Craft is the essence of Chrysi Z. hand-embroidered bags and materials, colours and patterns are the main inspiration. Each Chrysi Z. hand-embroidered bag is entirely one of a kind and unique, exquisitely crafted with a meticulous attention to detail, with tens of hours of hard work and love for the craft behind, resulting in dense tapestries of intricate patterns and rich colours.
Sourcing the right materials and ultimately crafting a Chrysi Z. piece is a long organic process. Each piece varies in colour, materials and hand-embroidery and embellishments and does not stick rigidly to a preconceived design plan. The colour palette and the leathers that will be used are the first and only details decided upon and separately for each piece, since each bag is one of a kind. What is being created is never really planned by Chrysi Z. and all the pieces are works in progress. It all depends on the constant search for materials, such as leathers, gemstones, fabrics and threads, as well as embroidery patterns.
Exquisite hand embroidery and refined bead-work lies in the heart of the brand. Each pattern can take up to a month to be finished and is strictly one of a kind. Head embroiderer and beader is Chrysa’s highly skilled mother. Traditional techniques such as cross stitch and petit point are being used and materials such as golden, silver, linen and silk thread, fishing line and a variety of semi-precious stones. When the hand-embroidered panel is ready, it is applied by our Greek leather craftsmen on Italian calf leather.
Did you know that ancient Greek mythology has credited Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, with passing down the art of embroidery along with weaving, leading to a competition between herself and Arachne, a mortal weaver who challenged the goddess?
Showcasing an eclectic style and unique taste, Chrysi Z. one of a kind pieces are hyper-classic and timeless, distinct and refined, polished and artisanal, addressing to those who seek pieces that embody modern femininity, blending functionality with elegance and refinement.
Since I can remember myself, I have always been attracted to refined and elegant objects and knew that I somehow wanted to translate this into a profession. Life though took me somewhere else and I spent my academic and professional years studying and later working in business, initially in my native Greece, then in Brussels and finally in Zurich, where I have been living for the past few years with my partner.
In 2018 I decided to combine my love and attraction for anything aesthetically beautiful with my business background and founded my brand, Chrysi Z. Having been fascinated particularly with embroidery, embellishments and gemstones from an early age, I decided to design refined handbags that would display this love of mine and would celebrate exquisite craftsmanship and design over transient trends.
The brand addresses to anyone who shares similar aesthetics and taste, since I strictly design and sell pieces that I would wear and return to, season after season. In the very end, my desire is to create uniquely alluring handcrafted pieces that have a life beyond a season, hoping that they can be even passed on as heirlooms.