Vasiliki Theodorou based MISS POLYPLEXI three quick years in the past and her 100% handmade in Greece creations are already coveted by celebrities akin to Eleni Menegaki, Vaso Laskaraki, Maria Iliaki, Apostolia Zoi, Baya Antonopoulou; in addition to Nia Vardalos of My Huge Fats Greek Marriage ceremony stardom, Lenka Josefiova aka @thetravellingbeautyqueen, Finest Journey Blogger 2019 and Erika Santos @erikasantos, World Blogger of the Yr.
As just a little woman, designer and founding father of MISS POLYPLEXI, Vasiliki Theodorou crocheted garments for her dolls, earlier than progressing to hand-crotcheting jewellery for kin and her personal garments.
Her determination to crochet her first purse was the start of every thing.
Previous to founding MISS POLYPLEXI, it by no means occurred to the 36 12 months outdated entrepreneur that beginning her personal enterprise might be a chance.
Her dad and mom labored within the public sector so there was no household enterprise to inherit, subsequently no preparation nor mindset to run her personal enterprise.
Nonetheless, with infinite aspiration, ardour and gathered work expertise a seed planted in her thoughts and commenced to develop.
“The realisation that my handmade purses are cherished amongst ladies who’re kind of like me actually crammed me with pleasure and a longing to make my dream a actuality,” explains Vasiliki.
Sadly, Vasilki didn’t have any contacts within the retail or manufacturing industries to ask for recommendation when beginning out.
“I want I had as issues can be simpler, I suppose, and fewer painful,” she says.
“Nonetheless,” she says, “ as we are saying in Greece the ‘journey to Ithaka’ is extra pleasant than Ithaka is itself.”
This sentiment is predicated on the Greek poem by Constantine Cavafy reminding us of the legendary hero Odysseus and his epic journey residence to his island ‘Ithaka’.
The journey is usually extra essential than the vacation spot so we should benefit from the journey.
Hand-crocheting has been very fashionable in Greece traditionally, nevertheless is now not as commonplace, as is the case with all forms of handcrafted work.
Vasiliki’s mom, grand-mother and aunties would crochet primarily family items largely created for his or her daughters’ dowry. They’d make tablecloths, doilies, blankets, and common linen gadgets.
“The stand-out piece that ignited my ardour in crocheting was an enormous snow-white cowl that my mum made for me as a dowry piece for my king measurement mattress after I married my ‘prince’ as she used to inform me.
“Phrases will not be sufficient to explain this masterpiece! It will need to have taken her months to make it!”
Not surprisingly then, Vasiliki’s gifted and artful mum was the individual to show her how you can crochet the gorgeous purses, sandals, belts and equipment that may be discovered at the moment on the www.misspolyplexi.com web site.
“My absolute admiration of her endurance, her craftsmanship and her love for crocheting triggered my ardour to additionally learn to crochet,” says Vasiliki.
Once I realized her identify might be the synthesis of the 2 Greek phrases POLY’ (that means ‘so much’) + ‘PLEXI’ (that means ‘crochet’) – a twist on her precise identify ‘Polyxeni’ – I used to be so delighted and determined to dedicate the enterprise identify to her!
“Mum was so touched after I introduced the identify to her that she was nearly in tears. She was grateful for the reward I gave her and really proud to see me beginning my very own enterprise primarily based on the standard artwork of crocheting that she taught me.”
Intent with retaining the personalised contact that has been the guts and soul of her enterprise, Vasiliki continues to design each one among her purses personally.
“Once I design my purses, I’ve butterflies within the abdomen. I guess all of us keep in mind that intense feeling after we fell in love for the primary time. That is it!” she enthuses.
“I really like the design course of as a result of it’s the most artistic half for me. I’m so thrilled after I conceptualize an concept of a bag design that I can not wait to place it down on paper and begin bringing it to life.
“I design my purses with a lot ardour and hand crochet them with a lot love and care that I need ladies holding a MISS POLYPLEXI purse to really feel all of this!”
“I create each design with the dynamic ladies of the trendy world in my thoughts.
“I design for girls who recognize distinctive craftsmanship, originality and uniqueness. MISS POLYPLEXI purses are on the one hand for girls who dare to be totally different, distinctive and will not be afraid to precise it! And alternatively, they’re additionally for these ladies who’re delicate, delicate, everlasting dreamers and travellers of the world like me.”
Discovering inspiration for brand spanking new designs isn’t an issue for Vasiliki.
“Inspiration is in all places for me. I do know this may increasingly sound cliche, nevertheless it’s true.
“Strolling on the street, assembly individuals, talking with associates, having fun with dinner at restaurant may be inspiring,” she says. “A phrase, a picture, a film can spark an concept which can be reworked right into a bag design.”
“I admit although that recently travelling has been a treasure trove of inspiration.
I like travelling so much and often attempt to uncover a brand new place each two months – both inside Greece or overseas. Every time I go to a brand new place I make sure that to return with concepts and supplies for brand spanking new bag designs.
“I even have suppliers in Greece from whom I purchase unique supplies reserved for sure MISS POLYPLEXI designs.”
Not herself proof against the fantastic thing about her personal creations, at anyone time Vasiliki has a favorite near her coronary heart. At this second her favorite purse is the ‘Sylvia Ice Gray Tote Bag’, pictured under.
“It will need to have taken me greater than 36 hours to make this bag, leaving apart the design and the sample making course of. I believe it was among the many most troublesome designs to make as far as it required very detailed and meticulous work.
“I find it irresistible. For me it’s a piece of artwork, made each of high-quality yarn and real calf leather-based that mix collectively so harmoniously.
“I personally like spacious baggage, and that is undoubtedly very sensible to hold round becoming all of the every day necessities. It’s a timeless piece that may turn into each lady’s luxe companion. I can not cease carrying it round.”
So the place do we discover these timeless beauties?
“I primarily promote by way of the e-shop www.misspolyplexi.com, however I even have selective distribution by way of stockists which can be primarily based in two of essentially the most lovely islands in Greece, Mykonos & Santorini in addition to two nice collaborations outdoors of Greece, in Australia and Israel.
“Quickly, we will probably be glad to announce extra stockists in different components of the world. Keep tuned!”
Store the total vary of MISS POLYPLEXI: misspolyplexi.com
Different On-line Stockists:
Australia: Santo + Rini
Israel: Atelier Talia Sol