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A fashionista’s guide to shopping in Paros this summer

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Considering its size, the dazzling Greek island of Paros certainly packs a punch when it comes to style. Shopping in Paros is a long, leisurely process, undertaken by fashionistas and fans of local craft on breezy early evenings, following days lounging on picturesque beaches and feasting in charming restaurants. There’s something new at every turn, from family-run stores selling organic fare to design-led concept stores selling eye-catching wares. These are the addresses to know on the island this summer.

Leather sandals at Atelier 1935

Leather bound

No trip to a Greek island is complete without buying a pair of traditional tan leather sandals. Nearly a century old, the family-run Atelier 1935 is the real deal: its tiny corner store in Parikia stocks classic styles for men and women. Look out for the sleek, naturally tanned Olympe unisex sandals or the strappy women’s Paros style in hand-shined chocolate leather. Also in Parikia is Egg, which specialises in the softest leather bags and purses in every colour, all handmade in Thessaloniki.

a vase displayed on a rustic wooden table

Todd Marshard vase@Marshard.NYC

Pottering around

New York-based fashion photographer Todd Marshard swapped his camera for a potter’s wheel, at first making ceramics for Donna Karan’s stores. Four years ago, he moved to Paros and opened his gallery-like shop, Marshard, in the lovely whitewashed village of Lefkes. Every morning, he works from a little in-store studio, where he hand builds organic forms and throws stoneware vessels on his wheel. Towards the back of the space, his black-framed monochrome portraits and seascape photographs line the walls.

Global fashion

Delicate roses painted around the door are the only clue that you’ve arrived at boutique La Vie en Rose in Naoussa. It has a gorgeous edit of womenswear: block print dresses by Milan’s Lisa Corti; striped silk shirts by Indian-influenced Nimo With Love and, best of all, witty, fun pieces, such as seascape-printed blouses, by Greek label Karavan. In Parikia, Lebanese-born designer and owner of Casa Alma, Rania Choueiri, sells her own collection of colour-block dresses, sandals and leather bags alongside French labels such as Celeste (T-shirts, kaftans), made-in-Greece Sorbet Island swimwear and African-print purses. For the home, there are pretty linen napkins and stoneware ceramics by Diane Alexandre.

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