NileGuide Expert Says:
The best reason to not bring your favorite bag to Greece- or else the best place to find its replacement.
Voulis 38, Athens, Greece
21 0331 5051
NileGuide Expert tip:
Should you arrive and the door is locked, Pavlina leaves her number posted to the glass. Don't be shy to call; she lives very close by and insists that you do.
An understated sign reading "Ippolito" in simple type is the first indicator that this leather showroom is an orange amongst the apples of Plaka- typically associated with T shirts and cheap souvenirs from Athens. The store, like its timeless merchandise, proves one doesn't have to speak loudly to command attention. Owner and principal designer, Pavlina Papailiopoulou, was running the shop with her loving dogs, Jagger and Cohen the day we stopped by.
"Fashion isn't a big deal," she says, and bags that women go crazy about should be able to work with any outfit and over most of the year. Her bags are about function, quality, the love of good design and attention to detail. She would know something of the subject- her training was in Milan, studying fashion and working on the ready-to-wear floor of the fashion house, Botega Veneta.
Store hours: open in the early afternoon Monday Wednesday and Saturday and 10-8 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Should you arrive and the door is locked, Pavlina leaves her number posted to the glass. Don't be shy to call; she lives very close by and insists that you do.