Inspired by traditional costumes worn by strong female figures during the revolution for Greek independence from the Ottoman empire, ‘Hydra’ is a striking and vibrant collection of versatile swim & resort wear pieces, designed for the beach and beyond and incorporating a brand-new Sustainable Swimwear range.

2021 marks 200 years since the revolution and the creation of modern Greece as we know it.  This era saw many heroic women in leading roles, both fighting for and often funding the revolution. These mothers, daughters, wives, traders and cavalry companions are the remarkable and powerful women who have inspired Paolita’s Founder and Creative Director, Anna Paola, to design this latest collection, which also marks the brand’s 10th Anniversary year!

Anna Paola has drawn on her Greek roots for this collection, meticulously researching costume archives and museums to build her rich colour palette synonymous with the time, evident in the earthy charcoals, deep reds, metallics, and the effervescent turquoise of the Aegean.

As always, craftsmanship remains at the heart of Paolita – this time intricate and illustrative hand-drawn prints pay homage to art and culture of the era, spanning ornate jewellery to dowry boxes and of course, the sea, which can be seen laced throughout the collection.

Cleo

Inspiration for this design was found in Early 19th-century jewellery that drew references from ships and mythical creatures, both of which formed the underpinning of the design, which is evident in the Cleo prints. 

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Calliope

The Calliope is a bold, vibrant print inspired by the layering of coin necklaces and jewellery worn by women in Greek traditional costume, dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Efterpe

These illustrative poppies strategically hide the “evil eye’ within the Efterpe print. Superstition would dictate that wearing the eye as a symbol will ward off evil spirits.  

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Urania

This beautiful print was inspired by the geometric structures of many intricately embroidered coats and waistcoats, worn by both men and women, during the 19th century.

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