It’s been a while since I have blogged. I have been fortunate enough to be working on several amazing projects this year  & have been traveling all over the world. Thus far, I have been to Europe three times, China (will be leaving again next week to review Fall samples) and I’ve been to various trade shows in Vegas, Portland, etc…It has been a whirlwind of shoe fun this year!

I recently had the opportunity to go on a nice vacation but of course, I couldn’t resist to shop for shoes, inspiration, and trends. Before I left for Europe, I had been commissioned to work on a few collections for kids & women’s shoes so I thought it would be great to get my ideas flowing before getting design briefs.

My first stop was to Greece. I have never been to Greece and have always dreamed to go. This time I had a great travel partner, my boyfriend, who also has an amazing eye for fashion. So, not only did I have a great travel partner but someone who would help me shop 🙂

Greece’s landscape is very diverse. In the Island of  Santorini, the terrain is volcanic with black sand beaches, lots of hills, and windy roads.  The sea is so smooth and blue,  the architecture is stark white that sunglasses are required. The general feeling of the town, for me, was very rustic, country like, with amazing craftsmanship. The jewelry, painting, sculpture work were beautiful with vibrant colors.

Island of Santorini

Island of Santorini

Beautiful blue seas

Beautiful blue seas

Rustic , country like interiors with bright colors, mainly blues of all shades.

Rustic , country like interiors with bright colors, mainly blues of all shades.

Sculptures and artwork are vibrant and romantic.

I was very inspired by the Sculptures and artwork. The colors are so  vibrant and romantic.

I also loved the symbols in artwork, architecture. The eye is a symbol seen everywhere from keychains to kitchenware.

I also loved the symbols in artwork, architecture. The eye is a symbol seen everywhere from key chains to kitchenware. The eye wards of the evil eye and blocks dangers of envy.

Mykonos Island was also very beautiful but its features were more flat, country like, and the seas were so light blue you could see every little fish swim by you, or maybe even bump into you. Lots of palm trees, grass beach huts, and of course white and blue everything.

Turquiose blue seas

Island of Mykonos- Clear turquoise blue seas

Last stop in Greece was Athens. Although Athens is not so pretty with beautiful seas and weather, the history makes up for it. I enjoyed walking thru the town Plaka.  Although it is full of tourists, you can still feel the history and see how it has impacted Greek people. In addition, the contrast between modern architecture and old is unbelievable. I was infused by the old buildings, rod iron balcony’s and fences with it’s unique design, and discreet design ideas. I was enthralled by the idea that the Acropolis Museum stood on the grounds of the Acropolis and you can see broken pieces and dirt thru the glass floors.

The grounds of the Acropolis were amazing!

The grounds of the Acropolis were amazing!

There are so many design details in the architecture. Even in these old run down buildings, one can still see the work put into these buildings.

There are so many design details in the architecture. Even in these old run down buildings, one can still see the design work.

Greece was a wonderful vacation and inspiration trip. Fashion and shopping may not have been what drove my inspiration, but the country, city, people, history, and architecture sure did. There are so many details and color, but most importantly the Greek culture and history  is  a concept that could be implemented into a collection. Why not?

My next stop was Barcelona…will post some inspirational pics of my trip to Spain. I will also post a blog on summer trends so stay tuned for that next!