An oath to the Culture and colors of Greece by Christian Louboutin, and his newest collection
Another year, another adventure! Celebrating Christian’s insatiable love of travel, the Maison has made a habit of taking us around the world one exclusive seasonal cabas at a time and this year’s edition’s no different – Introducing the GREEKABA in not one, but two exclusive styles. Inspired by the land and the sea, each exclusive piece depicts Christian on his adventures in Athens and on a modern-day Odyssey through the Cyclades. Playing tour guide to the designer are Miss Tependris and her faithful poodle Pepe, created by Konstantin Kakanias, Christian’s dear friend and multifaceted illustrator. Through his playful and evocative artwork, this very special collaboration between the two creatives pays tribute to the rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship of the Mediterranean.
Designed for the first time on a smooth leather base, the land GREEKABA’s panels feature motifs and drawings inspired by the friezes of Antiquity in warm earthy tones – on one, Christian can be seen offering his host, Miss Tependris a pair of custom Christian Louboutin shoes. On another they raise their glasses to toast Christian’s arrival. As always, the devil is in the details – or in this case, being kept firmly at bay by them! Lining the inside of the bag is new and vivid LOUBIEYE print which reimagines the traditional ‘blue eye’, believed to protect the owner against the evil eye. On the handles, satin and metal pearls bring a sophisticated touch whilst elsewhere, the Maison’s signature Caraspikes are given a matte white makeover recalling the columns of Ancient Greek temples. To complete the land theme, the cabas will also be available in a smaller bucket style, CARASKY version, and new LOUBIPHORE silhouette inspired by the tall narrow proportions of Ancient Greek amphoras.
From the mainland onto island hopping (in couture of course!) with the sea GREEKABA, its color palette nodding to the blues and whites so typical of Greece. On the handles, talisman-like tubular satin and metal pearls are embellished with the protective ‘blue eye’, whilst the detailed embroideries on each panel take their inspiration from traditional Greek folk art. Lining the inside of the bag with its impossibly rich blue, is the new LOUBI ODISSEY print which depicts our two heroes, Christian and his friend Miss Tependris sailing through the Mediterranean Sea on their travels and discovering the Cyclades islands and its wonders. For those who prefer to travel light, the sea GREEKABA will also be available in a bucket version, the new LOUBIPHORE silhouette and a CARASKY version.
Accompanying the GREEKABA offer will be a capsule collection of men’s and women’s shoes and accessories inspired by the land and sea themes and reprising each of the two cabas’ standout details.
As with every previous cabas, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to an association, and this year the contribution will go to ‘Together for Children’ (TFC), a Greek non-profit association comprised of nine member organizations all working to provide immediate and effective support to children, young adults with disabilities and their families in need. By creating bespoke educational programs for the children visiting the facilities, the aim is to help them build positive thinking, inspire their creativity, and develop their self-expression, all core values of Christian Louboutin.
Making the ideal companion for summer and beyond, 2022’s GREEKABA capsule offering will launch on June 1st in selected boutiques and online throughout the world. So get ready to catch a serious case of wanderlust!