Photography: Thanos Asfis
Editor: Katerina Theocharis
A historical fashion house, that this year celebrates its 70th anniversary.
Christakis‘ story started in the 19th century from Constantinople, where the father of Christos Triantafyllides, commonly known as “Christakis”, maintained a tailor shop for handmade shirts. In 1935 Christakis decided to move to Athens where he was practicing his skills in tailoring and in 1947 he established his store in Kriezotou, that operates until today.
Christakis’ persistence in high quality tailoring and the use of luxurious Swiss fabrics led him to his recognition as the best handmade shirts’ tailor of Athens, with as many clients in Greece as abroad. Famous artists, politicians, intellectuals, but most of all businessmen are listed among his clientele.
Nowadays, his grandsons Antonis and Christos Niflis, as being the 3rd generation, have taken charge of Christakis’ legacy, while they launched an exclusive atelier for shirts’ orders in Kifissia. Adhering to the guiding principles that their grandfather taught them, they mind to perfectly adopt to the demands of the modern gentleman. They have, also, revived the service of high-quality made-to-measure suits tailoring made of fabrics imported from famous European brands such as Zegna, Reda, Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry etc.
Antonis and Christos, brothers and the owners of “Christakis”, will guide us to the kingdom of handmade shirts, pyjamas, robes and suits.
Antonis and Christos have grown up into the world of tailoring, clothes, commerce in the traditional way. Their studies in finance and marketing combined with their knowledge and experience that have inherited from their grandfather Christakis, created the perfect ground for them to pursuit in tailoring.
They are passionate about men’s style and design, while they absolutely adore the city of Athens. They love luxury, therefore they are obsessed with high-quality two ply Swiss poplin and cotton-cashmere for the pleasurable feeling that give while wearing them.
What they do
Antonis and Christos for “Christakis” make handmade shirts, handmade pyjamas, handmade housecoats and smoking jackets. Referring to handmade they mean that every garment is exclusively made, measured, cut and tailored by experienced and passioned about what they do people. They pay attention to details, to exactly match the patterns and the special characteristics every fabric has. They are obsessed with the quality of the raw materials, as they use extra-fine Egyptian cotton, pure silk, Irish linen, pure wool, cashmere, pearl and bony buttons and plenty of materials that are durable and timeless.
They draw inspiration from fashion, London and Italian style, while they are constantly communicating with their partners abroad, tailors and fabric manufacturers, in order to always be conscious of the trends. They are also influenced by music, architecture, global design, social media, their friends and clients.
Their advice to their new clients is to communicate exactly what they want. Using the same measurements 100 different tailors would create 100 different garments. The emotional connection between the client and his tailor is what really matters. It takes patience and trust to the tailor’s advice to make the perfect garment.
Antonis and Christos’ motto is “From generation to generation”, once someone could meet from grand-grandfathers to grand-grand children among their records.
On today’s post, I am presenting you a brand new shirt design with penny collar, handmade by Christakis. The exact shirt is quite flattering as the curved collar balances the harsh angular shapes, providing a smooth yet refined result. The grey jacket is also handmade by Christakis. You may, also, find a wide range of safari jackets and shirts, that in my opinion are a must-have this summer!