Dimissianos & Miller
Coming Fall 2016
DIMISSIANOS & MILLER: OUR PHILOSOPHY
The message that life writes on an animal’s skin, encoding it in scars, rough textures and irregular tonalities is a powerful and limitless source of inspiration. The breathtaking dichotomy between the warm beauty of life and of the cold inevitability of death accompanies us in our everyday work: we feel it with our hands, we smell it, and we embrace it because it reminds us of our own fate.
We think that being part of the animal’s world gives us certain obligations. Whilst working with the animal’s skin we aim to preserve the traces of life. We focus on giving our objects – shoes – substance and significance. We desire to be surrounded solely by objects that enable a dialogue with ourselves. The shoes we are making and wearing become our diaries and faithful companions.
Water, sunlight, earth, air and high temperatures help us to preserve the shape and the texture we want to achieve. The traditional tools that we use – the extension of our hands and instruments of our vision – inevitably leave marks on our works: our signature.
Fashion, understood as a cycle of changing popular styles, aesthetics or practices, is indifferent to us. The sole motivation behind our works is the material, which we transform into objects: the animal’s skin. Each time we aim to push the boundaries little by little to see where it is going to take us.
Andreas Dimissianos, Hector’s father, began to make shoes at the age of ten. He established his workshop in the Old Town of Corfu in 1948.
The Dimissianos were originally known as the specialists of the legendary “Tsarouhia”, traditional Greek shoes that go back to Byzantine times and are nowadays worn by the Greek Presidential Guard: beautifully elaborate, handcrafted from red and black leather with a pointy nose covered by a large woollen pompon.
Coming from a fine arts and photography background, we readily embraced the idea to continue the family tradition of craftsmanship (after Hector’s father, approaching his 80s, mentioned that he was considering retirement).
Under Andreas and Frideriki Dimissianos’ guidance we gained our apprenticeship in the workshop. Soon after we began to experiment with leather and design in a free way.
The very first Dimissianos & Miller collection appeared in several exclusive stores across Europe in Spring and Summer 2012.
Hector Dimissianos and Carolina Miller
Corfu, June 2016