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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 July 2016
18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JULY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ‘Nymphs’: Tzanda: More than a clutch, less than a tote Young Greek Australians present their stylish new initiative The Tzanda Alpha & Omega handbag. NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU I f you are planning on splurging on a new handbag, make sure it is a good investment and actually makes it off your closet shelf. Most women tend to overspend on their totes and handbags, going out of their way to find the right size and style and of course, practicality. Greek Australian fashionista Georgie Kouselas, together with her partner Christian Magias, have just launched the perfect design that ticks all the boxes. Two weeks ago, the duo presented the first Tzanda model, the Alpha & Omega Handbag. It being "more than a clutch, less than a tote" makes it the ideal accessory to complement any woman's look. Crafted from full grain cowhide Saffiano leather in black, with sheep leather lining in gold, the Alpha and Omega Handbag boasts a gold metal 'A' and rolled 'Ω' handle. A gold magnetic snap button ensures a securely-closed handbag, and the bottom of the bag features gold metal protective studs. The name 'Tzanda' is a double entendre. Not only does it describe the bag's features (since it means 'bag' in Greek), but the model itself makes a statement. Georgie's signature design aspires to become the alpha and the omega of (the be all and end all) all handbags. "It fits perfectly with our slogan, 'Hundreds of Handbags, Only One Tzanda'," Georgie explains. As the creative force behind the brand, Georgie drew inspiration from her Greek heritage, aspiring to create something classic, yet unique that would appeal to the modern woman. "When I approached Christian with this idea, he was the one who 'christened' the brand with its name. It is simple, catchy and sums up the brand perfectly, while it also pays tribute to our Greek heritage. "We both have never been ones to follow suit and this individuality and uniqueness is reflected in each handbag," the designer explained. "Our intention was not to just follow popular trends. A lot of consideration has been put into each creation to ensure the owner can stand apart from the crowd." Indeed, the right handbag can flatter your figure and complete an outfit, while the wrong choice can ruin even the most well-put-together look. "There were many ideas floating in my head, however, this particular style combines all the things I would demand from a handbag," Georgie said. "A super large bag is not appropriate for an evening formal outfit and at the same time, a clutch or an envelope bag is a bit too much for some occasions. Tzanda is the perfect event accompaniment." The best part? You can make it yours for only $249, with $5 from every handbag sold making its way towards Australia's leading mental health organisation beyondblue, supporting the wonderful, inspiring and life-changing work they do. Georgie turned her fashion venture into a gateway for herself and everyone else to give back to the world. "For as long as I can remember I have had a massive passion to start a business and to help people," Georgie, who studied psychology, told Neos Kosmos. "I put the two together and thought to myself, I could potentially design something that could be more than just a purchase, that could give back to the world." "You can wear a Tzanda bag with pride knowing that you have contributed to a greater good, that you are inspiring others through charity," she emphasised, adding that Tzanda is a statement bag with a message. The signature Alpha and Omega handbag is the first bag of the collection, but more exciting colours, sizes and designs are in the works. For further information head to www. tzandahandbags.com.au * Neos Kosmos would like to apologise for a photgraph published in last week’s edition in relation to Tzanda Handbags which mistook the identity of Georgie Kouselas. photographing the eternal cycle of life and death Set to open this weekend, 'Nymphs' is the latest exhibition by visual artist Dina Tourvas. Made up of cibachrome prints with ink drawingstitching, the original black and white photographs were surprisingly enough discovered under a rock and decaying, which brought about a revelation for Tourvas. "Images of beautiful young women apparently posing for [a] modelling career were discarded. Were they the losers? We shall never know, but from that moment these objects entered into another realm, that of the visual arts. The lucky find was a revelation for me," she says. The images of the women, torn in places and covered in mould, inspired the artist to reflect on the process of decay all living things inevitably experience. Tourvas recalls deciding in that moment to allow the process to continue on its course for another year or so. The more faded and mould-ridden the images became, the more the photographic chemicals emphasised the cycle of life-decay-death, while also capturing the concept of eternal youth, which is explored through the nymphs in the mythology of Greece and other countries – hence the exhibition's title. "I re-photographed the objects with cibachrome film and superimposed ink drawings of fertility symbols, thus my modern 'Nymphs' came to be," explains Tourvas, adding that the superimposed ink drawings are the visual poetry of the theme, while the stitching of the borders is her adoration and crowning of eternal youth and eternal death. "[It] is a symbolic statement relating to the process of decay affecting all living matter on this planet, and the rebirth of new life, the eternal cycle of life and death." 'Nymphs' is showing from Sydney fashion blogger Antoinette Marie with her new Alpha & Omega bag. Georgie Kouselas (R) holding the Alpha and Omega handbag, with Christian Magias. Hollywood actress Elena Kampouris with her Tzanda. 8-16 July at The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW from 10.00 am-6.00 pm. The official opening will take place on Saturday 9 July from 5.00 pm-8.00 pm. For more information, email theshopgalleryglebe@gmail. com or call 0438 550 835.
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