Pantelis Melissinos – an Athenian landmark for the rich, the famous & the lovers of hand made quality sandals!
Pantelis Melissinos and his one of a kind Sandal-Atelier & Art-Gallery have become over the years a major tourist attraction. People, from around the world, come to Athens, and after a visit to the Parthenon and the Acropolis, they head for his workshop, for a pair of his bespoke leather sandals -a great souvenir from Greece.
Some of his Famous Customers:
Pantelis Melissinos has made sandals for King Felipe of Spain (at the request of his mother Queen Sophia), Salvador Dali’s alter ego, famous singer Amanda Lear, Joe Biden’s family, poet-musician: Leonard Cohen and his band and crew, Hollywood celebrities: Bob Saget, Lily Tomlin and Sarah Jessica Parker, popular British comedienne: Dawn French, comedian: Richard Ayoade, Japan’s superstar: Satomi Ishihara, Mick Jagger‘s fashion designer girlfriend L’Wren Scott and their entourage, CNN’s Richard Quest, fashion designer and TV personality: Kimora Lee Simmons, celebrity athlete and singer, prince Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, and the list goes on.
The celebrity Chairs!
These are four of the famous celebrity chairs, from the 1920s, which were inside our old workshop. The Beatles, Jackie O, Barbra Streisand and many other famous people sat there when they tried on their famous Melissinos Sandals.
Now, most of these chairs have been decommissioned -“honorably discharged”, like heroic marines. These chairs have seen a lot, since 1920!
Four of them have been restored and are still used, in our new workshop and gallery space, near the Acropolis museum. The other ones are kept in the basement.