Fabrizio Viti x Ancient Greek Sandals
The New Sandal Collaboration Inspired By Jackie O’s Mediterranean Elegance
We take a closer look at the capsule shoe collection designed by Fabrizio Viti and Ancient Greek Sandals: the best springtime sandals we’ve seen yet this season.
At first glance, Fabrizio Viti and Christina Martini of Ancient Greek Sandals have decidedly different aesthetics: the former dedicated to refined glamour and the latter to effortless ease. But “we have the same taste and similar references,” says Viti of Christina, who he first met when they were both designing shoes at Louis Vuitton in 2004 (“I think from the beginning we understood each other,” she interjects). “Plus, we had fun doing what we do – and I think you can see that this was a very joyful project!”
The project at hand is a seven-piece capsule collection which takes Viti’s exacting eye and Christina’s Greek charm and translates them into sandals that draw on Mediterranean tradition but remain resolutely modern. “I’ve always loved the photographs of Jackie Onassis and Lee Radziwill travelling around the Greek islands and Mediterranean coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s: they were often bare foot or wearing simple leather sandals that are so evocative of precious holidays and endless summers,” explains Viti. Accordingly, these are clean and elegant shoes – practical enough to be slung in a beach bag (the elaborately-crafted daisies that ordinarily decorate Viti’s eponymous designs have been transformed into simple leather embellishments and are affixed to leather thongs with waxed thread), but chic enough to be worn proudly in the city. Made using Italian leather at a Greek shoemaker (all of Martini’s shoes are made in Greece, in a traditional, 10-man factory where one of the workers applied glue using his finger), they are the best of both worlds.
“These shoes are what the women around me want to wear rather than particularly relating to a trend or celebrity,” explains Viti (that being said, the women around him include the likes of Sofia Coppola, who has ordered three pairs). “That’s something important about these sandals,” continues Martini, “You can see women wearing them in London, in New York, as well as on the beach. Before, when we were designing shoes for fashion shows together, you couldn’t see people wearing them on the street.” Now that springtime has finally arrived, these are shoes that we’ll be seeing plenty more of.