The moodboard draws inspiration from the Laconian emvasis of Monemvasia, a walled town in Peloponnese tucked into a massive offshore rock surrounded by the Aegean. You cross the causeway, pass through a stone tunnel and enter a town as eerie as it is romantic. Near impregnable and strategically positioned on the sea routes, Monemvasia was repeatedly besieged.
A narrow strait of land on the coast of southern Laconia, an island today but a peninsula in the past known as ‘Minoa akra’. It was a port of call for those sailing between mainland Greece and the fast-developing centers of the Cyclades and Crete. During the Mycenaean and Late Helladic periods, Monemvasia continued to be an important crossroads between the Mycenaean and Minoan cultures.
A powerful earthquake in 6th century BC radically changed the region’s geomorphology, cutting off the promontory from the mainland, forming the island of Monemvasia. Laconians first settled there and built the first bridge connecting the rock to the mainland, to which the town owes its name ‘moni emvasi’, which means ‘only access’.