Thursday, 26 February 2009

Acceptable in the '80s

Marietta from Dreamville recently tagged me to reveal a fashion or beauty secret. Actually I have a really good one and I could not think of a more appropriate crowd to share it with.

A few days ago, a friend of mine who works as a professional stylist on tv called me and said she had discovered a little '80s-wear paradise in the centre of Athens. Everything original, real retro. Those people were forced to close down and had lots of stock which is now squeezed in rails, dusty and neglected.

"When was the last time you saw something made in Greece?" she said and she was actually right. Most Greek companies produce abroad nowadays (saying that, my Know-How clothes are all made in Greece, must be among the last companies who still do this).

Her words sounded like a fashion history alarm in my head! I am such a fool for 80's clothes! So I went to check it out:

And OMG she was right! It was all that and even more, at prices that are a sin considering the design and the quality. 3 euros, 7 euros, amazing tailleurs for 15 euros! It just felt wrong!

"Clothes like these, don't exist anymore. They don't make them like this anymore" were the words of Mrs Eleni, the very kind old lady who works there as a sales assistant. She also told me so much about how it used to be back in the days, how these clothes were worn and dag out the best pieces for me.

"You girls seem to really appreciate them, it is touching" she went on. People who walk in here are mainly those who just can't afford anything else. "But why so cheap?" I asked. "The boss wants to get rid of them" was the reply.

I bought a huge bag's worth of amazing, historical pieces at the price of 30 euros... This dress cost me 10:

(I love padded shoulders!)

Sorry for not putting it on for you, it seriously has to be washed before it comes anywhere near my skin. Still, it's my treasure. If you like 80's fashion go save some yourselves! (this is between revealing my secret and begging you)

Location: you take the train and get off at Omonoia. Then you walk down Ag. Konstantinou str. (Pireos) and you take a left on the first street which should be Sokratous. This shop has no sign outside but is easy to spot. It's the 3rd or 4th shop on your right. You won't regret this. Also say hi to Mrs Eleni, she's so sweet.


Elena said...

Sounds like paradise, I should definately go when I get to the center of Athens.
Great finds btw!

Lopi said...

That's such a great tip! Thanks!!!
I really hope there still be nice things left when I will be in Athens in a week or so.

Larissa said...

I love eighties fashion so much, wish I could grab a flight and check it out!


Marietta said...

Basically i have a hate/love relationship with the 80s (ok ok i lean to hate :P ) but im sure you ll rock the dress! Make sure to pst a pic when you wear it!
Take care

K@terina B. said...

hey, i had no idea vintage shops existed in athens..!!! :D btw I live in piraeus and i always thought filwnos (or as you put it -mile of shoes-) has tacky/slutty shoes. With your post you have totally changed my perspective, and i bought the most beautiful (and cheapest) pumps!!! :D thanx!!

yiqin; said...

That dress is perfection :)

Unknown said...

ooh great find!

DaisyChain said...

wow, that sounds like an amazing place!

Clemmie and Melroy said...

You treasure hunter...!

lucia said...

I will check this very very soon..not only for the low prices but mostly because its what you said.."its touching", knowing that there was a time when we wore clothes made carefully, not by the hands of a child somewhere in far east, who works for 5 euros per day, as its happening nowadays with most of the inditex brands or other similar "cheap" stuff.

also very interesting subject for a post. im planning something like that, but needs a lot of research..

thanx so much for revealing such a secret!

Niviarsiaq said...

If only I lived in Athens I would and march on down to that store. Looks/sounds amazing! I have yet to find a store that awesome in my city

Anonymous said...

love the eighties!

Maria Tereza said...

love vintage things!
great post!