Designer Natasha Skrini has created a brand engaged in designing conceptual handmade dog accessories, while donating some of its profits to the protection of the Skyrian horses
Our mother is very partial to shopping which is why you should trust her e-shop. Strolls are limited during the week when she goes to her office, a small area where everyone is on the telephone, with desks full of computers and files of paper. I have heard you can’t have both but she does! Her only concession to my existence in her office is a faded black ceramic water bowl, bought too long ago to feature on this site and a plastic cow toy.
The weekends don’t bring us much more attention as mother prefers to shop. One of her favorite jaunts is to Patriarchou Ioakim street, where in a trendy boutique she spied Topology’s wares. She rushedly bought a Christmas gift for her friend Markella, whose dog Beba is a pal of ours though a bit too blonde and quiet for my taste. I am sadly neutered but I still have my preferences. She then bought Bella, my dog sister, a fetching pink creation by Natasha Skrini, the firm’s founder and designer.
In 2013 Natasha Skrini had started out making jewellery out of rope and decided to experiment on her own dog to make him a leash and then a collar. The concept was such a pioneering one for the Greek market that her audience mistook the collars for necklaces and the leads for belts!
All us dogs find collars and leads somewhat redundant. We like to be allowed to run free, charging at potential victims such as other dogs, all cats, infirm old ladies and small children. We have fun terrorizing them. This apparently is not acceptable social behavior, hence the necessity for collars and leads.
Topology makes these items by hand, designed with a somewhat renegade flavor using unusual materials such as ropes and chords instead of leather. Each piece has an idiosyncratic feel to it and the colour combinations such as neon mint, bordeaux, hot pink and lime green are very original. This chromatic variation is of course to please our owners as we canines are colour blind.
Unfortunately for us, the leashes come in an even wider selection and are very robust, easy for the owner to grip and have sturdy clips to secure them to our collars, which makes escape unlikely.
Topology makes these items by hand, designed with a somewhat renegade flavor using unusual materials such as ropes and chords instead of leather. Each piece has an idiosyncratic feel to it and the colours combined are very original such as neon mint, bordeaux, hot pink and lime green
In 2013 Natasha Skrini had started making jewellery out of rope and decided to experiment on her own dog to make him a leash and then a collar. The concept was such a pioneering one for the Greek market that her audience mistook the collars for necklaces and the leads for belts!
Natasha studied Architecture at the Universities of Athens and Rome and went on to freelance in this field.
Setting up her business, Natasha consciously selected an Athenian rope manufacturer, who had been in business for forty years so she can often design and manufacture custom made ropes for her wares. These pieces of rope are combined and bound with the chords, following the direction of the rope’s weave and if Natasha forces them too much, they turn and will not take form.
Topology was not a continuation of any family tradition and I am proud to tell you that Droska, the owner’s six-year-old dog, is her muse. Because Bella and I are not good at socializing in confined spaces, our mother has not allowed us to fraternize with Droska.
Even though Topology’s atelier is Athens based, Natasha delights in the ability to take her creations wherever she is inspired to create them, whether by the sea in her birthplace Skyros, or by a crackling fireplace at Parnassos ski resort.
Natasha is deeply committed to the cause of the sturdy horses of Skyros, a rare breed only found there.
Personally, I must say horses terrify me, even small ones like these, because they are much bigger than I am. Despite that, I applaud Topology’s efforts to protect the horses and donate some of their profits to their cause.