Remember the innocence of a childhood holiday? There was no utterance of having a #bikinibod, no obligation to document your holiday via IG pics and acts of communication between friends and family would consist simply by a vacation postcard. With the world seeming oh so different now, we’re nearly long for those times as much as we long for a summer getaway.

With pandemic measures relaxing by the week, all's not lost in the hopes of a holibobs. But as with everything in this new normal, the act begs a few questions: is it safe to be travelling now? Will it be worth the two week quarantine after? Will I end up having to sunbathe with a mask on? Amidst these ponderings comes the realisation that we’ve been cooped in one location for too many months; our brains are in need of the stimulation that trying to understand a foreign street sign will give us and we’re craving the experience of cultural differences. So the question remains: to go abroad or not to go abroad?

If these decisions became a little overwhelming, then we’ve got the solution at hand. We’ve done what we do best, and looked into our wardrobes to transport us (in a Narnia-esque fashion) to the destinations we’d rather be, donned head to toe in brands from that country. This week, we’re hero-ing Greece, our country of choice for olives and moussaka, as the next destination we’re wanderlusting/wardrobe-lusting over.

Ancient Greek Sandals, as it aptly describes in its name, is a sandal brand that has taken inspiration from, you guessed it, ancient Greek mythology. According to this particular myth, the gods and goddesses had their sandals made on the beautiful island of Crete by a gifted sandal maker who enriched each pair with magical powers. Famous for having made the flying sandals for Hermes, the sandal maker also embellished them with his personal signature… a “golden wing” buckle. This story led to the creation of the brand, whose minimal and strong aesthetic is a modern update on the classic style of Hermes' sandal. Not only an inspiration point, Ancient Greek Sandals honour the traditional craft by using local artisans as well as using chemical free, natural tan leather. If it was good enough for the ancient Greeks to trod around in, it’ll be perfectly adequate to our new normal lives.

Another brand whose steeped in Greek mythology effervescence is Zeus + Dione; the RTW equivalent of the aforementioned shoe counterpart. Named after the parents of the ancient Greek Goddess of love, beauty and eternal youth, wearing these garments will make you feel as gorgeous as  that Greek goddess herself. Comfortable as equally as it is colourful, these clothes are perfectly suited for the summer days in London as they are in a beach-side restaurant in Santorini.

What better way of concluding your Grecian outfit than with talisman style jewellery? Hermina Athens, founded by Konstantina Pantelous, makes exactly that, looking to the sights and sounds of Greek summer life as her inspiration. Designed and crafted in her studio in Athens, the beauty of these pieces come in their natural imperfections as opposed to faultless symmetry. Not for the faint-hearted, this jewellery was designed for those ready to go on adventures rather than the dainty and delicate.

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