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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 March 2017
18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS The award-winning accessories label handmade in Greece The designers behind Lommer speak to Neos Kosmos about their innovative label taking an environmental approach while combining minimalist aesthetics and functionality Alkioni Mastourdeli and Danai Gavrili first met while working on a three-month project, and say they were instantly amazed by their creative chemistry. "So, after finishing that project, we decided to start our own design studio," Alkioni tells Neos Kosmos. Despite the turbulent state of the economy in 2014, the designers were set on bringing together their shared appreciation of the technical side of design, both having studied Product Design at London's AKTO College at Middlesex University, and step-by-step developed the concept of their own label. While they admit there have been challenges along the way, they remain positive about deciding to pursue their passion. "Our label was born into the crisis and in a D great volume due to the crisis," Alkioni says. "As product designers we knew that it was almost impossible to find a workplace in our field in Greece, but our stubbornness to not leave our dreams made us decide to create a workplace for ourselves. After founding the company - two months before the announcement of capital controls in Greece - we had to face many different difficulties that wouldn't exist under normal circumstances, but as we say 'every barrier exists for a good reason'! Problem = solution." Their can-do attitude has, in a short time, seen them build their brand and reputation with an expanding list of stockists beyond their e-store including Athens' Benaki Museum, various Greek islands, and some in Spain. Handmade in Greece from materials sourced across Europe, there are wallets and three bags available in the Lommer range so far: the EvaPack - a backpack system featuring a fine quality yachting rope, the EvaClutch - a reversible clutch system, and EvaTwo - a tote bag system, the latter of which saw Lommer awarded the Silver A' Design Award in 2015, one of the most prestigious contests in the world, for the Fashion and Travel Accessories Design Category. Neos Kosmos reached out to Alkioni and Danai to find out more about their much-loved bags. When I discovered Lommer, the first thing that sprung to mind was Bos en Lommer, a neighbourhood in Amsterdam. Was this the inspiration behind the name? Our name has nothing to do with Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam, although we have been told that it is a lovely neighbourhood. It came from the acronyms of the phrase 'we LOve Materials and MEet Requirements', which includes the philosophy of our designs. And what is Lommer's philosophy? Lommer's design philosophy is based on experimenting with different materials, without being imprisoned by the original state, and on how products of daily mobility, can combine aesthetics, functionality, and customer engagement. We love to design new ways to motivate our customers to 'play' with our products and experiment with them. We believe that there is always a different way to approach everyday things, from the smallest to the biggest; that when you start with simple questions such as: ‘why is this like that and how can it get any better?’. You immediately begin a journey to see the world differently and explore the things around in a unique way. o you believe in serendipity? The designers behind award-winning label Lommer certainly do.
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