ALL PHOTOS BY DIMITRIS VASILIOU
For us here at the Meet Market, August is our month off. It’s our time for vacations, for rest and relaxations, for sun salutations and Mediterranean meditations, saving up energy for the fall and winter months ahead. But we won’t just leave you hanging like that if Meet Market is what you are looking for. Since the summer of 2015, our very own J. Melik has built a little paradise venue on the Cycladic island of Anafi called “Monolithos”. This gem-like Island of the Aegean, sits in between Santorini and Crete, and once you get there, just head up to chora, and ask for Melik.
He’ll be waiting for you at Monolithos all summer long, where you can admire the view of epic blue and sky, while sipping on a cocktail or a coffee, have a dig through his record collection and put on your favorite track, or head to the gallery-gift shop, and find the following Meet Market brands there:
Monolithos is proud to present its very own line of merchandise ranging rom t-shirts and sweathshirts, to bags, and plenty more ideas in the works. Represent Monolithos, wherever you come from, so that everyone can know you’ve been to this very special place.
Founded in 2013 by a couple of young entrepreneurs, Pestemal offers the high quality towels called “peshtemals”. Taken straight out of the hammams of the East, they can now be found in a variety of modern colors and designs, in a wholesale network of 400 stores throughout Greece. Pestemal is a woven fabric in rectangular shape that is traditionally used for body covering. The tradition of pestemal meets nowadays with the contemporary perception of production and design, maintaining at the same time its authentic characteristics. Hand-loomed from high quality cotton, linen and bamboo, Pestemals are easy to clean, lightweight and very versatile. The high moisture absorption, the ability to dry fast, the antibacterial attributes and their delicate texture, makes them an absolute must-have for all seasons.
Kleo Drums are percussion instruments handmade in Greece by Kleo Xirou -from framedrums, davuls, doumbeks, udus, locally produced goat skins, repairs on all percussion instruments and anything with a skin! Kleo Xirou was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1970. She studied Philosophy at Syracuse University and has gained international acclaim for her handcrafted ceramic and wooden percussion instruments.
B-side Objects specialized in men’s accessories, jewelry, fashion items designed by Nicolas Denis, owner-operator of Crazy Crafters, Athens Greece. From leather bracelets to silver pendants, each and every item is handmade with attention and love.
ElGreco has been producing handmade shoes in Athens since 1981. The company’s philosophy focuses on high quality and manufacturing standards, comfort, aesthetics, and the sustainability of raw materials. Today, El Greco is one of the few companies which continues to evolve the craft of leather working, striving to meet all the new trends through continuous research, embracing new cultures such as upcycling, but above all, staying innovative. El Greco also loves colors, unexpected combinations, the classic designs and bold variations.
You probably know the magic feeling of victory or satisfaction when solving a puzzle, composing a puzzle or winning a board game with your friends. In this computer age, with the internet and tv, if you feel the need for something different, something which relaxes your vision, exercises the mind and gives you enjoyment and quality time the Paradise Waterfalls has what you need! Its time to get your hands on our wooden handmade constructions : puzzles, puzzle combinations, 3D wood mind games and group board games. To enjoy the pleasure of building, designing, incorporating mental challenges and developing your creative imagination.
Replica bijoux was created in 1985 by a street artisan named Fotis Somos. After many years selling in the streets of Europe he decided to come back in Greece and create an atelier in the center of Athens where he still is making his jewelry. Its a small workshop with only four people making the best jewelry humanly possible !!!!!
All Sol*full jewelry is hand-made by married couple Marianthi and Argiris in their workshop in Athens, Greece. Using materials such as gold, silver, bronze, enamel, lazer cut plexiglass and leather, all designs aim at celebrating color and lines and of course complimenting the customers original style and beauty. All their pieces have soul in them, making them Sol*full!
Tiramisu is a collaborative project between Ugly Bell (by Nikos) and Country Side (by Marianna Pi). They came together creatively to produce unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted eyewear masterpieces, available in shops all over Greece and now in Monolithos, Anafi. Protect your precious eyes and look super fresh at the same time!
After several years of research, Sotiris managed to find a way to copy every detail and every nerve that plants and flowers provide us with and dress it with silver. In fact nature creates and he does the rest. All the jewels are in sterling silver (925) casting.
Each and every Rubberize bag is unique and handmade by Olybia from recycled tires, inner-tubes and discarded rubber… so you can look stylish while saving the environment. Isn’t that what the world needs more of?
A very special exhibition will take place all August at Monolithos with paintings from Marilitsa Blaxaki. Her work focuses on the sea, the sand and the various landscapes of Greece, and well as people and their interactions with the summer.