Believe it or not, by chance I fell in love with Athena Procopiou. One lazy overcast afternoon. I was having a little look around Saks Bahrain. To be honest wasn't even in the mood to buy anything. Low and behold I hear my other half say to me "Aisling that would look beautiful on you". Of course it was about 20 ft. high in the air on a mannequin with a fabulous beach basket. To cut a long story short I am so glad that I went to the effort of asking the kind assistant to take it off the manakin. Standing there already falling in love with it's silk mosaic print, in the most sumptuous colour palettes. Of course I put it on and actually never took it off and wear it to bits. Why not!
Living in the heat it is an all year round piece. Perfect for me to throw on over a bikini or swimsuit at the Ritz. Equally it looks just as stunning over a little summer dress, jeans or denim shorts with a cotton or silk top.It wasn't long before I went back to snap up another piece. What can I say as I mentioned before I do have an addictive personality.
Greek-born Procopiou started her career as a pianist, but moved to London to study illustration and graphic design at Central Saint Martins. Having launched her line solely with lightweight scarves, the designer has recently added kaftans and kimonos to her repertoire - which have been quickly snapped by Net-A-Porter. Her signatures are her storytelling prints, which have a whimsical feel.
In such a short amount of time, her label is carried in some of the best stores worldwide and she has an international clientele. It shows that there are boho women all over the world that chase the sun. It's fantastic how she has customers from Bali to Bahrain and everywhere in-between." She attributes some of her success to social media. "We're so consumed with social networking on a global scale -- the world seems so small on your iPhone! I'm able to use this wonderful platform to sell my dreams, products, lifestyle, brand and aspirations."
This is one love affair that is going to last. Available from Saks Bahrain, Matches Fashion and athenaprocopiou.com, to list just a few.
This kaftan boho lover is signing off for now.
Aisling in Bahrain.
This is one love affair that is going to last.
Available from Saks, Matches Fashion and from her own web site to list just a few.
This Kaftan lover is signing off foe now.
Aisling in Bahrain.