With a rich heritage rooted in mythology and symbolism, Zeus+Dione transcends classical notions of style and design. Named after the parents of the ancient Greek Goddess of love, beauty and eternal youth, the brand is characterized by a unique interpretation of myth and tradition. While various aspects of ancient culture affect the design of each new collection, the Greek letter, Delta Δ, is a predominant undertone of the brand, alluding to spirituality, harmony and creativity.
Beyond symbolism, Zeus+Dione’s lifestyle collections are influenced by minimal structures, geometry and precision, all of which are elements prevalent in classical Greek architecture & design. The inspiration drawn from doric elements are the clean lines embellished with intricate details and elegant patterns stemming from geometric shapes.
KYRVAN is based in Ierapetra, a seaside town on the island of Crete, formerly known as "Kyrva". It is founded by three friends whose common origin and love for their local heritage inspired them to create an everyday elegant espadrille shoe handmade from traditional wefts and patterns. Our philosophy is to make high quality shoes that stand out for their unique identity and craftsmanship, and at the same time to promote local traditions and preserve the art of weaving and shoe making. Though we strive to make our products locally, we are also passionate about providing the highest quality of materials. Therefore we source the soles of our shoes from our Mediterranean neighbors in Spain, who are the original jute sole artisans. Our shoes, dressed with traditional wefts and patterns, are handmade in Crete by local artisans. Some of our fabrics come from local weaving workshops, and others are vintage traditional textiles. Each pair is one-of-a-kind and the number of pairs for each style is limited.
100% Greek cotton, goat leather, suede
Our shoes are packaged in a traditional Cretan handmade shoulder bag called a “Vourgia”, with braided strings and a tassel, made from 100% cotton. The Vourgia bag was traditionally used by Cretan farmers to carry their food, water or wine when they went to work in the fields.