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Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2015 / Список участников / Georgina Skalidi
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Georgina Skalidi

Georgina Skalidi was born and raised in Thessaloniki. At the age of 18 she began her studies at L.I.S.A.A College of Applied Arts in Paris, where she graduated with a degree in Fashion Design as a Stylist-Modelist. Following her studies she relocated in Athens, and worked as a Fashion Stylist for major women magazines (Marie Claire, Gynaika and more), while also serving as Fashion Editor for OZON Magazine. Furthermore, her work has been published internationally in Iconique, UCE Magazine and German FHM. The decision to create her own line of handmade clutch bags which she both designs and constructs derived from her inner necessity to express creativity and sense of styling through her own work. Her internship with Haris, one of the leading craftsmen in leather accessories for International and Greek fashion designers since the 80’s, equipped her with the knowledge and technical expertise to begin her own creative journey. Establishing from the very beginning her signature technique, Georgina Skalidi molds leather into clutch bags, where the excellence of materials and handmade production process is accompanied by a fresh, chic almost postmodern vintage sense, resulting in bags that can be characterized as unique with an architectural feel. Georgina with key reference to vintage and contemporary style, cut’s up and deconstructs the classic style of the clutch leaving unchanged its essence — resulting into something completely new. Always with an emphasis in geometry she cuts, alters and fashions almost like automatic writing on her bags. The brand is dedicated in offering hand-crafted designer goods at really affordable prices uncompensated in quality and cutting edge design. My inspiration is experiential. Based on the way I decide to live each phase of my life, inspiration follows. Holding the leather in my hands, I am able to express the emotions of my reality by literally shaping it into my designs. I choose not to create in the conventional method, because a bag to me is a type of sculpture — Georgina Skalidi Currently, Georgina Skalidi runs two own-stores in Greece, one in the center of Athens at the area of Kolonaki and one in the town of Chania on the island of Crete.


Why Georgina Skalidi

Georgina Skalidi started in 2010 her own personal brand which is characterized by her own signature technique, a characteristic that makes her creation a bit different from the usual. By using simple geometric lines she molds leather into her designs like a sculpture, resulting in bags that can be characterized as unique with an architectural and contemporary feel. The brand has an established wholesale network in Greece and Cyprus and this year the predominant focus is to expand its network and operations internationally. In 2012, Georgina Skalidi became part of Boticca (www.boticca.com), worlds largest community for independent accessories designers and is part of other online fashion retailers like Carnet De Mode (www.carnetdemode.com) and more. You can also find Georgina Skalidi collection in Harvey Nichols Hong Kong. Important to mention is Georgina’s collaboration with Eastpak in 2012 for the Studio Artist project and that Autumn /Winter 2012-13 AFAIA Collection was selected by Vogue Italy on the best project section for new talents. Georgina was also selected on the new talented designers section of Vogue Italy September issue 2013. Her work has been published in Glamour Germany, Marie Claire Japan, Stella Magazine Denmark, Le Parisien France, LOfficiel France, Votre Beaute Greece, Madame Figaro Greece, Instyle Greece, Cosmopolitan Greece, Hilton magazine Greece, People Greece and in all the important magazines in Greece. Many celebrities from Greece have carried Georgina Skalidis clutches such as Antigone Gitana, Tamta, Anna Prelevic, Tatiana Stefanidou, Mary Sinatsaki and Katerina Missihroni.