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The Motley Goat, the Greek The Return of the Graphic T-Shirt

Chania: Crete’s most charming region

VOL 1 SPRING - SUMMER 2018

Summerwhere: Fashion editorial in a Yacht Club


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Dionysou 68 & Gortynias, 14563 Kifissia, Greece E: press@themotleygoat.com PUBLISHER Michail-Alexander Passos EDITORS Hettie Judah Katerina Valloyianni Mary Sideri Michail-Alexander Passos Patroklos Theofanous TRANSLATIONS Mary Kavvalou GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katerina Derviniotis PHOTOGRAPHERS Angelos Potamianos Andreas Markakis Kevin Horan Yiorgos Savvoulidis PRODUCTION

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THE MOTLEY NEWS EXPANDING OUR NETWORK

NEW PRODUCT CATEGORY

For the Spring/Summer 2018 season, The Motley Goat has managed to expand its network by adding of four new sales points: you can now find our collection in Chania, Crete (Boutique Blue 17), Spetses (Emon Boutique), Patra (Much More Boutique) and in Korydallos (Barbarossa Boutique).

As we are committed to providing you with superb quality fashion accessories, we have recently managed to include elegant fair trade cotton backpacks and eco-friendly cotton baseball caps in our collection. Discover the new items at themotleygoat.com. ____________________________________________________

SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION IN ANDYDOTE FASHION FAIR The Motley Goat was present at the Andydote Fashion Fair, where it drew the visitor’s attention and made its presence felt through its unique and coquettish designs.

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LAUNCHING NEW DESIGNS Have you noticed our new, charming designs? Apart from the new ‘Tsarouchi’ design, we have launched ‘The Motley Sailor’ design having the Cyclades islands in mind! We have also launched the ‘Kiss’ design back in February to celebrate love! Stay tuned for more design launches soon!

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T-SHIRT: CULT - CULTURE - SUBVERSION Explore the T-shirt in the 20th Century through this inspirational exhibition; charting the history, culture and subversion of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet. The exhibition highlights the multi-faceted role of this humble garment. From men’s underclothes to symbol of rock and roll rebellion, through punk and politics to luxury fashion item, T-shirts broadcast who we are and who we want to be. Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, London 9 February 2018 - 16 May 2018


THE MOTLEY POCHETTE Are you planning a summer vacation? Then, make sure you pack this elegant pochette. It will hold all your beauty products during the day and accompany you in your afternoon strolls!


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Location I Old Port, Chania Crete


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CHANIA: CRETE’S MOST CHARMING REGION Of all the Greek islands, Crete is one of the most distinctive, not only because it’s the largest one, but also because it has its own unmistakable culture. See history come to life before your eyes from the world-famous Venetian harbour in the city of Chania, where the most charming area of the cretan civilization meets the originality of the people and the landscapes.

BY MARIA SIDERI Crete’s former capital is the island’s best-looking town. Despite all the tourists, it’s fairly sophisticated and attracts a happy mix of foreigners and Greeks. Although badly bombed in the Second World War, its sizable old quarter contains many superb buildings from its complicated past - crumbling Venetian palaces, minarets, Turkish baths and Ottoman mansions with overhanging wooden balconies. The beautiful harbour is divided into an outer half lined with a continuous row of cafes and restaurants, and an inner half with a few fishing boats, grand Venetian dry dockyards, trendy bars and more authentic tavernas. The lanes behind the outer harbour are crammed with more places to eat and drink and tasteful crafts shops. Behind the inner harbour lies residential Kastelli, with Minoan excavations and a section of old city walls embedded with classical masonry. Nea Chora, a sandy beach with a very Greek atmosphere, is about a mile west of the town centre. And if you find yourself in the mood, rent a car to explore the area around Chania. There you will experience the

absolute blue of the sea and taste the hospitality of the locals who still drink raki and treat any visitor to oranges and figs.

Where to stay in Chania Effi Apartments has welcomed people from all over the world for the last 28 years. In the heart of Platanias, the family of Effi is there to provide you with a unique Cretan hospitality experience! In a quiet and green location by the sea, the recently renovated house was originally the birthplace of the owner. Ιt was later converted into a guesthouse where her 3 children untiringly endeavour to spread the Cretan tradition, warmth and hospitality all around the world. Effi Apartments, Kazantzaki & Kydonias Street 154 Platanias, Chania, T: 0030 2821068724


Where to eat in Chania Akroyiali Seafood Restaurant | Chania’s top seafood restaurant by Nea Chora’s beach, which serves magnificent, carefully presented fish and excellent local wine. Akroyiali, Akti Papanikoli 17, Chania 731 31, T: 28210 73110

Karnayio Fish Restaurant | Wide variety of seafood dishes and an eclectic menu from all around Greece with a strong presence of Cretan specialties. Delicious Cretan pies and a good wine list, behind the inner harbour.

Boutique Blue 17

Karnayio, 8 Katehaki Square, Old Port, T: 28210 53366

Where to shop in Chania For amazing Greek designer’s apparel, go to Boutique Blue 17 (Chalidon 17, T: 2821 506559) and discover The Motley Goat’s collection as well. Exantos Art Space (Zampeliou Str. 23) is full of works that distil the local colour. Across the city centre in Splantzia, the Vineria Delicatessen (Daskalogianni 70, T: 28210 27068) hosts tastings of wine and other local produce. Chania’s Market, on the site of the ancient Agora, has been a raucous retail venue for centuries; the current edition, was modelled on the main marché in Marseille and takes in the shape of a cross. It opened in 1913, the same year that Crete was united with Greece. The hours are roughly 7am-9pm daily except Sunday.


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SPETSES: THE PICTURSQUE SPICE ISLAND

BY PATROKLOS THEOFANOUS The fading signatures in the guest book of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel read like a roll call of 1960s glamour: Elizabeth Taylor, Bobby Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman. Now, like the century-old hotel itself, the island of Spetses has undergone a discreet refresh, regaining its lustre as a playground for smart Athenians and the global jet-set. Spetses is only a scenic two-hour voyage by hydrofoil from the port of Piraeus, or a two-and-ahalf hour drive from Athens International Airport to Costa. Surprisingly little has changed since the flag of revolt was raised against Ottoman rule outside the church of Agios Nikolaos on 3 April 1821. After that things went a bit quiet, the Spetsiots being content to commemorate the glory of Laskarina Bouboulina, the world’s first female admiral. Her mansion (W: bouboulinamuseumspetses.gr) is largely unaltered. Watching the sun set over mountains in the distance, it is hard to

believe this serene landscape once echoed to the sound of gunfire, but cannons used in the battle are still dotted along the promenade, facing out to sea as a reminder of Spetses’s victorious past. The island is particularly popular with highsociety Athenians, who retreat to their villas every summer to escape the stifling heat of the city. This is reflected in the prices of meals and the presence of boutique stores such as Emon. Yet, the Spetsiots place real value in the island’s natural beauty and history: the secluded beaches, pine-clad hills and ancient churches. While a couple of beaches and pretty churches are within walking distance of Dapia, it is well worth climbing into a water taxi or hiring a moped to explore the island properly.

Where to stay in Spetses Poseidonion Grand Hotel | Spetses does both luxe and value places to stay, but with a dash of island boho. The upmarket option is the handsome, all-white bedroom decor of the aforementioned Poseidonion Grand Hotel (doubles from €200) on the seafront, a 1914-vintage landmark which enjoyed a major refurbishment a few years ago. Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Dapia, T.: 22980 74553

Boutique Εmon

This little Greek island has always had an air of quiet glamour. And nothing has changed - all that’s different are the beautifully boho hotels and a fresh, Greek-isle twist on the pop-up culture.


Tarsanas Fish Restaurant | Τhe famous fish restaurant Tarsanas is located in the old port of Spetses, in a wonderful setting with a great view of the sea. It offers delicious fish dishes, made with fresh seafood caught by fishers on the family’s fishing boat. The seafood specialties you should try include the marinated cuttlefish, the red mullets and the grilled lobsters. Tarsanas Fish Restaurant, Spetses, T: 2298 074490

On The Verandah | The candlelit terrace at the Poseidonion looks over the Saronic Gulf and comes to life in the evening. The chef, Stamatis Marmarinos, has created a menu that uses fresh local ingredients and offers a twist on traditional dishes, with the pastitsio with foie gras a particularly calorific example. On The Verandah, Dapia, T: 22980 74553

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Where to shop in Spetses

Orloff Restaurant | Orloff Restaurant is located in a classic building which once housed the island’s first port authority in 1802. Its dishes are created with the finest ingredients and utmost care and features Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The friendly staff serves a wide variety of quality meze dishes accompanied with local drinks and a large range of wines.

As one strolls up winding streets past the fish market, the action moves away from boutiques such as Emon Boutique (Agora Spetses, T: 6974777064), which stocks sophisticated fashion from The Motley Goat among other renowned brands, to traditional shops such as Isola di Spezie (T: 22980 73982), which sells powerful pine- tree honey and aromatically spiced local olive oil. In this part of town, Nikos the barber still applies his cut-throat talents to well-lathered gigolos.

Orloff Restaurant, Old Port, T: 2298 075444


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“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” -​Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek


“This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.” -​Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek​


The Return of the Graphic T-Shirt Easy to wear and hard to ignore, graphic t-shirts are among the hardest working items for cult brands and retailers. BY HETTIE JUDAH Funny, obscene, obscure, retro, rebellious, puerile or tribal the once humble graphic t-shirt punches far above its weight. For labels, it’s a high volume product with a healthy margin that requires no specialist manufacturing. For consumers, it can be an accessibly priced entry point to an aspirational brand. In the last decade or so, the over-licensing of graphics linked to cultural lodestars -from The Ramones to Star Wars- and the logoheavy product of teen retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch have helped drive the graphic t-shirt out of fashion. But, now, retailers, distributors and brands at the trend-sensitive edge are reporting a resurgence of interest in t-shirts, specifically for smaller and hard-to-find labels. Craig Ford, menswear retailer, estimates graphic t-shirts represent some 35 percent of his business, which he admitted is “some would say too much.” Notably Ford’s most popular brands are fashion brands that command interest and loyalty through a combination of design and attitude, rather than symbols of affiliation to an actual subculture. “The desire to show allegiance to something real through a t-shirt has become a pretty redundant ideal due to mass culture, and big brands swallowing and reappropriating underground culture and youth,” he explained. “Just look at the stores selling Ramones t-shirts now. It doesn’t mean what it did.” On July 11th, the London outpost of the high fashion retailer Dover Street Market opened for the new season with a dedicated space for t-shirts, including a large selection by niche, independent companies. “We have been fortunate to have always worked with brands that make great t-shirts and graphics and thought it would be interesting to bring these together in one space in addition to giving credence to the many smaller or completely unknown brands that are out there doing great things,” explained Dickon Bowden, vice president of Dover Street Market. The designers behind them feel that the ‘authenticity’ of a t-shirt that has an actual point of reference still has cultural value, albeit in a more nebulous form than the pure fan garb of yesteryear. Priced between €35 and €150, the t-shirts at Dover Street Market are -alongside the enduringly popular Comme des Garçons wallets and perfume- among some of the store’s most affordable products. They are also among some of the best performing; the most recent drop of pieces sold out online in a single day. He sees the growing appetite for graphic T-shirts today as rooted less in political fury and angst, than in the need for succinct modes of expression in an accelerated, image-driven culture. “We live in a mass communication information age where many people have a short attention span and an identity crisis. A printed tee is a quick, sure-fire way to communicate and express your identity.” So, why not invest in a sophisticated new brand of tees that promotes what else…a Goat, even if it is a Motley one?


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The Motley Goat, the Greek BY KATERINA VALLOGIANNI TRANSLATED BY MARY KAVVALOU The Motley Goat has deep roots in the Greek language and tradition. Actually, it is one of the most popular Greek expressions that are used to describe any incident ridiculous enough to make us laugh out loud. The Greeks say: “even the Motley Goat will laugh at this”. The root of the expression is rather vague as the scholars’ opinions vary. It is only certain that it dates back almost a century. According to Takis Natsoulis, journalist and literary figure, the expression derives from the title of a sketch which appeared in “The News” newspaper parodying Konstantinos Tsaldaris the politician with a goat defined by multiple shades, which was called “motley”. However, Nikos Sarantakos, another writer and scholar has raised serious objections. He claims that the expression existed long before 1946, when Mr. Tsaldaris government was formed. In fact, it is estimated that the expression was included in pre-war short stories and novels with the same meaning. However, it became widely known because of Demitriades’ sketch where he borrowed, not coined it. According to Sarantakos, the prevalent version is as follows: The goat is considered to be a naughty animal, not very serious or well-behaved. A Motley Goat is an even more ridiculous spectacle. So, since a Motley Goat laughs at something, that thing is even more ridiculous than the goat itself. Another explanation as to how the expression came about it the following: In general, animals marginalize those that differ from the others in the herd. In the case of goats, they isolate a deviant motley one which is seen by the creator of the expression as sitting miserably alone. When that very goat laughs, the situation cannot but be extremely funny or ridiculous.

The Motley Goat, protagonist in a fairy tale The motley goat also appears as the main figure in a fairy tale in the Arvanitic dialect. According to this tale, a shepherd returns from his pen one night and hears a goat bleat. He approaches it, catches it and puts it over his shoulders and as they move along, the shep-

herd looks at the goat in the light of the moon and wonders: “Well, this is a motley one and it also has little horns”. “The motley goat”, a human voice replies, “I also have teeth to bite you in the neck”. The shepherd drops the goat off his shoulders and runs away while the motley goat bursts into laughter as it watches the man scurry away.

On the spit as well as in the Aegean Sea In Greek modern culture the goat, together with the lamb, is related to the Easter custom of the lamb on the spit in which the lamb is the basic ingredient of the Easter table in continental Greece and the goat features on the Easter table on the islands of the Aegean Sea. This custom is considered to derive from Jewish traditions whereby the Jews marked their entrance door with the blood of the sacrificed lamb in an attempt to reconstruct the night of the Exodus from Egypt. The sacrificed lamb became the “lamb on the spit”, symbolizing God’s lamb (Jesus Christ) which was sacrificed for humanity.

From the motley goat to The Motley Goat The Motley Goat aspires to feature in Greek fashion. Drawing its inspiration from the Greek culture, tradition and art, it creates t-shirts and imaginative accessories in which the Greek element is distinctive. At the same time its humorous attitude corresponds to the DNA of the brand and the motley goat itself.


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The Blessed Goat Once upon a time a poor old man and woman owned a goat. They loved their goat as if he were a child, for they had no children of their own. People talked about the old man and woman behind their backs. “Fools,” they whispered, “treating a goat as if he were a son.” “It’s ridiculous,” others said. “How can anyone love a goat?” But the old man and woman did not care about gossip. They enjoyed their goat’s company, and they treated him with tender affection. One day the old man went into the forest to gather wood. As always, his goat trotted behind him. As he worked, the goat searched for bits of grass to munch among the fallen leaves. When the old man had gathered all the wood he needed, he turned to call his goat. He noticed that the goat had dug a hole in the ground. The man looked into the hole, and at the bottom he saw an old, rusting trunk. Without a moment’s hesitation, he climbed into the hole. He got hold of the trunk and, breathing heavily, lifted it out of the

hole. Imagine his joy when he found inside hundreds of shining gold coins! He threw aside his wood, picked up the chest and hurried home. His faithful goat trotted closely behind him. His wife was overjoyed at the sight of the gold. “This is our reward for all our hard years of work,” she cried. “Now at last we shall live in comfort.” “My dear wife,” the old man said, “we must not forget that this is our goat’s fortune, for he is the one who found it. We will use it for his benefit.” The old woman agreed, of course. From that day on, the goat led a life of ease and comfort. Every morning the old man walked him to the farthest fields so that he might graze on the best grass. At night they laid him in a fleecy bed beside the fire. For years the three lived very well and happily together. But, sad to say, one day the goat got sick, and before long he died. “I shall dearly miss our goat,” the old man said. “I will ask the priest to prepare a service for him.” The old woman thought that a splendid idea. The old man went to the church and bowed to the priest. “Father,” he said humbly, “our old goat has died, and my wife and I want you to give him a fine funeral. He was very devout.” The priest was furious. “How dare you ask me to bury a useless old goat?” he cried. But the old man was no fool. He looked into the priest’s eyes and said, “Father, I forgot to say that our goat left you 200 rubles in his will.”


“Ahh,” said the priest. “Of course your goat deserves a funeral. I only wish you had explained which goat it was that died.” And so the priest took the 200 rubles and sent the old man to the deacon to make preparations for the funeral. “Good deacon,” said the old man, “I want you to prepare a funeral.” “Of course, good man,” said the deacon. “Tell me, who has died?” “You never had the pleasure of meeting him, sir,” said the old man, “but he was the finest goat in this whole land.” “How dare you tease me with foolish requests! Go away!” the deacon shouted. “But deacon, my old goat was no ordinary creature. He was as devout as could be, and before he died he asked me to give you 100 rubles.” “Why did you not tell me which goat it was you meant?” exclaimed the deacon. “Go quickly now and tell the bell ringer to ring the bells. We must all pray together for the good goat’s soul.” The old man ran to the bell ringer. “Please ring the bells for my goat, who has died this very day.” “Off with you!” the bell ringer bellowed, losing his temper. “Do not treat me like a fool!” “But sir,” said the old man, “my goat was generous. He left you 50 rubles in his will.” “Oh,” said the bell ringer. “I thought you meant another goat.” And he seized the ropes and pulled with all his strength. Soon the whole village rang with the sound. Not long afterward, the priest and the deacon appeared at the old man’s house. Behind them came hundreds of people. In a long procession, they all walked to the graveyard. There the people placed the goat in a beautiful oak coffin and lowered it into a grave.

Several days later, the bishop came to town and heard the news of the goat’s funeral. He called the priest, the deacon, the bell ringer and the old man. “How dare you grant a burial to a poor, shoddy goat!” he roared. “But good sir,” said the old man, “this goat left you 1,000 rubles for your goodness and generosity.” For a moment the bishop did not speak. Then he smiled and said: “Good sirs, please understand, I was not criticizing you for your burial. This goat was far too splendid for plain things. I only regret that you did not allow me to bless him with holy oil. Now I shall leave you with one thought, and one thought only: May the good goat rest in peace, forever and ever.” The old man walked home and told his wife of the bishop’s blessing. Forever after, they always remembered their dear creature and all that he had given them. And no one ever called them fools again.


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