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Greek Jewelry and Fashion Designers Help Greece’s Economic Recovery Through Auction Donations

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Greek jewelry and fashion designers from around the world have come together to help Greece’s economic recovery by donating items that will be sold in a silent and live auction on Friday, September 21 at The Hellenic Initiative’s (THI) Sixth Annual Gala in New York City to be held at the New York Hilton Midtownew York Hilton Midtown.

Featured will be designs from Lalaounis, Nikos Koulis, Alexandra Koumba, Diane Kordas, Minas, Vanessa Geroulanos, Danelian, Ancient Greek Sandals, Zeus + Dione, GK Furs, Callista Crafts, Patricia Field, and more. Visit auction website here. 

THI leads the Greek diaspora community internationally in raising awareness and capital for Greece. Its Gala not only raises funds that will be invested in entrepreneurial programs in Greece, but which also will support Greek NGOs that foster economic development opportunities and provide crisis relief for underserved communities in Greece, particularly children. Last year’s gala raised more than $2 million.

  • Alexandra Koumba
    Avalon cuff part of the Lace collection. Gold-plated. 
    Handmade from the imprint of a lace crochet wedding dress.
    Value: $270. Minimum bid: $140.
  • Lalaounis
    Aphaia Pendant.
    Hand-hammered 18K gold and diamonds in an obsidian base. 
    Inspired by Trojan War shields seen on the Temple of Aphoria in Aigina, 4th century B.C.
    Value: $2,700. Minimum bid: $1,350.
  • Nikos Koulis
    From the Oui Collection.
    18K white gold earrings with emeralds, pavé white diamonds, and black enamel. 
    Value: $7,000.  Minimum bid:  $3,500
  • Diane Kordas
    “Wow” ring in 18K rose gold with black and white diamonds (.75carats). 
    Value: $4,042.   Minimum bid: $2,000.
  • Minas
    Silver cufflinks with locking shark fin clasps.  
    Value: $686.36. Minimum bid $350.
  • Vanessa Geroulanos
    Vanile on the Rock
    “Great Gatsby” necklace. 
    Fresh water pearls, golden hematite and silver 925.
    Value: $550. Minimum bid $250.
  • Zeus + Dione
    Custom color designed for the THI Gala.
    Three-layer, flared, white Callas dress with graphic neckline. Textured silk.
    Value: $1,370. Minimum bid: $675.
  • Danelian Diamonds 
    Rock Deco cuff designed by Myrto Danelian.
    Brushed 18K white gold with 102 round brilliant diamonds (.80 carats.).
    Value: $3,700. Minimum bid: $1,800
  • GK Furs
    Golfo Karageorgos 100 percent cashmere cape with black fox trim.
    Value: $1,500. Minimum bid: $ 750.
  • Alexandra Koumba
    Handmade Lycra crochet clutch embellished with gold-plated Petalides shells. Magnetic closure.
    Value: $200. Minimum bid: $100.
  • Callista Crafts
    Cross Tote in dark blue premium Italian calf leather hand-stitched with blue-black thread at seams, matching macramé handles.
    Value: $795.  Minimum bid: $350.

Other fashion brands that have donated items to the auction include:

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  • Chara Lebessi
  • Eleni Kyriakou, dress
  • MePe Greece, two canvas “donkey” bags
  • Patricia Field
  • Venia Bechraki, handbag

Beauty and wellness brands contributing to the THI auction include:

  • Coco-Mat Pillows
  • Dermatologist Dr. Doris Day Package:  Book, Consultation, Botox Injection
  • Exhale Spa, Upper East Side, Fitness 10-pack: Barre, Yoga, Cardio, HIIT Classes
  • Frederic Fekkai: Haircut with Mark DeVincenzo
  • Philosophy, Coty International

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