completely designed and handcrafted here on Milos in our little design studio. 

Each clutch bag is unique, telling its own story, and can be personalized, with initials or name, embossed onto a cloud and sewn onto the front of the bag.

Perfect for summer!1 finished clutch eleni

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Happy Greek Easter- Καλή Ανάσταση & Καλό Πάσχα.


Eco-dyeing eggs for Greek Easter with onion skins, turmeric and red cabbage. 

The eggs were pre-boiled and allowed to cool before being decorated with gathered flowers and then wrapped in old pantyhose.  The onion skins, turmeric and red cabbage were boiled separately with 2 tbsps  white vinegar and then cooled before adding the eggs.


While I was out gathering the flowers,  I met this beautiful butterfly.  It flew around me three times as I think I disturbed it’s lunch….it was quite big and a strong flyer.   According to this site it’s one of the largest butterflies in Europe!      Strangely it’s called the Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) even thought it’s not actually scarce.  I felt very honored!

Inspiration Behind the Design – Milos Mini-Bag


This Milos Mini-Bag design is inspired by two things:

The lines “The kisses of your lips are honey, my love” from the Song of Solomon 4:11,

and   this   Elsa Schiaparelli evening coat at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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Elsa Schiaparelli  had a wonderful, quirky way of seeing the world.  Her designs were often considered shocking, playing with contradictions and opposites, her first perfume was actually called Shocking.  

An innovative designer, way ahead of her time…she’s credited with designing the first culottes and wrap-dress, and the first clothes with visible zippers. The New Yorker’s Paris correspondent at the time said, “A dress from Schiaparelli ranks like a modern canvas” ,  having effectively turned her fashion creations into art.   Have a look at this bug necklace , it’s quite amazing when you consider it was made, and worn, in 1938 as part of her Pagan Collection inspired by Botticelli’s lush paintings.    

Schiaparelli collaborated with many artists of the day, such as Salvador Dali, believing that fashion and art share the same goals – to enrich and deepen an understanding of the world that surrounds us.   In fact Coco Chanel, Schiaparelli’s greatest rival, referred to her as “The Italian artist who makes clothes.” 

Here is an excerpt from a  Vogue  article about her early life:  “Berated by her mother for her homely looks, she grew up thinking of whimsical ways to beautify herself. Her astronomer uncle tried to allay her concerns about a cluster of moles on her cheek by noting their resemblance to the Big Dipper; years later, she recreated the constellation on the chairs in her salon, in embroideries, and on a cherished brooch. Schiap once took flower seeds and sowed them in her ears, mouth, and nose, in the hopes that she would blossom into a beauty. “To have a face covered with flowers like a heavenly garden would indeed be a wonderful thing!”

Some links for further reading.

Her Biography.    The Met Museum Collection.  

  A Vogue Biography          Collectors Weekly

Threads for Thought-Political Irony in Surrealist Fashion

And so, inspired by the great artist/designer that is Schiaparelli, I’m working on this series of Milos Mini-Bags.

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Milos Minibags

Milos Minibag SS16

Milos Mini Bags

Stitching leather raindrops onto the front main-body piece of the 

“Behind the moon, beyond the rain… somewhere over the rainbow” 

– leather mini bag inspired by the ballad originally sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz   Of the many cover versions,  Israel Kamakawiw’ole ‘s is unforgettable.

SS16 leather mini bag collection

Milos Minibag SS16

The “In Your Face” Nappa Leather Tote Bag

Stitching the eyelashes onto the mainbody

I’ve been wanting to do an “In Your Face Bag” for a while and decided this beautiful bronze nappa leather would make cool hair.  It was fun making the pattern and it’s amazing how much the expression can change just by rearranging the eyes.

Using “Cork Leather” for Vegan Bags

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I’m at last posting some details of my current project. I’ve wanted to make vegan bags for a long time but really didn’t like the idea of working with plastic…then I found “cork leather”.   Cork comes from the bark of an oak tree, the magnificent  Cork Oak or Quercus Suber.   and is probably better known as being made into wine bottle stoppers.  This cork-leather comes from sustainably managed cork forests in Portugal,  which is thinly sliced to become manageable like fabric.

 click HERE so see a short video of how the cork is harvested.

Click HERE to read about how the cork oak forests of the Mediterranean benefit the ecosystem.

I’m so pleased that I’ve found an eco-friendly alternative for those who don’t want accessories made of animal leather.   I’m not fond of plastic and have found this material to be a delight to work with.

  Here are a few enlightening articles about   Greenwashing  and   vegan leathers  (which I suspect are really plastic)  

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As usual, there is a narrative running through all the many sample pieces…but as I’m making bags out of a tree …. there has to be a story behind each one.

More soon