On a cold October morning, we set off at the crack of dawn to travel to the southernmost corner of the Aegean to the tiniest island in the Dodecanese archipelago. Our location for the Spring 2014 catalogue.
We flew into Turkey and made our way down the long coast by car to catch a small boat that took us to the island. Only one boat a day so we couldn’t miss it!
After a brief 25 minute journey through choppy waters helped along with a healthy dose of Greek music, we arrived into the small harbour, greeted by a glorious spectacle of shimmering water and white buildings clustered onto the steep hillsides. Terracotta roofs baked in the sun and balconies rested in the shade. It was just what we needed after the long day’s travel.
Early morning around the harbour, a local fisherman at work.
Island life, a big fish on its way to Billy’s restaurant
A bag of curiously odd looking fish hung up to dry.
We were staying in an old waterfront mansion bought by a Parisian architect who had come to the island, fallen in love with a man and the island and never left - luckily for us!
Our rooms opened up to a small patio and then straight onto the sea from which we could jump or climb down a ladder into cool sea-bliss….
Greek breakfast…local cheese, fruit and our needlepoint pumps, styled ready to go…
Working hard from dawn to dusk….there were hardly any cars on the island. The wardrobe needed to be carried everywhere.
And every day, we found a little time for a dip in the sea…
Our ‘not so brave’ models walking into the sea on their first day
The local boys found it hard to stay away from us and made sure they caught the model’s attention by making necklaces and little bunches of flowers.
Below Lexi jumper
Necklace made from a bit of fishing line and shells.
The white washed walls and sunny weather provided us with a perfect back drop. Not one single cloud was seen all week.
Let’s just hope the weather matches our mood in February 2014!