Born in Greece, raised in Switzerland and based in the UK, one can see the seedlings of a variegated background in much of designer Athena Procopiou’s work. The Central St. Martins graphic design graduate creates multicolored scarves and cover-ups that mine a free-spirited vein, pivoting between the vibrant bohemian pursuits that thread through her spring-summer collections and the resolutely dark, enchanting and otherworldly outlook of the autumn-winter pieces. In the U.S., you can find her wares at places like Barney’s New York and Saks Fifth Avenue. Here, she talked with Destination Luxury about her Top Five.

Athena Procopiou
(Athena Procopiou)

1. ISLAND LIFE: I have many beloved places around the world…and they are all islands. I just want to live on one, half of the year. The Greek islands are the ones I’m the closest to and I absolutely love the simplicity of life there, the beauty of the nature, the color of the sea, the energy, the food and the music.

Athena Procopiou's top 5: island life

 

2. APRIATI: My favorite jewellery brand. Greek brand with stores in Paris. The perfect jewellery to wear forever and remind you of summer. Never take my bracelets off. I am a collector of their jewels! www.apriati.com

 

Athena Procopiou's Top 5: Apriati

3) VALIA GABRIEL:
I am a big fan of Greek style sandals. Gladiators are a must in my summer wardrobe. I am in love with the sophisticated and classy Valia Gabriel sandals. Everyone should have a pair for summer!  www.valiagabriel.com

Athena Procopiou's top 5: Valia Gabriel

 

4) JIMI HENDRIX:
Not much to say about this…I’m just a huge fan. The sound of his guitar makes me happy.

Athena Procopiou's top 5: Jimi Hendrix

 

5) MORNING AND EVENING TWILIGHT:
These are my favorite times of the day. The silence is unbeatable. It’s when I feel the most centered, the most calm and the most inspired! Especially when I find myself on an island!

Athena Procopiou's top 5: morning and evening twilight

Santorini: Up The Hill

To see the latest from Athena, you can check out her work here.